To boost its Industry 4.0 solutions offerings, Siemens reported plans to acquire Edge technology from U.S. company Pixeom. Siemens reported the move is meant to drive forward the expansion of its Digital Enterprise portfolio.

Siemens reported it hopes to add components for Edge runtime and for device management to its Industrial Edge portfolio. The goal is for appropriate apps to analyze data locally at the machine and send relevant data to the higher-level Industrial Edge Management System for global analytics.

Leadership at Siemens said Edge Computing can “open up new scope” for automation. “With Siemens Industrial Edge, we are creating an open-edge ecosystem that offers benefits for companies of any size,” Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO, business unit factory automation, Siemens, said.