Digital and energy transition, Siemens’ recipe is called Xcelerator

How to accelerate the transition of businesses and infrastructure? Siemens’ recipe is called Xcelerator, an intelligent platform capable of taking companies by the hand and accompanying them towards a “twin” transition, energy and digital, in the worlds of industry, infrastructure and mobility.

What is and what is Xcelerator

“Xcelerator is a platform – explains to Sky TG24 the president and CEO of Siemens Italy Floriano Masoero – made up of a marketplace, a curated portfolio of hardware and software solutions, and an ecosystem of companies that participate in the development of shared applications within this platform. The advantage is that of going to take already integrated solutions that allow to accelerate digitization and transform these companies at a higher speed”. In other words, it is a system that exploits the most innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, the digital twin and the Metaverse, allowing ever greater integration between the real world and the virtual world. A launch that, not surprisingly, takes place in a crucial period on the Pnrr theme, Masoero explains: “From our point of view, we see Italy as a country that is becoming increasingly dynamic and attentive to this type of transformation, and we are we want to operate in this field, helping companies in the challenge of digitization”. What can be done through this type of platform? Just to give a few examples: it is possible to imagine a robot that, thanks to neural networks, is able to integrate future products into a system that has not yet been developed; or another robot who in a sort of Metaverse imagines products to be managed that do not exist because they are still in the design phase, and when they arrive on the production lines they are then automatically recognized by neural networks and by experience gained in the virtual world. Xcelerator, explain from Siemens, is an ecosystem made of hardware, software and applications that is easy to understand, scalable according to the type of company and needs, plug and playflexible, with an open marketplace where you can find ideas, products, solutions.

Xcelerator solutions

Most of the solutions and activities have been designed for the industrial world, as Giuliano Busetto, Head of Digital Industries of Siemens in Italy and President of Siemens Industry Software explains: “Industrial X, within Xcelerator, will be that wallet where we are going to enter all the existing applications, the use case, to demonstrate to customers the advantages of digitization which brings flexibility to production processes, performance and attention to sustainability”. For example, Busetto explains again, it will be possible to build and design a completely digital factory by simulating all the operations of the structure, from the architecture to the objects inside, from the production lines to the behavior of robots and workers, thus reducing errors and inefficiencies. Among the other solutions proposed by Siemens is Railigent X, a software platform designed for the world of railways, and Building X, which will make it possible to completely digitize buildings by creating digital twins, i.e. faithful virtual copies of those buildings. It is a matter, says CEO Masoero, of a system of crucial importance, if we consider that we live more and more in buildings and cities, that 40 percent of the world’s energy is used by buildings, which emit 27 percent of of CO2: “With Building X – he continues – we could accelerate issues such as sustainability, performance, emissions management and so on”.

Xcelerator, concrete application examples

There are several systems that can be “touched” created in collaboration with Siemens. Synapses, an Italian startup that works in 16 countries, presented a software solution dedicated precisely to corporate buildings designed for the new hybrid working methods: through an app, each employee can book rooms, desks, tools, parking, lunch at the canteen , open tickets if something doesn’t work and independently manage lighting and air conditioning by exploiting the geolocation of each individual room to reduce energy consumption based on external temperature and lighting.

Another very interesting example is EPF, an industrial automation and construction company for electrical systems from renewable sources which presented an industrial Metaverse that can be used, as we wrote earlier, for the design of new systems: thanks to algorithms and neural networks, machines will be able to learn Metaverse and then adapt their behavior to real-world situations.

Finally Nemo’s Garden: a startup company focused on sustainable underwater cultivation of plants that has created an underwater biosphere capable of exploiting the positive environmental factors of the sea – temperature stability, generation of water by evaporation, CO2 absorption, abundance of oxygen and protection intrinsic from pests – to create an ideal environment for cultivation. An idea studied and developed fully exploiting the technologies of the digital twin which allowed, they explain to us, the team to replicate and test the project at a very accelerated pace.