Schneider Electric showcases EcoStruxure solutions at ‘Innovation Summit’

The event was attended by decision-makers and influencers from the private and public sectors.
Updated 07 February 2018
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Schneider Electric showcases EcoStruxure solutions at ‘Innovation Summit’

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, hosted the “Innovation Summit — Buildings of the Future” at the Al-Khozama Conference and Exhibition Center, Riyadh, on Jan. 30.
The event was attended by decision-makers and influencers from the private and public sectors including the Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Interior, SEC, SABIC, Dur Hospitality, private hospitals and the French trade attaché, in addition to other private sectors.
“At the summit we launched our EcoStruxure solutions for buildings of the future, along with three other new products, showcasing Schneider Electric’s leadership in energy management and our commitment to innovation at every level,” said Najib Al-Naeem, country president of Schneider Electric. “We have developed EcoStruxure as the go-to solution for the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) and to meet the needs of the Kingdom’s smart cities that are a key part of Vision 2030.”
In addition to the product launches, the summit included an exhibition area, and a presentation by SABIC on smart buildings and its relation to Vision 2030.
“We are very pleased with the success of the summit,” said Mohammad Faraj, eco-building vice president at Schneider Electric. “As a result, we are delighted to welcome more partners and developers to join the EcoStruxure success stories and share our commitment to innovation, diversity and sustainability that ensures that ‘Life Is On’ everywhere, for everyone and at every moment, enabling consumers to enjoy an efficient, reliable and secure way of life.”
Schneider Electric has a presence in over 100 countries, and specializes in power management — medium voltage, low voltage and secure power — and in automation systems, providing integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”