What the logistics of the EXPO 2020 means to Siemens
Siemens is planning to leverage logistics developments in the UAE even after the EXPO 2020, by moving its global headquarters for airports, cargo and ports logistics from Germany to Dubai.
The Germany technology giant has been involved in world expos since the first was held in 1851 in London, according to Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens.
“When the first expo happened in 1851 in London, Siemens, which was four years old, was there as a start-up,” he told Gulf News. “At that time, Siemens presented a device which later on became the first device for telecommunications. Since then, we have participated in all the expos.”
Siemens isn’t just participating in the EXPO 2020, though, it is the premier partner for intelligent infrastructure and operations for the event, working alongside the official logistics partner, UPS. Other premier partners announced so far include Accenture, DP World, Emirates airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, Nissan and SAP.
Siemens will make use of the buildings at the site as the new home for its future global logistics headquarters from April 2021.
“If you look at Dubai and Abu Dhabi, they have some of the biggest and most advanced airports and ports,” says Kaeser. “Emirates is one of the most advanced airlines, exporting people as well as goods, as well as Etihad and it is politically stable.”
During the EXPO 2020, Siemens will provide smart solutions for technical and site operations using its MindSphere platform [open and cloud-based IoT operating system] for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
For EXPO 2020, Siemens systems will guard the network of the event and connect all the devices into one platform. The entire commercial platform will be done by Siemens.
“You can build applications for use in the factory, engineering or next generation of product solutions and services. It is based on an agnostic infrastructure, so our customers can choose any data analytics software or cloud solutions they like,” he says. “We have built the system from end-to-end security with real-time data.”
Siemens is also a vocal advocate for the advancement of AI, and will be bringing artificial intelligence solutions to the EXPO 2020.
“We will bring the AI element to the Expo 2020. If you look at the last three industrial revolutions which we have been facing is that the human mankind had a better world later. We will see millions of jobs changing roles and millions of jobs losing but more jobs are being created,” he said.
According to Kaesar, companies and governments have a responsibility to make sure that people stay employable, get retrained to the new applications, challenges and requirements to avoid mass unemployment due to AI.
He added that Siemens invests US $600 million every year for training and re-training people and spends almost US $6.5 billion on R&D every year.