ABB and Devatus looking into the potential of DeviceVault in remote access of physical devices

”Digitalizing the energy system is a very important element in our company. Our work requires more comprehensive testing than before, and it is essential that the system level is up to date. The DeviceVault service seems like a potential option that we want to explore more. The goal is to make it easier to work with our partners while keeping information security at the heart of the operation.” – Jani Valtari, Technology Center Manager, ABB.

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ABB is a leading global technology company that speeds up the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive and sustainable future. ABB combines software with electrification, robotics, automation, and motion while utilizing the possibilities of technology and driving performance to a whole new level. 

ABB is one of Business Finland’s leading companies with ABB’s five-year-long Green Electrification 2035 program. The project plays a vital role in making Finland carbon neutral: the goal of ABB’s program is to develop new integrable technology platforms for optimal production and utilization of electricity. The platforms combine modern 5G communication technology, data management, new electrotechnical solutions, and electrical network technology. 

In the future, an increasing number of physical devices will be replaced with digital solutions that interact cyber-safely. A system created in this manner is capable of reacting quickly to changes in circumstances while minimizing loss of energy and operational faults. 

Leading project in software development  

ABB chose Devatus, a subsidiary of Huld, as one of its partners for the program. Devatus is developing DeviceVault service that makes physical devices available to all stakeholders in an agile and secure manner, no matter where the devices and teams are in the world. 

As a part of the program, ABB and Devatus are looking into DeviceVault’s potential in allowing remote access between different stakeholders. Devatus is investigating DeviceVault’s integration to ABB’s GE2035 platforms to enable secure and cooperative software development of different teams. 

At the same time, ABB and Devatus are creating an ecosystem model of DeviceVault that allows different companies to form secure partnership networks with each other. Through the network, the stakeholders can share physical devices and their variants and use them collectively for software development. Physical devices can also be shared publicly, in which case all registered users in DeviceVault can form a connection to the device to test if their applications work properly.  

The program will last until the end of 2023. First results of DeviceVault’s ecosystem model benefits will be received during the year 2023. 

Towards a global ecosystem of remote access 

In the future, ABB and Devatus will scale DeviceVault into a global platform through which physical devices can be securely provided for the use of ecosystems formed by both companies and consumers. As the number of physical devices linked to the services and the number of users grow, the benefits of remote access become multiplied. The maximized remote operation of individual physical devices enhances and speeds up product development processes, and therefore saves the resources of both the company and the planet. 

“DeviceVault makes limited hardware more accessible and nearly eradicates the need of separate prototype manufacturing and distribution to different sites. Having the hardware available and ready for testing right from early integration stages makes software development easier, faster and more secure. The larger the ecosystem is, the greater are its benefits.” Duncan Simey, Head of Technology, Huld’s subsidiary Devatus.