Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, in partnership with Knowledge Oasis Muscat and the French Embassy in Oman, has launched a showcase of Smart City innovations that could enable residents and businesses to save time and money on their utilities.
In support of the Oman Vision 2020 nationwide transformation agenda, Oman’s utilities providers are heavily investing in Internet of Things innovations that can enable smart utilities. A report by TechSci Research is predicting that the GCC’s smart grids market will triple to $1.7 billion by 2026.
“As Oman’s population and business sector grow, the government needs to ensure safe, reliable, and efficient utilities,” said Nasser Al Malki, acting director general of Knowledge Oasis Muscat. “In partnership with Schneider Electric, we are digitally transforming with Internet of Things solutions that can predict and meet energy demand, and enable people to monitor and optimise their utilities usage in real-time.”
Many of Oman’s innovators participated at the event held at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat. As part of the event, the Embassy of France in Oman and Schneider Electric launched the Innovation Hub on Wheels.
“French companies are playing a major role in Oman’s nationwide digital transformation and economic development, with more than €500 million in bilateral trade and the foreign direct investment (FDI) stock representing around €1 billion,” said Renaud Salins, Ambassador of France in Oman. “Energy, notably renewables; transportation; logistics; and utilities are major opportunities for French companies, such as Schneider Electric, to exchange best practices and support Oman’s utilities modernisation.”
The Innovation Hub on Wheels showcases 17 Internet of Things use cases for Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture and platform, covering the segments of building, transportation, water and waste water, oil and gas, utilities, and data centre. Smart meters, remote terminal units, and advanced distribution management systems can be combined to provide flexible and scalable platforms for smart utilities.
“In the face of Oman’s urbanisation, digitisation, and industrialisation, utilities are modernising their technology infrastructure,” said Hanan Darwish, Cluster President – Gulf and Pakistan, Schneider Electric. “We are working closely across Oman’s energy spectrum to drive Smart Grids and smart cities – from driving renewable energy production, to identifying leaking pipes, and supporting more energy-efficient smart buildings.”
“Smart Cities and smart grids can be large and complex projects that need channel partners to tie them into wider digital transformation strategies,” said Engineer Hassan Abdwani, CEO of Voltamp Energy, channel partner. “Channel partners have the knowledge and experience to help simplify and accelerate Internet of Things projects, and exchange training with staff to optimise their projects.” - TradeArabia News Service