Siemens Launches the Open Industrial Edge Ecosystem
Siemens launched a digital and vendor-independent, cross-manufacturer App Store for industry customers. The marketplace serves as a transaction mechanism specifically for the Siemens Industrial Edge platform: an innovative IT platform that enables the scalable deployment of IT technologies and apps in the production environment.
In addition to the Siemens Edge apps for the discrete and machine tool industries, third-party providers such as Braincube, Cybus, SeioTec, and Tosibox have already started to list their products. Customers thus benefit from a broad range of software components, offered by numerous providers and manufacturers, which they can integrate into their manufacturing processes in a standardized manner.
The multifaceted offering already ranges from connectivity, data storage, visualization, and analysis right up to machine monitoring, as well as energy and asset management. As an open software platform, Industrial Edge thus constitutes an Edge Computing ecosystem. The new offering makes it possible for B2B customers to purchase and operate multiple software components on an all-in-one platform.
In the Industrial Edge Marketplace, customers enjoy an intuitive and consistent user experience when purchasing and using software and services – as customers are used to from B2C app stores. In just a few steps, they can fill their app shopping cart, place their order, and pay and use their products right away – independent of individual manufacturers.
Credit card payment is possible in addition to traditional payment methods. Moreover, partners do not need to interact directly with customers to ensure the smooth ordering, payment, and delivery of their software, as this is common practice in today’s industrial marketplaces. Empowered by Siemens and a global presence, the platform is ideal for app developers to access the industrial automation market. To extend and expand the offering step by step, Siemens is placing particular emphasis on additional partner services and software apps which are the focus of the Industrial Edge Ecosystem.