Siemens to open Singapore digitalization hub in IoT push
Global industrial technology supplier Siemens is opening a digitalization hub in Singapore to develop internet of things (IoT) applications that cater to the needs of diverse industries in Southeast Asia.
Located in Macpherson in the central region of Singapore, the facility will be the first-of-its kind globally and will tap on Mindsphere – Siemens’ cloud-based IoT operating system – to develop and commercialize digital systems across all Siemens business divisions, reports Computer Weekly.
It will house 60 specialists from various disciplines at first, but Siemens expects to grow this number five-fold by 2022. These professionals will experiment, learn, develop and test products and services that help businesses become more efficient and sustainable.
Its key focus areas are urban infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and health care, which are areas that Singapore is looking to transform through its smart nation blueprint.
Siemens is not working alone in its efforts to develop IoT-based applications. It is also partnering Nanyang Technological University in areas such as self-driving vehicles and green building technology, as well as energy supplier SP Group to build an energy management platform that enables planning, surveillance and predictive maintenance of Singapore’s electricity network.
“With this digitalization hub, we’re creating synergy and an ecosystem for our teams, customers and business partners to tap into the benefits that digitalization can bring,” said Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens.
“Singapore is the ideal location for this hub because of its distinctively advanced industrial and urban infrastructure development, combined with the government’s smart nation thrust to enable a digital economy.”
The launch of the facility took place simultaneously in Singapore and Munich, where Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the G20 Summit as the convenor of Global Governance Group, an informal grouping of 30 small and medium-sized countries.
In his address, Lee said Siemens and Singapore have had a longstanding and deep partnership that dates back to 1908 when Siemens started with a technical bureau operating as a sales office.