The Microsoft/BMW IoT Open Manufacturing Platform might not be so open

The Microsoft/BMW IoT Open Manufacturing Platform might not be so open

Last week at Hannover Messe, Microsoft and German carmaker BMW announced a partnership to build a hardware and software technology framework and reference architecture for the industrial internet of things (IoT), and foster a community to spread these smart-factory solutions across the automotive and manufacturing industries.

The stated goal of the Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP)? According to the press release, it’s “to drive open industrial IoT development and help grow a community to build future Industry 4.0 solutions.” To make that a reality, the companies said that by the end of 2019, they plan to attract four to six partners — including manufacturers and suppliers from both inside and outside the automotive industry — and to have rolled out at least 15 use cases operating in actual production environments.

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