Easier, more flexible and more open. These are the key words that Siemens uses to define The Siemens Xcelerator platform it introduced in June has continued to growinternally, but also in customer implementations and through technology and company acquisitions.
Siemens Xcelerator is a central theme in the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the company, which was founded on October 1, 1847 in Berlin, as a small factory with 10 employees and which is now globally present and has over 300,000 employees. Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens, emphasizes that “companies that reach 175 years are rare […] today we celebrate success and innovations that change reality and people’s lives“, bearing in mind that this is happening because Siemens has been able to reinvent and transform itself.
“We make innovations that benefit people and that’s what brings profitability,” says the president and chief executive officer who has led Siemens for more than a year and who guarantees that “Siemens will continue to thrive if it responds to the challenges of its time, as the founders did”.
At the anniversary event, the German chancellor Olaf Scholts, recognized the importance and role of Siemens as one of the largest German companies and innovations that are closely related to the history of the countrybut he did not fail to highlight current topics, with the recent departure of Russia, inclusion in the economic blockade in retaliation for the attack on Ukraine.
“175 years of creation is linked to the history of the country, in good times and bad,” said Olaf Scholts, recalling the time when every German home had at least one Siemens equipment, not forgetting the use of forced labor during World War II. World War. New developments like an agreement with Egypt for the Suez Canal railway, SiemensStadt Square or digital twins with the creation of replicas of the physical world in digital space, with the addition of Artificial Intelligence technology, the head of the German government also mentioned.
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During the festive dinner, Nathalie von Siemens, great-granddaughter of the founder of Siemens and member of the company’s supervisory board, recalled the history and concerns the founders had over the past 175 years, and the culture of positive influence they intend to maintain. “There is no magic in what Siemens has done. Technological possibilities must be the driver of something”, he emphasizes, talking about the need for a clear leadership vision.
Digital twins and components of digital transformation
The combination of the digital and analog worlds is an important factor in the new revolution, and Siemens, after the transformations of electrification and industrialization in recent decades, is betting on deepening digitalization. “Today we can say that we combine reality and digital in a unique way”, explains Roland Busch, pointing out Digital Twins as one of the bases for the development of a new digital reality.replicating the real world with data and information essential to managing systems and processes.
But digital transformation must be carried out in a pragmatic way, simplifying processes for organizations, in a flexible and open way, and Siemens developed Xcelerator on this basis. The platform aims to help users use fewer resources and reduce CO2 emissions and accelerate profitability, in a fast and scalable way, and already has numerous services, software and hardware components available for implementation.
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The ecosystem is growing and today Siemens announced two new partnerships, in the areas of mobility and battery development. The company already has 58 partners certified for Siemens Xcelerator and added ZONA Technology for aerospace and Senseye to the portfolio for predictive maintenance. New offerings have also been added, including Railigent X and Mobility Software Suite X from Siemens Mobility.
THE Volta Trucks, a Swedish company that develops electric trucks, is one of the new partners and today a collaboration was announced for the development of an electric charging network and services that enable the creation of a fleet of electric trucks in Europe. with Automotive Cells Company (ACC) Siemens is moving into the production of batteries for electric cars, using Siemens’ digital portfolio Xcelerator.
During the press event, Siemens presented several examples of how the Siemens Xcelerator platform is used in different areasfrom building management to trains and the automotive industry. Peter Koerte, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Siemens, points out that today is about “creating the future” and admits that digitization is not a simple process, which is recognized by the company. “86% of customers avoided critical projects due to complexity,” said the CTOwhich points to more data from a study that states that 45% of companies do not know how to go about adapting to the IoT, despite the fact that the digitization revolution began more than 10 years ago.
“Digitalization must be easy, flexible and open […] users need to be able to use other third-party applications and that’s where we think Xcelerator is different,” explains Peter Koerte.
ON Building X is the first product to follow this logic, and the partnership with Volta and Railigent X also shows its application in the field of mobility.. The gains are in the competitiveness of the company, but also in sustainability and reduction of emissions.
The digital twins that Siemens creates in several areas, which stand out as a path to the Metaverse, were also highlighted by Peter Koerte. “Tim Cook [da Apple] says that the average person doesn’t know what the metaverse is. We have an idea and it will change absolutely everything,” says Siemens’ technical director. “The first building blocks are already here with digital twins, which we believe are the building blocks of the metaverse,” he defends.
Models of the digital factory, but also the smart buildings and neighborhood that Siemens is building in Berlin, which should be completed by 2030.they are part of the digital twins that the company presented at Siemens’ 175th anniversary, but also the case of “Siemens grad” with Nicolas Cumins, COO of Bentley Systems showed a digital replica of the space that the company is developing in the former circle of the factory, which will occupy the dimensions of about 100 football fields with about 3,000 apartments, green areas and a school.
“If you want to explore the metaverse, use games, like Fortnite. People will fight there, but we don’t want to fight, we want to build,” said Peter Koerte at the presentation of Siemens’ digital twin city, claiming that the company uses the same concepts in the industrial metaverse.
Even if Nicolas Cumins admits that there are still important steps to be taken to make the metaverse more useful, especially that different players may demand that the new infrastructures created have a digital twin. developed that can be used to accelerate evolution. One of the cases presented was the development of a new nuclear fusion reactor, where a digital twin is used to define new development models, simplify and accelerate implementation, with less risk.
ON Siemens’ digital business is growing and the goal is for it to account for 10% of revenue in 2025, taking advantage of the acceleration of the new platform that can support the digital transformation of customers, especially medium and small. To this end, Siemens is also making a shift to a service-based model that maintains current revenues. According to the data, In the first nine months of this year, Siemens generated revenue of 4.7 billion dollars in digital business and is expected to grow by 10% in 2022.