ABB powers the most dynamic city in the world

2017-01-18 - A recent ranking of the world’s most dynamic cities – the JLL City Momentum Index, unveiled at WEF 2017, ranked Bengaluru the most dynamic city in the world.
City of lakes, gardens and most recently christened as 'start-up capital', Bengaluru has often been called the Silicon Valley of India. In a recent survey conducted by JLL, while Silicon Valley ranks fourth, Bengaluru tops the global chart of cities which are constantly innovating and adapting to an ever-changing macro environment. India has emerged as the leading hub of the world’s most dynamic cities with six in the rankings of the top 30 cities as compared to five located in China. Among the top 10, Hyderabad is the only other Indian city.

From making an online passport kiosk available in the city way back in 2001 to playing a significant role in the latest Namma metro project, ABB has been an integral part of the garden city’s evolution.

The power solution for the now ubiquitous Namma Metro, which included a challenging underground stretch, was provided by ABB. This also includes a state-of-the-art monitoring SCADA system which provides predictive analysis of possible failure, leads to zero downtime, which means trains leave and reach destinations safely and on time.

From commuting to energy, the nation’s first statewide feeder-level integrated, advanced monitoring system for electricity supply was executed by ABB for Karnataka. This includes a network of roughly 40,000 devices including transformers, circuit breakers and isolators across 1,300 sub-stations and 500,000 I/O points each sharing live data to the control room, forming one of the largest Intra-net of things with utility SCADA installations.

While not only providing next level technologies much ahead of time, ABB has also extended support in emergency situations. After a recent fire led to a complete shutdown of the Sharavathy hydroelectric power plant, which contributes to approximately 30% of the state’s power generation capacity, ABB helped in emergency restoration of three priority turbine units in a record time of 10 days in the first phase.

ABB has also worked closely with the city water distribution system deploying GSM technology to send signals to the central SCADA system for monitoring while SMSes can be used to track water usage. In a bid to counter the pollution of the city’s lakes, the largest being Bellandur and Varthur lakes, ABB is providing end–to-end solutions from powering to measuring processes, control and remote monitoring of the sewage treatment plants. These plants will more than double the sewage treatment capacity in the catchment area of the lakes.

As one drives just outside Bengaluru, one might also spot solar powered water pumps at work in the lush fields. ABB has innovated to develop drives which enable farmers to use pumps powered by the sun more effectively, making the usage of environment polluting diesel redundant. More than 50% of India’s solar energy generated passes through ABB equipment manufactured mostly in Bengaluru. The largest R&D presence for ABB in the world is also based in the city, developing cutting-edge localized solutions for India in India.

As the city evolves to the next level of growth, this partnership will only be enriched and strengthened through pioneering and powering innovations to keep up with the changes.

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