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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas Bosch in North America: robust sales growth in 2015 Overview of activities in the region

Las Vegas, Nevada – Bosch's North American business continues to develop well: in 2015 the company achieved year-on-year nominal sales growth of 20 percent in the region. Adjusted for currency effects, the increase in sales is expected to amount to some 7 percent. Bosch announced these figures at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The company employs a total of over 30,000 people in North America, some 17,000 of them in the United States. For Bosch, North America is a global driver of innovation and plays a major part in the company's aim of offering technology that is “Invented for life” worldwide. Bosch has had a presence in the United States since 1906.

Expansion of activities / capital expenditure: In 2015, Bosch invested nearly 400 million dollars in the United States. One important investment was the acquisition of U.S. start-up Seeo Inc. (Hayward, CA). Bosch sees potential to combine its newly acquired expertise with its own developments in the field of batteries in order to more than double energy density by 2020 while significantly reducing costs. In addition, Bosch acquired the Michigan-based company Climatec last year. Climatec is a leading supplier of energy efficiency, building automation, and security solutions. In addition, Bosch expanded its U.S. packaging activities in 2015 through its acquisition of Osgood Industries Inc. in Florida and the planned acquisition of Kliklok-Woodman Corporation in Georgia.

Research and development: Bosch employs some 2,000 researchers and developers in North America. In 1999, Bosch's corporate research and advance engineering opened its first branch outside Germany, the Research and Technology Center (RTC) in Palo Alto. Today, this is where some 100 highly qualified associates are exploring the potential of current research trends in areas of future promise. These include web technologies, automated driving systems, and robotics. The associates also collaborate on research with leading U.S. educational institutions such as Stanford University. A Bosch start-up launched in 2015 and based in Palo Alto is working on developing robots for household use.

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Melita Delic, phone +49 711 811-48617
Trix Böhne, phone +49 711 811-6831

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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
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CES 2016 (January 6 to 9), Las Vegas Bosch high-tech components for the internet of things Tiny sensors, big impact

  • A wide range of automotive and consumer electronics applications
  • Bosch MEMS sensors can be found in three out of four smartphones
  • Retrofit emergency call adapter for cars
  • New environmental sensor solution: improving air quality in any building
  • XDK sensor platform makes developing IoT solutions easier
  • New sensors for smartphones, wearables, and virtual reality
Las Vegas, Nevada – They are the eyes and ears of modern technical systems. Nearly everyone has them in their smartphone or tablet: Bosch microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors are small, robust, smart, and energy saving. They can be found in vehicles, smartphones, games consoles, and tablets, as well as in countless other devices. Without them, a whole host of applications – in consumer electronics, but also in cars – would not be possible at all. “They might be tiny, but they have a big impact. They help save lives, conserve energy, and make driving more relaxed: Bosch MEMS sensors are the eyes and ears of billions of electronic devices,” said the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner, speaking at the company's press conference at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. “Sensors make our daily lives more relaxed, safer, and more exciting.”

For example, it is thanks to MEMS sensors that a smartphone knows which way to orient the information on its display when it is turned. The sensors also enable fitness trackers to count steps. And in cars, they are the centerpiece of the ESP anti-skid system, where they help ensure the vehicle remains safely on track in critical situations. At CES 2016, Bosch is showcasing new acceleration and yaw-rate sensors, an environment sensor solution, a development platform for internet of things (IoT) applications, and the world's first retrofit emergency call service adapter for cars.

New sensor applications – from the smart home to Industry 4.0
Bosch's comprehensive sensor portfolio is definitive proof that the company doesn't know the meaning of standing still. Bosch is making the sensors not only smaller, but also smarter, as well as making them as energy efficient as possible. It is doing all this to be able to offer smart home applications that make consumers' lives easier, and to pave the way for companies to join Industry 4.0. Future plans include systems that draw energy from their environment through a process called energy harvesting.

In 2015 alone, 1.44 billion new smartphones were sold. Then there is the rocketing popularity of smartwatches and fitness armbands: some 76 million arrived on the market in 2015, and that number is set to reach 173 million by 2019. All these devices feature sensors that evaluate all kinds of information. “For Bosch, this means huge potential business,” Denner said.

