Microsoft, a Redmond, Washington-based software giant and the BMW Group, a Munich-based automobile manufacturer, as per recent reports, have entered into a new partnership agreement on fostering innovation. Both companies announced a new initiative at Hannover Messe – world’s leading trade show for industrial technology – held from Monday, Apr. 1st 2019 to Friday, Apr. 5th 2019, at Hanover Fairground in Hannover, Germany, to accelerate the cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector.
When it comes to the manufacturing sector often complex and proprietary systems that create data silos and slow productivity, delay the production process, which often leads to slow paced work, missed deadlines, and skyrocketed resource cost that often hampers profitability. With an Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP), we can break down these barriers that delay operations, by establishing an open technology framework and cross-industry community. This initiative is expected to support the development of smart factory solutions shared by OMP participants across the whole automotive and broader manufacturing industries.
The OMP based on the Microsoft Azure industrial IoT cloud platform provides a reference architecture along with open source components based on open industry standards and an open data model to community members.
The BMW Group, which owns over 3,000 connected machines, robots, and autonomous transport systems over its IoT platform – built on Microsoft Azure’s cloud and has IoT & AI capabilities – plans to contribute relevant initial use cases to the OMP community.