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Investments in smart cities are crucial for increasing the quality of life

5 March 2023

Investments in smart infrastructure and smart cities are crucial to improving quality of life and sustainable business, but technology is only the means by which this goal can be achieved. “Technology is just a method, just an ingredient that helps us improve the quality of life”, said Constantin Ichimoaei, Executive Manager at ABB Romania, at the “Smart Cities” conference, organized by Energynomics.

When we talk about smart cities, we must take into account not only the degree of energy efficiency of the buildings, but all the systems that make up such a city, all types of infrastructure – roads, energy, communications, etc. – and all related industry.

At the same time, there is a competition between cities to attract investments to transform them into smart and non-polluting cities, and all the processes inherent in such a transformation must aim to improve the lives of those who live in them.

“Technological progress leads to changes in the energy market. At the center of these developments is the citizen who wants comfort, education, tourism, safety,” Ichimoaei said.

The ABB Group has a global turnover of 29 billion euros and more than 105,000 employees in several hundred factories worldwide.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, driving a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering knowledge with software to optimize the way things are manufactured, transported, powered and operated.

In the area of smart transport and infrastructure, ABB has the broadest portfolio of electric vehicle charging solutions for customers with various needs. “There are 3 ways ABB can support industrial customers to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Constantin Ichimoaei: 1. providing fast and high-power charging solutions for industrial customers, from private cars to trucks, 2. supporting the integration of EV Chargers into existing grids with minimal investment in grid reinforcement, or 3. implementing energy management systems to increase efficiency.


He then referred to one of ABB’s recent success stories in Romania – Olimpia Parking Otopeni, the first car park in Romania to implement ABB’s latest technology for building automation and electric vehicle charging. “Consisting of more than 126 sensors connected to a network of LED lamps, the ABB i-bus® KNX building automation system ensures proper power management and optimal light intensity in all areas. 32 dimmable modules with 8 channels each for 1-10V control, together with motion sensors, 4 logic controllers and 5 ABB i-bus® KNX power supplies led to a reduction in lighting power consumption of more than 80% compared to the original classic design.”

The “Smart Cities” conference was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners, among them ABB, ENGIE Romania, Finder, Flash Lighting Services, Photomate, REI Group, SIXT.

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