Monday 16, May 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has launched PowerTag®, the smallest wireless power meter available, designed to enhance the monitoring and security of electrical assets, in the Gulf region. PowerTag simplifies the connectivity of individual breakers to a Building Management System (BMS), providing building owners and facility managers with precise, powerful, and real-time data to increase the health of a facilty’s assets.
Schneider Electric brings PowerTag® to the GCC markets at a strategic time, as the region’s investments in infrastructure upgrades, automation and energy efficiency continues to grow year-on-year. The product is especially relevant for the region in light of upcoming mega-events and the governments’ commitment to become smart cities. In fact, the total value of GCC power projects was estimated at $246 billion earlier in February 2016.
Enrique Pastor, Vice President for Partner Projects and Industry Businesses, Gulf Countries and Pakistan, Schneider Electric said: “According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), GCC electricity consumption is expected to reach 856 terawatt-hours by 2020, requiring 100 GW of additional power over the next 10 years to meet the demand. To combat and effectively address the region’s surging power consumption, we need to design solutions which are smart, convenient and seamlessly connect to the Internet of Things (IoT). In today’s world, it is crucial we have access, even remotely, to real-time data so we can meaningfully manage our assets and industrialize sustainably. PowerTag® by Schneider Electric provides the intelligence building owners need to make proactive decisions on energy management.”
Designed for any type of building, PowerTag® easily monitors and measures energy use, currents, voltages, power and power factor. This first of its kind connection enables greater security of electrical assets by providing the ability to better manage critical loads – leading to higher reliability and efficiency of the electrical installation. Data is sent wirelessly to a concentrator to display the data via webpages, or within a larger BMS. Data can also be leveraged to create customized e-mail alarms to assist facility managers with remote monitoring of the assets.
“Customers are more and more demanding for new solutions to meet the critical challenges of building energy management,” said Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President, Partner Business, Schneider Electric. “PowerTag provides the innovation to make energy management simpler, with a form factor that doesn’t require a complete overhaul. The majority of circuit breakers can now be tagged bringing electrical distribution connectivity to a new era, in reality it’s a five minute installation and you’re on and connected.”
The compact, space-saving auxiliary fits easily in new and existing distribution boards (DB’s), enhancing the energy efficiency of the entire facility. PowerTag is natively integrated into Schneider Electric’s Acti 9 Communication System to provide customers an all-in-one monitoring and control solution. PowerTag is available directly through Schneider Electric, or Schneider Electric authorized distributors.