Household appliances: Bosch completes acquisition of Siemens's share in BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH Antitrust authorities give green light

  • Company to be known in the future as BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
  • Household-appliance manufacturer to be run as a largely independent operation
  • Expansion of activities in connected buildings and appliances
Stuttgart and Munich – On January 5, 2015, following the antitrust authorities' approval, the Bosch Group completed its acquisition of Siemens's 50 percent share in BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. The former 50:50 Bosch-Siemens joint venture can therefore now be run as a wholly owned Bosch subsidiary. The household-appliance manufacturer with its roughly 50,000 associates generated sales of some 10.5 billion euros in 2013. Following listing in the commercial register, the company will be known as BSH Hausgeräte GmbH.

The complete takeover of BSH will play a role in expanding Bosch's activities in the area of connected buildings and appliances. As part of smart home concepts, household appliances are to become even easier to use and more energy-efficient in the future – appliances will become even more user-friendly. For example, BSH has developed “Home Connect,” an app that allows users to control connected appliances from their smartphone or tablet PC using a wifi connection. BSH has already premiered its first appliances – ovens and dishwashers – featuring Home Connect, and more are to follow.

“Our strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected world,” says Dr. Karsten Ottenberg, who will continue to be at the helm of BSH in the future. The company will be run as a largely independent operation within the Bosch Group. “In the shape of Bosch, we shall continue to have a values-focused owner that fully supports our strategy,” Ottenberg says. As one of the world's leading household-appliance companies, it remains BSH's objective to further expand its position in the global market and to gain market share, especially outside Europe. BSH intends to double its sales by 2025. To achieve this, investment in research and development, as well as in the BSH brands, is to be stepped up, according to Ottenberg.

In acquiring all shares in BSH, Bosch is expanding its non-automotive business. With its consumer goods business now fully consolidated, roughly one quarter of Bosch sales will come from this business sector. The share of total non-automotive Bosch sales will then be more than 40 percent. In this way, Bosch will come a significant step closer to its target of generating roughly half its sales from non-automotive business.
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Bosch: Connected Living Is Just a 'Click' Away With a focus on Sensors, Software and Services, Bosch innovates a sustainable, connected future

  • Dr. Werner Struth
    Chairman, Robert Bosch LLC and
    Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH

    at the Bosch Press Conference, International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA),
    January 5, 2015

Good morning, everyone!

Thank you for choosing Bosch to start your media coverage at CES!
I hope everyone is having a good and productive morning.
As I started my day – perhaps like you – I...

  • Checked my e-mail…
  • Received a text from my daughter…Hi Dad… Hope u r well. Want to go skiing with friends Saturday.
    Short on cash. Loan? Will pay u back. Promise.
    Maybe you'll hit it big in Vegas and write it off?:)
    Good luck on the press conference. <3
  • And as a result, did some online banking…
  • Got an update on one of my family vehicles…
  • Scanned some headline news…
  • Checked my house to make sure that the doors were locked and the heat turned down.
Imagine… I did all of that “living” with just a few clicks on my smartphone. And, I would guess that most of you did something similar… as journalists – for you – being connected is a way of life.
It is amazing how connected living has revolutionized virtually everything we do. And, we are still in the infancy stage of fully understanding the real impact it will have on our lives.

While many people may not know it, Bosch is actively involved in advancing connected, smart, sustainable and secure living. In this regard, Bosch is not only strengthening its software competence, but also forming alliances with strategic partners. Bosch provides these three Ss in its connectivity business:
  • Sensors…
  • Software and…
  • Service.
Ten years ago if I had polled this audience asking how many people had a smartphone – not just a mobile phone – only a few hands would likely have been raised. Today, to get a similar result, I would have to flip the question around and ask how many people don't have a smartphone. A Nielson Survey conducted in the U.S. in 2013 showed that for the first time, the majority of mobile phone users in the U.S. – some 65 percent – owned a smart device.
Living… is transforming our lives. From homes to mobility, we are adding more comfort and convenience. And – if handled correctly – we are engineering in more safety and greater security. Being connected also grants us access to a tremendous amount of information. It allows us to be a member of many, many communities.

Years ago, community meant the street on which you lived… the town where you grew up… or the place you established roots as an adult. Today, community can still mean all of this, but add to that a virtual gathering that can include a group of people around the world with whom you have a common point of view… a problem to solve… or a lifestyle to which you aspire.

For this week at CES, we will become a community… one that we hope continues beyond this event. To help all of us at CES stay connected, the company Flybits – which our subsidiary Robert Bosch Venture Capital has invested in – has developed a show app – Bosch at CES.

The Bosch at CES app will keep you connected with all of the Bosch-related activities at CES – including speeches, demos and details of the Bosch exhibit and outdoor experience – as well as information about our many products. Staying connected at work, at home and at events like this is becoming a way of life for all of us.

How does Bosch fit into this fast-changing, connected environment?
The simple answer is this: Bosch monitors mega trends. We examine the world, identify consumer needs and seek to innovate solutions that make peoples' lives better. That means all aspects of their life, including their home and their various modes of transportation.

