User organisation founded for the MindSphere open IoT platform

28 January 2018

With 18 partner companies, Siemens AG has founded MindSphere World, a worldwide user organisation for its cloud-based open IoT operating system.

The aim is to expand the global reach of the MindSphere ecosystem. The organisation is also designed to support its individual members in developing and improving IoT solutions on the MindSphere platform. 

Another role of the organisation will be to promote science, research, and teaching in the MindSphere environment.

“The foundation of MindSphere World represents another major step forward in promoting the ecosystem surrounding MindSphere as an open IoT platform. The broad-based expertise and the offering of all the MindSphere World partners will open up totally new digitalization potential for users everywhere,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the managing board of Siemens AG.

"Jan Mrosik, chair of the management board of MindSphere World, and CEO of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, added: “By bringing together a worldwide community comprising industrial and IT companies of all sizes from all sectors of industry as well as startups, we aim to establish and drive forward an ecosystem based on MindSphere. With this end in mind, the Association members are joining to form MindSphere World – initially in Germany and then extending out into the international arena."

The members of the organisation meet in committees to deal with issues such as the requirements placed on MindSphere by industry and data governance concepts. “Within the framework of MindSphere World, we can now talk to other users about ways in which disruptive technologies are changing the face of the economy in general, and about the resulting business potential which could be utilised for IoT-based solutions,” said Bruno Geiger, member of the management board of MindSphere World, and COO/CTO of Eisenmann.

“Because the development of standards plays a decisive role when it comes to establishing a worldwide ecosystem, the members of MindSphere World will be working together to come up with recommendations for standards in relation to MindSphere-based apps. We’ll also be drawing up suggested solutions for enabling interoperability between different MindSphere-based solutions,” said Andreas Oroszi, member of the board of management of MindSphere World and senior vice president digital business at Festo.

“As users, we are all facing similar challenges: These include data governance, in other words managing the accessibility, usability and processing of data, as well as app architecture, and the homogeneous use of MindSphere components. From now on, we will be able to play a role in shaping these developments and putting forward the specific expectations we place in MindSphere,” said Michael Haag, member of the advisory board of MindSphere World and senior vice president R&D at Kuka.

The founder members of MindSphere World alongside Siemens AG include:

•    ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG       
•    Chiron Group SE      
•    Eisenmann SE       
•    Festo AG & Co. KG       
•    Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH      
•    Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG      
•    Heitec AG   
•    Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG     
•    J. Schmalz GmbH       
•    Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG      
•    Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG       
•    Kuka Aktiengesellschaft      
•    FFG Europe & Americas (MAG IAS GmbH)       
•    Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG       
•    Rittal GmbH & Co. KG       
•    Sick AG       
•    Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG      
•    Michael Weinig AG

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