The US-based technology major IBM has opened its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich, Germany — in a bid to bolster its IoT business.
Cisco, Dell and HPE are building their IoT solutions business.
The German center will also be the first European Watson innovation center for IBM, an IT networking vendor global enterprises. 1,000 IBM developers, consultants, researchers and designers will drive engagement with clients and partners at the innovation center.
IBM also will deliver Watson APIs and services on the Watson IoT Cloud Platform to accelerate the development of cognitive IoT solutions and services.
“The Internet of Things will soon be the largest single source of data on the planet, yet almost 90 percent of that data is never acted upon,” said Harriet Green, general manager, Watson IoT and Education.
IBM opened eight new Watson IoT Client Experience Centers in Beijing, China; Boeblingen, Germany; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas in the United States.
IBM IoT support Siemens
Siemens Building Technologies will utilize IBM’s IoT solutions to advance their Navigator platform for energy management and sustainability.
“By bringing asset management and analytics together with a deep technical understanding of how buildings perform, Siemens will make customers’ building operations more reliable, cost-optimized and sustainable,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies.
IBM is bringing cognitive analytics to the IoT by making four families of Watson API services available as part of a new IBM Watson IoT Analytics offering.
In March 2015, IBM announced its decision to invest more than $3 billion to address the needs of clients that are looking to capitalize on the increasing instrumentation and interconnectedness of the world driven by the Internet of Things.
IBM’s IoT achievements
IBM has more than 4,000 IoT client engagements in 170 countries, 1,400 partners in its growing ecosystem, and more than 750 IoT patents.
IBM’s IoT clients include Continental; Cummins; Pratt & Whitney; SilverHook Powerboats; University of South Carolina; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Montpellier, France; Carnegie Mellon University; the U.S. General Services Administration; Rochester, MinnesotaPolice Department; Dublin, Ireland; Yarra Trams; and the Southern Ontario Water Consortium.