Panasonic and Schneider Electric partner to set the new standard in smart energy management
Panasonic has announced it has integrated its AC Smart Connectivity solution with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Solution and intelligent room controllers, creating an innovative energy management system for commercial buildings.
The HVAC industry AC Smart Connectivity enables direct serial communication between Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Solution and intelligent room controllers with Panasonic’s packaged air conditioning (PAC) and variable refrigerant flow-based (VRF) HVAC heating and cooling systems. This is done via the ZigBee wireless communication standard (including languages such as BACnet and Modbus), reducing operating costs while also optimising a building’s overall green credentials.
The system has precise control that provides valuable insights to reduce energy consumption, with an easy-to-use interface that is fully customisable.
“We are passionate about addressing our customers’ evolving needs and pursuing the ultimate in energy saving through the application of cutting-edge technology. This partnership with Schneider Electric builds on both companies’ expertise and leadership in HVAC equipment and building energy management and control,” says Panasonic product marketing manager of air conditioning Jack Tey.
The AC Smart Connectivity solution can be installed and integrated easily, making it ideal for retrofits. It takes advantage of innovative plug-and-play technology, which simplifies system configurations for extensive AC systems, or it can be installed as part of a standalone system.
This reduces installation time and saves on capital expenditure, while excellent indoor air quality (IAQ) management reduces operating expenditure.
“Schneider Electric and Panasonic have simplified energy management with innovative integration that optimises building efficiency and installation costs. The combination of our technologies brings innovation and real value to customers and accelerates their return on investment,” says Schneider Electric general manager Paul Crothers.