As many of you know, Bosch is a large, multinational corporation with more than 280,000 associates.
Our products touch four main sectors:

Mobility Solutions…

Industrial Technology…

Consumer Goods and…

Energy and Building Technology.

We will focus on three of the four sectors today.

From oxygen sensors to ovens, you will find Bosch in many places… some of which may surprise you… and hopefully all of which will fascinate you!
We make innovative connections that bring real benefit to our customers.
We say our products are “Invented for life.”

Combining Invented for life with the power inherent in the Internet of Things, is fueling even more innovation in our company and placing more technology at the fingertips of consumers around the world.

Bosch has a laser beam focus on innovation in aspects like technology and services and considers the entire user experience. Being able to successfully innovate depends on hiring and retaining top talent who not only understand existing technology… but also can envision what's next.

We count on individuals who have entrepreneurial thinking and can work as part of an integrated team. They take cutting-edge ideas and bring them to market. We spend a considerable amount of resources to help shape and prepare the workforce of the future. In so doing, society benefits and so do we.

Not many people know the full depth and breadth of the Bosch portfolio. Frankly, that is one of the reasons we come to CES. We want to help others understand our company. When people start to look at our portfolio, they begin to realize our company's vision and know that Invented for life is more than a tagline. It guides our products… our people… and our principles.

We are excited to be here again at this great event.

This year the Bosch team is taking a truly international approach to the show. The booth will have products that have been introduced throughout the world. Today, as we have done in years past, we want to give you an overview of Bosch… and what we are showing at CES… and then we invite you to come to the booth… attend presentations being given by Bosch executives… and participate fully in the various demo events.

Bosch is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Smart Home Marketplace at the Sands Expo… and the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace at the North Plaza near the Las Vegas Convention Center. A complete listing of all Bosch activities is in your reporter's notebook.

I will cover many technologies today with the purpose of helping you understand Bosch – but please know there is much more to Bosch than what I will present today.
Now, let's take a look at two areas of our lives on which connected living is having a tremendous influence:
Connected Home… and
Connected Mobility

It is amazing to imagine that the connectivity that we will hear so much about at CES can be attributed to small sensors like this.
All objects around us can be fitted with sensors and assigned their very own web address for exchanging data. Connectivity and sensors are the cornerstones of the Internet of Things. It is what makes connected living happen. Bosch is the world leader in creating micro-electro-mechanical sensors – or MEMS.

We provide sensors for a wide range of automotive and consumer electronics applications. More than 50 percent of the smartphones in the world are equipped with a Bosch sensor. So chances are that you have a Bosch sensor in your smartphone… in your home appliance… or in your vehicle.

Last year at CES, Bosch unveiled a world exclusive in environmental sensor technology – an integrated unit that combines sensors for pressure, humidity, and temperature in a single housing. Continuing the tradition, today Bosch is announcing the next step of environmental sensing – the BME680 Gas Sensor. This is the world's first combo sensor – measuring humidity, pressure, temperature and gas,- in a 3 mm by 3 mm package. This sensor can be used in a myriad of ways… to
  • Monitor and manage air quality in a room by opening and closing windows or managing air flow.
  • It can monitor personal fitness and offer you recommendations to secure your personal well-being.
  • It is key for home automation and environmental monitoring, as well as personal weather forecasts.
Bosch Sensortec is continuously developing innovative sensor solutions for wearables and the Internet of Things.

Achieving a green, sustainable life is important to many people, but often people are not certain where or how to begin. Bosch enables a net-zero energy consumption lifestyle. Bosch's Thermotechnology division and Bosch PowerTec Division are teaming up to make this lifestyle readily attainable. Here's how…

Bosch presents innovative solutions for decentralized energy systems. Smart connectivity can be implemented for electrical and thermal energy using a photovoltaic system combined with the latest in heat pump technology.

This solution allows users to consume the lion's share of the electricity they themselves generate from solar power in their own homes – which dramatically reduces their electricity costs – while also powering the heat pump so it can extract heat from air, water, or the ground and convert it into energy that can be used for heat or hot water.

The Bosch system features an energy management system that knows when the heat pump requires electricity and – provided there has been enough sunshine – answers that need with solar power.

At the heart of the smart control system is the e.Control, which is connected to the household's electric meter. It monitors power flows within the home, giving priority to home appliances currently in operation. Integrating Bosch Hybrid storage into this energy system boosts the degree to which a household can make use of self-generated electricity from the photovoltaic system. Even when the sky is overcast or after the sun sets, the storage system continues to provide the heat pump with a reliable supply of electricity.

We're also presenting a WiFi-enabled Remote Room Controller with a touch screen and a corresponding app that allows users to control their heating systems via their smartphone.

From wherever they are – by using the free app – homeowners can take complete control of their heating and hot water. The app also provides valuable information on gas consumption.

As Bosch develops these various green, sustainable technologies, we also seek to collaborate to develop standards that will benefit the end consumer. For example, to further advance smart home technologies…
  • Bosch...
  • ABB and...
  • Cisco…
plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart homes. The companies also intend to establish a partner alliance that will be open to all manufacturers, developers and suppliers of products and services in the area of smart homes. The joint venture is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.

Now, let's take a closer look inside the home… to the kitchen, which is likely the most utilized area in the house. Last fall in Europe, Bosch presented its first networked home appliances that can be controlled with an app.