Retrofit emergency call service for cars: sensors are smart guardian angels
At CES 2016, Bosch is unveiling the Retrofit eCall Adapter – a brand new version of eCall, the automatic emergency call service. This new adapter connects to the car's cigarette lighter socket to offer genuinely exceptional services: a speed sensor registers the collision and places an emergency call. A smartphone app passes on information such as the car's position. Even the severity of the crash is analyzed, and that information is used to determine the next automated step. In the case of a relatively serious accident, the control center attempts to make contact with the driver to establish whether a recovery truck or an ambulance is needed. If the driver does not respond, paramedics are dispatched immediately. Automakers have already fitted the standard, non-retrofit version of eCall in some 1.5 million vehicles. Connected to Bosch service centers, the emergency call system is available in 16 languages and over 30 countries.

New environment sensor solution: giving buildings a climate makeover
Bosch's Ambient Sensor is a smart sensor solution capable of measuring, analyzing, and communicating ambient conditions in buildings. The variables it measures include air quality, lighting conditions, and noise levels. The integrated sensor helps improve the climate in office spaces and private homes. It sends its readings to the facility manager's smartphone, for example, and can recommend changes to things such as ventilation or lighting. Its long battery life is a further advantage. The Ambient Sensor can not only be integrated into building automation systems, but also operated as a standalone solution.

XDK sensor platform makes developing IoT products easier
XDK is a sensor platform that allows users to develop prototypes and new applications for the internet of things. The hardware platform provides access to various MEMS sensors and connectivity options; the software can be tailored to fit the given application and complements the hardware components perfectly. It features a range of components including an acceleration sensor, a yaw-rate sensor, a magnetometer, and sensors to measure atmospheric pressure, air temperature and humidity, noise levels, and digital light. Other features include Bluetooth and wi-fi connections, a microcontroller, integrated antennas, a microSD card reader, and a battery. The XDK Community gives developers the chance to exchange ideas, collaborate on new project ideas, and take part in events. Bosch helps its customers get new IoT business ideas ready for full-scale production as quickly as possible.

New motion and yaw-rate sensors for mobile gaming, wearables, and virtual reality
People expect sensors to be not only as small and energy efficient as possible, but also to deliver even better performance. Apps for smartphones and tablets are a particularly daunting challenge in this regard: the battery has to last as long as possible, but it is also crucial that users can quickly access the app they want. At CES, Bosch is demonstrating the first acceleration sensors to feature integrated intelligence and be compatible with Android while also being particularly energy saving. Bosch's new yaw-rate sensors have been developed especially to meet the requirements of mobile gaming, augmented reality, and virtual reality applications. What is more, they combine low operating costs with high picture stability.

Bosch – pioneer of MEMS technology
When it comes to MEMS sensors, Bosch is both a pioneer and the world's leading manufacturer. The company developed the underlying semiconductor manufacturing process in house, and has been producing the sensors on an industrial scale for over 20 years now. Bosch holds more than 1,000 patents and patent applications relating to MEMS technology. To date, more than six billion MEMS sensors have left the company's state-of-the-art wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany – with more than four million emerging every day. Today's vehicles feature more than 50 MEMS sensors. Bosch sensors can be found in three out of four smartphones worldwide, and 75 percent of Bosch MEMS sensors are now used in consumer electronics applications.

For more information online:
Bosch Sensortec: from start-up to the world's leading provider of MEMS sensors for consumer electronics
Bosch sensors for automotive electronics
Bosch sensors for consumer electronics
Sensors - how technology maps the environment
MEMS: stars among sensors
Greater safety with peripheral sensors

Videos:
Bosch sensor solutions for wearables
Gyroscope for ESP: How it works
Pressure sensor: how it works
Acceleration sensor: how it works
MEMS sensor manufacturing

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

Simply.Connected.
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
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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
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]embedded-pr.de.

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

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

Simply.Connected.
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.

For more information, go to www.bosch-connectivity.com

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."

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


*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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