ABB wins 2012 Frost & Sullivan strategy prize for smart water networks

2012-10-11 - ABB has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan for its innovation in the sector of ‘smart’ water networks. The study commends ABB’s efforts in serving the water sector with technology solutions in the areas of automation and control, metering and utility hardware, design and engineering, and Information Communication Technologies (ICT).

L. Krantz, business development for power and
water automation, accepting the prize

“Water is a key focus area for ABB and is becoming increasingly important with trends such as urbanization, climate change and growing populations” added Massimo Danieli, head of power and water automation for ABB`s Power Systems division. “This recognition reflects our vision that water technologies have to evolve into smart systems with reduced losses and greater efficiency”.

Over the past decade, advances in technology have led to the creation of enhanced data and information systems developed by ICT businesses, which enable water utilities to make more informed and timely decisions about how their infrastructure is run and managed.

ABB has leveraged its expertise in automation and control, hardware and instrumentation markets, combining this with advanced capabilities in software and analytical developments in information and operational management into Symphony Plus for water solutions to build a reputation as a leading global service provider in the world`s growing smart water networks market.

To be successful, ICT smart water grid solutions must be seamlessly integrated with other systems, which include traditional meters as well as newer products, such as cyber security and analytical software.

This remains a significant challenge, because a large number of the water sector`s established technologies and systems have not been designed to function together in order to create the converging, turnkey solutions the industry demands.

“Water utilities no longer want to purchase individual products, but instead prefer system solutions that ensure smooth operation with maximum benefits. But a great deal of restructuring is required for systems such as automation and control, analytical tools, cyber security and cloud/data storage, in order for them to function together. With the recent investment in TaKaDu, ABB intends to support its customers through holistic solutions to their operational problems,” says Gian Francesco Imperiali, head of ABB’s Water Industry Sector Initiative.

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