Called Home Connect, this app acts as a control center for the family of Bosch-related brand appliances that have a WirelessLan communication module configured for the app. Consumers can use this app – which is built on an open platform – via their smartphone or tablet .And even if they are not at home, consumers can control appliances like the oven, the dishwasher or the refrigerator.

With Home Connect, users can take advantage of intelligent functionality… schedule appliances to match their daily routine; view refrigerator contents when not at home; obtain operating alerts, troubleshooting and remote diagnostics information; as well as monitor water and energy consumption.

Security Systems are becoming increasingly important in our globalized world; not only for companies and the public sector, but also for private users.

Bosch Security Systems is working around the globe to keep individual homes and large commercial venues safe and secure. For example, in Singapore, the Star shopping mall with more than 100 shops and restaurants is an architectural stand-out. It also features a comprehensive security solution created by Bosch. Security for this multifunctional building includes systems for video surveillance, public address and access control. The entire security system is managed through Bosch's Building Integration System.

Bosch Security Systems already offers customers a broad portfolio of IP products. Our connected devices are becoming more and more intelligent. As a leading manufacturer of video systems, we are already very far advanced in this product field.

The B-Series Control Panels are a family of flexible control panels that include two models that meet the needs of a wide variety of facility configurations. The series is ideal for retail stores, banks, office buildings, government locations, schools and many other commercial and residential applications.

IP camera integration with the control panels allows users to verify if alarms indicate a true risk through video snapshots sent via e-mail or through live camera access from a smartphone. Text messages also notify users of events – in a variety of languages – and the Remote Security Control App for iOS and Android devices provides convenient monitoring and operating tools.

Later this month, Bosch will launch the Z-Wave Home Control Gateway. It will allow integrators to connect B-Series Control Panels from Bosch with Z-Wave devices – including lighting controls, door locks, temperature sensors, IP cameras and more – to provide their customers with home automation and remote monitoring capabilities.

For example, users can leave home and select “Away” on a smartphone app to automatically lock the doors, arm the security system, turn off interior lights and adjust the thermostat. Home control becomes effortless.

As we build smart, green, sustainable homes, Bosch Power Tools is playing a key role in providing professional contractors with high-quality, long-lasting, energy-efficient tools. Knowing that time is money for the professional, Bosch recently introduced the Power Ready Wireless Charging System. This system means that cordless tools will now always be ready to use.

Bosch is the world's first supplier to enable the advantages of inductive energy transfer to be used with cordless tools. With the launch of its Power Ready Wireless Charging System, Bosch is opening up a new dimension in charging technology and providing new ways to make working with cordless tools efficient, cost saving and time saving.

The benefits are many. Professional trades people are mobile. Previously, they needed to build time in to recharge their power tool batteries.
Now batteries no longer need to be removed, and the tool can simply be parked in the charger – battery and all – in between tasks. We have changed downtime into productive charging time.

Also on display is the new Dremel 3D Idea Builder. It is the first 3D printer for everyone. It's easy to use and comes with a suite of design tools and support. As the only UL Certified 3D printer on the market, it is the ideal choice for home use.
With the launch of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, Dremel is bringing a new era of creativity and inspiration to a community of makers seeking to bring an endless array of ideas to life. It is perfect for prototyping.

Knowing the strength of our individual products, it only makes sense that we would bundle them to make sustainable, smart and secure homes and communities – more accessible. And that is just what several of our divisions are doing. In fact, three such communities are scheduled to launch in 2015 in the U.S. The end result will be that some 17,000 homes in Washington state, Texas and Colorado – will utilize a suite of smart, sustainable Bosch technologies from several divisions.

Finding unique and entrepreneurial ways to foster innovation is what Robert Bosch Venture Capital does best. It searches out some of the best and brightest entrepreneurial start-ups – or established companies – that need an infusion of capital to take them to the next level.

Here is an example:
Today, cable/telephone/internet providers are looking beyond their current four areas of focus, which are: telephone, cable TV, internet access and cell phone services – and are entering into a fifth area by offering smart home services like home security.

Bosch Security Systems and GreenPeak Technologies, a leading smart home radio frequency communications semiconductor company, have joined forces to serve operators with services like Home Security and Home Care.

Offering a complete end-to-end solution of home security – integrating GreenPeak RF technology with Bosch sensors and security services – enables the partners to offer a scalable system that ranges from delivering only a sensor to a complete cloud-based home security service solution. This partnership enables operators to deliver a cost-efficient, end-to-end service, with a shorter time to market.

Smart home services like remote control of doors, thermostats and lighting, all centrally monitored and controlled by the set-to-box/gateway, are very enticing for cable and service operators.

We've talked about connected home and keeping you safe. Now I'd like to talk about Connected Mobility and how Bosch keeps you safe and secure on the road.

Focusing on
  • electrification…
  • automation - albeit with a new twist - and...
  • connectivity…
Bosch's mobility sector has developed a comprehensive portfolio of technologies to meet drivers' increasing needs for cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more comfortable driving experiences.

