German industrial group Siemens on Wednesday unveiled its first artificial intelligence (AI) lab outside of Germany in Beijing, which comes as the urgency for applicable solutions using core technologies reaches fever pitch in key industries.

The company’s first industrial AI hub in the Asia Pacific region, the lab will be staffed with 50 data scientists, and around 800 Siemens researchers and engineers around the globe will be available virtually to offer applied AI solutions for Chinese clients. The industrial giant has 21 research and development (R&D) hubs with 5,000 technological staff in China as of fiscal 2018.

“Artificial intelligence is a core technology for a successful digital transformation and offers tremendous opportunities for all industries. We are excited to work with Chinese customers on their most urgent topics to make production more efficient and raise the availability of systems like machines or trains,” said Dr Roland Busch, chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Siemens AG.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen