Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) and the IT company FPT Germany have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement seeks to promote collaboration in areas including innovative software technology and consulting. By joining forces with FPT, Siemens is extending its network of strategic partners and driving forward the digitalization of logistics. The agreement also enables Siemens to expand its portfolio of customer-specific solutions with a particular focus on Internet of Things (IoT) applications, training and user-friendly apps. Headquartered in Vietnam, FPT employs 32,000 people worldwide, 15,000 of them IT developers.
"Through our partnership with FPT, we are strengthening our competence in the digitalization business," said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. "Access to such a large pool of IT experts at Siemens and FPT will enable us to accelerate our time to market. That makes all the difference in this sector."
"We are working with Siemens to identify what opportunities this partnership could open up," said Pham Minh Tuan, CEO of FPT. "To this end, a Hackathon has already taken place in SPPAL's new MindSphere Application Center in Dubai. In adopting this collaborative approach, we've laid the foundations for the joint development of innovative software solutions."
Siemens and FPT have years of experience in successful collaboration behind them – for example with digital twin solutions and MindSphere training courses. MindSphere is the open, cloud-based operating system developed by Siemens for the IoT. With MindSphere, Siemens serves its customers in industry as well as railway operators, airports and airlines.
In developing digital solutions, Siemens relies increasingly on agile, collaborative working relationships with customers and partners. In addition, SPPAL is strengthening its market position in relation to consulting and IT services through its acquisition of LOCOM. By joining forces with FPT, Siemens is driving forward its strategy of digitalization in the logistics sector.