Schneider Electric is to use container technology from MicroEJ to create software-defined energy infrastructure.
Schneider will use the MicroEJ VEE software container technology in its EcoStruxure Industrial IoT (IIoT) products. The aim is to accelerate the digital transformation of the mass deployment of smart connected devices.
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Scalability, flexibility, and reusability of software applications are essential for all the components of energy distribution from breakers, power meters and UPS to switchboards and surge protectors. These have to quickly respond to the changing needs of the energy infrastructure and the VEE containers can be quickly and reliable moved between even the smallest processors commonly used in industrial systems.
“We are working with MicroEJ to bring the software-defined approach to our products, so that our customers can take advantage of distributed intelligence for a rapid response to changing energy needs,” said Peter Weckesser, Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer at Schneider Electric.
“Even more important, this software-defined approach is instrumental to driving greater energy efficiency and sustainability. It makes it possible for site and facility managers in all industries to optimize energy infrastructure resources,” he said.
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“VEE software containers offer developers unique capabilities for rapid customization, over-the-air updates, and software reuse of a wide range of IIoT products,” said Fred Rivard, CEO at MicroEJ. “VEE balances affordability and energy efficiency as well as the scalability needed for building highly innovative products and services. Now paired with Schneider Electric’s powerful EcoStruxure.”
The technology is already used by over 120 companies in the world in over 150 million products from the smart home, wearables, healthcare, industrial automation, retail, telecommunications and smart city to building automation and transportation.