Siemens unveils Smart City Developer Community to accelerate IoT innovations
- Launch of Siemens Smart City Developer Community at the Connected Cities Conference 2019
- Engaging startups, SMEs, business partners and academia
- With the help of MindSphere, the Community will provide IoT education, create networks and facilitate co-creation and partnership
Siemens Smart City Developer Community (the Community) was formally kicked off at the Connected Cities Conference 2019 on January 24 by the government, industry leaders and academia. The Community is set up as part of the Siemens Smart City Digital Hub with an ultimate goal to support Hong Kong’s roadmap towards a sustainable connected city.
“As the digital world merges into the physical, we have embraced the Internet of Things (IoT) as a key pillar towards driving the company’s vision of enhancing connectivity in our solutions,” Mr. Eric Chong, President & CEO of Siemens Limited, said. “While the IoT creates major opportunities for the industry, it can also be a source of disruption. Companies have to collaborate and co-create smart solutions to scale their businesses and tackle the urgent emerging city challenges,” he added while outlining the Community’s four key objectives, namely education, networking, co-creation and partnership.
Siemens has been dedicated to providing advanced IoT trainings in recent years.
Since the establishment of MindSphere Academy in May 2018, over 250 engineers, academia and CXOs have received trainings on managing digital transformation locally. Riding on the launch of the Community, Siemens will further organize collaborative workshops and market-focus seminars to support local talents on developing scalable digital solutions for Hong Kong’s infrastructure.
Another highlight of the Community is the opportunity to build own professional networks. Members will be invited to annual events including the Connected Cities Conference and Siemens Innovation Day and have the chance to network with startups, SMEs and even MNCs. To enable instant discussions on distinct topics like AI and data analytics, special interest groups will also be created on an online sharing platform where members can grow their knowledge, insights and experiences to speed up IoT development in the aspects of smart building, smart energy and smart mobility.
Through hackathons and startup pitches, members will collaborate on and co-create industry-specific solutions. With the adoption of MindSphere as an online platform, both hackers and companies will find values in this learning environment and will get access to like-minded people to transform industry concepts into real-world applications.
The development and implementation of smart city initiatives require considerable investment and technical know-how. Siemens will refer potential startups and SMEs to its global startup network and industry connections, in the process helping them become trusted development partners. Free MindSphere trial licenses will also be granted to partners to explore the functionalities of MindSphere, build their own applications, and connect their physical infrastructure, as well as analyze and visualize collected data.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Eric Chong said, “In order to fully embrace the dynamic nature of our connected world, we need to stay competitive and optimize our city’s efficiency with digital transformation. Siemens Smart City Developer Community provides a sound and solid platform for exploring the endless possibilities of the Internet of Things, and we are thrilled to provide strong networking opportunities and advanced IoT education powered by MindSphere. Ultimately the Community will be able to co-create ideas and develop strategic partnership to enhance our city’s livability, operability and sustainability.”
The Community will further expand the range of collaboration Siemens has already established with industry leaders and academia including CLP Innovation Enterprises Limited, MTR Corporation Limited, Smart City Consortium and the Vocational Training Council. Those who are interested to join the community can register online here.
MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system that connects products, plants, systems and machines, enabling users to harness the wealth of data generated by the IoT with advanced analytics. MindSphere connects real things to the digital world and enables high-value industry-based applications and digital services to drive business success. With its open platform-as-a-service capabilities, MindSphere enables a rich partner ecosystem to offer innovative IoT solutions. MindSphere has already been widely adopted in numerous areas including asset management for Munich Allianz Arena, adoption of digital twin for predictive maintenance and power optimization, implementing energy saving solutions with real-time data and realizing Industrie 4.0.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
In 1911, Siemens opened its first sales office in Hong Kong. Since then, the company has committed to being a trusted technology partner and providing innovative solutions in Hong Kong & Macao. Siemens has provided integrated solutions for infrastructure development projects, including gas turbine at Black Point Power Station and power substations for CLP Power in Hong Kong and CEM in Macao; signaling, main control and fixed communication systems for Shatin Central Link; traffic control and surveillance system for Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and total building solutions for City of Dreams in Macao. In December 2017, Smart City Digital Hub (also called MindSphere Application Center – City) was setup to unlock the potential of digitalization.