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NITI Aayog and ABB India Partner to Make India AI-Ready

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ABB and NITI Aayog will make key sectors of Indian economy ready for a
digitalized future and realize the potential of AI, big data and
connectivity

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the think
tank of the Indian government, and ABB India have signed a Statement of
Intent (SoI) to support the Indian government to realize its ambitious
vision of "Make in India" through advanced manufacturing technologies
that incorporate the latest developments in robotics and artificial
intelligence.

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Anna Roy of NITI Aayog and Sanjeev Sharma, managing director of ABB India, sign a statement of partn ...

Anna Roy of NITI Aayog and Sanjeev Sharma, managing director of ABB India, sign a statement of partnership in advanced manufacturing technologies, including digital and AI, in New Delhi today. Looking on are Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog, and Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB (Photo: Business Wire)

NITI Aayog will work with ABB to prepare key sectors of the economy,
such as the power and water utilities sector, industries like food as
well as the heavy industries sector; and the transport (rail and metro)
and infrastructure sectors for digitalization, the Internet of Things
(IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The initiative also covers the
fast growing segment of electric mobility. Jointly, NITI Aayog and ABB
will work with government ministries, solicit feedback for areas
critical to them and discuss solutions using industrial automation, and
digitalization technologies.

"We are looking forward to learning more about practical applications of
future technologies such as AI and IoT, especially in streamlining
governance and economic systems. This collaboration, which will include
cross-sectoral understanding of digitalization at ABB's world class
centers, will be key in driving progress of key sectors in India. This
collaboration is meant to lead to actionable insights and focused plans
that will help India become a center for advanced manufacturing," said
Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog.

Through this SoI, NITI Aayog will facilitate policymakers and government
functionaries' participation in workshops and training programs
organized by ABB India. Such programs will feature subject matter
experts and will aim to sensitize policymakers and government officials
about relevant AI capabilities, and explore ways they can be used for
revolutionizing manufacturing productivity.

"We are excited to partner with NITI Aayog and develop ways for key
areas of India's economy to benefit from and implement the latest
technologies in digitalization, artificial intelligence, robotics, and
industrial automation. We look forward to working with key stakeholders
in the Indian government, and supporting key initiatives of Prime
Minister Modi such as ‘Make in India'," said Dr. Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO
of ABB. "ABB's more than a hundred years' presence in India and our
pioneering technology leadership in industrial digitalization position
us well to support India in its ambitions for the next phase of its
transformation."

The first workshop for senior government officials, under this
collaboration, would be organized in June, 2018, at the ABB Ability
Innovation Center in Bengaluru. Given the importance of the Indian food
processing sector, the workshop will focus on digital and automation
technologies for this sector. Senior officials from the Central and
State Governments as well as autonomous bodies will be nominated for
this workshop. Similar workshops will be organized for other sectors
such as power, urban development and transport in the near future.

NITI Aayog and all stakeholders will experience hands-on experience of
ABB Ability™, the company's comprehensive digital portfolio of solutions
that deliver value of industrial digitalization to utilities, industries
and transportation & infrastructure. ABB Ability™ integrates all of
ABB's services and domain expertise to turn data into analytic insights
and direct action to drive competitiveness of Indian and global
customers.

The workshops and training programs will be held at the ABB Ability
Innovation Center (ABB AIC). As the company's biggest research and
development center in the world, located in Bengaluru, it develops
technologies in areas such as AI, cyber security, automation
engineering, data analytics, augmented and virtual reality and
industrial software. ABB AIC also collaborates with premier academic
institutes to pool expertise and funnel synergies for the benefit of
society.

In addition, workshops will be held at ABB Power Technology Experience
Center (ABB PowerTEC), Vadodara, India's leading technology and
knowledge training institute, which focuses on power engineering, grid
automation and digitalization. Both facilities integrate best-in-class
technologies and in-depth technical knowledge.

Based on the interactions with ABB India, NITI Aayog will also make
recommendations to government ministries for guidelines and policies
regarding development and adoption of AI technology in sectors such as
power & water utilities, manufacturing, e-mobility and infrastructure,
with industrial automation and digitalization as the backbone.

About NITI Aayog

The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog,
was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.
NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank' of the Government of
India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing
strategic and long term policies and programs for the Government of
India, NITI Aayog also provides relevant technical advice to the Center
and States. As part of a larger mandate to promote scientific endeavor
and evolve a National AI Policy, NITI Aayog is establishing a series of
partnerships with industry pioneers to promote indigenous advanced
manufacturing, build capacity in frontier technologies and promote the
‘Make in India' initiative of the Government of India.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in
electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and
power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport &
infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning
more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial
digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity
from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural
resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully
electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the
boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB
operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com

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