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         Cloud-based security system uses BACnet communications protocol to drive new levels of building efficiency
         AccessXpert empowers on-the-go security professionals to realize the full potential of buildings
 
ANDOVER, Mass. – September 12, 2016 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced enhancements to its AccessXpert security management system at ASIS 2016. The new enhancements allow facility mangers to seamlessly integrate their security and building management systems for the first time via the BACnet communications protocol to drive information sharing that leads to better building efficiency.
 
AccessXpert uses secure, cloud-based technologies to provide building owners, managers and security personnel with anywhere, anytime mobile access to video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, alarm management and other systems. By using open standards to merge security with Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ building management system (BMS), AccessXpert delivers new levels of building integration to enable clearer decisions, faster responses and maximum facility efficiency.
 
“While BACnet interoperability doesn’t usually cross most security professionals’ minds, the opportunities it presents to the security industry are significant,” said Jim Sandelin, Senior Vice President, EcoBuilding, Schneider Electric North America Operation. “Traditional security and building automation integrations have severe limitations and often require custom builds that are costly to develop and maintain. Integrating access control and BMS on the BACnet protocol reinforces our rich history of supporting open standards and delivering true building integration and automation so our customers can fully leverage the potential of their buildings.”
 
With the new BACnet integration, organizations can share encrypted information between their building management and security systems to gain efficiencies and manage emergency situations. In the event of a fire, facility managers can initiate an alarm from the BMS that automatically transmits an emergency message to evacuate the building. Conversely, security systems can alert the BMS about building occupancy so lighting, HVAC and other building systems can be turned on when needed, which drives energy and cost savings.
 
AccessXpert is currently available in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.schneider-electric.us/accessxpert or contact your local Schneider Electric representative.
 
Reliable Controls About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~$30 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.
 
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