Madrid, Spain — (METERING.COM) — December 1, 2011 – To meet the needs of cities across the world, Schneider Electric and its recently acquired IT solution provider Telvent have announced today a joint SmartCity offering comprising state-of-the-art hardware, software and services to deliver better infrastructure efficiency, increased sustainability and improved city services.
- Smart grid – solutions to help cities to manage growing demand for electricity and integrate renewable energy sources while improving customer service through improved network efficiency and reduced energy consumption and emissions
- Smart mobility – an offering to improve resident mobility by providing cities with better information and improved interoperability as well as integration of electric
- Smart water – solutions that provide tools to help cities manage water networks more efficiently and offer them greater resiliency against hazards
- Smart public services – solutions to help cities to efficiently manage public safety, street lighting, healthcare and government administration
- Smart buildings and homes – tools including energy and environmental monitoring and visualization that help cities optimize resource consumption for office buildings, datacenters, industrial facilities, hospitals, universities and residential homes, resulting in reduced emissions and energy consumption and improved resident engagement.
"Bringing together the expertise of Schneider Electric and Telvent gives us the capability to deliver custom solutions that meet the specific needs of each city," said Philippe Delorme, executive vice-president of Schneider Electric. "Our SmartCity offering, integrated for performance and delivered in a collaborative model is a game changer for existing and new cities facing challenging infrastructure needs."
The cost of building, improving or maintaining infrastructure to keep up with growing demand is the most significant challenge that cities face today. Globally, urbanization is occurring at an increasingly quick pace and it is estimated that the urban population will rise from 50 percent of the world population today to more than 70 percent by 2050. This means that local governments need solutions to improve the efficiency and sustainability of city systems that are affordable, easy to deploy and manage, and can cover all of their needs.