An alliance of 15 founding members including, Linde, Siemens, Nanyang Polytechnic and Tata Communications has founded MindSphere World. It is the first independent association in ASEAN-Pacific that brings together various stakeholders to form an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) community, and will support its members in developing and improving IIoT solutions. The group of end-users, system integrators, developers, academic institutes and consultants will work closely together in directing the future of IIoT in this region.
IIoT is the connection of devices and machines in industrial sectors and applications such as transport, energy and manufacturing. It opens up vast possibilities for instrumentation, leading to major efficiency and productivity gains in industrial operations.
But finding the right IIoT solutions and partners requires a good network – MindSphere World connects members and provides the ecosystem to drive the IIoT conversation and development. In that way, it helps members to collaborate in solving problems and identify further opportunities across industries. In addition, the association will lead efforts in sharing IIoT knowledge and strengthen IIoT education in the workplace, as well as in academic institutes.
"ASEAN's digital economy is projected to grow to reach US$200 billion by 2025. It is also a huge market for the manufacturing and process industries, sectors where the Industrial Internet of Things is a key lever in their digital transformation. In addition, ASEAN and Australia are working together on a new Digital Standards Cooperation Initiative. That’s why ASEAN-Pacific is the third region where we are setting up MindSphere World," said Narsingh Chaudhary, President of MindSphere World ASEAN-Pacific, and Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Excellence at Siemens Pte Ltd.
The MindSphere World Association was first founded in Germany in January 2018. In July 2018, MindSphere World Italy was established. Plans to launch more regional chapters are in the pipeline. The aim is to establish a worldwide ecosystem with local partnerships, so that members across the globe can work together and continue to learn from each other.
Singapore was selected to be the headquarter for the ASEAN-Pacific chapter due to its strong national focus on driving the adoption of cross-cutting digital technologies across all levels, and its large base of regional headquarters spanning multiple industries.
Among the founding members of MindSphere World in ASEAN-Pacific are multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, consulting companies and educational institutes.
The 15 founding members are:
- APOCCA Automation Pte Ltd
- AIRmaker (RIA Venture Capital Pte Ltd)
- Cambridge CARES (The Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore)
- Coreview Systems Pte Ltd
- EPC-M Industries Pte Ltd
- Excel Marco Industrial Systems Pte Ltd
- Linde Gas Asia Pte Ltd
- Manutechs Pte Ltd
- Nanyang Polytechnic
- Quest Global Consulting Pte Ltd
- Rapid Effect Pte Ltd
- Rohde & Schwarz Asia Pte Ltd
- S & I Systems Pte Ltd
- Siemens Pte Ltd
- Tata Communications International Pte Ltd
During the association’s kick-off board meeting, the inaugural Advisory Board was elected:
President: Narsingh Chaudhary, Senior Vice President, Siemens Pte Ltd
Secretary: Sujay Gudi, Director, Rapid Effect Pte Ltd
Treasurer: David Ong, CEO, Excel Marco Industrial Systems Pte Ltd
Arun Jayakumar, Sales & Service Manager, APOCCA Automation Pte Ltd
Prof. Markus Kraft, Director, Cambridge CARES
Ruben Ang Ban Teck, Director, EPC-M Industries Pte Ltd
Siqian Li, Head of Automation Technology APac, Linde Gas Asia Pte Ltd
Dave Teirlynck, Managing Director, Manutechs Pte Ltd
Dr. Vinayak Prabhu, Assistant Director – Digital Engineering, School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic
Dr. Lim Boon Huat, Managing Director, Rohde & Schwarz Asia Pte Ltd
Chris Tng Chin Yeow, Practice Director, Solution and Technology Office, S & I Systems Pte Ltd
Ludovic Lassaunce, Director, Mobility & IoT Solutions and Business Development, TATA Communications International Pte Ltd
In the months ahead, the association will be holding events and workshops for members to discuss and share knowledge of various IIoT technologies and their applications in business processes. The association will also continue to welcome new members.