Schneider Electric hosts the inaugural session of the SWAN Forum on the state-of-the art in smart water networks
Rueil-Malmaison, France – May 17, 2011 – Schneider Electric, in association with Derceto, Echologics (a division of Mueller Water), i2O Water, TaKaDu and Telvent, announced today the creation of Smart Water Networks (SWAN), a global industrial alliance formed to promote the development and adoption of data-driven systems for better water network management and operation
"SWAN is a complete ecosystem created to support the development of smart water networks for system integrators, industry experts and leaders in the water industry," said Guy Horowitz, Chairman of SWAN and Vice President for Marketing of TaKaDu. "As water network management becomes increasingly complex and generates an ever-growing volume of data, it was vital for industrials to join forces to propose smart solutions."
Members of the SWAN alliance want to promote the enhanced processing of collected data, in order to rationalize and increase the efficiency of water distribution networks, thereby guaranteeing improved infrastructure management for both vendors and utilities. With instrumentation and telemetry playing a growing role in the industry, a new layer of smart data applications has become possible.
The first SWAN Forum is being held on May 17 and 18 at the corporate headquarters of Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management. Forum participants will exchange views on the solutions and technologies that will make water networks smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. Over the two days, the Alliance leaders and members will discuss the opportunities, challenges and next steps in promoting the adoption of smart water networks. The Forum will also showcase solutions designed to make the measurement, capture and analysis of data even smarter.
"A smarter water network means that we can improve energy efficiency while also optimizing the process, whether for drinking water distribution or wastewater treatment," notes Pascal Bonnefoi, Schneider Electric Water Segment Director. "This forum provides an excellent opportunity for every participant to drive innovation, based on feedback from different contributors working in the field."
Seventeen companies have already joined the Alliance. In addition to its founding committee, SWAN includes a consultative committee comprising Thames Water and Vienna Waterworks. SWAN is open to utilities, vendors, analysts, consultants, industry experts, investors and any other valuable contributors to the future of water network management. Today, SWAN's primary objective is to bring together as many stakeholders as possible, to encourage more productive thinking on how to improve water networks.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, with leadership positions in public utilities and infrastructure, industry and OEMs, non-residential buildings, data centres and networks, and residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient and clean, the Company's more than 110,000 employees achieved sales of €19.6 billion in 2010 through an active commitment to helping individuals and organisations "Make the most of their energy™".
SWAN, Smart Water Networks, is a global industrial alliance, founded to optimize the processing of water distribution network data to make these networks smarter, more efficient and more sustainable. SWAN aims to foster relations between water industry professionals, creating a global network of contacts to support the development of smarter water networks. Members of the alliance include utilities, vendors, analysts, consultants, industry experts, investors and any other valuable contributors to the future of water networks. To find out more, go to www.swan-forum.com