Singapore and Siemens aim to join forces in a drive to make the Southeast Asian city-state a “smart nation.” As a result, Singapore will be the first country in the world to pilote MindSphere – Siemens’ open, cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things – to digitalize its infrastructure as much as possible. Siemens is supporting this master plan by setting up a digitalization hub. The hub was inaugurated on July 11, 2017 in parallel events in Singapore and at Siemens’ headquarters in Munich.
As part of the Digitalization Hub, Siemens will cooperate with customers, partners and universities to develop new digital applications. MindSphere provides an optimal platform for ensuring connectivity across all infrastructures and different industries. Apps and digital services that help analyze huge data volumes can be developed and managed on the operating system in order to gain new insights for optimizing complex systems.
Starting with 60 specialists from a variety of disciplines, the Hub team is expected to grow to 300 by the year 2022. It will bring together data scientists, solution architects, software engineers, system experts and domain specialists from the urban infrastructure, industrial and healthcare sectors. They will develop, test and commercialize innovations and future-ready digital solutions.
To mark the launch of the Digitalization Hub, three collaboration agreements were signed with Singapore organizations;
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) will partner with Siemens to create and showcase data-driven innovations for urban infrastructure, such as innovative mobility solutions based on self-driving vehicles, and advanced data analytics for optimizing the performance of green buildings.
- SP Group, Singapore’s sole transmission and distribution utility, will collaborate to build a next-generation energy management software platform for SP’s 24/7 control centers, to enable more robust planning, surveillance and predictive maintenance of Singapore’s electricity network. They will also create a multi-energy urban microgrid solution to help consumers save energy and cost.
- Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics), a leading Information Communications Technologies system provider in the region, signed a partnership agreement for co-creating and proactively marketing innovative digital use cases in the field of transportation, including roads, harbors, airports and mass transit. The focus is on applications and solutions for connectivity, cybersecurity, data convergence, analytics and contextualization. These applications will use MindSphere to enable expansion into further market segments.
With its Smart Nation initiative, the Singapore government aims to create a digitally networked environment that will enhance the quality of life throughout the country. Focused on five fields – transport, household and environment, productivity, healthcare and aging, and the public services sector – the initiative will provide Singapore with one of the most advanced urban development projects in the world.