Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Orange and Siemens partner on industrial asset management

Steve Rogerson
May 1, 2018

French mobile operator Orange and German technology giant Siemens are developing factory asset tracking and asset monitoring to optimise the supply chain and improve efficiencies. This is the start of a joint initiative to adopt the IoT in the industrial sector.
Orange Business Services, the company’s B2B branch, is working with Siemens to develop digitally enhanced products to increase customer satisfaction and create new business models.
The partnership could help businesses connect their machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world, allowing them to translate the wealth of data they produce into business results. Analytics and digital services could help them increase productivity and efficiency across their business.
Orange Business Services brings its global cellular connectivity, consulting, system integration and application development skills to the partnership. The alliance is built around Siemens’ Mindsphere, a cloud-based open IoT operating system, and Datavenue, the Orange IoT and data analytics modular offering.
Orange will connect systems and objects via Mindsphere. Users have the option of pre-packaged offerings, such as asset tracking, or customised applications. Orange will initially provide connectivity components from Datavenue, including cellular and low-power wide area (LPWA) networks. Other Datavenue components will follow.
“We are delighted to partner with Siemens in the Mindsphere ecosystem in the industrial sector,” said Olivier Ondet, senior vice president at Orange Business Services. “By combining our strengths, we are providing industrial enterprises with new opportunities to exploit their data and unleash the power of IoT to drive significant competitive advantage.”
The partnership will initially focus on Europe, starting with services to be rolled out in Germany and Austria. The companies demonstrated the capabilities of this partnership at last week’s Hannover Messe in Germany.
“Orange Business Services supports Siemens’ Mindsphere global ecosystem with its leading IT, system integration and application development expertise, ultimately benefiting our joint customers,” said Kai Brasche, vice president at Siemens. “The global IoT connectivity offering from Orange supports requirements where digital products and digital processes can be integrated in our Mindsphere platform. Our customers will now benefit from worldwide coverage, which supports new business models and scalability.”