Founded by Siemens and unveiled last month, MindSphere World brings together 18 partner companies. Its aim is to expand the global reach of the ecosystem based on MindSphere and will support individual members in developing and improving IoT solutions on the MindSphere platform and in tapping new markets in the digital economy. This will include suggestions about the requirements placed on the IoT operating system MindSphere by the industry and recommendations on setting out uniform rules for data utilisation. Another role of the organisation will be to promote science, research, and teaching in the MindSphere environment.

Image: Founder members of "MindSphere World" at the press conference in Berlin: From left to right: Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Siemens Digital Factory Division; Senior Vice President R&D at Kuka; Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG; Bruno Geiger, COO/CTO of Eisenmann and Andreas Oroszi, Senior Vice President Digital Business at Festo

Says member of the managing board of Siemens AG Klaus Helmrich: “The foundation of MindSphere World represents another major step forward in promoting the ecosystem surrounding MindSphere as an open IoT platform. The broad-based expertise and the offering of all the MindSphere World partners will open up totally new digitalisation potential for users everywhere.”

The inaugural meeting of MindSphere World took place in the recently opened innovative development and work environment ‘MindSphere OpenSpace’, a part of the new branch of Factory Berlin. Over an office space of more than 13,000 m2, Factory Berlin – an initiative supported by the German Government, Siemens and other companies – brings established technology companies together with developers and start-ups. The key focus of the new start-up campus is the Internet of Things. MindSphere OpenSpace thus creates ideal conditions for the MindSphere World members and other users, such as start-ups, to drive forward the development of apps and digital services and to tap whole new markets.

Jan Mrosik, chair of the management board of MindSphere World and CEO of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, adds: “By bringing together a worldwide community comprising industrial and IT companies of all sizes from all sectors of industry as well as start-ups, we aim to establish and drive forward an eco-system based on MindSphere. With this end in mind, the association members are joining to form MindSphere World – initially in Germany and then extending out into the international arena.”

“Because the development of standards plays a decisive role when it comes to establishing a worldwide ecosystem, the members of MindSphere World will be working together to come up with recommendations for standards in relation to MindSphere-based apps. We'll also be drawing up suggested solutions for enabling interoperability between different MindSphere-based solutions,” said Andreas Oroszi, member of the board of management of MindSphere World and senior vice president Digital Business at Festo.

The founder members of MindSphere World alongside Siemens AG include: ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG; Chiron Group SE; Eisenmann SE; Festo AG & Co. KG; Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH; Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG; Heitec AG; Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG; J. Schmalz GmbH, Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG; Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG; Kuka Aktiengesellschaft; FFG Europe & Americas (MAG IAS GmbH); Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH +Co. KG; Rittal GmbH & Co. KG; Sick AG; Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG; Michael Weinig AG.