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Kaynam Hedayat

Schneider, Cisco partner to bridge operational technology

DUBAI, July 2, 2020

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.
 
Today’s smart buildings are increasingly digitised and leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) for greater efficiency, optimised occupant comfort, and increased building value. 
 
The solution from Schneider Electric and Cisco brings IT and operational building control together in a secure and efficient IP network solution. It enables multiple Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Building IP architecture topologies to integrate with existing building layouts using Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches to connect to Schneider’s SmartX IP Controllers. 
 
The solution meets system availability requirements upon deployment, saving customers time and resources while increasing peace of mind.
 
”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, analyse, 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 secure and scalable:
*Standardise with a single security vendor for IT and OT security;
*Identify, segment, and mediate anomalies or cyber-attacks as they occur;
*Enforce consistent identity-based security policy on the network infrastructure;
*Easily scale from small to large deployments while managing an increasing amount of data that is continuously collected for IoT applications; and
*Leverage a high-speed IP network for managing real-time system operations. -- Tradearabia News Service
 



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