For me the ABB Drivebase project started more or less with the following question:
“QR codes, can you actually do something meaningful with them?”
At the time we kicked off the Drivebase project, QR codes were used to code a URL in a fancy way on an advertising billboard, not much more.
Yet an ABB drive can deliver a broad range of information through a series of codes generated on the fly. No direct connection with the drive is needed which reduces the vulnerability of a system significantly. It was at the SPC automation fair in Nürnberg 2014, presenting Drivebase for the first time, that I gained a bigger picture of the domain I was working for.
The main slogan of the fair was Industry 4.0 and some people even talked about the Internet Of Things more like you would talk about the holy grail. It was surprising to see that Siemens and ABB were amongst the few companies that could actually show mobile applications back then. Applications that could utilise the vast growing sensory output of automation systems.
Drivebase was my first IoT project and it opened my eyes for the trend to be expected in the automation industry. It was and still is very exciting.
Linja has been working with ABB since 2007. In that time we’ve created a wide variety of products and services for various platforms, including mobile apps, PC software, web UIs and embedded systems. One example is Drivebase, a mobile app for service engineers and technicians that allows information from a frequency converter to be collected during deployment or maintenance.