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Rittal and German Edge Cloud acquire IoTOS for industrial IoT


October 21, 2019
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Rittal ONCITERittal, German Edge Cloud, IoTOS and Bosch Connected Industry are jointly offering ONCITE, a solution for the integration, harmonization and analysis of industrial production data. Photo courtesy Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

The Friedhelm Loh Group, comprising Rittal and German Edge Cloud, have announced the 100 per cent takeover of IoTOS, which will complement the services already being offered by the group by adding industrial IoT applications for the smart factory.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Together, the three companies are offering a real-time solution for edge cloud-based data management and data availability along the entire supply chain, from usage via intelligent analysis to secure and customer-controlled data transfer in a highly efficient overall environment.

ONCITE, the industrial edge cloud appliance product that Rittal and German Edge Cloud are offering together with IoTOS and Bosch Connected Industry, is “the answer to the question of how industrial manufacturing customers will be able to quickly and easily deal with the increasing complexity of processing production data in the future,” says Dr. Friedhelm Loh, owner and chairman of the board of the group of companies.

“With the digitalization scheme launched by VW and BMW, the automotive industry has been the first sector to demand complete data availability from the manufacturing industry along the entire supply chain. Others will follow. Medium-sized companies have to get ready for these future requirements today. With Rittal, German Edge Cloud and IoTOS, we are helping our customers do just that – and to shape the future.”

ONCITE consists of edge cloud infrastructures (IaaS) based on the flexible, scalable edge cloud Rittal data centres, platforms for data analysis (PaaS) and industry-specific AI applications (SaaS) including full service. IoTOS offers software solutions, such as for networking devices and machines, as well as real-time analytics and the traceability of all components in the supply chain.

“Our goal is to give our customers transparency across the entire value chain, increase their productivity, cut maintenance costs and at the same time to implement digitalized business models,” says Dieter Meuser, managing director of IoTOS. “We are pleased to now be part of a strong group that is a recognized leader in developing solutions for the digitization of small and medium-sized businesses.”

With Rittal, German Edge Cloud and IoTOS, but also with Eplan (engineering) and iNNOVO Cloud (managed services), the Friedhelm Loh Group focuses on the integration of value chains in both industry and IT. In the future, the question will not only be about the best product and the most efficient solution in the industrial customer’s value chain. It will also be a matter of integrating the necessary data-driven processes between customers, as well as along the entire supply chain and within the smart factories in a value-adding way.