Innovations in Comfort, Efficiency, and Safety Solutions.
EMAIL INTERVIEW – Frederick Morency and Ken Sinclair
Frederick Morency – President Viconics, SCL Elements, VP Small
from Laval University in Quebec City
with a degree in Electrical Engineering and specialized in
Electromechanical and Power distribution. In 1997 he began his
career with Schneider Electric in the Field Services organization based
in Montreal. In 2001 he moved to Grenoble, France where he joined the
Power Monitoring and Control organization as the Business Development
Manager for the Asia Pacific. In 2005 as part of the acquisition of
Power Measurement (Victoria, Canada) he was responsible to transfer
Power Measurement commercial distribution channel to Schneider
Electric's front offices around the world. In 2006, he took the
European Business Development Manager role for the Power Monitoring and
Control until June 2009. In mid 2009, Frederick became the Program
Manager for the EcoStruxure corporate program with-in Strategy and
Innovation division. In 2012, he joined the Building Business
organization as the Director of Offer Marketing for the Room controller
and Web BMS solution based in Montreal, Canada. Recently, He took over
the leadership of the combined entity as President of Viconics and SCL
Elements and became VP Small Building Systems with-in
Schneider-Electric Building division.
Editor's Note: CAN2GOŽ is a brand of SCL Elements Inc. and advertises under this name and has written articles as CAN2GO for our web site. SCL Elements Inc. provides CAN2GO building automation solutions for comfort and energy efficiency in commercial buildings. CAN2GO offers integrated wired and wireless solutions for HVAC, lighting & metering applications. Their controllers, gateways and web based building management system (BEMS) allow facility managers, contractors and OEM manufacturers to deploy building automation systems (BAS) combining wired (BACnet, Modbus, CANbus), wireless (EnOcean, ZigBee) and web (IP/Ethernet) technologies – providing maximum interoperability and control for more energy savings.
Sinclair: What are the highlights of this announcement?
Morency: Schneider Electric has acquired SCL Elements, a startup based in Montreal. SCL Elements brings an innovative building management system to complement Schneider Electric’s building solutions portfolio. This acquisition follows the acquisition of Viconics in 2011 and affirms Schneider Electric’s willingness to establish in Montreal a center of excellence for building solutions and wireless technology. Schneider Electric has combined SCL Elements and Viconics under a single entity, “Small Building Systems,” which is part of the Buildings Division.
Sinclair: How does the acquisition fit into the overall strategy of Schneider Electric?
SCL Elements brings
an innovative building management solution that gives Schneider
Electric the opportunity to address the small-and medium-sized building
market. We are targeting retail stores, schools and small commercial
buildings that represent the vast majority (98 percent) of today’s
buildings. Most controls in these buildings are manual or open
loop, which causes a very inefficient setup, not only in terms of
energy, but also comfort. For small buildings, HVAC and lighting
systems represent about 60 percent of the energy consumed. The only way
to save energy in that situation is to link the energy demand to the
real site occupancy. This can be done through building schedules and
Sinclair: What new opportunities will this acquisition offer Schneider Electric customers?
The majority of existing buildings containing 100,000 square feet
less do not have HVAC and lighting control systems in place. We are
beginning to see energy efficiency regulation and utility incentive
programs targeting commercial buildings, but in that market space,
there is a limited CAPEX capacity.
What is the current state of the
building automation industry as a whole?
the building automation industry is limited by the marginal growth of
new construction. In these markets, the traditional automation systems
have limited space to grow, and they cannot serve the small-building
market due to cost.
In the new
economies, we see a limited
use of the building automation system overall, even in large buildings,
where individual room control is the extent of the automation in place.
Sinclair: Where do you think the industry is going, and how does this deal fit in with where the industry is heading?
efficiency regulation and incentive programs are impacting a lot of our
business, as our customers are now more sensitive to the potential
savings that building automation can bring. At the same time the
digital revolution underway creates an all new expectation on the
customer experience to get meaningful information to make decisions.
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