ABB and Omnio Expand Power System Monitoring Access

Oct. 4, 2021
ABB stated the integrated system promotes more effective energy savings and greater scalability to accommodate business growth.

ABB reported that its Ability Energy and Asset Manager system is available for non-ABB low-voltage power distribution systems. The company is offering the cloud-based monitoring platform for third-party systems through its partnership with industrial data acquisition and unification startup Omnio.

Omnio’s data unification technology allows data from non-ABB systems to be immediately interpreted and viewed alongside ABB system data using the Ability product, regardless of manufacturer or model, ABB stated. The firm added that taking such a “customer first approach” will ensure potential integration for myriad third-party devices such as breakers and energy meters. It also pointed out that third-party devices can be connected quickly and easily, avoiding complications tied to manual device integration.

“Omnio was founded on the vision of unleashing the environmental and cost efficiencies promised by industrial IoT, by making it fast and easy to connect all devices and get unified data into applications,” commented Omnio CEO Mikkel Sørensen. “We are proud to be partnering with ABB, using Omnio Edge to extend the strong capabilities of ABB Ability Energy and Asset Manager to as many devices as possible, bringing the vision to reality.”

When it first brought the Ability system to market, ABB exclusively used it to collect and translate data from ABB systems, said ABB Electrification Head of Digital Andrea Temporiti.

“We wanted to offer a solution that would provide customers with greater connectivity and flexibility, without the need to be locked into different IoT vendors,” Temporiti recalled. “In response, we teamed up with Omnio, winners of our Synerleap Startup Challenge 2019, to broaden the capabilities of our Energy and Asset Manager, so that it can translate and communicate data from non-ABB products, enabling a breadth of devices to be covered and connected easily.”

 ABB stated the integrated system offers users a “complete overview of their facility,” promoting more effective energy savings and greater scalability to accommodate business growth. Beginning Oct. 15, 2021, customers will enjoy access to the third-party systems integration library through Ability’s provisioning tool, the firm added.