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Schneider Electric inaugurates Innovation Summit

Schneider Electric yesterday inaugurated its annual Innovation Summit, an IoT-powered event demonstrating innovations and technologies

The two-day event runs from 11 to 12 April at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai.
The two-day event runs from 11 to 12 April at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai.

Schneider Electric yesterday inaugurated its annual Innovation Summit, an IoT-powered event demonstrating innovations and technologies that cater to the future of energy management, industrial efficiency and environmental sustainability. The company showcased its revolutionary concept of an experiential smart city at the two-day summit.

Over 2,500 attendees were welcomed from the MEA region at the two-day event that runs from 11 to 12 April at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai. Esteemed regional speakers included HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), HE Eng. Yasser El Kadi, minister of Communications and Information Technology -  Egypt, Mamdouh Raslan, chairman and CEO, Water and Waste Water Egyptian Holding Company, Osman Sultan, CEO of du, and Dr Badr Al Badr, CEO of Dur Hospitality. 

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “I take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the summit, which has become an important platform for the exchange of best practices, experience and updates in innovation. As an innovative strategy-focused organisation, DEWA has developed short-, medium- and long-term plans to enable its transformation into a world-class sustainable and innovative utility company while helping implement Dubai’s vision of a government of the future.”

He added: “DEWA strives to achieve a sustainable future for generations to come. We are the first government organisation to adopt sustainability as part of our vision. We work to achieve the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to establish the city as an international hub for clean energy and green economy.

"To diversify energy resources and enhance dependence on clean and renewable energy, we launched a strategic project to build a hydroelectric power station that will take advantage of the water reservoir in the mountains at the Hattawi Dam. The first project of its kind in the region is scheduled for completion in five years. Our initiatives reflect our commitment to the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 – preparing for a sustainable future and achieving economic growth while preserving the environment.”

During the plenary, Frédéric Abbal, executive vice president of Energy Business at Schneider Electric, spoke on co-creating a new decarbonised, decentralised, digitised and more electric world with innovation at every level. He highlighted the benefits of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture and platform that delivers IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and datacentre customers.

Under four parallel theme tracks – datacentres, buildings, industry and utilities, the Innovation Summit features a series of insightful panel discussions. Topics include ‘Internet of Things – Beyond the Hype, Mapping the Value and Case for Action’, ‘Efficient Buildings for a Cooler Planet’, ‘Datacentre: In the Cloud, at the Edge’, ‘Intuitive Industries’, and ‘Power Distribution Redefined’.

The event’s Innovation Hub showcases solutions that integrate information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) across connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services. These technologies seamlessly connect, collect, analyse and act on data in real time, resulting in enhanced safety, efficiency, reliability and sustainability. 

The summit is also supported by the business partners of Schneider Electric: Arabian Gulf Switchgear (AGS), Verger Delporte, Gulf Business Machines (GBM), Gulf Dynamic Switchgear (GDS), Avanceon, Altron, CNS Technologies, HMS Industrial Networks, ITQAN, ProSoft Technology, Emircom, Bahri & Mazroei and IBAM Systems. 
 

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