IBM Slings Open Watson IoT Global Headquarters

By Ken Briodagh December 22, 2015

IBM recently announced the opening of its global headquarters for Watson IoT.

And AI plus IoT equals big power. And, as Uncle Ben told us (spiders, not rice), with great power comes great responsibility. IBM is showing that it is up to the job, however, by also launching a series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners designed to extend the power of cognitive computing to the IoT. These new offerings will be available through the IBM Watson IoT Cloud.

Munich, Germany will serve as the global headquarters for this new Watson IoT unit, and will also be the home of the first European Watson innovation center. The campus will bring together 1000 IBM developers, consultants, researchers and designers to engage with clients and partners and will house a lab for data scientists, engineers and programmers in which they will develop connected solutions at the intersection of cognitive computing and the IoT. The center will set out to drive collaborative innovation with clients, partners, IBM researchers and data scientists to create new IoT opportunities. It represents IBM's largest investment in Europe in more than two decades.

Big Blue also will deliver Watson APIs and services on the Watson IoT Cloud Platform to accelerate the development of cognitive IoT solutions and services, helping clients and partners make sense of the growing volume and variety of data in a physical world that is rapidly becoming digitized.

“The Internet of Things will soon be the largest single source of data on the planet, yet almost 90 percent of that data is never acted upon,” said Harriet Green, general manager, Watson IoT and Education. “With its unique abilities to sense, reason and learn, Watson opens the door for enterprises, governments and individuals to finally harness this real-time data, compare it with historical data sets and deep reservoirs of accumulated knowledge, and then find unexpected correlations that generate new insights to benefit business and society alike.”

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The company also announced that it has opened eight more Watson IoT Client Experience Centers across Asia, Europe and the Americas. Locations include Beijing, China; Boeblingen, Germany; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas in United States. These centers provide clients and partners access to technology, tools and talent needed to develop and create new products and services using cognitive intelligence delivered through the Watson IoT Cloud Platform.

Siemens Building Technologies will join with IBM to work on Smart Buildings. “By bringing asset management and analytics together with a deep technical understanding of how buildings perform, Siemens will make customers' building operations more reliable, cost-optimized and sustainable,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO, Siemens Building Technologies.

To learn more about Watson IoT, click here.

Meet your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Watson. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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