CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas
Ambient Sensor, Retrofit eCall and XDK
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions launches smart sensor devices for home, office, transportation and IoT applications Making life safer and more comfortable

  • Ambient Sensor monitors environmental conditions in homes and offices
  • Retrofit eCall detects crashes to improve driver safety
  • XDK speeds up Internet of Things (IoT) product development
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Las Vegas, Nevada – Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions launches three innovative new sensor-based products at the 2016 International CES in Las Vegas, USA. The new devices provide smart solutions for homes, offices and vehicles, to help improve comfort, convenience and safety, as well as helping developers to quickly create new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Measuring environmental conditions
To optimize the environment and improve living comfort in a smart home or connected office building, a smart sensor can integrate the monitoring of ambient conditions such as air quality, light and noise intensity with the building's HVAC and lighting systems. Bosch's new Ambient Sensor meets this need, in a small form factor with two-year battery life, making it easy to position anywhere.

It includes integrated sensors to determine the indoor air quality by VOC analysis (volatile organic compounds), and measuring temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and light and noise levels. It can be operated independently or as part of a smart home ecosystem. Particularly in meeting rooms, concentration is often affected by poor air quality. The Ambient sensor alerts the participants and thereby helps to improve work productivity.

Improving automotive safety
When a car has an accident, if it is fitted with an eCall system, this can automatically and quickly contact the emergency services – speeding up a response, and potentially saving lives.

The new Bosch Retrofit eCall plug is a smart sensor device that uses acceleration sensors and intelligent embedded algorithms to detect an accident and then send data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. This data is sent to a back-end IT system that can determine actions, such as a call center calling the driver to provide assistance, or in extreme cases making an emergency call.

The Retrofit eCall is a cost-effective solution and plugs into a standard 12V DC socket, so can be easily and quickly retrofitted to any type of car.

Rapid prototyping and fast product development for IoT applications
To save time in developing Internet of Things (IoT) projects, quickly creating a demo or proof of concept is key. Bosch's new XDK, or Cross Domain Development Kit, is a rapid prototyping tool that enables developers to bring their IoT designs to life swiftly and easily.

XDK is a fully integrated hardware and software product, including a MEMS accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope, as well as humidity, pressure, temperature, acoustic and digital light sensors. The kit includes Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a microcontroller, integrated antennas, a micro SD card slot and a rechargeable battery.

The software development environment offers access to different API layers which allow the user to program at their preferred depth. An algorithm library and sample applications are provided, as well as access to an online community to share information and support projects. The XDK was designed to allow users an easy transition from prototype to mass production by providing a clear road to product development.

Press Contact
Press who would like to meet with Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions may contact embedded PR, Anja-Maria Hastenrath, phone: +49 89 64913634-11, email: ah[at]

Doris Frisch,
Phone +49 711 811-3650-069

Contact person for press inquiries:
Christian Hoenicke,
Phone +49 711 811-6285

Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (all times local)
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
    Press conference
    with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Keynote panel
    "Beyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility"
    Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of
    Robert Bosch GmbH, Westgate Theater. Other panelists to include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    Conference track:
    The Internet of MEMS and Sensors
    Panel: "Technology Trends for the IoT"; Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO and general manager, Bosch Sensortec, Venetian, Level 4, Marcello 4404
Friday, January 8, 2016Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Bosch booths
  • Focus on smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 in the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, booth #71517
  • Focus on connected mobility in the North Hall, booth #2302
Follow the Bosch CES 2016 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH was founded in 2013 and is a fully owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. The company was set up to design, develop and market innovative connected devices and tailor-made solutions for the Internet of Things. Our competency in electronics, sensor technology and software enable new business models for global markets. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany. In 2015 Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions opened offices in Chicago, USA and Shanghai, China.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* 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 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's strategic objective is to create solutions 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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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

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