While the app function has been in operation for a year, with users able to download and upload free apps, the buy and sell service has just been launched. This service will allow partners and customers who have spent considerable time and effort building their own apps an opportunity to sell them within the community. Buyers benefit from the the knowledge and skills others have invested building these unique apps to jumpstart their own projects. Paid apps are code unlocked versions of free apps that allows for further customization.
An example of a useful and practical paid app is the Freelance EPLAN macro which is now only available on AKS. This app makes electrical design easy for the Freelance hardware family using EPLAN P8 and contains all the hardware modules and terminal units from the Freelance hardware family. Paid apps typically contain process specific knowledge that has been developed, tested and refined.
Currently, buyers need a credit or debit card and a company registration number/code in order to buy, while sellers will need a PayPal account to receive funds for transactions. PayPal was the obvious choice as the payment facilitator with it’s proven solutions for global payments.
“We are excited about this next step in the evolution of the AKS platform. It represents a conceptually interesting new approach that we hope will further enhance the value of the popular AKS platform by providing an active market place for Apps within the user community,” said Kristian Olsson, global manager of Product and Partner Sales for ABB Control Techonologies.
AKS has evolved since it’s launch in 2012 when it was first a question and answer forum. It quickly took off and the app function was introduced on March 2013. To date there are more than 80 free apps and more than 6500 apps have been downloaded. With this type of affirmation from partners and customers, it was only natural to take AKS to the next level. This paid app service will bring a new level of knowledge and convenience to our partners and customers looking to accelerate their projects into high gear.
AKS is accessible from www.abb.com/knowledgestore.