Draft: MindSphere

MindSphere is an open cloud platform or “IoT operating system” [1] developed by Siemens for applications in the context of the Internet of Things ( IoT ). [2] MindSphere stores operational data and makes it accessible through digital applications (“MindApps”) to enable industrial customers to make decisions based on valuable factual information. [3] The system is used in such applications as automated production and vehicle fleet management. [2] [4]

Assets can be securely connected to MindSphere MindBuilder (eg MindConnect IOT 2040 or MindConnect Nano). [2]

Examples include real-time telemetric data, data collection, time series data and geographical data, which can be used for predictive maintenance or to develop new analytical tools. [4] [5]


As cloud-based PaaS ( platform as a service ), MindSphere collects and analyzes all kinds of sensor data in real time. [4] This information can be used to optimize products, production assets and manufacturing processes along the entire value chain. [6] MindSphere’s open application interfaces make it possible to obtain data from machines, plants or irrespective fleets of the manufacturer. [2] These interfaces include OPC Foundation’s OPC Unified Architecture ( OPC UA ). [7]

To help customers create their own software and services, MindSphere is working with open application programming interfaces (APIs) and development tools. [2] [3] This allows OEMs to integrate their own technology. [8]

MindSphere is based on the concept of closed feedback loops Enabling the bi-directional data flow entre Production and development: [9] Real-world plants, machinery and equipment can be connected to MindSphere in order to extract operational data. [2] Valuable information (eg ” digital twins ” of machines) can then be extrapolated from the raw data through analytics and used to production processes and environments in the next cycle of innovation. [3] [6] [10]

See also

  • Internet of Things
  • Industry 4.0


  1. Jump up^ “MindSphere – open IoT operating system – Software – Siemens Global Website”. siemens.com. Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  2. ^ Jump up to:f Naujoks, Stefanie. “MindSphere – Siemens cloud for industry: What is it all about?” Pac-online.com. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  3. ^ Jump up to:c Weinländer, Markus. (2017) Industrial Kommunikation: Basistechnology für die Digitalisierung der Industrie. Beuth Verlag. pp. 59-60. ISBN  978-3-410-26857-4 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:c Reinheimer, Stefan. (ed.) (2017) Industry 4.0: Herausforderungen, Konzepte und Praxisbeispiele. Springer Verlag. p. 26. ISBN  978-3-658-18164-2 .
  5. Jump up^ 5. Srnicek, Nick. (2017)Platform Capitalism. Polity Press. ISBN 978-1-5095-0490-9.
  6. ^ Jump up to:b Dowling, Michael; Eberspächer, Jörg; Neuburger, Rahild; Noll, Elisabeth; Zisler, Kristina. (2016) Neue Produkte in der digitalen Welt. Books on Demand. ISBN  9783741278419 .
  7. Jump up^ Weinländer, Markus. (2017) Industrial Kommunikation: Basistechnology für die Digitalisierung der Industrie. Beuth Verlag. pp. 56.ISBN 978-3-410-26857-4.
  8. Jump up^ Schmalz, Kurt; Winter, Albrecht. (2016) “Trends in Vacuum Technology and Pneumatics in the Context of Digitalization”. qucosa.de. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  9. Jump up^ Williamson, Jonny. (2017) “Mindsphere: the next step in digital factories”. themanufacturer.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  10. Jump up^ Dillon, Stuart; Schönthaler, Frank; Vossen, Gottfried. (2017)The Web at Graduation and Beyond: Business Impacts and Developments. Springer Verlag. p. 266.ISBN 978-3-319-60160-1