Siemens taps HCL Tech to expand IoT cloud platform MindSphere

German equipment maker Siemens has signed up IT services provider HCL Technologies to develop and expand its Internet-of-Things platform MindSphere.

Mindsphere is Siemens’ cloud–based open Internet of Things (IoT) operating system, and includes technology, applications, connectivity, system integration and go-to-market strategies.

Siemens is keen on developing the package as a standard for industrial equipment to talk to each other via the Internet.

HCL will help Siemens develop the platform, while also incorporating the Siemens platform into some of its products.

“The HCL offerings seamlessly fit into our industrial products and platform range, making HCL a strategic and natural partner of the digital product and solution organisation of Siemens,” said Paul Kaeley, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Eco-system, Siemens PLM Software.

“HCL can now take Siemens’ MindSphere solutions to their customers across multiple sectors,” the Indian company added.

According to Siemens, MindSphere offers a “cost-effective, scalable cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS)” for developing apps related to industrial equipment.

“Designed as an open OS for the Internet of Things, it lets you seamlessly connect with your machines like never before so you can improve the efficiency of plants by harnessing the huge volumes of data that your assets generate.”

Under the partnership, the two companies will hold several joint collaboration activities during industrial and IT events.

“We are seeing traction in.. initiatives as our manufacturing customers leverage automation, cyber–physical systems and IoT technologies to create ‘smart’ ecosystems. This collaboration comes as a proof of our leadership in the segment and lends further credibility to our market positioning in the Industry 4.0 space,” said G.H Rao, President, Engineering and R&D Services, HCL Technologies.