Swedish-Swiss company ABB is partnering IBM as the latest step in its efforts to revamp its presence in digital technology and IoT. NDTV reports that the Zurich-based company said it will combine its digital offering, which gathers information from machinery, with IBM’s expertise in AI featured in its Watson data analytics software. So, the two tech majors will jointly develop and sell new products. Further, the move is in line with the company’s identification of digital technology – where machinery communicates with control centres to increase productivity and reduce downtime – as a driver of growth.
This means that now, for instance, instead of manual machinery inspections, both companies intend to use Watson’s AI to help find defects via real-time images collected by an ABB system, and then analysed using IBM Watson.