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UST, Barbara join forces to digitize industrial processes

UST, Barbara join forces to digitize industrial processes

UST, a company specializing in digital transformation solutions, has joined forces with Barbara, a cybersecure industrial edge platform provider. The partnership aims to integrate artificial intelligence capabilities into edge infrastructure to digitize industrial processes.

This collaborative endeavor promises to create intelligent applications that effectively manage real-time data and optimize multiple facets of industrial operations.

The partnership leverages data generated at the edge, collected from various IoT devices, industrial plants and equipment machines. UST will provide its orchestration platform, enabling streamlined deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of applications, devices and AI at scale. Company executives say that this integrated solution will empower organizations to enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and elevate customer experiences.

“By working together, Barbara and UST will be able to accelerate the launch of projects that require the capabilities of the edge by offering heightened security, zero latency and greater flexibility. This collaboration allows each company to play to our strengths and experience as we build bespoke digitization solutions for clients,” says David Purón, the chief executive officer at Barbara.

Besides eliminating latency in industrial application delivery, the co-developed edge solution claims to keep organizational data in a local environment to ensure compliance with regulations and cybersecurity requirements. The companies say it also ensures continuity of operations in areas with intermittent connectivity, resulting in significant bandwidth cost savings.

“For UST, this agreement will allow us to expand our capacity to develop AI solutions while also extending reach to devices on the edge. By collaborating with Barbara, we will be able to deploy our agile strategy for the training and deployment of AI models,” says Ignacio Marrero, the UST head of smart data and AI for Spain and South America.

Last year, Barbara secured $2.6 million in a funding round to expand its geographical footprint across Europe. Caixa Capital Risc and Iberdrola led the funding round, with support from GoHub, Bizkaia Seed Capital and Basque Fondo.

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