CHICAGO—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.

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 world. The facility will open in early October 2017, and is planning to house more than 100 employees.

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, and supporting them in achieving 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.