Schneider Electric and Cisco Partner to Bridge Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) in building management systems
BOSTON, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Cisco have formed a technology partnership designed to help drive major advances in making smart buildings the standard. Working together, the two companies have developed, tested and validated designs that help connect building management systems to an Internet Protocol (IP) network with a secure, scalable and resilient architecture that is easy to manage.
Two technology leaders, one best-in-class solution
"Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of smart buildings with EcoStruxure™ Building, a secure and open platform, making it possible for IoT enabled solutions to seamlessly connect, collect, analyze, and act on data in real-time," said Kaynam Hedayat, VP Product Management, Digital Energy, at Schneider Electric. "It is exciting to see our solutions, coupled with Cisco IT expertise, deliver results. It lets our EcoXpert partners deliver the best solutions to their customers, while helping them grow their businesses, differentiate their companies, and be more profitable."
The Schneider and Cisco solution makes building management systems more:
Easy to Manage
Technology partnership in action at the University of Notre Dame
Havel's building management system architecture at the University of Notre Dame's Dispatch Operations Center features the Cisco IE2000 managed switch with the field bus located below the SmartX AS-P Edge Server. The managed switch is DHCP-enabled so the BACnet communication remains beneath the AS-P and keeps the data traffic from going across the IT network. According to Reed, this is what customers are looking for today: one point of connection into the building, which adheres to standard IT best practices for a single static IP address to manage the network while allowing more data to push through faster, enhancing performance for customers.
"This project at UND has opened the door to broader horizons for Havel to understand the difference between information technology and operational technology," said Reed. "IP solutions in the building automation industry are here now and we need to be a part of it. Customers are loving that we get it, and Schneider Electric gets it. And we partnered with a company such as Cisco that carries a lot of weight in the cybersecurity business, and it certainly has helped our customers immensely."
"Cisco is excited to partner with Schneider Electric, delivering comprehensive IP-enabled Building Management System solutions to enable the seamless migration of the University of Notre Dame's infrastructure to a converged architecture. By combining Cisco's IT innovation with Schneider Electric's OT innovation, we are uniquely positioned to deploy this solution in a highly scalable and secure manner. Our joint solution, along with the capabilities of Havel, allows us to meet and exceed the University's needs to have a distinct Smart Building design, significantly reducing operational costs, and optimizing energy consumption," said Mike Austin, Senior Director, Cisco Global Partner Organization.
Solution Technology Integrator (STI) Extension
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About Schneider Electric
At Schneider, we believe access to energy and digital is a basic human right. We empower all to make the most of their energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment.
We provide energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. We combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.
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