Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner with Siemens to foster the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies will leverage each other’s technologies and industry resources to build a unique IoT solution to support Industrie 4.0, China’s manufacturing upgrade and transformation and other industrial Internet initiatives.
As part of Siemens’ comprehensive digital offerings, MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system that delivers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options, “robust” applications, advanced analytics, and closed-loop innovation with complete digital twin solutions. The implementation of Siemens MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud would provide compelling services for companies in China Mainland to innovate with advanced industrial solutions.
Joe Kaeser, President, and CEO of Siemens AG and Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud signed the MoU in Berlin under the witness of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his official visit to Germany.
“This cooperation with Alibaba Cloud is a landmark deal for bringing Industrie 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing,” said Joe Kaeser, President, and CEO of Siemens AG. “Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things with MindSphere now also on the leading Chinese cloud platform. Today, we further strengthen our global leadership in automating and digitalizing the industrial world.”
Under the MoU, both companies will begin collaborating immediately and intend to make MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud available in 2019.
“Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation across the globe,” said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud. “We are delighted to partner with Siemens and together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress.”
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