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Schneider Electric and Cisco Partner to Build Resilient Control System Networks

  • Schneider Electric adds Cisco to its Collaborative Automation Partner Program
Riyadh-Saudi Arabia: 13 August, 2015 - Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has today announced a partnership with worldwide leader in networking, Cisco, to bring advanced networking and control system technologies to its customers. Cisco is focused on helping transform industrial customers by connecting people, processes, data and things. Schneider Electric will leverage the proven technologies from Cisco to help deliver its enhanced industrial automation solutions.

Welcoming Cisco to the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP) provides the platform needed to offer the company’s state-of-the-art industrial networking technology to Schneider Electric customers in more than 200 countries. Schneider Electric and Cisco both share the philosophy of driving technological solutions to address specific customer challenges, and both companies welcome the benefits of this partnership.

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. 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 CAPProgram Deployment Director, Loic Regnier, said “Superlative technology partner companies like Cisco, recognized 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.”

Many Schneider Electric customers already use Cisco technology. In fact, some IT 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.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in non-residential and residential buildings, industries and machine manufacturers, utilities and infrastructure, and data centres and networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of Euro25 billion in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.

With more than 30 years of active presence in Saudi Arabia, an established sales and marketing network, manufacturing facilities, strong local partnerships and outstanding references, Schneider Electric continues to serve the Saudi economy with comprehensive solutions for all its power and control needs.
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