ABB Offers Free Digital Solutions in Hopes to Stabilize Industry Infrastructure Amid COVID-19

April 28, 2020 by Sophia Valente

As COVID-19 continues to push industries to adapt to market changes, software companies are offering digital solutions, specifically healthcare sectors, for free. 

ABB joins the list of technology companies waiving subscription fees for multiple software and digital applications in their portfolio. This offering comes from ABB Electrification, one of four businesses operating under ABB.

Industrial manufacturing is facing an increasing need for medical applications. However, the current state of COVID-19 and the economy has posed a challenge to operations.

By making a broad portfolio of software free and accessible, ABB hopes to address industry infrastructure needs.

As of recently, the company is offering free subscriptions to both iUPSGuard software and ABB Ability Asset Health Software. The former has applications in hospital settings and the latter in electrical systems.


What is iUPSGuard?

 iUPSGuard solution offers remote monitoring and diagnostics for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). In the current moment, reliable power distribution is of paramount importance; this software can significantly benefit hospitals and other healthcare facilities to ensure dependable power distribution as they strive to accommodate the acute need for services.

The software boasts 24/7 monitoring of UPS status, and “notifies personnel of critical alarms and events via email or SMS, allowing a user or GE technician to make timely decisions on critical conditions.”  

In addition, ABB is offering ABB Ability Asset Health for electrical systems for no cost until 2021, when connected to a recently purchased condition monitoring solution. This software can be crucial to manufacturers and engineers facing production adversities in the face of COVID19.

According to ABB, Ability Asset Health can save up to 40% on maintenance costs, as well as minimize downtime.

The condition monitoring solutions able to connect to the now-free software are ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for switchgears (SWICOM), ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring for electrical systems (CMES), andiVD4® medium voltage intelligent power distribution solution. 


Streamlining Accessibility in the ABB Ability Marketplace

For engineers, perhaps the most noteworthy free features being offered by ABB are available through the ABB Ability Marketplace, an online portal for digital software solutions.

Engineers and operators looking to optimize production with workforce limitations can heighten efficiency and security through the energy and asset management solutions offered through the Ability Marketplace, which include:

  • ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System (EDCS)- a digital energy management solution that reduces the risks of cloud computing, and saves energy and costs through remote monitoring, data analytics, and maintenance prediction. 
  • ABB Ability Backup Management for Electrical Systems, Data Care- a web-based data sharing and backup solution that optimizes information uploading and sharing for protection relays. 


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Image of engineers using ABB digital solutions. Image used courtesy of ABB.


By adopting these now-free services, automation engineers can lower their operational costs and energy consumption amidst an unstable workforce and suffering economy. Furthermore, remote technology allows for efficient operational control in the era of social distancing. 


Commercial Building Automation Solutions

ABB will further supplement its remote offerings by waiving the costs for three commercial building automation solutions that offer remote security enhancement.

By making security operations accessible remotely, ABB’s software protects building owners, security personnel, and facility management from the risks associated with violating social distancing protocol. 

  • Building Care Service and DALI Manager: By utilizing Building Care service, users may access full control and overview of their building through the IoT Dashboard Server; the DALI Manager compliments this solution by offering control of DALI emergency lighting systems through the same server. 
  • Remote Video Streaming and Storage: Users with the smartIP VideoControl portfolio can remotely stream video from their ABB CCTV security cameras, and access archived footage for later viewing.
  • Remote Lock Release: Also accompanying the smartIP VideoControl portfolio, this solution allows building owners to remotely unlock electronic doors. 

Tarak Mehta, President of ABB’s Electrification business, hopes that these offerings help customers stabilize operations, stating “the importance of the work which they undertake across a variety of sectors cannot be underestimated and we wanted to enable as many facilities as possible to benefit from our solutions.”

Prospective users are encouraged to contact their local ABB Electrification sales representative.


Are you going to utilize these free digital solutions?