Schneider Electric, Knowledge Oasis Muscat promote smart city innovations
Innovation hub event highlights how smart cities and smart grids can help people save time and money on utilities
Schneider Electric, a provider of energy management and automation solutions, in partnership with Knowledge Oasis Muscat and the French Embassy in Oman, have launched a showcase of smart city innovations aimed at enabling residents and businesses to save time and money on their utilities.
The move according to Schneider Electric is in support of the Oman Vision 2020 nationwide transformation agenda.
As part of the initiative, the Embassy of France in Oman and Schneider Electric launched the Innovation Hub on Wheels.
"As Oman's population and business sector grows, the government needs to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient utilities," said Nasser Al Malki, acting Director General at Knowledge Oasis Muscat. "In partnership with Schneider Electric, we are digitally transforming with IoT solutions that can predict and meet energy demand, and enable people to monitor and optimise their utilities usage in real-time."
Hanan Darwish, cluster president - Gulf and Pakistan, Schneider Electric, said: "In the face of Oman's urbanisation, digitisation, and industrialisation, utilities are modernising their technology infrastructure. We are working closely across Oman's energy spectrum to drive smart grids and smart cities - from driving renewable energy production, to identifying leaking pipes, and supporting more energy-efficient smart buildings."
Channel partners are helping utilities providers successfully launch digital transformation projects.
"Smart Cities and smart grids can be large and complex projects that need channel partners to tie them into wider digital transformation strategies," said Eng. Hassan Abdwani, CEO, Voltamp Energy."Channel partners have the knowledge and experience to help simplify and accelerate Internet of Things projects, and exchange training with staff to optimise their projects."
H.E Renaud Salins, Ambassador of France in Oman, added that: "French companies are playing a major role in Oman's nationwide digital transformation and economic development, with more than 500 million euros in bilateral trade and the foreign direct investment (FDI) stock represents around 1 billion euros," Salins said energy, notably renewables, transportation, logistics, and utilities are a major opportunity for French companies, such as Schneider Electric, to exchange best practices and support Oman's utilities modernisation. "It is for the Sultanate an incredible leverage to transform the country into a more knowledge based one," Salins added.
The Innovation Hub on Wheels showcases 17 Internet of Things use cases for Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure architecture and platform, covering the segments of building, transportation, water and waste water, oil and gas, utilities, and data centre.