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ARCWeb.com: Schneider Electric Launches New Performance Analytics Suite for Resource Advisor Sustainability Software Platform
By Craig Resnick, April 17, 2015
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced the launch of Performance Analytics, a new suite of functionality within its StruxureWare Resource Advisor software platform. Resource Advisor is a widely deployed energy and sustainability platform with over 4,500 clients and 20,000 users across 130 countries managing more than $30 billion of energy spend. This functionality builds on Resource Advisor's capabilities, which includes the ability to monitor energy and carbon markets, manage sustainability metrics and report results to stakeholders on over 400 types of resource streams, including utility and facility data, weather data, and water and energy usage.
To become more sustainable and efficient, companies must understand how their facilities consume resources on a site-by-site basis in enough detail to find inefficiencies and fix them. But they also need a simple way to look across the enterprise, in order to prioritize efforts, measure results, report to their stakeholders and compare themselves to their peers. Performance Analytics now allows Resource Advisor users to collect, visualize, and analyze near-real-time interval data from a variety of sources, in context of this enterprise-wide view of their data.
Performance Analytics allows for data collection and integration from multiple sources, helping to simplify visualization and analysis of interval data, while helping to reduce the cost of data acquisition. Leveraging Schneider Electric's membership with the Green Button Association, Schneider Electric can collect data straight from the utility, which can bypass the need for on-site meters and software. Schneider Electric can also tap into existing utility relationships to obtain interval data, or data can be obtained from a variety of meter, submeter, or BMS data, which may exist on-site or can be installed. This additional flexibility helps enable customers to choose a more cost-effective way to develop a complete picture of their consumption at the site-level or across their enterprise.
This software enhancement is in support of Schneider Electric's approach of providing additional integrated software and services for its clients. A cloud-based solution that helps increase collaboration, efficiency and transparency within a single software system, Resource Advisor can be used by the client, or as a means to help enable remote energy and sustainability management. For companies in need of expertise or simply additional bandwidth, Schneider Electric can also provide remote analysis capabilities to identify new opportunities for efficiency or to amplify existing in-house expertise.
Electric Energy Online: Gartner Names Schneider Electric a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems
April 23, 2015
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) for two consecutive years. Additionally, in Gartner's report for Critical Capabilities for Advanced Distribution Management Systems, Schneider Electric achieved the highest product score for the all three use cases: Improving Outage Response, Optimizing Grid Operation, and Managing DER Impacts.
Gartner reports, including the Gartner Magic Quadrant, are regarded industry-wide as the authoritative source for competitive comparisons in the information technology industry. Magic Quadrant reports offer in-depth analyses and visual summaries of the direction and maturity of markets and key vendors.
"We are thrilled by the recognition from a highly reputable organization like Gartner," said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric. "Both the Magic Quadrant and new Critical Capability reports demonstrate the evolution of the ADMS market and point to rising customer expectations for grid reliability and efficiency. We consider our position as a leader as a confirmation of our mission to offer utility customers the tools to manage growing demand and peak loads, integrate more renewable energy into the grid, and improve electricity quality and availability from control center to customer."
Schneider Electric is positioned as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems. This further strengthens the company's differentiation and increases the gap with other vendors. Schneider Electric believes this position is attributed to the company offering the highest number of ADMS functional components and to the company's success in deploying these systems.
Schneider Electric's ADMS assists utilities in the analysis, operation, planning and optimization of power networks. The system simplifies deployments, reduces maintenance, optimizes capital expenditures, and supports improved reliability and resiliency. The system includes advanced analytical functions that help utilities optimize network operations by offering proactive approaches to managing demand, enabling distributed energy resources and improving storm management processes.
The full-length Magic Quadrant report is available at www.gartner.com. A Gartner subscription is required.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
 Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Advanced Distribution Management Systems" by Randy Rhodes, Zarko Sumic, March 17, 2015.
 Gartner "Critical Capabilities for Advanced Distribution Management Systems" by Randy Rhodes, Zarko Sumic, March 17, 2015.
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Trib Live: Batteries ordered for Armstrong 911 backup systems
By Brad Pedersen, April 22, 2015
The 36 batteries blamed for a 45-minute service loss to the Armstrong County 911 Center earlier this month will be replaced.
County commissioners at a Tuesday work session approved spending $11,400 to purchase the batteries from Schneider Electric in Pittsburgh. The batteries are expected to be installed by the end of next week.
“These batteries for the backup system are crucial during a power outage,” Chief Clerk George Skamai said. “They need to be replaced.”
The batteries, which have a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years, were damaged during several power surges over the last nine months, said Ron Baustert, county 911 coordinator.
The batteries are meant to temporarily support all of the center's power needs until its backup generators start during a power outage. They also provide power as the center transitions from the generators back to its normal electric supply.
The power surge happened when switching from generators to electricity, Baustert said.
Until the batteries are installed, Baustert said Schneider Electric workers have made a change to the system that allows 911 employees to manually transition from the generator back to its normal power source after an outage.
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