News release

Date: 15th February 2010

Schneider Electric Showcases Integrated Approach to the Construction of Safe, Energy Efficient and Intelligent Schools

Energy Management and Building Automation specialist demonstrates one complete educational building solution with interactive “A Day in the Life of a School” presentations

Stand 508 at Building Schools Exhibition & Conference, February 24-25th at the ExCel Centre in London

Ashby, United Kingdom - February 15th 2010: At BSEC 2010 experts from global energy management specialist Schneider Electric will run a series of unique on-stand “A Day in the Life of a School” demonstrations. These will show visitors how its integrated school security, energy management and building control solutions enhance the financial, operational and environmental performance of schools — and help boost pupils’ performance levels by up to 30 percent.

The special “A Day in the Life of a School” mini ‘lessons’ will give conference delegates and exhibition attendees a snapshot of the new and exciting possibilities available to schools using the latest energy management and building automation systems. The lessons will also demonstrate how easy it is to monitor and cost-effectively control vital aspects of a school — from enhanced energy management and carbon reduction measures, through to security, safety and access control.

Visitors to Schneider Electric’s stand (508) will also discover how school authorities can take significant steps to meeting their carbon reduction commitments by following Schneider Electric’s four steps to energy efficiency.

From the start of the school day through to when the lights are switched off and throughout the night, Schneider Electric’s building automation solutions are focused on delivering the optimal learning and operational environment within schools. Sophisticated but intuitive energy management systems continuously and cost-effectively control heating, lighting and ventilation according to the changing needs of staff and children, while security and access control solutions integrate pupil access and registration with automated absence alerts and cashless school meal payment options that take account of individual pupil’s special dietary needs.

Schneider Electric’s leadership in intelligent and highly energy-efficient, integrated building management and security solutions for the education sector is built on a unique, research-based understanding of the needs, concerns and behaviours of school users – especially children and their teachers.

As well as drawing upon the findings of two ‘Safety and Security in Schools’ research reports1 & 2 commissioned by Schneider Electric’s buildings business (formerly known as TAC UK), the company’s solutions also take account of numerous studies that show the combination of fresh air, natural light, the right temperature and integrated security systems makes pupils comfortable, feel safe and perform. One study by the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), showed that pupils’ performance went up by an average of 15 percent, and up to 30 percent, with improved climate control.

“Education authority representatives, school managers and building contractors who visit our stand at BSEC 2010 will see what a huge, positive impact an integrated security, energy management and building automation solution can have on financial, operational, environmental and pupil performance,” commented Stuart Bailey, Head of Education - Buildings Division, Schneider Electric.

Scheider Electric will be at Stand 508 at Building Schools Exhibition & Conference, February 24-25th at the ExCel Centre in London

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Members of the media interested in scheduling a briefing with Schneider Electric can do so by contacting Adrian Linden at adrian [at] evokedset [dot] com.

Notes to editors
1 ‘School Security Report: Survey of Parents’ - 2009
2 ‘School Security Report: Survey of Teachers’ - 2007

For more information about BSEC10 and how to attend, please visit: http://www.buildingschools.co.uk/

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, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 114,000 employees achieved sales of more than 18.3 billion euros in 2008, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations “Make the most of their energy.”
www.schneider-electric.com


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Adrian Linden
EvokedSet PR
Schneider-electric [at] evokedset [dot] com
Phone: 07919 967865

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