Schneider Electric, Cisco collaborate to build system networks

Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, is collaborating with Cisco to bring advanced networking and control system technologies to Information and Communications Technology managers and employees.

Cisco connects people, processes, data and things, while also helping to transform industrial customers. Thus, Schneider Electric said it will leverage the proven technologies from Cisco to help deliver enhanced industrial automation solutions.

It said welcoming Cisco to the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Programme was an avenue for the company to offer “state-of-the-art industrial networking technology to Schneider Electric customers in more than 200 countries.”

Both Schneider Electric and Cisco share the philosophy of driving technological solutions to address specific customer challenges, and both companies said they welcome the benefits of the partnership.

Schneider Electric in a statement said, “The superior value delivered to common industrial customers by this partnership can be demonstrated in a recent customer case. A major metallurgical coal miner located in the Bowen Basin in Queensland, Australia, selected Schneider Electric to supply an advanced technology solution for a new operation that produces metallurgical coal for the steel industry.”

It added, “Commissioned in late 2014, and constructed to be one of the most productive, sustainable and highly performing metallurgical coal mines in the world, the company’s operation relies on a substantial foundation of technologies from Cisco and Schneider Electric. Control of the fixed plant is entrusted to Schneider Electric systems, while the process control network depends on proven technologies from Cisco.”

The Schneider Electric CAP Programme Deployment Director, Loic Regnier, said, “Superlative technology partner companies like Cisco, recognised in the industry by analysts and customers alike, bring advanced capabilities to our customers and contribute to helping us build complete and robust solutions for those customers.”

He said that many Schneider Electric customers already use Cisco technology, adding that, “In fact, some Information Technology departments require the implementation of Cisco technology as a standard across the enterprise, including the industrial network.

“Companies who rely on Cisco for industrial network connectivity can achieve network resiliency using Cisco technologies including rapid ring recovery, link redundancy, link aggregation and rapid failover,” Reigner said.

The Senior Vice President, Innovation and Technology and Chief Technical Officer, Industry Business, Schneider Electric, Fabrice Jadot, said, “Complementing our advanced core offer with best-in-class partners like Cisco is the next step in our commitment to helping our customers operate high performance networks and systems.”

The Business Development Director, Industry Solutions Group, EMEAR, Cisco, Sebastien Collignon, said, “Cisco is pleased to join the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Programme to develop and validate joint industrial solutions for our customers.”

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