IBM and Schneider Electric team to make buildings smarter

San Francisco, October 1, 2010 – IBM and Schneider Electric announced a new smarter buildings solution to improve energy performance for buildings across an organization.

This is critical as buildings worldwide today consume 42 percent of all electricity, and by 2025, are projected to be the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.

Together, IBM and Schneider Electric are helping organizations reduce energy operating costs up to 30 percent as well as realize environmental responsibility goals through active energy management practices.

The new IBM and Schneider Electric smarter buildings solution also enables the benefits of connectivity to the smart grid for electric utility demand response programs.

For example, using IBM and Schneider’s energy optimization technologies, Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island has seen a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption in its data center, with similar savings expected campus wide – across 50 buildings on 428 acres.

What began as the IT initiative to create an energy-efficient data center has extended into collaboration between the university’s IT and facilities team to deliver greater insight and control of energy consumption across the campus, further reducing the university’s carbon footprint.

Today’s announcement builds on a decade strong relationship between IBM and Schneider Electric for building energy efficient data centers. Now available for buildings across industries including schools and universities, hospitals, hotels and government facilities, the new converged offering will help organizations monitor and reduce energy use to free-up capital, to sustain building efficiency through proactive maintenance programs, and reduce the incidence and costs of equipment failures.

In addition, building occupants can realize peak productivity benefits by working in high performance building environments – ones that recognize building systems such as efficient lighting and indoor air quality, are interdependent but function with the whole building in mind, including the people that occupy them.

Schneider Electric’s building management solutions, including Andover Continuum, help monitor and control building systems – heating, ventilation, air conditioning, humidity, lighting, access control, video and physical security – across one or more facilities, providing up to a 30 percent reduction in overall energy use.

When combined with IBM solutions such as IBM Green Sigma analytics, IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management, IBM Business Services Manager, and IBM Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization, organizations are provided with intelligent data to make better decisions and actions about energy use.

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