June 06, 2017

Tata Consultancy Services and Siemens join forces for industrial IoT on MindSphere

  • TCS to develop applications and digital services for manufacturing customers
  • Further cooperation for energy, healthcare, railway and building technology customers will follow
  • Customers benefit from new industrial experience and digital insights
  • Application development and management for MindSphere Core Platform and Cloud Gateway MindConnect Nano

Germany | Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, and Siemens (ETR: SIE) today unveiled a new collaboration around Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. Focused on customers in the manufacturing, energy, building technology, healthcare and railway industries, the partnership will enable customers to benefit from new data insights and services based on MindSphere, the cloud-based,  open, IoT operating system from Siemens.

Customers will benefit from new applications for MindSphere by TCS, enabling new digital and analytical services such as predictive maintenance and energy monitoring. Siemens’s MindSphere and TCS’s solutions will enable customers to explore new models that capitalise on IoT innovation and realise the opportunities presented by the digital economy.

Milind Lakkad, EVP and global head of manufacturing, TCS, commented, “We’ve been collaborating with Siemens on technology innovation for several years and this latest development will enable our customers to make major strides in IoT innovation. With the MindSphere agreement we will intensify our partnership and support our customers as they realise the opportunities presented by digital innovation. Our clients will not only benefit from expertise in application development and systems integration but also from first-hand experience of the platform development.”

The digitalisation of the industry - in which digital technologies are radically reshaping entire industries - is set to create significant opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world. Initially the programme will be focused in the manufacturing sector, where IoT has already gained significant traction due to the immense data volumes generated in the production process, enabling major innovations in system performance and connectivity.

Through this partnership, TCS will also support developments around MindConnect Nano, the cloud gateway that can be used to connect production to cloud-based analysis of machine and production data. In addition, this new partnership will see Siemens and TCS work to explore implementing the MindSphere core platform, including operation and support services such as application and infrastructure management as well as analytical and testing services.

Steve Bashada, EVP and general manager of MindSphere at Siemens, said, “The software engineering competence and implementation capabilities of TCS makes them a valuable partner for Siemens and our customers. Siemens, together with TCS, will help customers evaluate and utilise data to achieve new insights which could ultimately pave the way for completely new business models, such as selling operating hours or services instead of machinery.”

Drawing on TCS’s experience, the company will offer MindSphere applications as well as digital and analytical services that can reduce downtime, maintenance-related costs and energy consumption, while increasing the lifetime of their machinery.

This new collaboration will see TCS  apply its breadth and depth of expertise across technogy areas, such as automation, IoT and connectivity, with a focus on execution for brown field implementations in varied environments. Customers will benefit from extensive experience in industry processes across the value chain, including product design and engineering, production execution and services. These new solutions will bring to bear the full potential of Siemens’s IoT operating system.