Besides improving the conventional powertrain, electrification will play an increasingly important role in the future of mobility. Our portfolio of electric solutions encompasses a broad spectrum from eBikes and e-scooters, through mild and plug-in hybrids, all the way to fully electric powertrains.

Also for electric vehicles, Bosch and BMW announced a DC fast charger last year. Smaller and more affordable than other available fast chargers, this DC fast charger can charge a BMW i3 battery to 80 percent... in just 30 minutes. It's also compatible with some other electric vehicles.

And at the other end of the electromobility spectrum is the eBike, for which Bosch produces drive systems. With eBikes, electrical energy supports muscle power during pedaling. Bosch has become the market leader for eBike drive systems in Europe. We are excited to see them launch in the U.S.

Be sure to check out the eBike at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace where you can experience Bosch's performance drive system.

At the Bosch booth, we will exhibit a new technology for eBike that will soon be introduced. Nyon is Bosch's first all-in-one eBike cycle computer with an integrated navigation and fitness function. Equipped with comprehensive basic functions, Nyon can be adapted to the needs of the rider with a smartphone app and online portal. Its housing is waterproof and rugged, so it can be used in the rain and off-road. Twelve bike manufacturers will offer the Nyon in Europe for the 2015 model year.

The second area of focus for Bosch's mobility sector is automation. For us, that translates into our vision for an injury-free, and, ultimately, accident-free future. That is one reason that Bosch invests in developing automated driving functions.

Bosch develops a variety of sensors that enable automated driving. For example, ultrasonic sensors and near-range cameras enable automated parking… radar sensors and mono and stereo-video cameras enable driver assistance systems.

Here at CES, Bosch will showcase one of its advanced safety and driver assistance systems: traffic jam assist.

By coupling radar and video technology, traffic jam assist controls longitudinal and lateral movements of the vehicle in congested traffic, returning control to the driver if necessary to change lanes or if obstacles are detected.

The third area of focus for Bosch's mobility sector is connectivity.

Bosch is making cars an active part of the internet – and bringing drivers a range of benefits. By networking vehicles, Bosch is improving the comfort, safety and efficiency of tomorrow's mobility.

At the same time, Bosch is bringing the fascination of the digital world onto the streets of the physical world. In this, the company is pursuing three strategic objectives.
  • First, Bosch is making the internet an intuitive in-car experience.
  • Second, Bosch is connecting cars to the internet and creating driver assistance functions with added value.
  • And finally, Bosch is networking cars with traffic infrastructure.
In the future, we will see completely new functions emerge. For instance, in-car augmented reality will connect the virtual world with the physical world. Think of a soccer game on TV… augmented reality is what allows viewers to see the offside line blended in as if it were part of the field. The windshield will become the vehicle's main display area, bringing all vehicle information as well as data on the surroundings into the driver's field of vision. Connected mobility makes driving safer and offers greater comfort and convenience.

Bosch provides high-quality infotainment and navigation systems for connected content and services. As the world becomes increasingly more connected, consumers want their vehicle to be an extension of their lifestyle. Bosch's mySPIN smartphone integration creates a device-to-vehicle link that provides users with the opportunity to continue using certain apps – both Apple and Android – through the vehicle's central display. The apps are optimized for in-vehicle use, thus minimizing distraction.

The instrument cluster is another area where Bosch is making a technology leap and adding versatility to the vehicle. Our display-based instrument cluster, which was recently introduced in the BMW i8 and Audi TT, provides maximum flexibility for processing and displaying content with great clarity.

And that's one of the keys to success for driver assistance and multimedia systems – the clarity with which they display information and their subsequent ease of use.

This is where human machine interface plays an important role. The driver must be able to understand and operate the systems intuitively, using, for example, natural voice input and head-up displays.

You'll see one of Bosch's head-up displays at our booth. In this combiner display, not only is information – like speed, navigation and warnings – presented directly in the driver's field of vision, the image generated is combined with the scenery outside the vehicle so that the two images appear to merge with each other about two meters in front of the vehicle.

Instead of projecting the information on the windshield, it is projected onto a plastic screen that becomes literally invisible to the driver.
But connectivity is more than the interplay of different vehicle systems. It is also the connection of the vehicle to the cloud. As you can see, we are networking vehicles and supporting a large number of vehicle-relevant apps. However, in doing so, we must ensure that the high standard of security in the automotive electronics is maintained.

Using dual architectures, we create a strict separation between functions that are relevant for driving, such as driver assistance, and ones that are not, such as infotainment. In the future, a hardware security module will also safeguard the communication in each control unit.
At the booth, ESCRYPT will highlight software updates over the air. Secure over-the-air updates allow new business fields for automakers and Tier 1 suppliers. This new technology is fast and secure and guarantees the highest level of functional safety.

In addition to the Bosch technology on the vehicles you drive, Bosch is also working behind the scenes. In addition to the connected vehicle, we are also working on the connected repair shop.

Digital communication and data networking are playing an increasingly important role in repair shops. The repair shop of the future will be able to continuously monitor the status of customers' vehicles and recommend a repair in advance. In addition, parts can be ordered and employees' work time can be better organized. Once a customer arrives for a service appointment, Bosch's flex inspect component automatically reads the fault memory and checks the battery, the tire inflation pressure and the chassis geometry.

