The University of Sheffield is a Siemens Principal Partner, working closely in areas such as manufacturing, energy and healthcare. A new collaboration is now seeing the first of a new UK-wide digitalisation network to link universities with the Internet of Things (IoT) established in the Sheffield City Region.
The partnership is based on the MindSphere Innovation Network (MINe) developed by Siemens to connect a university’s estate and research assets into its innovative IoT platform, MindSphere. It then makes this data available to improve teaching and research collaborations between academics and industry partners, to uncover new business models and create commercial opportunities through digitalisation.
The ‘MindSphere Lounge’ is located in The Diamond building – the University’s largest ever investment in learning and teaching. Students, academics, industry partners and Siemens experts can use the area to access MindSphere to harness the value of the data produced from the University and the various projects connected to the cloud-based platform.
The collaboration is building on Sheffield City Region’s strengths as a digital hub by developing the skills graduates will need in a digitised future, improving the UK’s world class capabilities in data science across universities, enabling the development of new business models and creating opportunities to grow new start-up businesses locally.