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Bosch Software Innovations creates e-mobility solution with universal standards

  • eMobility Starter Package facilitates eRoaming
  • Software now also supports leading open interface protocols OICP and OCPP
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  • May 23, 2013
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Berlin, May 23, 2013 – Driving an electric car from one city to the next can prove a challenge for drivers because of problems with the charging process. Even if all the electrical power outlets are in perfect working order, they might struggle to charge their vehicle simply as a result of the variety of languages that the IT landscape has come to adopt over time. Not every roadside charge spot is necessarily capable of communicating in the right language with the computer system run by the power utility that is providing the energy. Meanwhile, the operators' different IT systems are even less likely to speak the same language when exchanging data. Open interface protocols are now set to solve this problem.

eRoaming is set to extend electromobility beyond regional and system boundaries. It will enable drivers of an electric vehicle to recharge the vehicle at any charge spot, not just at ones run by their own provider. eRoaming makes using charging infrastructure simple enough for it to become part of everyday living – and this will allow successful new electromobility business models to develop. The new Bosch Software Innovations eMobility Starter Package offers out-of-the-box support for two of the leading open-interface protocols for connecting to roaming platforms and charging infrastructure systems. This paves the way for rapid, convenient adoption of e-mobility business models and for using Berlin-based Hubject GmbH's eRoaming platform.

Communication between vehicle, charge spot, and charge spot operators is becoming simpler as open standard protocols are being defined. Bosch Software Innovations' software already supports the leading open interface protocols, Open InterCharge Protocol (OICP) and Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP). Other international standards such as ISO 15118 will follow.

“Open standards and interfaces ensure faster, simpler interaction between technical components. For the electromobility market, this is a key consideration in creating cost-effective, practical solutions suited to everyday use,” says Daniela Hartmann-Ege, Vice President Innovation cluster “Connected Mobility”at Bosch Software Innovations. “Our eMobility Starter Package enables us to provide our customers with optimum support in aspects of eRoaming and in managing the charging infrastructure, as well as making electromobility fast, simple, and convenient.”

This software also recently became the first to be certified by Hubject GmbH as a backend (i.e. the software that controls operation and management of the charging infrastructure). Hubject CHECK enables providers of charging infrastructure systems to ensure the compatibility of their hardware and software with the aid of OICP. Cross-provider use of publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles will thus be possible throughout Europe from summer 2013.

The OCPP protocol defines how charge spots communicate with operator software. This ensures that the charge-spot functions can be used safely and reliably, as well as providing support for value-added services such as remote maintenance or eRoaming. Innovative startups with compelling ideas, such as the Berlin-based company Ebee Smart Technologies, also stand to benefit from this. Ebee's charge spots link directly into Hubject GmbH's European eRoaming via the Bosch Software Innovations backend. This connection has already been successfully implemented and has been undergoing testing for the past few weeks.

The Bosch Software Innovations eMobility Starter Package is a comprehensive software solution delivered as software-as-a-service that enables companies, public sector bodies, or public utility companies to operate their own charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Integrated management of charge spots, customer and vehicle data, and price plans allows them to make their charging services easily accessible to their customers via online portals or smartphone apps. There is no need to invest in in-house IT capacity.

About Hubject GmbH:
Hubject GmbH is a Berlin-based joint venture comprising the BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE, and Siemens. The joint venture has developed a cross-industry business/IT platform to link up infrastructure providers, service providers, and mobility service providers. This platform is due to go live as part of the International Conference on Electromobility, which will be held in Berlin on May 27, 2013. For more information visit: www.hubject.com

About Ebee Smart Technologies GmbH:
Ebee Smart Technologies GmbH was set up in Berlin in 2011. The company develops and markets innovative products for public charging infrastructure, primarily charge spots that can be integrated into street furniture, as well as retrofit kits for existing charge spots. For more information visit: www.ebeesmarttechnologies.de

Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems house, designs, develops, and operates innovative software and system solutions that help our customers around the world both in the Internet of Things (IoT) and in the traditional enterprise environment. We place particular focus on the topics of mobility, energy, manufacturing, and building. The Bosch IoT Suite is Bosch Software Innovations’ comprehensive toolbox in the Cloud. The software package, which is provided as Platform as a Service (PaaS), allows the interaction of devices, users, companies and partners on a centralized platform. This enables the development of innovative and future-oriented solutions for new business models.

With some 650 associates worldwide, Bosch Software Innovations has locations in Germany (Berlin, Immenstaad, and Stuttgart), Singapore, China (Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo), and the United States (Chicago).

More information can be found at www.bosch-si.com, www.twitter.com/BoschSI, www.blog.bosch-si.com.

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.”

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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