ABB Presentation

Daniel Assandri, President and CEO, ABB Canada
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Daniel Assandri

“Soon 90% of the world’s population will be in cities; our job as leaders is to discover how to manage this growth while achieving sustainability.”

– Daniel Assandri, President and SEO, ABB Canada


Daniel joined ABB in 1985 and has held a variety of international management positions, primarily in Asia and Europe. Most recently, Daniel has been President of ABB Hong Kong Ltd., head of the Power Systems division for China and North Asia and member of the country management team of ABB China Ltd..He has also held several management positions in the utilities management, high voltage technologies and power generation businesses in Switzerland. Daniel holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from his home country of Argentina and a post degree specialization in Nuclear Power at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy. He also has a Euro Manager Diploma from the FIABB Business School in Helsinki, Finland. Daniel holds citizenships in Italy and Argentina and speaks four languages: English, Italian, Spanish and German.

ABB Presentation


ABB Webinar Highlights

  • Cities are already the driving force for economic output, accounting for 80% of global GDP, and 80% of GDP in Asia. They consume over 75% of our natural resources
  • The top three city challenges are:
    • growth (population and economic);
    • competition (in which infrastructure, including electricity, plays a major role), and
    • sustainability (including the impact of climate change)
  • A Smart City is one that optimizes the quality of life and drives sustainability and economic growth by integrating and actively managing its infrastructure subsystems and engaging its citizens.
  • A Smart City development approach can be:
    • top down, where changes are coordinated as part of the smart city vision; or
    • bottom up, driven from within the service areas – which produces solutions that are not usually integrated across sectors
  • The top down approach typically creates more impact, as it unites government and citizens.
  • One of our approaches is to segment the solutions depending on what the application is. A good starting point is the communications platform. Transportation is another place for tremendous positive impact – not only public transportation but also private transportation. Energy consumption within buildings also benefits greatly from having a smart grid capability.
  • An example is Kalasatama in Finland, where ABB is putting in smart grid:
  • In addition to smart grids, ABB offers solutions in water, transport, buildings, and district heating sectors
  • Today more than half of municipal workers are mobile. ABB’s wireless communications system called Tropos provides a single platform for services such as fire, police and ambulance can reliably run on the same network as smart metering monitoring and data backhaul, mobile municipal work forces, public lighting and others.
  • In Geneva, ABB has installed the world’s first bus transportation system which uses “flash charging”. When a bus stops to pick up passengers, a charger under the vehicle gives it enough power to carry on to the next stop. This innovation allows the service provider to eliminate the overhead electrical lines, and achieve maintenance efficiencies as well as silent, efficient charging.

ABB Further References
“Solid Foundations for Smart Cities”: ABB brochure