IBM has opened its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT), launching a series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners designed to extend the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that comprise the IoT.These offerings will be available through the IBM Watson IoT Cloud, the company’s global platform for IoT business and developers.

Munich will serve as the global headquarters for the Watson IoT unit. The campus will bring together 1000 IBM developers, consultants, researchers and designers to drive deeper engagement with clients and partners, and will also serve as an innovation lab for data scientists, engineers and programmers building connected solutions for cognitive computing and the IoT.The centre represents IBM’s largest investment in Europe in more than two decades.

“The IoT will soon be the largest single source of data on the planet, yet almost 90% of that data is never acted upon,” said Harriet Green, general manager, 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.”

Siemens Building Technologies is teaming with IBM to bring innovation to the digitalisation of buildings.Siemens is working to bring advanced analytics capabilities together with IBM’s IoT solutions to advance their Navigator platform for energy management and sustainability.

"By bringing asset management and analytics together with a deep technical understanding of how buildings perform, Siemens will make customers' building operations more reliable, cost-optimised and sustainable,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies."We are excited to stretch the envelope of what is possible in optimising building performance by combining the asset management and database technologies from IBM’s Watson IoT business unit with our market leading building automation domain know-how.”