What a smart city must have, first of all, is available energy, but also an integrated infrastructure, said Constantin Ichimoaei, Executive Manager at ABB Romania, during the online conference “Smart Choices for Smart Cities”, organized by Energynomics and BusinessMark.
“We want to have energy from renewable and non-polluting sources: wind, photovoltaic, hydro energy. At the same time, a smart city must have the industry around it, smart infrastructure, easy access to the airport, urban and interurban transport, including access to the Danube or the sea. Water supply is just as important as electricity. The city of the future should be safe, smart and sustainable, free of polluting emissions, no noise – and that means electric mobility. Logistics systems must allow you to order anything and receive it in less than 24 hours. Because we spend most of our time in buildings, we have to rethink them, we have to improve them.”
A smart city must allow easy communication to encourage sustainable business. Among the main utilities we must include a safe, simple, fast access health system. The same goes for the education system. All must communicate with each other, through new platforms, with centralized monitoring, Constantin Ichimoaei added.
“It is very important that the development of cities is planned, so that there are schools, kindergartens, easy access to culture near residential spaces.”
Solutions for clean transport
Within the projects for clean transport, ABB offers solutions dedicated to electric vehicles, but also to public transport, with a wide range of applications and smart power supply variants, but also energy efficiency solutions, such as energy recovery from braking in the case of trams, he added.
Starting from 2013, ABB has been building more than 13,000 DC high-speed e-charging stations, installed globally and locally. Online and physical service systems are also available in Romania. For example, ABB offers solutions for charging e-cars for commercial fleets and applications dedicated to residential, commercial and industrial areas, which come with storage alternatives, which allow charging even when the grids are overloaded.
“We have charging solutions with complex management and storage systems for electric buses. We also have complete solutions for smart buildings – in Romania we also have projects in the testing phase”, he added.
Complete portfolio for smart cities
“It is very important that a city with a lot of connected devices can be monitored, in order for us make measurements, see if we are as performant as we could be or not and take decisions accordingly.”
ABB is a leader in technology, the digital industry and infrastructure. ABB has extensive experience in electrification. ABB has a history of over 130 years and global footprint. “Together with its partners, ABB formulates solutions for smart cities. ABB has experience and tradition in powering buildings, factories, in medium and low voltage, in protection and control systems, SCADA systems. At the same time, if we talk about buildings, ABB also has complete solutions, starting from medium voltage cells for indoor mounted secondary distribution, general and secondary distribution panels, UPS systems, SCADA and control systems. ABB portfolio for this segment, for example for the air and water transit in the building and in pumping stations, is supplemened by engines and converters, which makes ABB a complete solutions supplier. Last but not least, ABB is also a global leader in robotics”, pointed out Constantin Ichimoaei.