Schneider Makes New Updates in EcoStruxure Platform

Automation provider Schneider Electric has announced new updates to its EcoStruxure domain architecture and platform, EcoStruxure Power. To illustrate, the comprehensive IoT-enabled architecture and platform can digitalize and simplify electrical distribution and power management.

Hence, the new updates in the platform can deliver reliable “always-on” power for commercial buildings, healthcare, data centers, industry, and infrastructure. This latest evolution comes with integrated cybersecurity solutions, an all-in-one gateway to retrieve data from both wireless sensors and wired devices. In addition, it has tools to help empower electrical professionals faced with increasingly complex electrical power distribution systems. 

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure is a flexible portfolio that helps enterprises gain operational excellence (File Photo/Image Credit: Schneider Electric)

Minimize Unplanned Downtime

This EcoStruxure Power update of Schneider Electric includes several solutions. First, it comes with energy efficiency and asset management with EcoStruxure Panel Server connectivity to EcoStruxure Asset Advisor & Resource Advisor. In addition, the launch of high-performance, modular gateway provides a seamless connection of wired or unwired smart IoT devices to advisory services and/or edge control software.

Next, it has workforce empowerment powered by EcoStruxure Extended Reality Operator Advisor. To illustrate, the new extended reality (XR) offer helps empower electrical workforce by tackling key challenges associated with human error, paper documentation, and time constraints.

In addition, the EcoStruxure Power update also comes with Integrated cybersecurity solutions with EcoStruxure™ Cybersecurity. This provides centralized cybersecurity management and real-time threat visibility. Finally, it also comes integrated with the ETAP Operator Training Software (OTS). Here, facility managers can work with a highly realistic Power Operation training environment driven by ETAP’s electrical digital twin.

Natasha Nelson, Vice President EcoStruxure Power, Power Systems and Services, Schneider Electric said “Our EcoStruxure Power platform is a highly reliable and cybersecure way to improve business continuity and performance by minimizing unplanned downtime. ‘Always-on’ power is essential for critical services. Any downtime can put such businesses in grave distress.”

Furthermore, Nelson said this latest update offers enhanced asset management and workforce empowerment tools. Hence, can further help facility operations teams to mitigate loss of power as industry and critical services continue to navigate through these turbulent times.

Next-Generation Electrical Distribution Monitoring, Power Event Analysis

EcoStruxure Panel Server is an all-in-one gateway that retrieves data from both wireless sensors and wired devices. Thus, providing facility managers easy access to the information they need to protect, maximize, and optimize their power systems.

Panel Server connectivity to EcoStruxure Asset Advisor means real-time data and alarms gathered. In addition, displayed on the gateway’s embedded webpages are available in Asset Advisor where services experts can provide electrical system diagnostics.

EcoStruxure Panel Server is an integral part of Schneider Electric’s continuous thermal monitoring application, mitigating risk of electrical fires whilst also increasing people and asset protection. Moreover, safety, prevention, and minimizing risks in data centers and installations are critical to Schneider Electric’s clients.

About 25 percent of all electrical fires are due to faulty or loose connections. Also, power outages cause a loss of US$110 billion and €150 Billion to US and EU economies, respectively.

With Panel Server connectivity to EcoStruxure Resource Advisor, facility managers can help improve their facility’s energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. Panel Server collects and shares energy data to help achieve energy conservation initiatives.

The use of extended reality (XR) technology has been evident in healthcare, manufacturing, and industrial training applications. With EcoStruxure Extended Reality Operator Advisor, Schneider Electric brings the XR tools to electrical distribution operations and maintenance. Thus, accelerating training and empowering the facility workforce to improve safety and efficiency whilst saving time isolating risks and restoring power.

Digital Twin Improves Power System Modeling

With the integration of ETAP Operator Training Software (eOTS) and EcoStruxure Power Operation energy management software, facility managers can experience a highly realistic Power Operation training environment.

This unique integration allows all EcoStruxure Power Operation systems to connect with ETAP Electrical Digital Twin on a continuous real-time basis. With this connection, operators can create and understand power system behavior during various real-world or plausible operating scenarios.

In addition, new operating procedures may be designed and validated against contingencies utilizing their familiar EcoStruxure Power Operation human-machine interface.

The integration of Power Operation with ETAP OTS provides cost-effective practice routines without the risk of affecting actual operations. Ultimately, this will enable faster responses to abnormal contingencies while minimizing operational risk.