On Tuesday, At Hannover Messe 2017, IBM and ABB have signed a strategic collaboration to build and sell new products designed using Artificial Intelligence. The collaboration will bring together ABB’s digital offering, ABB AbilityTM and IBM Watson Internet of Things. Both the companies believe that this new solution will help customers solve issues related to transport, infrastructure, industries by using AI.
Through this new solution, organizations will be able to improve quality control, reduce downtime, and speed up industrial processes. According to ABB CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, “This powerful combination marks truly the next level of industrial technology, moving beyond current connected systems that simply gather data, to industrial operations and machines that use data to sense, analyze, optimize and take actions that drive greater uptime, speed and yield for industrial customers.”
For decades, ABB has been creating digital solutions for customers and they are the trusted leader with 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems, and 6,000 enterprise software solutions. IBM rules the arena of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Combining technologies of both the companies will create powerful solutions for customers.
To cite some examples, ABB and IBM will take advantage of Watson’s artificial intelligence to help find defects via real-time images that are captured by ABB system, then analyze it using IBM Watson for manufacturing. Earlier, these inspections were done manually, which was a slow and error-prone process.
Both the companies are working on using Watson’s capabilities to predict changes in the supply patterns in electricity generation. This will help the energy providers to predict short-term energy needs.
The collaboration is one step towards shaping the future of the existing industries.