To further assist automotive technicians, Bosch is developing augmented reality applications that provide computer-assisted information for technicians. At Bosch, we are developing applications that use augmented reality to show the technician three-dimensional work instructions, required tools and even training videos. As soon as the camera of a tablet scans a motor component, the contextual information is superimposed onto the physical object – exactly where it is needed. This eliminates time-consuming consultation of service manuals.
Augmented reality facilitates the repair process, improves the quality of the work and minimizes the effort.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I hope that you share Bosch's excitement for the tremendous possibilities before us… as we continue to merge our Invented for life product portfolio with the fast-evolving Internet of Things. Integrating the physical and virtual worlds promises to enrich our lives, provide tremendous amounts of important information and allow us access to many communities, large and small.

Whether we realize it or not, our lives are being revolutionized by technology. The lifestyle to which we aspire is only a few clicks away.

Speaking of that, my daughter aspires to hit the ski slopes, so this is how I responded to her earlier text: “Check's in the “mail.” :) Dad”. For those of you who have teenagers, perhaps you can relate.

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International CES 2015 in Las Vegas (January 6-9) Bosch shows smart solutions for a connected world Designed for a convenient, efficient, and secure life

The world is becoming ever more connected. And at times it seems as though the internet and globalization have developed a momentum of their own. Companies like Bosch can help shape these developments, however. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Bosch will be showcasing intelligent solutions designed to enable consumers to lead convenient, efficient, and secure lives. These sustainable solutions for a connected world range from smart sensors to smart energy solutions, from eMobility to automated driving, from smart software to smart cities, from telematics to thermotechnology, from home appliances to power tools.

Energy conversion is a core Bosch area of expertise. Bosch offers owners of residential and commercial buildings packages that combine technology and services. Bosch solutions intelligently link and control the generation and consumption of power and heat. This will make the power supply even smarter and more efficient, as well as more decentralized. Bosch’s expertise spans multiple areas here. Its technical systems know-how is the basis of heating and security control systems. The company also offers software and sensor technology as well as services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes. This allows customers to use energy and resources more efficiently, and to reduce costs. The internet of things makes it possible for devices and systems in buildings to communicate with one another.

By 2015, Bosch expects about 75 percent of the world's population to have access to the internet. At the same time, six billion things will be connected to the internet. This development will also bring about major changes in the market for energy and building technology in the coming years, and will pave the way for new services and business models. Bosch already has considerable experience in this realm, for instance with the 50,000 networked heating systems it has already sold. Bosch Security Systems already generates more than half its sales in the video surveillance segment with internet-enabled cameras.

Smart thermostat to control the heating at home via smartphone
Bosch is presenting a wi-fi-enabled remote room controller with a modern touch screen and a corresponding app, which allows users to control their heating systems via their smartphones. Compatible with a wide range of Bosch’s Greenstar gas and oil-fired boilers, the sophisticated smart thermostat allows heating to be adjusted from a smartphone or tablet using a wireless internet connection. The sleek black glass wall-mounted panel is simple to install and connects to the boiler using a low voltage two-wired connection. Through an easy-to-use free app, homeowners can take complete control of their heating and hot water, whether at home, at work, or on holiday. The app not only allows remote adjustment of heating and hot water settings, but also provides valuable information on gas consumption for both heating and hot water, helping homeowners to manage bills in an era of rising energy costs. And users can rely on the extremely high safety and data security standards Bosch has developed. Since all customer data is stored on the controller at the user’s home, privacy is assured – Bosch itself has no access to the data.

Open software platform for the smart home
For a home to be “smart,” it is crucial that all the appliances and systems in the home – e.g., washing machine, heating units, lamps or window blinds – can simply and securely exchange data with each other as well as with smartphones and tablets. ABB, Bosch, and Cisco plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart home devices and applications. In addition to developing and operating a software platform, the companies intend to invite appliance electronics manufacturers, home automation vendors, and service providers to join a business ecosystem. The business ecosystem will aim to facilitate collaboration and incorporate a wide range of user requirements when developing the software platform.

Home Connect app connects home appliances from different brands
A common language for all domains is decisive when it comes to the connected home. Bosch is presenting the world's first solution that allows various home appliances from different brands to be controlled and a host of features used with just one app. In addition, Bosch is showcasing the first networked home appliances equipped with this system, including a fridge, an oven, a dishwasher, and a washing machine. The system is designed as an open platform that will keep evolving to cover a growing range of services.

Smart energy system increases efficiency and saves costs
Bosch is demonstrating how smart connectivity can be implemented for electrical and thermal energy using a photovoltaic system combined with the latest in heat pump technology. This solution allows users to consume the lion's share of the electricity they themselves generate from solar power in their own homes – which significantly reduces their electricity costs – while also powering the heat pump so it can extract heat from the air, water, or ground and convert it into energy that can be used for heating or hot water. The Bosch system features an energy management system that knows when the heat pump requires electricity and – provided there has been enough sunshine – answers that need with solar power.

