Sensors, software, and new services Bosch is an expert on the internet of things Solutions for connected living

  • Bosch has been systematically preparing for the connected world for years
  • Bosch is integrating its expertise in objects and software
  • Products and services are now combined in a unified concept
  • Connectivity is giving rise to new business models
  • Connected industry is increasing competitiveness
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  • February 13, 2015
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Stuttgart – The internet of things (IoT) offers massive potential for connecting objects and sensors with each other in order to provide beneficial solutions for connected living. Over the past few years, the technologies necessary for this have been invented, refined, and then made much more affordable through mass production. These include inexpensive web-enabled sensors and almost ubiquitous (mobile) networks – allowing data to be transmitted by smartphones and tablets – as well as connected machines, fast computers, and IT.

Bosch and the internet of things
The Bosch Group’s strategic aim is to supply innovations for connected living. For several years, the company has been systematically preparing for the connected world, for instance by expanding its in-house software expertise. Moreover, Bosch is the leading provider of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) sensors, a crucial technology for the internet of things. As we move toward the connected world, Bosch is linking its expertise in the world of things to its expertise in the world of software. The technology and services company is working on solutions for connected mobility, connected production, connected energy systems, and connected buildings. Bosch is developing not just products but also new business models, such as connected fleet management or predictive maintenance.

Even the stove is online
Bosch is already connecting cars to the internet, allowing domestic heating systems to be managed using an app, and automatically integrating its suppliers into the supply chain for manufacturing diesel injectors. The company has even connected electric stoves and other household appliances to the internet. Bosch started systematically preparing itself for the connected world early on when it set up its own in-house software and systems unit, Bosch Software Innovations. With some 550 associates, the subsidiary designs, develops, and operates innovative software and system solutions for the internet of things, including its IoT Suite. Its work focuses on mobility, energy, manufacturing industry, and buildings.

Bosch IoT Suite
The Bosch IoT Suite provides the technological basis for many applications in the internet of things, supplying all functions necessary for bringing together devices, users, companies, and partners on one IoT platform. It can also analyze enormous amounts of data. As sensors and devices become increasingly connected, such as in security cameras, vehicles, and machines in factories, IoT applications are starting to produce huge data volumes. This data could be the millions of braking operations in a car or information from manufacturing facilities. Findings from analyzing this data could give rise to new services, such as for designing a more efficient approach to product maintenance. One possibility is to schedule maintenance for manufacturing facilities in advance.

Software is the decisive level
The internet of things builds up a software level on top of every object, usually a product. For example, sensors collect information on the condition of object. That could be where the object is located in the room, its temperature, ambient humidity, sounds, vibrations, and much more. A tiny radio module relays that information over the internet so that software can process and analyze the data. What’s more, the software can spot patterns in the collected data, calculate the appropriate actions to take on the basis of those patterns, and carry them out automatically. All of this takes place based on rules that are set out in the software. This makes it possible to, for example, recognize machine failure before it happens or optimize energy consumption in near real time. Other applications where the interaction of things and software contains rich potential include connected industry or the smart home.

Products and services combined to form a unified concept
Many of the connected solutions that already exist make it clear that the spotlight is no longer necessarily on a single product, but rather on a combination of product and service. Using web-based platforms, companies can partner with other companies to create complementary or new offerings with great advantages for the customer. Market players and sectors that have thus far not had business relationships will become connected and can cooperate in new ways. One example is electromobility, which brings together car drivers, e-mobility providers, charge spot operators, power companies, fleet operators, and vehicle manufacturers into a network.

New business models and opportunities for boosting competitiveness
For many sectors and industries, increasing connectivity in all areas of life offers potential for new business models. At the same time, however, it can cause shifts and disruptions in existing competitive landscapes. For example, new providers can take over the lucrative service and maintenance business from mechanical engineering companies. In Germany, a high-wage location, connectivity offers an opportunity to maintain or even increase competitiveness. This applies especially to connected industry.

Bosch Software Innovations
Details about the Bosch IoT Suite:

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.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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