ABB integrates advanced digital technologies to cut energy and maintenance costs for buildings

ABB integrates advanced digital technologies to cut energy and maintenance costs for buildings

ABB’s scalable 'Give Your Buildings a New Dimension' portfolio brings new levels of control and savings to small- and medium-sized commercial and industrial businesses.

Today’s smarter buildings, which interconnect digital energy monitoring and control devices, have attained levels of efficiency that were never possible before the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoTs) and scalable technology. With ABB Ability™ digital offering, we will continue to drive innovation in smart buildings and digital technologies, helping our customers create safer, smarter and more sustainable businesses.

As part of this commitment, ABB Ability™ has expanded its digital portfolio of low-voltage devices with intelligent components connected to a common architecture that, together, promote the ability to ‘Give Your Buildings a New Dimension’ (GYBND).

This GYBND focus consists of a fully scalable portfolio of digital energy and asset management solutions for commercial and industrial buildings. When installed in one location or multiple sites, these systems help achieve energy and operating cost savings of as much as 30 percent.

The GYBND portfolio’s scalability is the key-driver for customer value; it offers solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses that allows electrical installers, building owners, and facility and energy mangers to collect and visualize energy data, both onsite and remotely.

The benefits of the GYBND portfolio are extensive. In an industrial site, managers can save up to 30 percent on energy and maintenance costs since they can improve operational performance by avoiding downtime, making better predictions of electrical installation issues and schedule proactive maintenance interventions. All this is possible by connecting electrical protection and measuring devices in only one supervision system for the entire plant, so that alerts are made when certain parts are about to fail or need replacing.

When it comes to running a business in multi-location buildings, GYBND helps building owners to allocate and aggregate consumption at all utilities, by gathering data from different devices. Data is sent via the Ethernet or wireless connection for analysis in the cloud.

Old buildings suffering low performance and energy inefficiencies can benefit from a renovation, even when only a few components are connected together and integrated into an Energy Management System, such as ABB Ability™ Energy & Asset Manager.

How it works

‘Give Your Buildings a New Dimension’ uses two proven ABB energy monitoring solutions—the CMS-700 circuit-monitoring system and the EQmatic energy analyzer, which are then integrated with ABB Ability™ Energy & Asset Manager, a cloud-based platform, that controls the complete solution from the medium-voltage substation to the smallest loads.


Plug & Play devices like energy meters, network analyzers, circuit breakers and more, can connect to the cloud-computing platform quickly and easily. CMS-700 and ABB EQmatic complete the connected portfolio, but can work as standalone solutions as well. These can scale down functionalities to suit any customer requirements for measurements, monitoring and reporting of all the devices installed in the power distribution system.

“The ‘Give Your Building a New Dimension’ portfolio is revamping and digitizing buildings without replacing components,” said Nicola Scarpelli, Digital Program Manager, Smart Power business line. “It helps drive operational efficiency and savings with ease and simplicity: a perfect fit for small commercial buildings.”

Operational and maintenance savings

The GYBND portfolio allows the existing installations to be upgraded in just one day. With plug-and-play modules, it does not require replacement of any existing components. Moreover, it connects to the cloud in just 10 minutes, reducing cabling by 60 percent and components for communication by 25 percent. It lowers the required investment in supervision systems by 15 percent. Ultimately, the system saves up to 30 percent on energy and maintenance costs.

“This Internet-age portfolio of monitoring and control technologies represents a turnkey solution in electrical distribution for our customers,” said Sebastiano Paganini, Global Product Manager for Connectivity & Digital Solutions in ABB’s Smart Buildings business line. “It’s another brilliant idea from ABB to make any building smarter.”


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