|11 July 2016|

Holland

Financial boost for the robotics industry 

A pioneering new collaboration is working to deliver the next generation of robotic technology.

Accenture and RoboValley, an innovation hub for robotics located at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, have announced a five-year partnership. With Accenture committed to an investment of €500,000 to facilitate international robotics research and development and knowledge sharing, becoming RoboValley’s Crown Partner.

To support Accenture’s Artificial Intelligence business, Accenture and RoboValley will conduct joint robotics research that will establish industry best practices for incorporating robotics into large enterprises, including developing proof-of-concepts and cutting-edge industry use cases. Together they will host innovation workshops for clients to explore new opportunities to use robotics to augment their current workforce and create new opportunities to grow their businesses.

“Developments in the area of robotics are moving ultra-fast,” said Frank Rennings, managing director and Technology lead at Accenture Netherlands. “Organisations are recognising its importance in driving us into the fourth industrial revolution and are increasingly leveraging the technology to make business operations more efficient and to enhance customer service. We strongly believe in the concept of RoboValley, with research, entrepreneurs and start-ups all in one place, as part of our commitment to open innovation. Our collaboration will help us speed innovation and bring new applications to market faster. In addition, we can now take our clients to RoboValley, so that they can experience for themselves the latest developments and, above all, be inspired by them.”