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Schneider Electric launches IoT-enabled smart switches in India



Schneider Electric has launched three new wiring devices range – Clipsal X, UNICA Pure and Avatar ON. With products that are digitally advanced, Schneider Electric aims to address the growing consumer market that demands style, strength, efficiency as well as digitisation. The products are being introduced with the unique proposition of customisation and IoT compatibility. Available in varied price ranges, the products are one-of-its kind in the Indian home distribution segment.
 
In India, the home automation industry is rapidly growing and evolving more to a converged offering with integration of lighting controls and switchboards, safety security sensors, voice enabled system etc. The growing market share of smart homes in India can be attributed to the growth of IT hubs and HNWIs (high net worth individuals), which are majorly concentrated in NCR, Punjab, Gujarat, Pune, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Noida and Coimbatore. According to a Redseer report, every year, the uptake of smart homes in India is increasing between 15-18 per cent in tier 1 cities and between 5-10 per cent in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. As of 2018, after Pune and Delhi NCR, Mumbai has the highest market share of 12 per cent in the home automation market across India.
 
One critical aspect of smart homes today are smart savvy lighting alongside immaculately designed switchboards to go along with the aesthetics of the house. Over the years, consumer demands have changed drastically in terms of features, design and overall amenities. Today, millennials make nearly half of the working age population in India and are one of the most affluent population groups keen on investing on high quality, automated products.
 
Speaking about the launch, Srinivas Shanbhogue, VP, Retail Business said, “Smart home devices are rapidly catching up in India. Today, people are beginning to make sustainable choices at every step of their life starting from their homes, and our new range of wiring devices and switches cater to this market. At Schneider Electric, we believe in delivering the best technology and our teams have been working hard to create market offerings that are ready to disrupt the Indian wiring devices market.”
 
AvatarOn is a switch that takes on multiple Avatars and changes as you like. This product fulfills personalisation needs of customised patterns, finishes, pictures. It is an exquisite combination of functionality and style.
 
Unica Pure complies to the highest international standard of Green Certification for manufactured products (RoHS, REACH, PEP, EoLI) and is 100 per cent recyclable – making it safe not only for the family but also to the environment. Clipsal X is made to last for more than 1 million clicks while keeping the vibrant and youthful colours aligned to the latest interior design trends.
 
The new products have been introduced in addition to the existing range which consists of ULTI Impress, which has patented impress mechanism, ensuring that the switch stays in a uniform position and can be operated with ease while ring shaped LED locators glow to guide to the switches at night. NEO is world’s first and only range of horizontal switches which is perfectly suited to modern décor, with matte and glossy finishes. ZENcelo is world’s first full-flat mechanical switch. It is clear of all unnecessary lines and protrusions while it easily blends in with contemporary décor. The product also has won the iF Product Design, which offers the best functionality without compromising on the aesthetics. Opale is scratch resistant, easy to clean and prevents light reflection off the surface while being easy to install at the same time. Livia is only 2.7mm wall hug – thin plate with free-flowing curved body to minimise dust accumulation.
 
Addressing this need, Schneider Electric has taken innovation in this area to the next level with the launch of these three new wiring devices range. This is a testimony to their commitment towards green India and spreading awareness about the importance of safety, standardisation and sustainable solutions for the end users.

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