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S chneider Electric, the global leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, hosted its first Innovation Summit in India on March 19 and 20, 2018, in New Delhi. The summit brought together more than 2,000 customers, policymakers, and industry leaders. Leaders shared critical insights on how automation and digitization are helping to manage energy with disruptive technology tools leading to efficiency in business. The summit also reiterated Schneider Electric’s commitment to a sustainability agenda and complete alignment with the Indian government’s long-term goal of bringing down the carbon footprint.

Addressing the plenary, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, said that the country is poised for paradigm shifts with huge disruptions in physical infrastructure. “We are creating 100 smart cities with another 50 cities which will be connected by metro and a few connected with bullet trains. The government is converging physical infrastructure with biometricbased digital infrastructure to improve human lives with uninterrupted water and electricity supplies, efficient public transportation, quality education, and healthcare services.”

Opening the plenary session of the summit, Mr Anil Chaudhry, Zone President and Managing Director of Schneider Electric India said, “Schneider Electric’s technologies are powering businesses and key government programmes, including Make in India, Smart Cities Mission, and Electric Mobility. Nearly 15% of India’s solar capacity is based on Schneider technology. Digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) are going to transform India’s energy ecosystem so that all citizens have access to uninterrupted electricity at affordable rates.”

The event featured strategic discussions and interactive deepdive sessions among over 50 expert speakers from Schneider Electric, besides a diverse group of customers and partners from India and across the Asia-Pacific region. It was designed to further accelerate digital solutions to make New India Energy Positive. The expert sessions included those on intuitive industries, living spaces of the future, leveraging IoT in manufacturing facilities, enabling digital hospitals, reimagining data centres for a connected tomorrow, empowering industrial original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for the digital era, and inclusive growth of India through skill development and rural electrification.

The summit also showcased Schneider Electric’s Innovation Hub, an exhibition of the company’s rich portfolio of software, solutions, and services. The integrated zone displayed its nextgeneration EcoStruxure™ architecture and platform that delivers IoT-enabled open and interoperable solutions across user segments. The company also displayed its new range of IoT-enabled smart home solutions called ‘Connected Homes’. It showcased digital demos bringing the innovative platforms closer to its customers as well as to a broader audience.

Given the huge potential in the electric vehicle (EV) charging space, Schneider Electric also displayed its EV charging infrastructure named EVLinks. EVLinks is already available in different markets across the world and the company is keen to tap into the nascent Indian market for the same. The EV charging platform can be installed both at homes as well as public places.


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