Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, recently kicked off its Innovation Summit World Tour 2020, a series of virtual events running from October 8th to November 26th. The summit connects thought leaders, visionaries, experts, change makers, partners and customers globally to discover the latest digital solutions for a more resilient and sustainable future.

Schneider’s flagship annual Innovation Summits are now in their fifth year. This year’s summit is the first to take place purely online, with ten regional and interactive events to take place over the coming eight weeks. These will give those attending from around the globe the chance to learn more about the critical role that electrification, digitisation, innovation, energy management and industrial automation can play in the transition towards a lower-carbon world and to limit global warming to the 1.5°C target of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

  Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric.

In his virtual keynote address, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric Chairman and CEO, urged attendees to accelerate digital transformation in their businesses to better position themselves to address the upheaval caused by the climate crisis and the pandemic that has swept the world in 2020. “Across the globe, in just a few months, our lives have changed – and digitalisation has helped us to adapt to the new normal. Digitised remote operations can maintain business continuity, strengthen resilience, and offer insights to better anticipate change and adapt with agility. Digital innovation and connectivity have changed how we work and live together. They can positively change our impact on the environment and drive economic recovery and sustainability for us all.”

Throughout the series of events, Schneider Electric is unveiling new offerings for its customers and partners. These include the following developments.

  • A new range of low-voltage switchboards, PrismaSeT™ Active, and a new generation of breakers, ComPacT™, to be released in 2021, which unlock key information related to electrical fire risk and power availability within electrical systems in buildings. The cloud-connectivity of PrismaSeT Active allows users to monitor power distribution continuously and receive notifications in case of hazardous power losses. The new generation of ComPacT takes power availability to the next level with ergonomic improvements as well as connectivity-ready and modular plug-and-play accessories to expand the capacity for advanced monitoring capabilities.
  • The innovative green switchgear, SM AirSeT™, which uses a combination of air and vacuum technology instead of SF6, a greenhouse gas commonly contained in electrical equipment used to power the grid and industrial electrical installations. The new technology offers a pathway to avoid the equivalent of millions of tons of CO2 emissions in energy networks. Its extensive IoT connectivity also unlocks the benefits of data and analytics for network management and optimisation.
  • A new category of automation, EcoStruxure™ Automation Expert, reportedly the world’s first software-centric industrial automation system which introduces step-change improvements through the complete operational lifecycle.

This year’s Innovation Summit features high-level conversations between Schneider Electric’s top executives and leaders from AECOM, a leading infrastructure consulting firm; GlaxoSmithKline, the global healthcare company; RIB Software, a pioneer in the construction industry; and AVEVA, a global leader in engineering and industrial software.

There will also be interactive panel discussions with representatives from a cross-section of industries and business.

Summit attendees will be able to visit a virtual Innovation Hub, where they can experience, in 3D, Schneider and its technology partners’ innovations and connect live to Schneider’s labs, showrooms and manufacturing facilities around the world, to chat with experts and see hands-on demonstrations.

Regional events, including additional content for local geographies, are scheduled throughout October and November, with the Middle East and Africa region scheduled for October 28th.

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