Understanding ABB's smart city portfolio

Wed, 2014-03-05 06:00 -- Jesse Berst

As the smart city market accelerates, many of the world's industrial giants are creating a smart city portfolio, supplying one or more pieces of the total solution. But it can be difficult to understand the breadth of their offering when viewing them from the outside. That's why I thought you'd like this inside look at how Council Associate Partner ABB positions its products and services.

As you can see from the first image below, ABB has strong competencies in five important verticals:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Building
  • District heating    


Less well known are ABB's "horizontal" offerings. Its Tropos communications platform, for instance, powers citywide communications networks in hundreds of cities around the world. As you know, the Smart Cities Council advocates sharing infrastructure between departments and ABB/Tropos specializes in "multi-service" networks. Take a look at the slide below, which lists just a few of the many dozens of city applications running on ABB wireless networks.

 Consider the example of Oklahoma City as described in the slide below. A single communications network is running more than 180 different city applications!

Likewise, ABB's power and automation solutions can span many different departments. In the electric power industry, for example, ABB is one of the companies leading the charge to integrate information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT). That's a trend that will be taking place in every department, as operational infrastructure gets smarter and smarter. The "IT quotient" of operational equipment is getting higher and higher, thus requiring IT skills and technologies to manage it.

For additional insights into ABB's smart city capabilities and experience, and for some great real-world examples, download the full 25-page presentation here.


Jesse Berst is the founding Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. Click to learn about the benefits you receive when you join the Council for free.


Submitted by Abhay Kumar on
Hi All, For any smart city, waste management and recycling of water plays a pivtol role, also a city cannot be sustainable with this. Can anyone tell the companies working in this area . Warm Regards, Abhay Kumar