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Bosch Engineering GmbH Systems solutions for the connected vehicle

  • Technical systems solutions for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications
  • Connection of vehicle systems with external IT systems
  • Basis for variety of applications and services
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  • September 18, 2012
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The connection of vehicle systems with external IT systems is the basis for applications such as fleet management, condition monitoring, and vehicle locating for commercial vehicles. These functions make drivers’ workplaces more efficient, safer, and more comfortable. As the basis for them, as well as for other functions, applications, and services for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications, Bosch Engineering GmbH will in the future be offering technical systems solutions.

Customized connected-vehicle systems
Connecting vehicle systems with external IT systems calls for connectivity hardware. This reads the vehicle data from the various control units and transmits them to external systems. For this data transmission, Bosch offers tailor-made hardware solutions for commercial vehicles and off-highway systems. They range from robust and powerful devices to cost-optimized modules that are flexible in terms of installation and configuration. Apart from an integrated GSM connection, Bosch connectivity hardware also features an optional application software developed by Bosch Engineering. This software analyzes vehicle data and analyzes them from an application-specific angle. The data are then transmitted to external systems and collected on a server, where they form the basis for a variety of applications, services, and functions. Bi-directional data transmission allows external fleet-management and service systems to access the vehicle data directly.

Integrated solutions thanks to automotive systems know-how
As an experienced engineering partner for automotive electronics, Bosch Engineering will be offering technical solutions for connected-vehicle systems in commercial vehicles and off-highway applications. In collaboration with other Bosch divisions, the Bosch subsidiary is developing integrated solutions for its customers – solutions that generate, collate, and transmit vehicle data, and analyze them on external systems. Apart from connectivity hardware, this also includes many software solutions. Bosch Engineering can draw on proven Bosch production technology, and bring these products and services together to form an integrated, customer-specific concept. “In addition, we can cover all customer requirements with respect to vehicle-specific software applications, and if required develop special functions for recording and analyzing data,” says Bernard Bihr, the president of Bosch Engineering. The subsidiary can also perform project and sub-project management, and advise its customers on data security and functional safety. Even if the project is only a one-off, the software specialists are there to provide their customers with support. “In other words, our integrated systems provide the technical basis for a variety of services and applications,” Bihr says.

Connectivity services for more efficiency and safety
One potential benefit of connecting vehicle data with external IT systems is condition monitoring. Here, the connectivity hardware continuously monitors vehicle data and error codes from the control units, transmitting them from the vehicle to the fleet operator, for example. Linked IT systems evaluate the data and forecast the current operating condition. This allows maintenance work to be planned better and carried out as conditions require. Imminent mechanical failures can be detected prior to maintenance, and spare parts held in readiness for repairs.

Vehicle locating is a further possible function. If construction machinery is rented, for example, its deployment location can be permanently monitored via GPS. Fleet operator can use this information to invoice the actual use of the machinery or as protection against theft. If a machine moves out of a defined area, action can be taken to shut it off.

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Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 2,000 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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