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Aquaculture agreement catches real-time data

27 October 2023

ABB HAS signed an agreement with SalMar to operate digital services at the remote-controlled Arctic Offshore Farming (AOF) facility located at sea off northern Norway.

The partnership will see ABB deploy Ability EdgeInsight to collect real-time and historical operational data from individual fish farms and distribute it securely to SalMar’s cloud-based database.

SalMar is a pioneer in developing offshore farming through the SalMar Aker Ocean and the AOF projects. Offshore salmon farming requires larger fish farms with advanced technology to operate in more challenging environments than traditional smaller sites in sheltered locations. With more equipment and potentially greater consequences in the event of failure, the partnership with ABB will have a positive impact on operations.

ABB has previously supplied SalMar with integrated electrical, automation, instrumentation, and telecommunications technology for the submersible AOF production facility.

Fish and other aquatic animals play a crucial role in global food security and nutrition, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. With global aquaculture production expected to increase by up to 40 percent by 2030, the FAO says the industry must expand sustainably and that technological innovations, such as building capacity to regularly collect and evaluate data to support decision-making, is required to achieve this.
ABB Ability EdgeInsight acts as a bridge between operational and IT environments. It collects and securely distributes data, using flexible dashboards to turn valuable information into actionable insights, accessible from anywhere, anytime and any mobile or desktop device. This helps satisfy operational demands for more uptime, a reduced carbon footprint, increased efficiency and optimized maintenance.
“Capturing the operational data you need with the quality you need is a natural first step in the digital journey. Using this data in operational services will enable increased effectiveness, profitability and sustainability,” said Per-Erik Holsten, head of ABB Energy Industries for Northern Europe. “ABB Ability EdgeInsight makes the fish farms smarter and supports SalMar’s efforts to gather information from various sites to facilitate and implement best practices across their entire fleet.”