At the heart of the smart control system is e.Control, which is connected to the household's electricity meter and monitors power flows within the home. The system is designed to always prioritize supply to any home appliances currently in operation. Should the photovoltaic system connected to a Bosch inverter generate any surplus power, e.Control sends a signal to the heat pump to heat the hot water tank. This means optimum use is made of the household's solar power, since it avoids feeding any surplus electricity into the grid at too cheap a price. What's more, it relieves the public grid.

Smart energy storage solution
Integrating the Bosch Power Tec BPT-S 5 Hybrid storage solution into this energy system boosts the degree to which a household can make use of self-generated electricity from the photovoltaic system. Even when the sky is overcast or after sunset, the storage system continues to provide the heat pump with a reliable supply of electricity. If the storage system has been integrated, any surplus electricity is sent to the powerful lithium-ion batteries before a signal is sent to the heat pump. When the hot water tank is heated, electrical power is converted into thermal energy, which in effect increases the stored energy. So running such a system is a large step toward achieving independence from the public grid.

Smart security systems for enhanced security at home
Another innovation being presented is a way to access surveillance video remotely. Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas dynamic transcoding technology delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams, and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables users to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material.

Bosch is also showcasing burglar alarm systems. The B-Series intrusion control panels provide convenient security monitoring of homes and small businesses. These flexible panels offer customized security and remote operation from smart phones and tablets. B-Series panels can be programmed to control individual rooms or up to four distinct areas of a home or business property. This enables arming or disarming certain areas – such as a guest suite, sunroom, kitchen, or detached garage – without affecting other rooms. The panels check for open windows and doors, monitor smoke detectors, activate panic devices and perform other services to keep homes and businesses secure. The Remote Security Control app allows system operation from iOS or Android devices. Arm or disarm the system, check status and control monitored devices over the panel’s cellular connection, the internet, or through a local wireless network using a hand-held device. Event notifications – such as alarms or other warnings – can also be sent directly to mobile phones to keep owners informed about the status of their homes or businesses while they are away.

In addition, Bosch is presenting the Z-Wave Home Control Gateway. This solution allows Bosch B-Series control panels to be connected with Z-Wave devices including lighting controls, door locks, temperature sensors, IP cameras, and more, in order to provide customers with home automation and remote monitoring capabilities. Programming possibilities include automatically arming the security system when an exterior door is locked or disarming the system when the door is unlocked. When a user leaves home, tapping an “away” button on a smartphone can also trigger the doors to lock, the security system to arm, interior lights to turn off and the thermostat to adjust to conserve energy and reduce costs. These are just a few of the options available for effortless home control, as the intuitive wizard makes it easy for integrators to program trigger- or schedule-based automation tailored for each customer. A web interface allows the user access to a system dashboard and home control via an iOS or Android smartphone or other web-enabled device.

Smart mobility solutions: more safety and convenience on the road
20 years ago, the internet revolutionized computing. Over the next few years, it will revolutionize the car. At the CES, Bosch is demonstrating how it is making cars an active part of the internet – and bringing drivers a range of benefits. Bosch already has extensive know-how in all relevant areas. The company offers hardware that establishes the connection to the outside world, a flexible basic software suite that brings together service providers and users, as well as numerous related services.

The physical enabler for any smart solution is Bosch’s connectivity control unit. This small box is connected to the in-car network and comprises a GMS module for communication, and usually also a GPS module that provides data on the current position – important information for many services. Bosch offers the unit in various configurations for applications in passenger cars, trucks, as well as motorcycles. As early as 2016, for example, Bosch expects every new long-haul commercial vehicle in Europe and the United States to be offered with a networking solution.

The wholly-owned subsidiary Bosch Software Innovations offers a modular software suite that can be flexibly utilized. For example, it has been in use as the basis for a networked and easy-to-use vehicle charging infrastructure in Singapore since 2011 and as the basis for a fleet management service in Germany since 2013. From 2015, it will form the platform for an innovative intermodal transportation concept in Stuttgart.

Bosch’s new telematics services provide greater transparency and a clearer overview for fleet operators. Via the interface for the on-board diagnosis (OBD) system in the vehicle, journey and service data is sent to Bosch for data analysis. On the basis of this evaluated data, the fleet operator can optimize operating and maintenance times. Thanks to the integration of GPS vehicle tracking, services such as an electronic logbook and a theft warning system are also available. This helps to reduce the overall cost of the vehicle.

A truly lifesaving solution is the in-vehicle emergency notification service eCall. If the system detects that the vehicle has been involved in an accident, this information is sent to a Bosch communication center which is manned around the clock. The center’s multilingual associates contact the driver and alert the police as well as emergency services if necessary.

Bosch is pushing connectivity forward in workshops
Connectivity doesn’t end when the car has to go in for service or repair. Since vehicle electronics are getting ever more powerful and complex, Bosch has made it possible for workshops to access certain vehicle data helpful for error diagnosis and repair online. Bosch’s “Flex Inspect” diagnostic system can automatically read out the fault memory, check the battery, tire inflation pressure, and chassis geometry. On the basis of this, a customer service advisor is able to immediately discuss any necessary repairs with the driver. During the repair work, the technician can make use of augmented reality technology. After focusing the diagnostics tablet computer’s camera on the engine compartment, relevant information such as repair instructions and necessary tools are superimposed on the image. The time-consuming consultation of service manuals is thus unnecessary. Even parts that are hidden behind covers or the dashboard can be depicted as three-dimensional images. Error diagnosis and repair has never been so easy.

