Why open technology and vendor collaboration matters

Thursday 19th October 14:30 - 15:10

Residential Developers Theatre

Meeting the demands of the modern ‘prosumer’ is a team sport. And get ready…the global smart home technology market is set to double in the next four years.

The functionality for residents to manage everything from home security to electric vehicle (EV) charging and white goods already exists. But the leaders in this market are the ones making the tech EASY to use. That means being able to connect all smart systems and third-party devices - and control them in a single user interface – regardless of their brand.

Underpinning this ‘shift to smart’ is open technology, collaboration between some of the world’s biggest vendor brands, and innovation. This session explores how open and agnostic solutions are allowing organisations like ABB and Samsung to connect whole buildings and control two-way data. Our industry needs solutions that allow different devices and services to integrate flawlessly, intuitively, and securely. We’ll show that in action at our jointly developed smart communities, for example in Sweden.

Following ABB’s recent acquisition of Eve Systems, we’ll detail the importance of a standards-based approach. And we’ll show how artificial intelligence (AI) is reducing complexity and the burden of technical support among installers - while improving the end user experience.

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Fabio Mercurio

Head of Strategy, Sustainability & Portfolio Management


Fabio Mercurio leads strategy and portfolio management for ABB Smart Buildings, a $3+ billion division of ABB that offers solutions for safe and reliable energy distribution and for smart and sustain-able homes and buildings.

His responsibility includes division strategy definition and implementation, portfolio management, sustainability, collaboration with startups, and inorganic business development (mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, and strategic investments).

Fabio initially joined ABB in 2019 as Vice President for Corporate Strategy for the entire Group. Prior to that, he served a 12-year tenure for Kearney, a management consulting firm. He spent over a decade in Asia and China where he headed the firm’s innovation practice, focusing on strategy and innovation for international and Asian groups across energy, automotive and electronics.

Fabio is also member of the Board of Directors of Brainbox AI, has mentored several startups and has worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Beijing (China) and the Italian Consulate in Miami (USA).

He holds a master’s in business administration (MBA) from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), as well as a master’s degree in Economics from University of Tor Vergata, Rome. He speaks Italian, English, Mandarin-Chinese and Spanish.

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