The newest release of the EcoStruxture Automation Expert system, Version 21.2 (photo), provides complete lifecycle management, seamless integration of IT/OT services and improved system diagnostics for automation systems in water and wastewater treatment plants. EcoStruxure Automation Expert allows for automation software to be separated from the hardware, providing more versatility for enterprises to break their dependency on proprietary hardware suppliers. EcoStruxure Automation Expert aims to provide a single platform that evolves with time for water and wastewater subsegments, including: treatment infrastructures (including desalination plants and industrial wastewater), network infrastructures and other water resources, such as irrigation systems. EcoStruxure Automation Expert offers seamless connection to many engineering software platforms, so new designs or changes can be validated virtually. — Schneider Electric USA, Andover, Mass.