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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Siemens opens $20m IoT research hub in Chicago

By Nick Flaherty at www.flaherty.co.uk

Siemens is to set up a research and development hub in Chicago with a focus on developing cloud and IoT related applications to support its building management and automation platforms. 

The Siemens Building Technologies Control Products and Systems (CPS) Software House will operate as a global software development competence centre for the company developing new applications for the building technologies industry.

The facility will open in early October 2017, and is planning to house more than 100 employees, who will be devoted to building out new capabilities and products for Siemens’ Desigo CC and System One platforms.

The CPS Software House will lead global R&D efforts for the Siemens’ Desigo CC platform, and will collaborate with the business’ headquarters in Zug, Switzerland for broader cloud and System One platform applications. The new Chicago site will employ specialists in software development, software architecture, product testing, project leadership, application engineering, configuration management, team leadership and technical writing.

“Establishing the CPS Software House is the logical next step, and a critical component in our digitalization strategy as we continue to drive toward creating a future that includes autonomous buildings,” says Dave Hopping, President of Siemens’ North American-based Building Technologies Division. 

Research and development into new CPS applications plays a key role in moving technology to the next level with its ability to add smart features to physical systems and environments.

“Establishing a R&D hub in Chicago is a huge opportunity for Siemens to leverage the extremely talented tech community here,” says Norman Trapp, Head of the Siemens Building Technologies CPS Software House. “Our goal is to build new capabilities, bring them to customers sooner, and work with our customers to quickly obtain feedback. Modern software technology methods and skill sets will offer us speed and agility – and a shorter product development cycle will enable us to move to continuous integration of upgrades to our Desigo and System One customers, rather than via independent upgrade pushes.”

Siemens has approximately 3,300 employees in Chicago, which is home to Siemens' Downtown Chicago headquarters, Building Technologies' North American headquarters, and Siemens Healthineers' Molecular Imaging Global headquarters. 


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