Schneider Electric predicts 4 billion internet users by 2020

By 2020, about 4 billion of the world’s 7.6 billion population will be connected leveraging on advancement in Internet of Things (IoT), according to EcoStruxure, a platform of Schneider Electric.

Viviane Mike-Eze, the company’s Marketing Communication Manager, said 30 billion things including businesses and organisations will also be connected, and that the whole essence was to enhance safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability.

She said this on the sidelines of an IDC Data Centre Roadshow in Lagos.

She said the data centre industry was undergoing profound transformation to support the enormous data volumes and processing demands being generated by IoT.

“This is a strong opportunity for growth in the industry as we need to provide solutions that are able to address this challenge.

“It is specifically relevant for us here in Nigeria now with data residency regulations about to be enforced,” she said.

EcoStruxure, she said, would leverage advancements in IoT mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cyber security to ensure innovations and connectivity in organisations.

The Internet of Things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and connectivity.

It enables these items connect and exchange data, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits and reduced human exertions.

According to Mike-Eze, to succeed in the industry, businesses have to accelerate their time to market in the design, build phases and reach operational excellence for customer satisfaction.

“They will expand their businesses and keep up with fast growing market; all while reducing energy cost and improving sustainability.

“EcoStruxure architecture has a strong role to play in assisting organisations to address these challenges by leveraging connected products, edge control and analytics to optimise asset performance and drive profitability,” Mike-Eze added.

She disclosed that Google was leveraging its 21st Century Technologies empowerment scheme to establish Google Station and City WiFi in Nigeria.

“21st Century Technologies is a very strong player coming up in the market, the first Nigerian company to set up a Tier 4 design data centre, and it is set to be the biggest on the African continent.

“All the equipment in 21st Century Technologies, from the data management facility to the building management system; their alternative power solutions — all of these are Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Solutions,” said Mike-Eze.

EcoStruxure technology is creating the path for the digital transformation of industries in Nigeria.