Schneider Electric showcases EcoStruxure solutions at ‘Innovation Summit’

Updated 09 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, recently.
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 their 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.


UN chief urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to halt military wing and operations

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UN chief urges Lebanon’s Hezbollah to halt military wing and operations

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon and urged the militant group to halt military activities inside and outside the country, including in Syria.
In a report to the Security Council obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Guterres also called on Lebanon’s government and armed forces “to take all measures necessary to prohibit Hezbollah and other armed groups from acquiring weapons and building paramilitary capacity” outside the authority of the state.
He said Hezbollah’s military activity violates a 2004 Security Council resolution ordering all Lebanese militias to disarm and the Taif Accords that ended the country’s 1975-90 civil war. In the semi-annual report on implementation of the 2004 resolution, the secretary-general said Hezbollah’s engagement in the Syrian conflict also violates Lebanon’s official policy of “disassociation,” or neutrality in regional affairs.
Guterres said the report demonstrates Hezbollah’s failure to disarm and “its refusal to be accountable” to state institutions that the UN resolution sought to strengthen.
“In a democratic state, it remains a fundamental anomaly that a political party maintains a militia that has no accountability to the democratic, governmental institutions of the state but has the power to take that state to war,” he said.
Israel and Lebanon have been in a state of war for decades and do not have diplomatic relations. In the summer of 2006, Israel and Hezbollah militants fought a monthlong war.
The border with Israel has remained mostly quiet since then, but Guterres said an alleged increase in Hezbollah’s arsenal poses “a serious challenge” to the Lebanese government’s ability to exercise authority and sovereignty over the entire country.
“I call upon countries in the region that maintain close ties with Hezbollah to encourage the transformation of the armed group into a solely civilian political party, and its disarmament,” Guterres said.
He did not name Iran, a strong supporter of Hezbollah in Syria and elsewhere. Both are strong supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
Guterres said Hezbollah’s military arsenal and involvement in Syria continue “to be denounced by a number of voices in Lebanon, who consider those issues to be destabilizing factors in the country and ones that undermine democracy.”
In addition, he said, “many Lebanese see the continued presence of such arms as an implicit threat that those could be used within Lebanon for political reasons.”
Hezbollah is considered a terrorist group by the United States, but its political wing has long held seats in Lebanon’s parliament and was part of Lebanon’s outgoing coalition government.
Parliamentary elections earlier this month were the first in Lebanon since war broke out in Syria in 2011 and Hezbollah made major gains. Its leader, Hassan Nasrallah declared “mission accomplished.”
Nonetheless, Lebanese analysts say the next Cabinet, like the outgoing one, will likely be a unity government that includes Hezbollah.