Emphasising smart energy

“Strengthening our presence further in the smart city space and ensuring best quality products to our customers always is our aim,” Sandeep Selot, Director – Marketing & Strategy-Energy Business (India Region), Schneider Electric India
 Schneider Electric, one of the leading players in the energy management domain, focuses on virtually every segment of smart city operations. Schneider lays emphasis on industrial energy-efficiency and solar-energy management and its distribution. In an interview with EPR, Sandeep Selot talks about the importance of smart energy and how it can be an integral part of Indian smart city movement.
Smart electricity in a smart cityElectricity and related frameworks are the spine of any economy, and availability of reliable, affordable power is a key impetus that puts the economy on higher growth trajectory. India primarily consumes thermal power with 70 per cent of electricity demands being met by that source. Smart electricity can be defined as a concept that integrates power and IT to interconnect all users (producers, operators, marketers and consumers) with the goal to efficiently balance demand and supply over an increasingly complex network. As the Indian government looks to bring its vision of 100 smart cities to reality, it is imperative that to boost productivity in different segments and enhance manufacturing.
Meeting emerging needs of citiesBeing one of the leading players in the energy management domain, Schneider Electric focuses on virtually every segment of smart city operations. In India, its primary focus, other than smart cities, is in IT infrastructure, intelligent buildings and smart grid (generation, transmission and distribution segments). Schneider Electric also lays emphasis on industrial energy-efficiency and solar-energy management and its distribution. Schneider’s global portfolio has seen about 200 countries being extensively shaped and sustained from integrative energy management perspective. India, however, is a complete market in itself. And with the new government’s dedicated focus towards smart city and digital India concepts, the importance of the nation has increased manifold. India currently makes up a large chunk of the company’s global business portfolio.
Schneider Electric and smart solutionsThe central government has definitely focused India’s attention on urbanisation and got the ‘smart city’ concept buzzing. Smart city projects essentially involve ICT-enabled operation and governance in terms of wastewater management, efficient utilities (power and water), intelligent buildings, efficient transportation, and high safety and security standards of public services. Schneider Electric India offers this entire gamut of solutions which puts in place the whole smart city value chain. Strengthening its presence further in the smart city space and ensuring best quality products to its customers always is its aim.
Mission ‘100 smart cities’With the new government’s sharp focus on the words ‘digital’ and ‘smart’ when it comes to the new-age Indian cities, a lot of talking has been done on how and where smart cities will come up. Narendra Modi is a leader with urban vision and has ambitious plan to transform the crumbling image of Indian urbanisation by building 100 new smart cities. Schneider Electric believes that for the government’s vision of 100 smart cities to become a reality, it is crucial that information and communication technology systems are deployed across all existing cities in order to ensure efficiency and transparency. It is clear the major demand for ICT solutions will arise from the creation of smart physical infrastructure (grids, water, transportation and public services). Top ICT solutions to be implemented in future will be integrated health care, GPS-enabled handsets for grid inspection, GPS-based load management and outage management, education management, street light management, water management, passenger information systems, rooftop solar integration, GPS-based billing, and power quality monitoring.

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