Siemens Opens Digital R&D Hub in Chicago

  • Siemens’ Building Technologies is filling more than 100 jobs at downtown hub to tap emerging tech talent in Chicagoland.
  • Global software development house is part of company’s effort to develop new building technologies that support industry movement to autonomous buildings.

CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 26, 2017 — Siemens has announced it is going to invest more than $20 million each year to establish a dedicated research and development hub in Chicago with a focus on developing cloud and IoT related applications to support its building management and automation platforms. The Siemens Building Technologies CPS Software House will operate as a global software development competence center for the company, and new applications for its Control Products and Systems (CPS) technology will further expand efforts to transform the building technologies industry.

Due to the importance and complexity of developing new CPS applications, Siemens has decided to open an independent facility and leverage the talents accessible in the large tech and start-up community in Chicago, considered one of the top 10 tech hubs in the world1. The facility will open in early October 2017, and is planning to house more than 100 employees, who will be devoted to building out new capabilities and products for Siemens’ Desigo® CC and System One platforms.

The CPS Software House will lead global R&D efforts for the Siemens’ Desigo CC platform, and will collaborate with the business’ headquarters in Zug, Switzerland for broader cloud and System One platform applications. The new Chicago site will employ specialists in software development, software architecture, product testing, project leadership, application engineering, configuration management, team leadership and technical writing.

“Establishing the CPS Software House is the logical next step, and a critical component in our digitalization strategy as we continue to drive toward creating a future that includes autonomous buildings,” says Dave Hopping, President of Siemens’ North American-based Building Technologies Division. “The Siemens Building Technologies’ North American headquarters is just outside of Chicago in Buffalo, Grove, Ill. We are impressed by how the city of Chicago has been investing in its tech and start-up community, and we want to be a leader in the movement.”

Research and development into new CPS applications plays a key role in moving technology to the next level with its ability to add smart features to physical systems and environments.

“Establishing a R&D hub in Chicago is a huge opportunity for Siemens to leverage the extremely talented tech community here,” says Norman Trapp, Head of the Siemens Building Technologies CPS Software House. “Our goal is to build new capabilities, bring them to customers sooner, and work with our customers to quickly obtain feedback. Modern software technology methods and skill sets will offer us speed and agility – and a shorter product development cycle will enable us to move to continuous integration of upgrades to our Desigo and System One customers, rather than via independent upgrade pushes.”

The CPS Software House is a strategic part of the overall Siemens Building Technologies delivery model, utilizing a holistic approach to allow additional creativity and foster new and better ways to create value for Siemens’ customers. As a leader in the digital transformation of buildings, Siemens is helping customers generate real value in their operations and is supporting them in creating perfect places to achieve their business and energy efficiency goals.

Siemens has approximately 3,300 employees in Chicagoland, which is home to Siemens' Downtown Chicago headquarters, Building Technologies' North American headquarters, and Siemens Healthineers' Molecular Imaging Global headquarters. The new Siemens Building Technologies CPS Software House is expected to open in October 2017.

Desigo is a registered trademark of Siemens and/or its affiliates in some countries.

About Siemens

The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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