Author: Jenny Roehm
If electricity is a mystery to you, this is the explanation you have been looking for. My dad has been studying this matter for years now. He has no formal education in electrical engineering, but in the fine tradition of natural science and philosophers of old, he has spent many hours observing nature and here is his explanation of electricity.
Electricity comes from lightning. Ben Franklin’s first experiment with electricity was flying a kite in a lightning storm. Even he knew that is where electricity comes from. In the summer, the water in lakes and rivers around the earth evaporates and becomes clouds. Those clouds build up and create big rolling thunderstorms with lots of thunder and lightning. If you have spent any time in Montana during the summer, you know what I’m talking about. Most of the lightning goes from the clouds into the earth, but not all of it. Sometimes it goes from cloud to cloud, where it is called ‘sheet lightning.’ Lightning that doesn’t ..

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According to a recent ARC and Kaspersky industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity survey, 70% of the 282 industrial organizations who participated consider a cyberattack on their operations technology (OT) / Industrial Control System (ICS) infrastructure to be likely. Despite this, many of the respondents, who work in oil, gas, and chemicals process industries, have yet to define their own approach to implementing OT / ICS cybersecurity.
When preparing an industrial cybersecurity defense plan, a common misconception of corporate stakeholders is to turn to IT departments, who are viewed as the traditional resources for managing cybersecurity related issues, for a solution. Although IT departments will play a principal role in protecting industrial machines and control systems, IT teams working with OT stakeholders will need to recognize some important distinctions between the way IT systems are cyber-protected and the way OT systems require protection.
How OT cybersecurity is uniq..

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In my previous blog, we discussed how corporate social responsibility (CSR) is playing an ever-growing part in determining a company’s social licence to operate. A core component of CSR – and one that Schneider Electric has taken to heart – is in the push for sustainable development.
At the core of our strategy and our actions are four key trends that we must acknowledge:
• We are living with finite resources and offering strategies for sustainable utilisation
• We are living in a world of data, where digitisation is a sustainability enabler
• We are living by principles and building business resiliency through increase circularity
• We are living with integrity by adopting sustainability as an integral part of business.
So how do we contribute to providing for the needs of the present generation without compromising our future generations?
We believe that taking a proactive approach to managing onsite assets generates greater benefits than a reactive approach. By adopting technolog..

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How Schneider Electric ‘the most local of the global companies’ turned me into a global citizen It’s Friday afternoon and I am working from home in the United Kingdom. I am reminded of my 5-year anniversary in March with Schneider Electric. I still remember the day I joined Schneider Electric in the United Arab Emirates and the global journey I have been on; making friends along the way and being part of the Schneider Electric family.
Let me take you on a quick global tour.
Kick-off on home grounds: Dubai, UAE: The city of gold Dubai is home to me as I was born and raised there. Only a desert land during the 1950s and quickly turning itself into one of the key hubs and innovative cities in the world. Home to 4th Schneider Electric Hub, I was swiftly leading and driving some key initiatives; Schneider Go Green and our Employee Value Proposition (EVP) across the Middle East and Africa. We put Go Green on the map with having some of the most successful campaigns globally and the 2nd hig..

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The smart building market is said to register a CAGR of over 23% between 2020-2025. The growing concern around energy and government initiatives on smart infrastructure are the main driving forces behind the market growth. Currently, the smart building market is fragmented with the mere presence of well-known and established domestic and global players across the world. The market will be majorly technology-driven, and customisation is said to attract the end-users. Therefore, the vendors are concentrating primarily on developing innovative products and solutions that will help optimise energy consumption and give a high degree of building automation in offices.
Some of the trends in Smart Buildings include:
With the increasing cost of energy and environmental impact, there is a growing pressure to provide more energy-saving focused solutions to save money. As consumption of energy rises, there is a growing demand and need for smart buildings. Smart buildings not only make building e..

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Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher said, “change is the only constant in life.” Though the truth of that proverb is obvious for today’s businesses, it is how organizations plan for, and neutralize the potentially devastating impacts of emergency situations that can be critical to a business’s very survival. For many small and medium-sized businesses, the statistics paint a grim picture, revealing 40% never reopen after a disaster, and of those that do, 25% fail within one year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US. Ready.gov has estimated that 63% of companies have no process in place to bounce back after an emergency. Just because crises like climatic events, natural disasters and other catastrophic events are beyond our control doesn’t mean their impacts cannot be anticipated, evaluated and mitigated. We now have the technological capability to actively boost business continuity and viability in the face of unanticipated events — or at least to make th..

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Probably we all experienced the same situation several times trying to find a charging point wherever we are as a matter of emergency. 10 years ago, the situation was more or less the same with only a difference of technology. Since 2015 we are seeing more options to power up our devices. The majority now is using USB (universal series bus), leaving its place to wireless charging sooner or later.
As of the 1st of April of 2020, another change is happening that we need to adapt and adopt with respect to the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC. This especially concerns USB socket outlet manufacturers who will be required to design and manufacture products with efficiency in mind. They will be mandated to publish active power efficiency levels in user guides, as well as on the product where possible.
This new legislation primarily highlights the importance of reducing the energy usage and provides greater insight to empower electricians and consumers to improve efficiency.
Yet awareness re..

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