The University of Sheffield and Siemens have partnered to launch a new UK-wide digitalization network to link universities with the Internet of Things (IoT). Their aim is to accelerate the use of smart data, boost technology skills, and promote knowledge exchange to meet the needs of an increasingly digitized industry.
The technology uses Siemen’s MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe) – an open, cloud-based IoT operating system – which allows a university to connect its research assets and then makes the data available to improve teaching and research collaborations between academics and industry partners, to uncover new business models, and to create commercial opportunities through digitalization. The University has also inaugurated the ‘MindSphere Lounge’ to serve as a living lab, giving students access to the innovative digital technology.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, said: “This pioneering strategic partnership between Siemens and the University of Sheffield marks a significant milestone in our commitment to innovative technologies and progressive partnership with business. The digital revolution is transforming all parts of society, including industry, so it is vital that students and academics grasp the potential for data to fundamentally change the way we approach problems and opportunities. Just as business moves towards ‘Industry 4.0’, we are matching this with ‘Education 4.0’ in which students, academics and business come together in a shared digital environment to solve problems and boost productivity. So this exciting collaboration with Siemens is not only a UK-first, but a vital step in demonstrating how universities and companies connect students and business with the local and global bid to drive productivity and build the skills of the future.”