Smart Cities

Fast Data is the New Paradigm for IoT Solutions

The Fast Data paradigm is one of the latest narratives to come out of the Big Data domain and has been spurred on by the success of IoT and the… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »


Smart Cities Should also be Safe Cities; Building Codes, Earthquakes and WMD

Smart Cities start with smart construction: In my last blog I posed the question, does seismic mitigation work? My conclusion is yes. Practical, cost effective earthquake mitigation for modern construction… Read more »

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The Value of Comprehensive Seismic Design; a Stitch in Time…

Does seismic mitigation work? It’s a good question and one that demands a clear answer. But during a recent stakeholder workshop I attended for a seismic hazard map update, for a… Read more »

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Life Is On at Elecrama 2016!

It is a moment of great pride for Schneider Electric to be present in Elecrama 2016 –  one of the biggest events in the world of electricity. Our presence at… Read more »

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Smarter Ways for Cities to Manage EV Charging Infrastructures

If you own an electric vehicle (EV), the recurring question you’ll get is: how easy is it to charge the battery on the road? Clearly, people simply want to get… Read more »

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Seven Barriers to Better and Smarter City Services

All cities that decide to move towards a smarter and more efficient future must first overcome a legacy of complex infrastructure. Adding to this is the tendency of many governments… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: Providing Universal Access to Energy

Access to energy is a basic human right, but did you know… Learn more about Schneider Electric’s Access to Energy program  

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Inconvenient truths or misaligned objectives? Can we afford for smart cities to fail?

For all my positivity about smart cities and benefits they can bring (for example, Urban Efficiency), I think it’s just as important to talk about some of the criticisms they… Read more »

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Microsoft Launches CityNext – and Schneider Electric is On Board

I just got back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference in Houston where 15,000 of us heard the latest news about Microsoft’s product lineup and strategy. One of the main… Read more »


Smart Cities: From Automation to Optimization

Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) automate the surveillance, coordination and response to events in the transportation network that disrupt the flow of traffic and impact the ability of the network to… Read more »


Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »


How can Prefabrication advance Data Center design and build in the Middle East?

At “Power to the Cloud” in Dubai, I asked Tony Day, Global Director, Business Development, Prefabricated Solutions, Schneider Electric how prefabricated solutions can help Middle Eastern customers develop data centers… Read more »


We Can do Something About the Weather: Adapt Traffic Signal Control Strategies

We can’t change the weather yet, but adapting traffic signal control strategies to account for severe weather conditions is something we can do.   A recent article in the magazine Public… Read more »

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What our future energy leaders are saying about 2050

Last week the Norwegian University of Science and Technology hosted the biennial International Summit Energy Summit (ISES) in Trondhiem, Norway which attracted 400 students from 64 countries.  This event is… Read more »


Back to School… and Smart City Fundamentals

Right about now many of us (in the Northern hemisphere) have returned from our summer vacations and are getting our children ready for a new year of learning. It’s a… Read more »


Near Field Communication arrives to public transportation

What is Near Field Communication (NFC)? Many public transit patrons pay for their bus or train travel with an intelligent transportation card — a contactless card — that is flashed… Read more »

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So, what is the smartness quotient of your city?

…Urbanization is expected to continue rising in both the more developed and the less developed regions so that, by 2050, urban dwellers will likely account for 86 per cent of… Read more »


COP20: The Challenge to Detach Economic Growth from Energy Consumption

The need to accelerate global economic growth as a key source of job creation and improvement of living conditions is something that nobody disagrees upon. Proof of this is the… Read more »


How Alliances Will Help Us Build Smart Cities and Stave Off Doom

I recently finished reading an insightful book called “The Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin, an accomplished author and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, among various other titles… Read more »


Energy Efficiency: Better Lighting? Lower Bills? BAH!

Starting now, let’s admit the folly of energy efficiency. It’s too specific and too prescriptive. Energy efficiency is a rather narrow component of overall efficiency which properly is measured in… Read more »


It’s A Wrap: Schneider Electric Gives the Key to A Smart City At the 2013 ITS America Conference

In less than 40 years, 70 percent of the world’s populations will live and breathe in our cities, pushing our world’s cities to their breaking point due to the rapid… Read more »


Innovation must be collaborative for Smart City success

As I’ve moved around the world discussing a range of projects with a wide cross section of city leaders, one thing seems very clear to me – for Smart Cities to move… Read more »


Partnerships in Electric Vehicles: Another Step Towards Smart Cities

At simultaneous events in New York, London and Beijing this week, BMW unveiled its much-anticipated BMW i3, the automaker’s first electric vehicle (EV). The i3 is a big deal for… Read more »


How to Focus CFOs on Energy Management Investments

Nothing is more satisfying to CFOs than seeing how energy adds value to the bottom line. Most CFOs see energy as a cost, not an investment. Today, a group of… Read more »


The Digital Transformation Has Arrived

The digital transformation is here. There will be over 2 billion smartphones on the planet next year. Every minute, 72 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube. Over 1.5 trillion… Read more »


Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »


Schneider Electric Paris Marathon Sees Record-breaking Run While Promoting Energy Awareness

Ethiopian Tadese Boru took advantage of sunlit skies and cool temperatures conducive to a good long run to break the women’s record in yesterday’s Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, finishing in… Read more »