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IBM signs agreement with ABB for developing industrial artificial intelligence

Swiss engineering group ABB signed an agreement with IBM for increasing the presence of digital technology and the Internet of things, according to Reuters.

The industry of constructing industrial machines is trying to transition into the digital era, and ABB will use its own machines to collect data that will later be analyzed with IBM products. For example, instead of annual inspections, ABB systems will detect the faults in real time with the help of collected images, and IBM‘s supercomputer Watson will analyze it.

The two giants announced they will also develop and commercialize new products.


ABB signed last year a strategic partnership with Microsoft for making digital products for customers in the robotics, marine and ports, electric vehicles and renewable energy sectors.

ABB also named Guido Jouret, former Cisco executive, as its first chief digital officer.

Daniel Higgson