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Cities cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface but account for 50% of its population, 75% of its energy consumption and 80% of its carbon emissions. Commercial Real Estate consumes 53% of the world’s electric consumption and will grow to over 80%, by 2040, due to urbanisation.

“These figures are frightening now but the forecasts are even grimmer if we choose to ignore these facts,” says Markus Dickerson segment lead for Commercial Real Estate at Schneider Electric South Africa.

“Our world is becoming more electric and more digital, with the demand for electricity being driven by sustainability, intelligent devices and the evolution of key energy consumers. In turn, this drives a need for more efficiency and Commercial Real Estate has the highest untapped energy efficiency potential, by sector, (50-80%), with 75% of building life cycle costs in the operating expenses. Big technology disruptions provide a golden opportunity to redefine this landscape.”

According to Dickerson, owners and investors are looking for increased building value, occupancy and efficient cost-effective design. While occupiers are seeking energy use and costs optimisation, reduced operating expenses, with predictive and condition based (rather than reactive) maintenance; and simplified and effective management, with real time visibility. Finally, the occupier wants a maximised use of available space, optimised comfort and productivity, coupled with safety, reliability and up-time.

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EcoStruxure solution

Schneider Electric offers an open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture or backbone, the EcoStruxure, that delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity.

“The solution leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cybersecurity to deliver innovation at every level. This includes connected products, edge control, and apps, analytics and services,” explains Dickerson.

“The intervention offers design and specification done via consultants and specifiers, in conjunction and with support from the Schneider Electric team.

“EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

According to Dickerson, the solution is delivered through tested and validated future-proof reference architectures that enable the design of end-to-end, open, interoperable and connected systems. Enabled by our platform, which provides technology capabilities that enables the design and operation of connected systems at scale, with best-in-class security, built around three core technology capabilities:

  1. Enabling technologies for embedded connectivity and intelligence
  2. Building blocks for smart operations
  3. Infrastructure for cloud-connected digital services

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