Volkswagen, AWS & Siemens in Industrial Cloud partnership

By Sean Galea-Pace
Volkswagen in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Siemens, are launching the Industrial Cloud to other manufacturing and technology firms...

New partner companies will be able to connect with Volkswagen plants and contribute their own software applications for optimising production processes to the Industrial Cloud. As a result, a rapidly growing range of industrial software applications for Volkswagen’s plants will be created. Each location will be able to obtain applications for its machinery, tools and equipment direct from the Industrial Cloud to optimise production.

Volkswagen expects significant efficiency and productivity gains at its plants. The partner companies will be able to scale and further develop their applications in one of the world’s largest automobile production networks and this will also allow them to optimise their own processes and products. As a first step, 11 pioneering international companies, ABB, ASCon Systems, BearingPOint, Celonis, Dürr, GROB- WERKE, MHP, NavVis, SYNAOS, Teradata and WAGO will be joining the Industrial Cloud.

Through the Industrial Cloud, Volkswagen is creating a platform that allows partners to contribute their solutions. This will allow the organisation to achieve global efficiencies at its plants, while also creating the pathway for partners to scale their applications and optimise their own operations. 

In the future, the Industrial Cloud is to include all Volkswagen’s factories worldwide and its global supply chain will facilitate data interchange between systems and plants. The system is based on AWS technologies in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, data analytics and computing services which have been extended specifically to meet the requirements of Volkswagen and the automotive industry.

“The news continues our initial mission of the Industrial Cloud project to help Volkswagen together with Siemens and their partners to focus their resources on optimizing production, creating new business opportunities for smart products, and improving operational efficiency across the entire value chain”, commented AWS Dirk Didascalou, Vice President of AWS IoT, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We look forward to watching the marketplace collaboration flourish as participants take advantage of the AWS native open architecture of the Industrial Cloud.”

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