Hanover, 3 April 2019 (MIA/dpa) – Microsoft and BMW are aiming to boost the efficiency of assembly plants by linking different manufacturers in the automotive sector, the two companies announced at the Hanover industrial trade fair on Tuesday.
Assembly line efficiency is frequently held back by complex software systems holding data in separate silos and putting a brake on production, the companies said.
The aim of the new initiative is to accelerate progress towards the internet of things.
Microsoft executive Scott Guthrie said the aim was to boost the efficiency of digital products across the sector. More than 3,000 machines, robots and autonomous transport systems are to be linked by Microsoft’s Azure platform.
By the end of the year, the platform is to be extended to between four and six partner companies.
Over recent years, Microsoft has opened up its software and is moving towards open-source.
Last week, Volkswagen, Amazon and Siemens announced an initiative in creating a cloud services partnership to boost productivity at the German carmaker’s assembly plants.
The Hanover fair, the largest of its kind in the world, opened to the public on Monday and runs to Friday. IT, the new 5G mobile communications standard and the internet of things are major themes this year.