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  • Schneider Electric South Africa has the answer to big data and the security risks involved

Johannesburg South Africa, April 11 2018 – Schneider Electric

With the development of IIoT comes an increase in security risks, big data and greater bottom line responsibilities. Schneider Electric South Africa, the global specialist in energy and automation, has a solution that gives organisations the tools they need to ensure the security of their employees and their business environment.

EcoStruxure Security Expert from Schneider Electric is a new integrated security management solution that combines innovative software and hardware with the latest IP technology to help meet the security challenges of today's building environment.

“EcoStruxure Security Expert enables security and IT convergence, merging data from key security systems including video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, and alarm management. It ensures building security systems perform exactly as intended. Building occupants are safe, assets are protected, and information is readily available. Ultimately, business risk is reduced while efficiency is maximised,” says James Calmeyer, Vice President of the Buildings division in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric.

Security Expert technology also tightly integrates with Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ building management system (BMS) – powered by StruxureWare™ Building Operation software – to enable clearer decisions, faster responses and maximum facility efficiency. Building security data is made available via easy-to-use interfaces that span workstations, web stations and mobile devices.

“Ideal for a variety of building environments including hospitals, data centres, hotels and commercial buildings, including large enterprises and small- to mid-sized facilities, Security Expert delivers a single, intelligent platform - one that ensures optimal security with clear, real-time actionable information that creates the most secure business environment possible. Security Expert not only unites all components of security infrastructure, it seamlessly integrates with other building management systems including lighting, energy management, and IT to deliver significant efficiencies across the enterprise,” Calmeyer added.

This new tool gives administrators and engineers full access to their security system and its functions at all times to ensure optimal system performance, while data encryption and authentication protect communication between controllers, workstations and mobile devices, allowing encrypted information to be shared between their core building and security systems.

Additionally, security systems can alert the BMS about building occupancy so lighting, HVAC and other building systems can be managed efficiently, offering potentially substantial cost savings in future. Security Expert also integrates automatically with third-party building and security management systems via web services, APIs and open protocols, and it meets the standards and requirements of government agencies worldwide.

“As the global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric has delivered a robust solution that works to drive down energy costs and provide safety and security for people and assets. We have combined our industry-leading technologies and systems integration expertise to help address the many business, environmental and regulatory challenges our customers face. These innovations focus not only on the security system itself but on the people who use and interact with it.”

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