Held at the SkyCity Convention Centre, the full day event showcased leading digital solutions and technologies that help companies increase productivity, improve performance and reduce costs.
In his presentation at the event, ABB Managing Director Ewan Morris discussed how digitalisation and disruptive technologies drive new innovation and create opportunities for new value creation, and how ABB is evolving and investing in digital technologies to help customers during a time of massive technological change.
“In a time of unprecedented technological change and digitalisation, ABB is shaping its business to focus on digital industries to support its customers”, Ewan said.
ABB is a leader in industrial digitalisation with its innovative offering of digital solutions and services, ABB Ability™, helping customers realise the tremendous productivity and performance improvements that digitalisation delivers.
International speaker and BOMA New Zealand CEO Kaila Colbin’s keynote presentation gave insight on exponential technologies and discussed innovative ways by which organisations may better adapt to the impacts and dynamic changes that these bring.
"Disruptive technologies affect every aspect of our lives, from the economy to government to education to health care and beyond. But the disruptions coming our way go well beyond technology. We're also experiencing geopolitical change, economic change, social change, climate change. And all of these vectors of change are converging to create a future that is highly uncertain and ambiguous. We cannot respond to these dramatic changes using yesterday's thinking", Kaila challenged delegates at the event.
ABB also hosted an expert panel segment, chaired by Ewan, which included a dynamic discussion and audience Q&A around the opportunities and challenges that adoption of digital technologies brings. The panel included Robert Blache from Callaghan Innovation, Paul Blue from WEL Networks, Andrew Fox from Aruba New Zealand, and Dean Sheed from Audi New Zealand.
ABB’s digital experts presented a wide range of papers and held live demonstrations on leading digital solutions and technologies including sophisticated autonomous and virtual reality technologies that enable unparalleled visibility and control over machines, plants and systems.
New products, including the high power electric vehicle charger, with its modular system, charging powers available from 175kw up to 350kW, and REACT 2, ABB’s new REACT 2 energy storage solution. The solution includes a high-voltage Li-ion battery with long life and a storage capacity of up to 12 kWh. The modular solution can grow with the needs of any household from 4 kWh to 12 kWh and significantly reduce electricity charges thanks to achievable energy self-reliance of up to 90 percent.
ABB’s latest pioneering technologies were shown at the exhibit, where delegates were also given an opportunity to clock in the fastest race lap in the Formula E simulator for a prize during the event.
This year’s summit gave delegates a unique opportunity to connect with industry colleagues, and together learn about new and existing digital solutions and realise the potential for productivity and performance improvements across various sectors.