IBM has just announced that they will be opening their global headquarters for IoT in Germany.
In addition, the new campus will bring together nearly 1,000 researchers, developers and computer scientists to work on IBM’s IoT platform. The campus is specifically located in Munich, with IBM saying that this campus is one of the first of its kind in Europe.
Businesses and developers will get the opportunity to build off the APIs being offered by IBM’s Watson. IBM says that this new European Innovation Center will be a hub for deeper engagement with clients and partners who are looking to dive deep into the world of IoT.
IBM expects the new IoT innovation hub to create new opportunities for IoT throughout the European region. This move also notes IBM’s biggest investment on European soil in over 20 years.
Developers of the Watson IoT platform are looking to accelerate the cognitive abilities of IoT. In English, those working at this facility will be tasked with one main goal: Turn the data it receives from IoT sensors into actionable data.
Given the fact that Munich, Germany is one of the manufacturing powerhouses of the world, one has to wonder if IBM strategically picked this location due to abundance of technological innovation combined with all of the different manufacturing plants located nearby.
“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,” says Harriet Green, the General Manager of 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,” added Green.