Containment of damage caused by fire is one of the most important areas that needs to be addressed today in India. As per the fire department records, fire accidents resulting from electrical faults and short circuits have seen a 10-fold jump over the last six years. In the industrial sector, 56% of industrial incidents is caused by electrical faults. Substandard electrical infrastructure in a building results in huge losses in terms of human life and assets. However, an integrated automation approach encompassing all systems, especially electrical equipment in buildings, can prevent critical damage to life and wealth.

FSAI has recently held 5th edition of Project Heads, Architects & Consultants Conclave (PACC) 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was attended by over 500 people that included top bureaucrats, renowned architects and consultants, finest technocrats, and accomplished fire safety and security professionals across India and other countries. The gathering focused on exchanging information about standards, codes and best practices and emerging technologies for creating smart and sustainable buildings. It addressed the growing need for leveraging digitization and Internet of Things (IoT) in the segment. Schneider Electric India was one of the participants in the event.

Pankaj Dharkar said, “In the wake of increasing accidents over the years on account of spurious installations or electrical faults, there is also a pressing need for standardization of safety standards in the electrical equipment industry in India. In this regard, we are happy to be associated with Schneider Electric which brings lot of expertise to address fire and safety issues in buildings.”

During the event, Schneider Electric also showcased its latest solutions through its Ecostruxure architecture for buildings and the real estate industry. Speaking on the occasion, Shrinivas Chebbi, President, Building Business, Schneider Electric India said, “We’re proud to be the technology partner at PACC 2017 and it’s a matter of privilege to be amongst the industry stalwarts. Together with FSAI we want to encourage the adaptation of standard and time tested electrical assemblies including digital architecture to ensure robustness and safety from the start. In line with FSAI’s motto to make Surakshit Bharat, Schneider Electric seeks to provide solutions and standards to ensure growth and safety.”

In today’s world, digitisation is playing the most important role in achieving efficiency in every industry. Leveraging the technological evolutions, our aim is to create state-of-the-art buildings that address the need-of-the-hour of being green and sustainable. Together with IoT, we need new innovative construction materials, key technologies, equipment, and machines for future sustainable developments.

– Pankaj Dharkar

National President, FSAI


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