Schréder made his debut on American campuses

A global reference in public lighting, the Belgian group is getting closer to smart solutions. The campuses offer him an interesting playground.

The world benchmark for public lighting is formally a collaboration with the University of Georgiaintended to improve the safety of its more than 40,000 students and about 2,000 employees.

In a desired co-creation process, the family company will provide him state-of-the-art floor lamps, with many features beyond lighting. Customizable at will, they include, for example, security cameras or an emergency button (“panic button”).

Tomorrow, this slot may represent a good card to play for the company born in 1907. And this, in a growing market, more broadly, that of smart cities (say “smart city”). “Today we’re talking about an activity that costs almost 10% of our turnover, but where we see real potential in the future,” said Nicolas Keutgen, Chief Innovation Officer at Schréder.

“Smart solutions, which weigh approximately 10% of our turnover today, have real potential in the future.”

Nicholas Keutgen

Chief Innovation Officer at Schréder

In this sense, the The United States, in particular, is establishing itself as a particularly desirable playing field. And for good reason, if they don’t represent now only 5% of the nearly 450 million euros in sales made in 2020 across the 70 countries where Belgian is active, thethe interest is marked for urban innovation. “In a city like San José for example, among the most avant-garde in existence today, we have installed more than 25,000 remote controllers (also located in the Bois de la Cambre, the editor notes) to manage intensity of light in the city according to time slots or weather ”, said Steve Mills, who oversees Schréder’s activities in North America.


It’s more on the idea of ​​being more aggressive in this area that the center focused on connected solutions “Hyperion” already has was founded in 2019 on the campus of Nova Business School (Lisbon). After all, Schréder can only get by, because “we use the same sales force, whether for our traditional lighting activities or specifically in smart cities”, informs the interested party. “This allows us to meet our interlocutors with the widest possible offer, while placing ourselves at the service of citizens and environmental protection.”


connected objects

Schréder has more than 500,000 connected objects, deployed in more than 3,000 cities around the world.

A sixty people are active today within Hyperion, we learned, that there are more than 500,000 connected objects to their credit, deployed in more than 3,000 cities around the world. Among the referencesone example can mention the park’s intelligent lighting fiftieth anniversaryng Ports Brussels, from Pairi Daizafrom the esplanade of Ostend swimming poolfrom Place de l’Iris to La Defense (Paris) or the Avenue des Stars, Hong Kong’s famous seafront promenade with breathtaking panoramic views.

Schréder works for others 3,000 employees worldwide. In 2020the company arcompleted the acquisition of two Australian companies, fills its latest annual accounts, to consolidate its market position. The operation has permission during the company period to maintain a turnover at a level similar to 2019, detail comments on accounts. As for 2021, a year where the numbers are not yet known, Nicolas Keutgen just pointed out that The activity has now reached the delay it has accumulated over the two years of the pandemic.


  • Founded in 1907.
  • World reference in public lighting (Grand-Place, Loi and Annie Cordy tunnels, Ring of Brussels, Gare des Guillemins, downtown Mons, Place Vendôme in Paris, Sanctuary of Fátima in Portugal, downtown Vienna and Porto Maravilha in Rio).
  • Turnover of more than 400 million euros (2020).
  • 3,000 employees worldwide.
  • Presence in 70 countries.
  • Approximately sixty people dedicated to smart solutions, for more than 500,000 connected objects, deployed in more than 3,000 cities around the world.
  • Shareholder: Schréder family.

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