Controls & Automation
Schneider Electric’s next generation of EcoStruxure
By Renée Francoeur
March 20, 2017 – Schneider Electric has launched its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry and data centre customers.
The enhanced architecture and platform is open, scalable and interoperable, the company says, and provides a portfolio of cloud-connected and/or on-premise technologies organized around three layers of technology innovation:
• The first layer builds on developing connected products with embedded intelligence, such as sensors, medium and low voltage breakers, drives and actuators.
• The Edge Control layer gives organizations the capability to manage their operations on-premise as well as from the cloud depending on their needs. This includes connected control platforms with remote access, advanced automation and operator override capabilities. Local control and firewall protection is included.
• Schneider Electric says its investment in R&D and product development in software, analytics and services, coupled with the integration of acquisitions such as Invensys, Telvent and Summit Energy forms the third layer of the stack — a portfolio of apps, analytics and services.
EcoStruxure enables an “extensive breadth of vendor-agnostic apps, analytics and services on open IP protocols in order to work with any hardware, system, or control”, Schneider Electric says.