Solar Impulse: This Internet of Things Has Wings

At ABB, Internet-connected software and data analytics are driving innovation and efficiencies in everything from Solar Impulse to microgrids

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From microgrids connecting renewable energy to the power grid in Hawaii and Alaska to the Solar Impulse soaring around the world powered only by the sun, data analytics and data-driven decision making are taking center stage. This week, at the Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, the country's top technology companies come together to discuss what this means for consumers.

ABB, a leading global power and automation technology company with a growing presence in Silicon Valley, will host a panel of experts, including the Solar Impulse head of flight simulation, to discuss the ways in which data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming industry and creating a better world for consumers. From internet-connected machines and smart sensors that monitor appliance health to data analytics and data-driven decision making, this next industrial revolution increases productivity and drives efficiencies.

At the show and via phone, ABB's Chris Rittler will be available to discuss:

How the ABB smart sensor for motors, as discussed by President Obama at the recent Hannover trade event, can save energy equivalent to 100 nuclear power stations
How the IoT concept is a reality and how it is already driving huge energy savings in industries from utilities to smart oilfields.
The expected benefits of data-driven analytics for industry over the next five to 10 years
ABB's approach to IoT—involving people and services: the Internet of Things, People and Services—and the competitive advantage for customers. Find out more at
Cisco predicts there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. One of these such "devices" is Solar Impulse, the airplane making the world's first around the world flight powered by solar energy alone. With thousands of sensors sending data to complex simulation systems and a real-life mission control monitoring and analyzing the data and helping Solar Impulse make better and smarter decisions, Solar Impulse offers a real-world example of the Internet of Things in the sky. For more information about ABB and Solar Impulse, please see For more information about ABB in Silicon Valley, please see

To learn more, join ABB at their panel discussion at Internet of Things world, or contact Melissa London (919-829-4431) or Conor Lennon ( any time to speak ABB's Chris Rittler.

Internet-connected software and data analytics are driving innovation and efficiencies in everything from Solar Impulse to microgrids
Chris Rittler, CEO of ABB's Wireless Communication Systems
Internet of Things World Panel

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley
Thursday, May 12th, 2016

2:00p.m. PST
About ABB
ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people. The company's Americas operations, headquartered in Research Triangle, North Carolina, employ about 27,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service, engineering and other major facilities.

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