Global Watson Headquarters for ‘Cognitive Collaboratories’ Unveiled by IBM

IBM has opened its new global headquarters for the Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany, as part of an ecosystem initiative to drive collaborative innovation with clients and partners. In these “cognitive collaboratories,” Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini, and Tech Mahindra will collocate development teams at the IBM center which will also act as an innovation space for the European IoT standards organization EEBus.

“We have reached a tipping point with IoT innovation: we now have over 6,000 clients and partners around the world many of who are now wanting to join us in our new global Watson IoT center to co-innovate,” said Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson IoT, cognitive engagement and education. “Together we are building a new global IoT innovation ecosystem that will explore how cognitive and IoT technologies will transform industries and our daily lives.”

Late last year IBM announced that car maker BMW will collocate part of its research and development operations at the Munich center to help reimagine the driving experience. IBM is staffing the center with about 1,000 IoT experts to tap into the latest design thinking and push the boundaries of what is possible with IoT.

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