New Bosch smart-home system allows things such as heating and lighting to be controlled using just one app
Focus on data protection and data security
Stefan Hartung: “An important strategic step toward pooling and expanding our range of solutions for the smart home.”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is strengthening its business in solutions for the smart home. From January 1, 2016 the newly founded subsidiary Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH will bring together the company’s smart-home activities, including related software and sensor-system expertise. In the future, the new company will offer many products and services for connected homes from a single source: for example a new solution that can report break-ins and help control the heating to save energy. From January 2016, customers will be able to order the first Bosch products in this field online. These include the Bosch smart home controller, a smart thermostat, and a contact for doors or windows. The premiere will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES, January 6-9, 2016) in Las Vegas. Bosch’s smart-home solutions are aimed at a giant market: according to market experts, by 2020 alone some 230 million homes worldwide – almost 15 percent of all households – will feature smart-home technologies.
Major business potential “Setting up the Bosch smart-home subsidiary is an important strategic step toward pooling and expanding on our range of solutions for the smart home. Smart homes facilitate new services that make their occupants’ lives easier, and they offer major business potential,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector.
“The Bosch smart-home system is easy to install and operate: one system, one app, one user experience. Our solutions relieve users of tiresome routine tasks while offering them more convenience and safety,” adds Dr. Peter Schnäbele, the future managing director of the Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH.
Data protection and data security given top priority Bosch smart-home solutions meet the highest standards of data protection and data security. These standards are taken into account right from the start of the product development process. To this end, Bosch has also set up a center of competence for product security. Customers and users have full transparency and decide for themselves how their data are used.
New services and an app make life easier Bosch smart-home system solutions mean that a single platform is sufficient to interconnect the heating, lighting, smoke alarms, and appliances in a home. All these can then be operated simply using a smartphone or tablet. The core of the system is the Bosch smart-home controller, a central control unit that connects the components with each other and to the internet. In the future, users will be able to use the Bosch smart-home app to combine the basic functions of unrelated devices. For example, the door and window contact solution reports whether a window is open. When this happens, the system can automatically turn down the heating in the relevant room, in line with the user’s preference settings. What is more, users can check their smartphone anytime, anywhere to see whether doors and windows are open or closed. In future versions of the door and window contact solution, the system will sound the alarm if a window or door is broken open when the occupant is absent – meaning there will no longer be any need for a separate alarm system.
Compatible with other manufacturers’ devices When it comes to connectivity, Bosch believes open standards and open platforms will make the technology as user-friendly as possible. For this reason, the Bosch smart-home system is modular and expandable, and it is easy to connect compatible devices made by other manufacturers to it.
Simply.Connected. Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, USA:
Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8 to 8:45 a.m. local time: 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.
Wednesday, January 6 through Saturday, January 9, 2016: Bosch booths showcasing solutions for smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 at the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Center, #71517, and showcasing connected mobility at North Hall, #2302.
Follow the Bosch CES 2016 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES
Contact person for press inquiries: Christian Hoenicke, phone +49 711 811-6285
Mashing, boiling or keg and bottle cleaning: The production of beer is an energy-intensive process and thus needs an efficient and reliable steam supply. In the Pivovar Klášter brewery in the Czech Republic a steam boiler operated for over 30 years. In order to increase the reliability of supply and to reduce the running costs Pivovar Klášter decided to renew its existing energy system. With the new UL-S steam boiler from Bosch not only the reliability increased thanks to numerous automation equipment, the steam boiler also saves around 47 m³ of natural gas per hour. Around 75 percent of these savings are realised by the recovery of waste heat from flue gas. In total, the brewery saves up to 16 percent on fuel costs with the new system.
The first flue gas heat exchanger, the economizer, is used for preheating the feed water. Thus, the need for fuel for heating up and evaporation of water in the boiler is reduced. In the downstream heat exchanger the flue gas is additionally condensing. Due to the low temperature of this waste heat it is used for preheating the brewing water.
The shell boiler can provide 4,000 kilogram of steam per hour. The natural gas firing with modulating control ensures an elastic operating behaviour. The burner capacity can be adjusted continuously to the actually needed steam demand. It is thus possible to reduce the number of burner starts resulting in higher efficiency and prolonged lifetime of the boiler and burner. After downtimes the boiler can be started very gently from the cold state by using the intelligent automatic function SUC (start-up control).
The boiler control BCO provides easy access to important operating data like fuel consumption, boiler and burner operating hours or the number of burner switches. Further optimisation possibilities can be derived from this data. Furthermore, the BCO automatically controls desalination and blow-down. In comparison to a manual operation the demand-controlled process saves energy and water. In addition, the water service module from Bosch provides the boiler with deaerated feed water. This protects the system from corrosion and ensures a continuous high steam quality.
The perfectly matched components from Bosch provide a reliable system and allowed a quick and smooth installation. Zdenek Prokupek, director of Pivovar Klášter, is pleased about the good result and the cooperation with Bosch: "With the new system we have managed to reduce our energy costs significantly and thanks to the high degree of automation we can now completely focus on beer brewing. Both the quality as well as the local service from Bosch in the Czech Republic have convinced us."