Siemens and AWS collaborate further on IT/OT convergence
Siemens and Amazon Web Services have announced a further collaboration on IT/OT convergence with AWS IoT SiteWise Edge available as an application in the Siemens Industrial Edge Marketplace.
Siemens said users can deploy AWS IoT SiteWise Edge on Siemens Industrial Edge for centralised app and device management and combine it with a variety of other apps and edge devices, from Siemens and other vendors, to configure an IoT solution for their specific challenges. AWS IoT SiteWise Edge is an on-premises software that is part of the Industrial IoT services portfolio of Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) and can collect, process and monitor equipment data locally, even without an internet connection.
Siemens launched its open Industrial Edge platform in 2018, and expanded it in October 2021 with the Industrial Edge Marketplace, an independent, cross-vendor app store where industrial users can buy apps from different IoT providers. The Industrial Edge platform and Marketplace are part of the Siemens Xcelerator digital business platform, which creates an open ecosystem for collaboration between customers, Siemens and complementary third parties. As such they are also part of Industrial Operations X, an open and interoperable portfolio for automating and operating industrial production.
“The addition of AWS IoT SiteWise Edge to our Industrial Edge Marketplace creates new opportunities to deploy edge and cloud applications at scale and manage closed-loop automation workflows”, said Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens. “Our customers are constantly facing new challenges to boost productivity, flexibility and sustainability across their production processes. To help them, Siemens is expanding its traditional strong OT portfolio by integrating IT and software capabilities into automation with Industrial Operations X.”
With AWS IoT SiteWise Edge on Industrial Edge, AWS and Siemens will accelerate and simplify the machine-to-edge and edge-to-cloud experience. Customers need less time to start ingesting data into the AWS cloud and use further AWS services, eg, for simplified data and workflow management or industrial artificial intelligence (AI) workflows on the edge and the cloud.
Today, the majority (74%) of IoT projects remain isolated experiments, require a long period of time to deploy at scale or do not achieve the expected return on investment due to a heterogeneous landscape of OT and IT systems. This results in data being difficult to access and use, as it is often restricted to a single machine or shop floor. AWS IoT SiteWise Edge on Siemens Industrial Edge is intended to help build a secure, flexible edge-to-cloud infrastructure that can deliver data where it is needed and run hybrid workflows, simplifying IT/OT convergence.
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