New display techniques and an appealing smartphone integration solution
On one hand, new connected services are leading to an ever increasing amount of information. On the other hand, driver distraction must be minimized. At the CES, Bosch is showcasing technical solutions that help to prioritize information and display it in a highly intuitive way. A particularly attractive approach is display-based instrument clusters. These replace conventional displays and project all of the instrument, navigation, and multimedia information into the driver's field of vision. Depending on the situation and the driver’s wishes, they offer different layouts. Two Bosch solutions for fully display-based instrument clusters are already in series production in the BMW i8 and the Audi TT, with more to come. Another cost-effective solution is the Bosch combiner head-up display. The system does not project the information onto the windshield but instead onto a small special plastic screen positioned below it. This image is superimposed on the scenery outside the vehicle in such a way that these appear to merge with one another at a distance of around two meters in front of the vehicle. Since 2014, the system has been installed in a variety of BMW Group vehicles.

Connectivity with the outside world is currently achieved mainly via the smartphone. With its mySPIN solution, Bosch is offering a highly appealing way to integrate Android-based phones as well as iOS-based ones. mySPIN creates a perfect device-vehicle link and ensures much safer and more reliable in-car use. Other Bosch infotainment systems being showcased at the CES demonstrate natural voice input or a navigation system that offers a proactive driving strategy based on real-time traffic info. To keep the new assistance and convenience functions up-to-date, the Bosch subsidiary ESCRYPT is showcasing a solution for secure wireless software updates.

Assisted driving and e-bike demos at the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace
The mobility of the future is electrified, automated, and connected. At the outdoor area of the vehicle intelligence marketplace, Bosch is showcasing innovations that bring us a step closer to automated driving. A demonstration vehicle featuring the Bosch traffic jam assistant will prove that self-guided driving in heavy traffic already has become reality. The car can brake, accelerate, and steer within its lane completely independently. The driver still has to monitor the vehicle, but the overall burden is much lower. Visitors are also welcome to try out e-bikes of various brands featuring Bosch e-bike drive units on a dedicated course. There will also be an overview of Bosch’s various sensor technologies as well as its wide range of electromobility solutions, from e-bikes and e-scooters to hybrid and fully-electric vehicles.

Smart devices, software, and sensors
Bosch is the global market leader in the area of microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), a key technology when it comes to connecting things over the internet. Today, every second smartphone in the world is equipped with Bosch sensors. Bosch's strategic aim is to offer solutions for connected mobility, networked production, as well as for networked energy systems and buildings. Intelligent sensors represent the next level of technical advancement. These are equipped with a radio interface and a microcontroller. As a result, sensors are able to transmit relevant data via the internet, for instance to mobile end devices. Software integration is decisive for the next wave of advancement in micromechanics, which are already widespread in automotive and consumer electronics.

All objects can be fitted with sensors and wi-fi devices and assigned their very own web address for exchanging data. This connectivity is the cornerstone of the internet of things. It is what makes connected living happen. Bosch provides sensors for a wide range of uses in the automotive and consumer electronics applications. Every second smartphone in the world is equipped with a Bosch sensor. Following the technological trend to a greater range of measurable variables and increased intelligence, Bosch Sensortec will unveil a new multi-functional sensor at CES 2015 that integrates four measurands, enabling a new range of applications in areas such as consumer electronics, wearables, and the IoT. Bosch brand Akustica will also highlight its high-performance, HD voice microphone portfolio.

The aim is to transmit only relevant information to the internet, and not raw data. This local data processing calls for the special kind of systems know-how that Bosch brings to the table. But there is practically no limit to what can still be connected via sensors. As a result, things that were free of electronics in the past, such as doors and windows, will be able to transmit data on their status to the internet. In brief, micromechanics make the internet of things possible. With its new company Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, Bosch aims to develop new solutions in this realm. The company focuses on the segments Smart Home, Transport, Logistics and Traffic, Smart Activity, and Connected Industry.

A new dimension in charging: Bosch Wireless Charging System
Bosch is the world's first supplier to enable the advantages of inductive energy transfer to be used with cordless tools. With its Wireless Charging System, Bosch is presenting a new dimension in charging technology and providing new ways to make working with cordless tools efficient, cost-saving, and time-saving. The technology, which is used in other areas in devices such as charging stations for electric toothbrushes and recently also in cellphones, is based on contactless energy transfer. An alternating magnetic field is generated in the transmitter using a coil. The receiver also contains a coil which is penetrated by the alternating magnetic field. This induces a voltage and generates a current flow. In the case of Bosch's Wireless Charging System, this means that the charger emits a magnetic field which is received by the battery and transformed into charging current. However, the power transferred is more than 50 times greater than that used in ordinary electric toothbrushes (one watt), in order to reach the same charging times as those provided by conventional power tool battery chargers.

3D printer for creative and functional purposes
The Bosch brand Dremel is presenting the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market. This adds a new dimension to the brand’s robust portfolio of versatile tool systems. The Idea Builder is yet another high-quality, easy-to-use tool from Dremel designed to inspire and empower the end users to build on their own ideas with the support and mentorship of the Dremel Experts. Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on to coach users through the building process.

