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Siemens and Alibaba Cloud partner to power industrial Internet of Things in China

Published on 17 July 2018

MoU signed under the witness of German chancellor and Chinese premier

Siemens MindSphere to be deployed and operated on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure for China Mainland market

Siemens and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to partner to foster the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies will leverage each other’s technology and industry resources to build a unique IoT solution to support Industrie 4.0, China’s manufacturing upgrade and transformation and other industrial Internet initiatives. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG and Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud signed the MoU in Berlin under the witness of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his official visit to Germany. “We continue to build our global industrial digital network by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industrie 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing. Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things with MindSphere now also on the leading Chinese cloud platform,” said Joe Kaeser. “Today, we further strengthen our global leadership in automating and digitalizing the Industrial world.”

“Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation across the globe. We are delighted to partner with Siemens and together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress,” said Simon Hu. As part of Siemens comprehensive digital offerings, MindSphere is Siemens’ cloudbased, open IoT operating system that delivers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options, robust applications, advanced analytics, and closedloop innovation with complete digital twin solutions. The implementation of MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud will provide compelling services for companies in China Mainland to innovate with advanced industrial solutions. Under the MoU, both companies will begin collaborating immediately and intend to make MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud available in 2019.

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Siemens presents its new high-speed train – the “Velaro Novo”

Published on 29 June 2018

  • Improved passenger experience and reduced lifecycle costs
  • 30 percent energy savings, 15 percent lighter
  • Train undergoing tests since April 2018

Siemens is presenting a new concept for high-speed trains at the InnoTrans 2018, the world’s biggest trade fair for rail technology. The Velaro Novo sets new standards for efficiency and sustainability and at the same time offers the highest passenger comfort and convenience. Siemens has developed the new high-speed platform for service throughout the world.

"The Velaro Novo is our answer to global demands in high-speed transport. The new train writes a new chapter in the Velaro's success story and enables operators to offer improved passenger comfort and economy over the train's entire lifecycle. What we are presenting today is the result of five years of development: a platform offering uniquely optimized energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as maximum flexibility and reliability," says Sabrina Soussan, CEO of the Mobility Division at Siemens. 

Running at 300 km/h, the new high-speed train uses 30 percent less energy than previous Velaro models, which translates to average savings of 1,375 tons of CO2 a year. Thanks to its lightweight construction, the train’s weight was reduced by 15 percent. At the same time, available space for passengers was increased by ten percent. The car body is based on the empty tube concept, meaning that there are no permanent installations inside the car and the interior can be furnished according to customer wishes. Configuration options like this make the Velaro Novo future-proof and flexible, and the trains can be adapted to an operator’s new needs even after years in operation. Maintenance costs are reduced thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art measurement and sensor technology.

Siemens has been testing parts of the new high-speed train since April 2018. The Novo test car, integrated into the ICE S operated by DB Systemtechnik, is currently undergoing test runs throughout Germany.

Siemens previously developed four generations of the Velaro. The trains have been in service since 2000 and are currently operating in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. The Velaro fleet covers over one million kilometers a day. In Germany, the Velaro is known as the ICE 3 (series 407), operated by Deutsche Bahn AG.

Siemens began with the development of the new Velaro Novo concept in 2013 and can place the first trains in service as of 2023. Siemens is premiering the new concept to an international trade fair public at the InnoTrans 2018 as part of a digital staging.

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