Worldwide user organisation founded for open IoT platform

Along with 18 other partner companies, Siemens AG is founding MindSphere World, a worldwide user organisation for the cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere. Its aim is to expand the global reach of the ecosystem that is based on MindSphere.

Additionally, the organisation is also designed to afford support to its individual members in developing and improving IoT solutions on the MindSphere platform and in tapping into new markets in the digital economy. This will include suggestions about the requirements placed on the IoT operating system MindSphere by the industry and recommendations on setting out uniform rules for data utilisation. Another role of the organisation will be to promote science, research, and teaching in the MindSphere environment.

Founding members alongside Siemens include, but are not limited to, Festo AG & Co. FG, Michael Weinig AG, Heitec AG, Kuka Aktiengesellschaft, and Eisenmann SE, among many others. Members of the organisation meet in committees to deal with issues such as the requirements place on MindSphere by industry, data governance concepts, and the Association’s work.

The inaugural meeting of MindSphere World took place at the recently-opened innovative development and work environment MindSphere OpenSpace, a part of the new branch of Factory Berlin, the conditions there are ideal for the MindSphere World members and other users such as start-ups to drive the development of apps and digital services forward as well as tap into whole new markets.

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

“By bringing together a worldwide community comprising industrial and IT companies of all sizes from all sectors of industry as well as start-ups, we aim to establish and drive forward an ecosystem based on MindSphere,” Chair of the Management Board of MindSphere World, Jan Mrosik, added. “With this in mind, the Association members are joining to form MindSphere World – initially in Germany and then extending out into the international arena.”

“MindSphere’s open structure offers a wide range of benefits for us as users, in particular due to the manufacturer-independent link-up of machines and plants and also when it comes to the development of apps,” Member of the Management Board of MindSphere World and COO/CTO of Eisenmann, Bruno Geiger, said. “Within the framework of MindSphere World, we can now also 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.”

“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,” Member of the Management Board of MindSphere World and Senior Vice President Digital Business at Festo, Andreas Oroszi, said. “We’ll also be drawing up suggested solutions for enabling interoperability between different MindSphere-based solutions.”

“As users, we’re 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 homogenous use of MindSphere components,” Michael Haag, Member of the Advisory Board of MindSphere World and Senior Vice President Research and Development (R&D) at Kuka, concluded.”From now on, we’ll be able to play a role in shaping these developments and putting forward the specific expectations we place in MindSphere.”