recipients’ ages range from the mid-20s to the mid-60s. The youngest of them
are still students, and the most experienced among them are already reaching
the conclusion of their professional lives and can look back on a successful
career. For example, Jens Braband of Siemens Mobility was honored for his lifetime
achievements. Over a period of about 30 years at Siemens, he has made a
significant contribution to the company’s innovative strength with 120 patents
from 66 patent families. Algorithms that he programmed ensure that all
high-speed trains in Europe continually maintain safe and reliable operations and
enjoy extensive protection against cyberattacks. These safeguards can prevent
potentially life-threatening operating failures and accidents.
Inventors of the Year are active in a wide variety of functions and work in corporate
research and development units as well as at the individual business units.
All of the prize-winning
inventions focus on digitalization. Most of them also have, or will have, significant
impact on how we live and work during the pandemic and beyond.
“We all come
across Siemens technologies each day. With their help, Siemens empowers its customers
to transform entire industries. Industries that form the backbone of the
economy. Industries that define our everyday lives. Our Inventors of the Year embody
Siemens’ ambition of driving and shaping transformation. Siemens has been
pursuing this goal for 173 years and will continue to do so in the future,” said
Roland Busch, Deputy CEO of Siemens AG.
stands for technology with purpose. Technology that helps our customers create
more value while using fewer resources. That’s why we continue to invest
heavily in research and development,” added Peter Körte, Chief Technology
Officer of Siemens AG. “We want to focus on added value for
our customers. We intend to do so by asking better questions and listening carefully,
by launching innovations onto the market even more quickly, and by providing even
closer support to our customers.”
on which the inventions are based enrich our everyday lives. This can be seen
in the example of Benjamin Pollack and his team at Siemens Healthineers in the
U.S. state of New Jersey. They have used artificial intelligence and deep
learning, which is a form of machine learning, to accelerate automated in-vitro
diagnostics. The researchers succeeded in lowering error rates substantially.
As a result, laboratories now receive significantly faster and more reliable results
on patient samples. These improvements are particularly important in times of
COVID‑19, when laboratory capacities worldwide are under considerable strain.
Accelerated and reliable diagnostics can actually save lives here.
production facilities remotely and virtually, retrieving contextual information
and using apps for collaboration – all this is made possible by an invention
made by Tali Segal, Rafi Blumenfeld and Eitan Carmi from Digital Industries in
Tel Aviv. The Intosite solution combines visualization of production facilities
with manufacturing information and provides users around the world with tools for
virtual collaboration in real time. It enables employees at manufacturing companies
to virtually jump into a 3D model of their facilities, navigate within these
models to access production lines or machines, retrieve information at the
click of a mouse, and access apps in order to collaborate with their colleagues.
These capabilities are of fundamental importance – in particular, when most
employees are working from home as is currently the case.
innovation from Chris Casilli in the U.S. forms the core of a Smart
Infrastructure software application. It integrates older devices that are not enabled
for the Internet of Things (IoT) so that they can participate in IoT-based
communications – an essential requirement for modern, smart buildings. A type
of software referred to as “middleware” operates between devices, operating
systems, and the cloud. It mediates between them and reduces complexity. Compared
to other applications, this software can save around €75 million over five
years. It also scales very well: Buildings can use this software to transfer
between 100 and 100,000 data points at speeds very close to real time.
also a groundbreaking invention in the energy sector. It came from the Siemens
Energy researchers Sylvio Kosse and Paul-Gregor Nikolic in Erlangen, Germany.
We all need electricity – every day and around the clock. Supplying this power
smoothly requires circuit breakers, which protect power grids worldwide and
prevent damage from threats such as lightning strikes. Circuit breakers are
used to prevent potential blackouts. Until now, these devices have contained
gases that are considerably more harmful than carbon dioxide. The prototype created
by Siemens’ award-winning team features carbon-neutral operation and thus protects
of the Year awards are presented in five categories. The honors for “Talents,” “Design
and User Experience,” “Outstanding Invention” and “Lifetime Achievement” all went
to Siemens researchers or research teams. The award in the “Open Innovation”
category was presented to employees at Siemens’ corporate Technology unit
together with researchers from Stanford University.
to invest €4.9 billion in research and development in fiscal 2021. In addition,
the company obtained around 2,740 patents worldwide in fiscal 2020. In total,
Siemens currently holds more than 42,900 granted patents.
employees reported a total of 5,116 inventions in fiscal 2020. On a basis of
220 working days, this figure corresponds to around 23 inventions per day.
All of these
figures refer to Siemens AG – including Siemens Healthineers but excluding