Kongsberg Digital and Alibaba Cloud, part of Alibaba Group, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to digitize energy sector in China, by making KONGSBERG’s industrial digital platform, Kognifai, available on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure.
China has taken a global number one position when it comes to investing in renewable energy sources. Digitalization is high on the country’s agenda when it comes to increased efficiency and transformed business models.
KONGSBERG Executive Vice President and Kongsberg Digital president Hege Skryseth said: “Bringing Kognifai to the growing Chinese energy market is an important milestone for Kongsberg Digital.
“By implementing KONGSBERG’s Kognifai platform on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, we will be able to offer our advanced joined digital solutions to the energy sector in China and other parts of Asia.”
Alibaba Group senior vice president and Alibaba Cloud president Simon Hu said: “Alibaba Cloud has always been dedicated to advancing technologies to empower digital transformation across the globe.
“Together with KONGSBERG and Kongsberg Digital, we are looking forward to seeing how our robust cloud infrastructure and their cutting-edge platform can jointly drive the technology advancement to a new level for the energy sector.”
KONGSBERG already has substantial operations in China, giving the group local knowledge and understanding of the processes in the Chinese market.
Operating Kognifai on Alibaba Cloud will make KONGSBERG’s solutions for the energy sector available to a growing market in China and Asia. This includes IoT, advanced and hybrid analytics – available on secure digital ecosystems in which to develop and run scalable mission critical software and applications.
Among the specific KONGSBERG solutions that could become available to customers of Alibaba Cloud is EmPower, a suite of efficiency software delivered as a service for the wind power industry.
Under the MoU, the companies will start their collaboration immediately and intend to make Kognifai available on Alibaba Cloud next year.
Source: Company Press Release