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Danfoss, Schneider And Somfy Adds ASSA ABLOY To The Connectivity Ecosystem To Deliver Smart Home Solutions
Danfoss, Schneider And Somfy Adds ASSA ABLOY To The Connectivity Ecosystem To Deliver Smart Home Solutions

The Connectivity Ecosystem, a partnership between Schneider Electric, Somfy and Danfoss, welcome its newest member to the alliance, ASSA ABLOY, the pioneer in access solutions that enables safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places. With a combined vision of driving simple, safe and seamless solutions for both residential and commercial applications, the partnership will deliver a superior value proposition to customers, combining expertise in comprehensive solutions bringing connectivity to the next level in this increasingly digital age. energy management systems The interoperability of products and apps offers users and occupants secure, simple and full experiences, while balancing operational cost-optimization and energy management systems. “We are excited to join the Connectivity Ecosystem at a time when people are more than ever looking at ways to ensure their homes are comfortable and safe,” said Christophe Sut, Head of ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions and Executive Vice President at ASSA ABLOY Group. “In many cases, our products and apps are the first point of contact for a person going into a home or commercial building, and starting to use a series of services, and the last point of contact as they leave.” Offering minimized touchpoints When smart building systems work together, the Connectivity Ecosystem offers minimized touchpoints In the wake of global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these integrated solutions allow homeowners, real estate and hotel groups to easily adopt new hygiene measures. When smart building systems work together, the Connectivity Ecosystem offers minimized touchpoints, improved air quality and renewal, and energy saving mechanisms. “COVID-19 certainly did not create our concern for health, safety and comfort at home, but it moved it higher up on everyone’s agenda. People are taking a closer look at their homes and having the right lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, stronger Internet connection, will continue to preoccupy us as we adopt more remote and digital lifestyles in the longer term,” believes Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice-President, Energy Management Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric. “Partnerships like the Connectivity Ecosystem will play an important role as we build more resilient and sustainable spaces for a future in which we can expect to see an increased adoption of electrification and investment in technology.” addressing specific touchpoints Together, the partners in the Connectivity Ecosystem are putting their expertise and data at the service of solutions to help people feel safer and more comfortable at home, addressing specific touchpoints like door handles, access code panels, door entry systems and how they could evolve: Antimicrobial solutions such as using bacteria killing materials on light switches Hands-free solutions using automation, motorized shutters, blinds and doors, gesture-controlled interfaces and sensors Low touch methods where entry and interaction are achieved with personal devices like smartphones rather than shared touchpoints like keypads and panels Smarter systems to control access of guest and visitors - entrance solutions providing counting and real-time control of temperature, or providing temporary access codes and camera-controlled access Smarter systems to improve air quality such as automation for windows. Responding to the new safety measures “As always, the philosophy of the Connectivity Ecosystem is to enable the occupant to enjoy a superior comfort and convenience experience,” explains Jean-Guillaume Despature, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Somfy Group. “Together, we are developing an open and scalable ecosystem that can be integrated into homes and buildings and guarantee a smarter, full control of living spaces.” Hospitality solutions adopted by major hotel groups are also evolving to respond to the new safety measures created in response to the pandemic. Integrated apps and solutions help empower guests, limit touchpoints and guarantee comfort in hotel rooms and common use spaces like restaurants and lobbies. Anti-Microbial touchpoints The Connectivity Ecosystem allows guests to be in control in their hotel rooms through voice and app controls The Connectivity Ecosystem allows guests to be in control in their hotel rooms through voice and app controls, access solutions and integration of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial touchpoints like light switches and control panels. In common areas, solutions including ventilation control and motion detectors will allow for new social distancing and room temperature checks. The Connectivity Ecosystem offers hotel solutions that integrate increased voice or motion control minimizing touchpoints, managing tasks like opening doors, controlling light, heating and cooling and providing comfort like water sanitation and water heating. energy efficiency renovation Global hotel chains including Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott continue discussions with partners in the Connectivity Ecosystem to integrate tailored solutions across hotel portfolios. The proportion of energy supplied by renewables is expected to grow by a factor of 2.5 by 2050, becoming the number one source of energy, and increased electrification and digitization can help achieve recovery and sustainability goals. “We all know that the energy renovation rate has to increase to reach our ambitious climate targets. We need to act now, and we need to do it smart. We need to address both the energy efficiency renovation and the new build segments to maximize the potential impact of leveraging digital, integrated solutions as enablers in an increasingly electrical world,” said Lars Tveen, President, Danfoss Heating System.

