IBM and ABB collaborate on industrial AI solutions
IBM has announced it is partnering with automation company ABB to develop new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with artificial intelligence (AI) for industry.
They are set to bring together ABB Ability with the IoT cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson, a system enabling a new partnership between people and computers. It is intended to offer new value for customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure. The collaboration’s first two joint industry solutions are set to bring real-time cognitive insights to factories and smart grids.
ABB chief executive Ulrich Spiesshofer said that the strategic collaboration will mark “the next level of industrial technology”. Explaining that ABB has an installed base of 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions, Mr Spiesshofer said that IBM and ABB “will create powerful solutions for customers to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
IBM and ABB’s new suite of breakthrough solutions are meant to help enterprises address significant industrial challenges, including improving quality control, reducing downtime and increasing speed and yield of industrial processes.
The two firms explained that these solutions will move beyond current connected systems that simply gather data, to cognitive industrial machines that use data to understand, sense, reason and take actions supporting industrial workforces to eliminate inefficient processes and redundant tasks, allowing them to work smarter.
Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive, said: "This important collaboration with ABB will take Watson even deeper into industrial applications – from manufacturing, to utilities, to transportation and more. The data generated from industrial companies' products, facilities and systems holds the promise of exponential advances in innovation, efficiency and safety.”
In one example of how the collaboration will help industrial businesses, IBM and ABB explained that they will leverage Watson’s AI to help find defects via real-time production images that are captured through an ABB system, and then analysed using IBM Watson IoT for Manufacturing.
These inspections were previously done manually, which, the companies said, could often be a slow and error-prone process.
Share This Post, Choose Your Platform!
With over 25 years in the business telecoms industry and an unrivalled reputation of delivering excellent, personal customer service, Arrow is one of very few companies in the UK able to provide a full telecoms, IT and energy consultancy and service proposition.
Savings through automation, scale, improved service. We’ve got that covered. But the true value comes with empathy, through empowerment, collaboration. It’s connecting people that drives us forward. It’s people that make tomorrow happen.
Functional Always active
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.