Siemens has opened up its Industrial Edge ecosystem to provide a vendor independent, cross-manufacturer App Store for industry customers.
It has developed a marketplace that serves as a transaction mechanism specifically for the Siemens Industrial Edge platform.
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. This allows industrial automation customer to use a wider range of software components, offered by numerous providers and manufacturers, which they can integrate into their manufacturing processes in a standardized manner. This includes connectivity, data storage, visualization and analysis right up to machine monitoring, as well as energy and asset management.
The Industrial Edge Marketplace provides a 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.
This also means 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. Siemens is placing particular emphasis on additional partner services and software apps which are the focus of the Industrial Edge Ecosystem.
This aims to help industrial automation systems be more adaptable and agile to meet faster product development cycles and shorter times to market. The Edge Computing infrastructure can help manufacturing companies to combine automation systems in the digital factory and analyse the data locally.
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