Siemens launches IIoT solution centre in Swinburne University

Siemens, in partnership with the Swinburne University, has launched an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) demonstration and application centre, called MindSphere.

The centre is housed in the Swinburne University of Technology’s Factory of the Future and will enable students, academics and industry partners to collaborate and co-create local and global projects on the cloud-based platform.

Siemens’ MindSphere already has over one million connected devices and systems worldwide. Eight founding partners have signed agreement to become MindSphere Foundation Partners.

Jeff Connolly, Chairman and CEO of Siemens Australia said the partnership is the first-of-its-kind industry-university partnership for MindSphere in Australia and is an extension of Siemens’ $135 million product lifecycle management (PLM) industrial software grant to Swinburne University announced last year.

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“Data is being described as the oil of the 21st century. 90 per cent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years and 5.5 million new ‘things’ get connected every day. However, the value is in being able to refine that crude data and turning it into usable business information. This requires sophisticated platforms that simplify and enable the process. It also requires skilled people coming through the system – which is what this facility and the partnership is all about,” said Connolly.

The launch is supported by industry partners – through the signing of the MindSphere Foundation Partner agreement – Alliance Automation, Globetech, NZ Controls, Centric PA, Spectrum Automation, Nukon, Interlate and Mescada.

“The centre will facilitate the creation of applications in advanced manufacturing, smart cities and transport, health and other areas. This is an important stage in the implementation of our Industry 4.0 Strategy,” Swinburne’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development), Professor Aleksandar Subic said.

“The centre will demonstrate in action the value of partnerships between industry and the education sector by driving innovation and positive transformation. The access to MindSphere at our Factory of the Future will help demonstrate the Industry 4.0 facility as a whole – a fully integrated, connected and fully operational learning factory – the first of its kind in Australia and this part of the world,” added Prof. Subic.

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Michael Freyny, head of Digital Factory and Process Industries for Siemens Australia and New Zealand, said MindSphere will play a critical role in Siemens customers’ digitalisation journey.

“The centre will enable our customers across various sectors to explore data-driven business models. Following successful use cases and applications in China, Germany, USA and other parts of the world, Australia can now connect industry to the digital world of IIoT and create powerful industry applications and digital services.”