Overview of Bosch at CES

January 5, 2015, 8 a.m. PDT
Bosch Press Conference
with Dr. Werner Struth,
Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Level 2, Ballroom F

January 6-9, 2015

Bosch Booth 71032
Sands Expo, Smart Home Marketplace

Bosch Outdoor Experience
Bosch eMobility World
Bosch eBike Ride Course
Bosch Driver Assistance Driving Experience on Las Vegas city streets
Las Vegas Convention Center, Vehicle Intelligent Marketplace
Gold Lot near North Hall

January 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT
Panel “Getting to Low Power and Maximum Functionality through Sensor Fusion” with Stefan Finkbeiner, General Manager & CEO of Bosch Sensortec
Venetian Hotel, Level 1, Marco Polo 702 conference room

January 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT
Keynote panel “Fast Innovation: Disrupt or Be Disrupted”
with Dr. Werner Struth,
Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
and John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
Theater of the Westgate Hotel (formerly the LVH hotel).

January 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PDT
Panel “Obstacles on the Road to Self-Driving Cars" with
Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N261 conference room

January 7, 1-2 p.m. PDT
Panel "Evolution of the Smart Home" with
Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations
Venetian Hotel, Level 1, Room Casanova 605

January 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m. PDT
Panel "Eye on Automotive Technology" with
Jim Fish, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N261 conference room

Contact persons for press inquiries:
Christian Hoenicke, phone: +49 711 811-6285
Stephan Kraus, phone: +49 711 811-6286

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Bosch heads up research project IT solutions to stabilize connected logistics systems Using real time data from production and logistics to aid decision making

  • ProveIT project receives funding from German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Focus on developing a software platform for informed manual interventions in connected logistics systems
  • Aim: cost-effective and reliable supply chains
Stuttgart – Industry and commerce now depend more than ever on reliable logistics. In practice, however, supply chains face numerous challenges from disruptions such as traffic jams, technical issues, missing goods, and any number of other unforeseeable circumstances. This then calls for manual correction. In the ProveIT project (production plan based recovery of vehicle routing plans within integrated transport networks), researchers are now developing an IT platform that will give dispatchers the tools they need to make objectively assessed and dependable interventions in connected logistics systems. The aim is to build up reliable, cost-effective supply chains that are not disrupted due to misguided reactions and interventions. Following approval by the German parliament, the research project is receiving funding of 2.8 million euros from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Robert Bosch GmbH is acting as the lead partner.

Logistics chains and the butterfly effect
The logistics sector still lacks this sort of decision aid. As supply chains become more and more complex, covering large areas and running according to tight schedules, any disruption – as well as any reaction to a disruption – has a knock-on effect on the entire logistics network. Without access to a reliable set of data and a high-performance IT platform, it is extremely difficult for logistics employees to assess what corrective action makes sense in any given situation. The ProveIT platform will supply dispatchers with the information they need to respond correctly to disruptions. It is also designed to restore disrupted transport networks to their normal operational state quickly. Reliable logistics networks are also a core component of connected industry (industry 4.0).

Incorporating production data
The project team is drawing on a range of familiar technologies, including vehicle tracking using GPS and software for transport planning. What's new is that production information is also incorporated into the decision making process. How urgently does the auto plant, say, need the materials it ordered? Is it a case of topping up supplies, or will production break down if the materials are not delivered promptly? Big data relating to unit sales of products and the traffic situation can also be incorporated into the platform, which will pool all this information and provide users – both companies and logistics service providers – with a range of services for planning and managing logistical processes. For instance, if actual data begin to depart from target data, the platform will warn users and display appropriate responses. The responses offered will take into account the implications for the whole transport network, considering actions holistically rather than in isolation. To enable the platform to factor in real-time data such as vehicle position or delivery status, the project partners are also developing an application that truck drivers can use on their mobile devices.

Bringing together partners from industry, IT development, and research
Together, the members of the project consortium possess all the expertise needed to develop and run the ProveIT platform. Robert Bosch GmbH is heading the project and, like ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is an industrial user of the platform. The logistics service provider Geis has assumed responsibility for the planning of transport operations and operational implementation. The IT providers LOCOM and PTV are developing system solutions for transport planning and management, while the Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is overseeing the components used to manage irregularities and disruptions. Responsibility for the global concept and scientific approach lies with the Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics (IFL) at the KIT. In the first phase of the project, the consortium will build up a common system architecture, which will then be tested and refined in pilot operation.

More efficient logistics
ProveIT won't just benefit industry and its suppliers; commerce and transport companies stand to gain as well. The project provides improved tactical support by stabilizing logistics systems in the event of disruption and bringing them back on schedule. This makes supply chains more cost-effective – the project partners anticipate that ProveIT will be able to reduce total mileage by 5 percent for a given transport volume, with all the savings that brings in terms of energy, costs, and CO2 emissions. The project is due to run until fall 2016.

Project partners:
Robert Bosch GmbH
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Geis Transport und Logistik GmbH
LOCOM Software GmbH
PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG
Research Center for Information Technology (FZI) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
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