Schneider Electric Announces Organizing Utilities And Infrastructure Webinar Series
Schneider Electric Announces Organizing Utilities And Infrastructure Webinar Series

Schneider Electric, the globally renowned company in digital transformation, energy management, and automation solutions, has announced a series of informational webinars that explore the strategies, tools and technologies to face the challenges in the energy industry. Interactive, digital webinars The webinar series includes 9 interactive, digital webinars, led by industry experts advising utilities industry professionals on how to incorporate the latest technologies to create more efficient and sustainable energy systems.   Schneider Electric is looking to provide expert-to-expert insight by addressing a mixture of technical subjects and industry trends. The webinars will provide both introductory and deep dive informational discussions on key topics including renewable solutions, grid infrastructure, and grid digitization. Webinars in the utilities and infrastructure segments All webinars are recorded, so customers can revisit the topic after the masterclass has finished" The webinar series includes, 28th May - Transformers and Packaged Substations, 4th June - Electric Vehicles and the changing face of the electrical network, 11th June - Easergy Protection Relays - A deep dive, 18th June - Genie Evo - Air Insulated MV HV Switchgear, 25th June - Arc flash detection & protection, 2nd July - Distribution Switchgear and the Renewables Sector, 9th July - Understanding the communication protocol IEC61850, 16th July - How to remotely manage your electrical network, 23rd July - Digital Substations. The series will incorporate webinars in the utilities and infrastructure segments.   Seth Townsley, Energy Marketing Manager at Schneider Electric commented, “We’re glad to be connecting digitally with our customers, partners and other industry professionals to discuss these hot industry topics through these Schneider Electric webinars. We hope the sessions will prove informative and insightful for attendees. All webinars are recorded, so customers can revisit the topic after the masterclass has finished.” Decarbonizing and digitizing the grid Seth adds, “As the 2050 net zero deadline continues to loom, these technologies will be essential to decarbonizing and digitizing the grid and delivering greater renewable supply across an increasingly decentralized energy."

Schneider Electric Announces Being A Founder Member Of The EDA’s ‘By The Industry For The Industry’ EDATA Data Pool
Schneider Electric Announces Being A Founder Member Of The EDA’s ‘By The Industry For The Industry’ EDATA Data Pool

Schneider Electric is one of fifteen manufacturers and ten wholesalers who have signed up as founder members of EDATA, a new ‘By the industry for the industry’ product data pool. EDATA strategic initiative EDATA is the latest strategic initiative from the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) under their EDA Data Services banner. E-commerce and digital transformation are inextricably linked to the availability of the highest quality product data, and EDATA offers manufacturers a central ‘single source of truth’ resource for uploading product information, technical data and images, which wholesalers can download and serve up on their customer-facing e-commerce channels.   Product data pool EDATA gives the UK’s electro-technical supply chain the opportunity to say goodbye to the heavy workloads" “We are delighted to be a part of an initiative that will provide manufacturers with up-to-date data. This will ease their workloads and provide a space where technical knowledge can be shared. We are looking forward to seeing how the data pool will strengthen their work in the long term and encourage all wholesalers to use the tool.” said Nico van de Merwe, Vice President of Home & Distribution at Schneider Electric.    Margaret Fitzsimons, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the EDA, said “The EDA is delighted to have Schneider Electric as a founder of this new initiative. EDATA gives the UK’s electro-technical supply chain the opportunity to say goodbye to the heavy workloads created by processing data through multiple channels and hello to enhanced ecommerce infrastructure.” Data pool categories EDATA currently holds information in three categories: Manufacturer Master Data, the core data needed to identify a product, Digital Assets such as images and data sheets, and Technical Attributes including dimensions, suitability and performance characteristics. The Technical Attributes held in EDATA will be structured in accordance with ETIM, the international data model for the standardization and classification of technical product data enabling wholesalers to enhance their web sites with powerful product searches and filters. The EDA has led the ETIM initiative for the UK’s electro-technical sector since 2017.

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