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ABB's view of a smarter future

The latest addition to its portfolio of connected building solutions was unveiled

ABB set the scene with a vision of the megatrends in digitalisation and urbanisation
ABB set the scene with a vision of the megatrends in digitalisation and urbanisation

At its 2018 Pre-Light + Building media event in Frankfurt, ABB showcased its range of connected smarter building and e-mobility solutions that it claims will transform the way we all live, work and play now and in the future.

Mike Mustapha, group senior vice president marketing, sales and commercial operations of electrification products division, got the event underway with insight into the company’s strategy for e-mobility and smart buildings, together with winning news about the company’s title sponsorship of the world’s first fully electric international FIA motorsport series. ABB and Formula E are teaming up in a ground-breaking partnership to champion e-mobility for a sustainable future.

In the modern surroundings of the architecturally renowned Westhafen Tower, Michael Lofty, global commercial manager of building automation set the futuristic scene, with a vision of the megatrends in digitalisation and urbanisation, such as the increasing demand for smart solutions like voice assistants and the prediction that we will see 30 mega cities across the globe by 2023, that are driving demand for smarter building and mobility solutions.

In response, Axel Kaiser, ABB’s global product manager of building automation, took the audience on a journey through ABB’s home and building automation technology solutions, focusing on the growing need for connectivity and interoperability.

ABB then unveiled its latest addition to its portfolio of connected building solutions, the ABB-tacteo KNX sensor. The individually-configurable control element for intelligent building management of luxury hotels, public buildings and high-class residential buildings, impressed with its slim, frameless, glass design.

The presentations concluded with an exploration of the rapidly growing electric vehicle (EV) charging sector from Frank Mühlon, who provided insight into ABB’s role in helping both to establish initial standards for charging infrastructure and to drive the sectors future development, with fast, cloud connected DC charging solutions for car and bus.

Turning fiction into reality, the second day of the conference focused on bringing ABB’s smarter building and e-mobility solutions to life. First stop was a visit to an Aldi car park, to showcase the latest Terra HP 53 fast DC charger charging a BMW i3 in under 40 minutes.

Next was a tour of the Lyoner Caree, in the so called ‘Office City’ on the outskirts of Frankfurt, which provided a perfect opportunity to see the megatrend of urbanisation brought to life. Modern building automation solutions with [email protected] and ABB-Welcome solutions are installed as state-of-the-art technology for added comfort and security.

Finally, the day concluded with a visit to the latest generation Holiday Inn at Frankfurt Airport, which specified the integration of ABB i-bus KNX technology and ABB’s future linear light switch range in its 228 bedrooms, meeting rooms and communal spaces.

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