German technology company Siemens AG and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, have joined forces to foster Industry 4.0 and digitalisation transformation in China.
In a memorandum of understanding signed in Berlin 9 July, the two companies agreed to leverage each other’s technology and industry resources to create an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to support I4.0 and manufacturing upgrade in China.
As part of this, Siemens’ cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere will be deployed and operated by Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure for the Chinese mainland market.
Under the MoU, the companies will start collaboration immediately and aim to make MindSphere available on Alibaba Cloud in 2019.
“This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industry 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.
Siemens expects the deal to strengthen its position in automation and digitalisation “in the industrial world”.
Also commenting, Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group said the partnership would aim to speed up the adoption of IoT products and services, and create “industry-wide breakthroughs”.
As part of Siemens comprehensive digital offerings, MindSphere offers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options, advanced analytics, and closed-loop innovation with digital twin solutions.
Alibaba Cloud offers cloud computing services to businesses online as well as the Alibaba Group's own e-commerce ecosystem. According to the company’s website, Alibaba Cloud has a network of 18 international data centres across the globe.