German technology giant Siemens is setting its sights on the far east in the form of a partnership with the city state of Singapore as it inaugurates a new digitalization hub, home to 60 specialists drawn from a variety of disciplines.
Powered by the industrial firm’s proprietary operating system, MindSphere, the Singaporean centre is expected to house up to 300 digitalization experts by 2022 who will be tasked with developing new Internet of Things applications for companies operating in the region.
This work will focus on the Internet of Things, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), with the aim of transforming the tiny state into a ‘smart nation’.
Joe Kasser, president and chief executive of Siemens AG, said: “Singapore is one of the greatest economies in the world. It is known for excellence, long term planning and forward thinking. Siemens will be key partner to help prepare Singapore for the new digital economy. Piloting MindSphere as the IoT operating system, Singapore has a unique opportunity to become the leading fully integrated urban ecosystem on the globe. To help achieve this, we’re setting up our largest.”
EDB chairman Dr. Beh Swan Gin added: “We are proud to partner Siemens in its new Digitalization Hub which will support Singapore’s move to become a Smart Nation. Leveraging Siemens’ MindSphere operating system, this Hub will create new opportunities for businesses to tap onto the country’s rich digital ecosystem to co-develop innovative digital solutions in the Industrial IoT space."
Singapore has set itself the goal of becoming a digitally networked environment with a particular focus on five key fields; transport, household and environment, productivity, healthcare and aging, and the public services sector.