Popular tourist destinations where you will find ABB technology

We look back on various spots in the world where ABB’s innovative technology has been installed, our third such story.

2017 is coming to an end and many of us are taking a break from work, perhaps traveling to recharge and refresh. From Vietnam, across the globe to New York City, from European mountain peaks to an African island, ABB is making holiday destinations safer, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly.

The Alps

ABB continues its long mastery of mountain railway technology with two new cableway projects.

Since mid-December ABB custom-made motors are powering the world’s steepest funicular railway in the Swiss Alps, connecting a valley station with the ski resort village of Stoos. The railway uses a futuristic design of cylindrical cabins that rotate to remain horizontal through even the steepest parts of the journey.


Our state-of-the art motors and drives are also powering the new record-setting Zugspitze cableway for Germany’s highest peak. Our technology ensures safe and reliable transport in the Bavarian Alps. The system replaces the 50-year-old Eibsee cableway and will transport nearly three times the number of passengers per hour.



Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam

For Ho Chi Minh City, the booming and economic heart of Vietnam, ABB instilled new life in the city’s ageing water distribution system using ABB Ability Symphony® Plus, our digital solution for controlling and monitoring the system. If you make a trip to Ho Chi Minh, you can experience how the country’s largest city is using real-time control and monitoring of the water distribution network to manage water and future growth.





Across the Indian Ocean, in the northeastern coastal state of Odisha of India, ABB’s lightning protection technology is now ensuring the safety of some of India’s oldest and most iconic temples from destructive lightning strikes, and also the safety of millions of pilgrims, tourists and worshippers visiting the temples. So, rain or shine, safely experience the tranquility of the famous Jagannath Temple, Lingaraj Temple, one of the oldest in the state, as well as the Megheshwar Temple and more.



Just a thousand kilometers away from Puri, you could visit Jabalpur in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Also known as the Marble City, Jabalpur is located on the banks of Narmada River. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the place to see the marble mountains on the outskirts of the city and bring back souvenirs made out of the marble rocks. While traveling within the city, you can get around the busy streets with an e-rickshaw and experience an emissions-free, noiseless mode of transport. These eco-friendly e-rickshaws run on batteries charged through solar power using an ABB solar inverter solution.



Robben Island, South Africa

Speaking of solar power: an ABB solar powered microgrid and wireless technology is helping to power Robben Island, a World Heritage Site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison during the apartheid era. Located off the coast of Cape Town, this global model for the future of energy is enabling clean, sustainable, stable energy for the island and a memorable visit for the thousands of tourists arriving every day.



New York City

Across the Atlantic is New York City, everyday bustling with millions of people. ABB has digitalized a critical substation which suffered significant damage from the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, resulting in widespread power outages in the city. ABB’s digitally-enabled technology at this major downtown substation now ensures the power supply to hundreds of thousands of customers in lower Manhattan. Visiting the iconic city this winter, the robust power supply system from ABB will ensure a warm stay.


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Andrea Witzig

I create content for ABB Corporate Communications, which is a challenging, interesting and inspiring undertaking. When not creating content I also enjoy spending time with my family, including walking our dog and chasing our cat.
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