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Schneider Electric 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.

Two technology leaders, one best-in-class solution 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.”

 

Technology partnership in action at the University of Notre Dame

Large campus environments are among the many organisations to increasingly implement IP-enabled building management systems to enhance performance while maintaining security, as seen at the University of Notre Dame (UND) in Indiana.

Havel’s building management system architecture at the University of Notre Dame’s Dispatch Operations Center features the Cisco IE2000 managed switch with the field bus located below the SmartX AS-P Edge Server. The managed switch is DHCP-enabled so the BACnet communication remains beneath the AS-P and keeps the data traffic from going across the IT network.

“The need for separation between IT and OT networks is an important topic and was part of our decision-making process to proceed with the Cisco-Schneider technology partnership at UND,” said Whitey Reed, Director of Automation & Integration at Havel, An EMCOR Company, a Schneider Electric master-level BMS EcoXpert partner.

 

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