ABB brings forward-looking thoughts and new innovations to WAIC 2021

ABB brings forward-looking thoughts and new innovations to WAIC 2021

The World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC 2021), themed Intelligent Connectivity, Inspirational Cities, is held on July 8-10 in Shanghai, China. As one of the Elite Partners to WAIC, ABB joined the 2021 Conference to discuss how AI innovation unlocks growth potentials of low-carbon industry and society showcasing its next generation cobots, and the latest solutions for smart cities, smart transportation and smart building.

Integration of AI with robotics to transform industry and unlock sustainable growth

Dr. Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation Business, spoke virtually at the WAIC 2021 and shared how ABB is harnessing the power of AI and robotics to transform industry and open the way for automation outside manufacturing to unlock sustainable growth in various sectors of economy. This was also the second year in a row for Dr. Sami Atiya to give keynote at the plenary session on Industry Development.

“ABB has been applying AI to make robots more intelligent to give businesses the flexibility and productivity they need to address the challenges and opportunities posed by those megatrends.” Atiya said, “AI Robotics will increase efficiency, reduce waste and costs and make work safer and more rewarding for people, helping the society move towards a more sustainable future.”

Atiya explained three main areas of AI robotics that ABB is focusing on, which are vision and sensing to make robots perform more quickly, accurately and efficiently; greater autonomy and mobility to allow robots to work on complex tasks; reinforcement learning to teach robots to work in uncontrolled environments. Atiya shared ABB’s recent progress in these areas and showed an example of how AI-powered robots handle hundreds of various twist locks of containers in Tianjin port in a flexible and efficient way and relieve human workers from this dull, dirty, dangerous and repetitive task.

“AI extends the potential for automation to a wider range of applications and robotics is moving from the factory floor, to warehouses, hospitals, restaurants, shops and beyond. In doing that, we extend the potential for people to work directly with robots, while doing more value-added work. We are harnessing the power of AI today, to create robots that support and elevate the jobs of human workers, across all industries.” Atiya added.

ABB Robotics also demonstrates its next generation cobots GoFa™ and SWIFTI™ at WAIC 2021. In February 2021, ABB expanded its cobot portfolio with their launch. With their intuitive design, easy programming and safety features, they can help first-time users adopt automation in a broad range of sectors, such as healthcare, logistics and retail and SME’s in the industrial sector.

Intelligently connecting to a low-carbon future with digital solutions

At the 2021 Intelligent Trending Forum of WAIC on July 10, James Zhao, lead business manager of ABB Electrification in China, will share how ABB uses automation, electrification and digital solutions to promote urban transformation: “Artificial intelligence and the digital economy are at the forefront of building smart cities, and the potential of these two areas is in development. Innovation is key to building a smart city and technology is the main engine to drive it. At ABB, as a technology leader, we are committed to enabling a green and low-carbon society, and we are dedicated to building a more efficient, more comfortable and sustainable future.”

Ella Jiang, the digital head of ABB Electrification in China, will join the live panel discussion and talk about her views on the new path of intelligent transformation and sustainable development of manufacturing industry.

In addition to the cobots, ABB exhibits a range of safe, smart and sustainable electrification solutions which connect people and place through digitalization. This includes ABB's Terra charger series and i-HD intelligent home automation and building automation solutions among ABB's latest solutions for smart cities, smart transportation and smart building.

  Building intelligent energy management systems for large campuses

ABB Ability™ smart energy management system strengthens the cooperation among "source-storage-load-network-terminal" in campuses. It can allocate clean energy and energy storage based on load forecasting to help the campuses to reduce energy consumption and achieve carbon emissions reduction. The ABB Ability™ Energy and Asset Manager, an innovative cloud-based platform in real-time to optimize energy use and costs, can save operational costs by up to 30% in terms of power management.  

Enabling the future of zero-emission electric mobility

ABB's Terra charger series is designed for quick, convenient charging of all-electric vehicles. All chargers come with integrated Connected Services, allowing remote monitoring, diagnostics, statistics, and software upgrades helping to reduce more than 60% of operation and on-site service failures and improve efficiency. ABB compact charger skid system can reduce land construction and on-site commissioning work by 80%, and helps customers build safer and faster electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  

Installing smart brains for houses and buildings

ABB smart building control system, integrating the ventilation, power distribution, lighting, amongst other devices to efficient control, can cut the electricity operation cost by 30% and reduce energy cost by 25%. ABB i-bus® KNX intelligent building control system offers the next level in building automation and can manage various applications including lighting, heating, security and energy management, which can adapt to individual requirements

As a global pioneering technology leader, ABB has been exploring the potential of AI and deploying the technology to create more values for customers. In China, ABB is co-innovating with customers and partners to further leverage the latest technologies of 5G, cloud, AI, and internet of things to enhancing productivity and energy efficiency. Since September 2019, ABB started to offer Huawei Cloud based AbilityTM digital solutions to customers in China.

WAIC, a top platform for AI cooperation and exchanges, has been successfully held in Shanghai since 2018. With the concept of "Intelligently Connect the World", the conference aims to showcase the world’s latest developments in AI technology and bring together the most influential AI scientists, entrepreneurs, academic scholars and government officials from around the world to share their views on technological frontiers and trends.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.


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