IBM and Schneider Electric announced a new smarter buildings solution to improve energy performance for buildings across an organization. Together, IBM and Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, state that they are helping organizations reduce energy operating costs up to 30% as well as realize environmental responsibility goals through active energy management practices. The new IBM and Schneider Electric smarter buildings solution also enables the benefits of connectivity to the smart grid for electric utility demand response programs.
For example, using IBM and Schneider’s energy optimization technologies, Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island has seen a 15% reduction in energy consumption in its data center, with similar savings expected campus wide – across 50 buildings on 428 acres. What began as the IT initiative to create an energy-efficient data center has extended into collaboration between the university’s IT and facilities team to deliver greater insight and control of energy consumption across the campus, further reducing the university’s carbon footprint.