Schneider Electric to Deliver Transformational Energy Management Capability With Cisco

Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:16am EDT

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Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today
announced at Cisco Live, Cisco's annual IT and communications conference,
that it has teamed with Cisco to provide an innovative comprehensive
energy management solution that monitors and manages energy consumption
across all building domains. With this combined solution, building owners
and managers, architects, contractors, and IT managers will now be able
to optimize energy efficiencies and business operations to save energy.

    Schneider Electric's comprehensive EcoStruxure(TM) active energy
management architecture portfolio offers a single point of access that
connects five domains of business expertise -- power, data centers,
process and machines, building control, and physical security -- all
within an open and flexible technology framework. The EcoStruxure
architecture integrates with Cisco EnergyWise(TM) embedded on the Cisco
network infrastructure to provide a holistic building management
solution, managing all energy-consuming building assets, such as HVAC,
lighting, security and, for the first time, reduce energy waste generated
from IT/IP assets, including PCs, phones, Catalyst switches,
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) endpoint devices and other IT devices.

    With rising energy costs in buildings accounting for 42 percent of energy
usage worldwide, there is an impetus to find ways of reducing energy
consumption with these IP/IT devices within buildings and across the

    "Looking for innovative ways to increase energy efficiency and enable
business performance within buildings is what Schneider Electric does
every day with thousands of customers worldwide," said Chris Curtis,
president and CEO, Buildings Business, Schneider Electric. "Combining
Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure architecture and Cisco EnergyWise
provides organizations with the capability to go one step further and
manage the energy consumption of IT/IP devices and PCs in the building
management system domain for the first time. We are very excited about
this opportunity and what our joint innovation will mean for reducing
energy consumption in buildings across the globe."

    For example, two schools in Europe used the combined solution from
Schneider Electric and Cisco in a pilot project and are currently saving
approximately 30 percent of their IT energy, resulting in an overall
reduction of close to 6 percent of their overall energy spend. Delivering
a rapid, measurable return on investment (ROI), the combined solution
provides users with the ability to reduce overall IT operating costs by
up to 30 percent and overall building costs by close to 9 percent; to
meet regulatory and compliance mandates; and to accomplish corporate
sustainability goals.

    In addition, the new combined solution enables organizations to: 

--  Monitor, report and manage energy usage across the entire corporate
    network or real estate infrastructure
--  Create a more energy-efficient architecture for the IP/IT domain
    outside of the data center
--  Better control where and how energy is being used to more
    intelligently and efficiently respond to smart grid signals
--  Realize a new source of energy savings to fulfill corporate
    sustainability requirements, free up capital resources and quickly
    improve an organization's overall bottom line


"Cisco EnergyWise is the leading solution in the industry that
allows customers to monitor and control the power of their networking
equipment and end devices connected to Cisco switches and routers," said
Jeff Reed, vice president of Cisco's Unified Access Business Unit, Cisco.
"By working with industry leading companies like Schneider Electric, we
are providing building owners and managers the ability to monitor,
report, and control their buildings' entire energy usage, including IT
infrastructure, through a single pane of glass resulting in greater
operational efficiency and higher savings." 

    Schneider Electric and Cisco have worked together for more than a decade
and provide organizations with the tools to help reduce energy
consumption up to 30 percent by taking advantage of the network as a
platform for energy management. This relationship has extended from
collaborations of unified communications in the data center and network
closets to video surveillance and IP security. This expanded relationship
further extends Schneider Electric's established global leadership in
energy management with Cisco's industry leading IT energy management
solution delivered via its Catalyst switch platforms to provide
sustainable energy reduction, workforce efficiencies and overall improved
business performance.

    To learn more about Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure approach for
intelligent energy management solutions, please visit the EcoStruxure
homepage located here.

    About Schneider Electric
 As a global specialist in energy management
with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers
integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including
leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes,
building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad
presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe,
reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved
sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to
help individuals and organizations "Make the most of their energy." 


Press Contact:
Schneider Electric
Jeannie H. Birdwell
Phone: 972-323-5518 

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