How can the Internet make our lives easier? With this question, 1000 employees of the American IT giant IBM are now working in Munich. Today, the company officially launched its global headquarters to explore the Internet of Things.
The two office towers of the Highlight Towers in the north of Munich tower in the bright blue sky. In her shadow, a woman with wide American slang indicates the driver of a black limousine to encircle his car. For a moment, you think you are in New York or Chicago.
But IBM has deliberately not chosen an American city as its location for its Watson IoT Center. Researching the Internet of Things, or IoT, the Internet of Things, wants to control the company from Munich.
Here we go to the new IoT-Center of IBM in the Munich Highlight-Towers
The Bavarian state capital offers the company virtually everything that is important to it: many well-trained scientists from the two Munich Excellence Universities, a large number of large international conglomerates directly in front of the doorstep, which are a partner World. And, not to forget, the many leisure opportunities in the immediate vicinity.
As a result, Munich has outpaced competitors such as London and Asian metropolises. For the IBM headquarters to explore the Internet of Things, cities have competed worldwide. The company invests 200 million euros in a 3 billion project. The employees work on technical solutions, which in the future can fundamentally change our lives.
Example Health: On the 23rd floor, IBM presents its vision of how the elderly should benefit from the IoT. What looks like a large doll house is a model of how senior citizens can live longer in their own four walls. Everywhere small sensors are installed: in the bed, at the rocking chair, every room is remote controlled.
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All data collected will help physicians or relatives be informed about the “state of health of the grandmother” as Heike Kammerer of the IoT Industrial Lab says. And because IBM is dreaming of comparing these data with those of other older people, it is also possible to determine immediately: “What is good, what is bad, what is normal, what could be better?”
The old man would therefore be totally glazed. Are not there abuses? “Of course, this is a tightrope walk,” says Kammerer. But she is convinced: “The Internet of Things Will Help” that seniors do not have to move into a home, but can stay well-monitored longer in their familiar environment.
When IBM announced its location decision in December 2015, Bavaria’s Economics Minister Ilse Aigner said on data protection:
“By researching the IoT here, we also have the opportunity to contribute our values and morals.”
Today, at the official start-up of the Center, she will probably again take a position – but also point out the importance of free-time to be part of the digitalisation process.
IBM wants to test what is possible
The pace of technological progress is probably even higher than that of the elevators that transport guests and customers from all over the world. On the 24th floor, IBM has built a design studio. Small groups work on several islands on future mobility concepts – together with the Franconian Schaeffler Group. On one of the tables is a skateboard equipped with sensors. Schaeffler will not bring this to market, emphasizes IBM manager Jürgen Henn several times. It was only once for the official commissioning want to try, which in a week everything was possible.
“We are here to work with our customers to develop new ideas, how to connect vehicles or buildings to the Internet and thereby create things that make life easier for all of us.”
Asked what exactly that means for the mobility of the future, when the self-propelled car is already in test operation, says Henn: “You will be talking to your car in the future, ask for the next coffee shop, and the car will get it Then go straight to the cafe. Everything that is left and right of the route, we will integrate. “