Bosch Sensortec, Akustica

Akustica Hears the Call for High Quality Voice Input Introduces Two New High Performance Microphones

  • AKU151 delivers the world's only microphone with both very high SNR and high performance density (SNR/mm3) in a tiny top-port package
  • High performance AKU350 delivers an outstanding 67dB SNR
  • New products leverage the in-house design and manufacturing capabilities of the world's #1 MEMS supplier
PITTSBURGH – March 9, 2015- Akustica, Inc., a Bosch Group company and provider of MEMS microphones, expands the Bosch consumer MEMS sensor portfolio with the addition of two new, highly robust, high performance analog microphones. The AKU151 is a tiny, top-port microphone with both high SNR and high acoustic performance density (SNR/mm3), and the AKU350 is an ultra-high performance 67dB SNR bottom-port microphone. The new microphones leverage Akustica/Bosch's latest MEMS, ASIC, and package designs and enhanced manufacturing processes to deliver the industry-leading performance and quality requested by consumer electronics manufacturers and expected from Bosch, the world's leading MEMS sensor supplier.

According to IHS, the MEMS microphone market will exceed $1.4B by 2018, almost doubling in size from 2012, with high performance microphones (>64dB SNR) being the quickest growing and largest segment of the market. This growth is being fueled by an increased focus on voice-input quality by smartphone manufacturers who are integrating multiple MEMS microphones into each smartphone to achieve improved noise suppression and speech recognition accuracy for their end users. In recent years, MEMS microphones have also become increasingly important for use in wearable devices which rely on voice as a key user interface such as headsets, smart glasses, and smart watches. These space-constrained, battery-operated devices bring a whole new set of acoustic challenges to device manufacturers who need microphones that are smaller and lower power but still provide high acoustic performance to address far-field use cases where the user's mouth is farther away from the microphone.

In-House Design and Manufacturing Advantages
Akustica's newest microphones once again demonstrate the advantage of combining in-house MEMS, ASIC, and package design with in-house fabrication facilities. The microphones are the first to make use of new ASIC design elements that optimize performance depending on the target market. The two new microphones are also the first to be built using a new MEMS architecture and fabrication process which includes additional material layers and optimized thicknesses of current layers. And, the AKU151 is the world's first microphone to use an advanced, metal-lid, direct-port package.

The final performance of a MEMS microphone depends not only on how each component of the design performs independently, but also on how all pieces interact and perform together as a microphone system. In particular, high performance MEMS microphone design requires outstanding modeling capabilities, broad system understanding, and tight control of all aspects of design and fabrication. The combination of these competencies is what results in superior microphones that exceed customer requirements for acoustic performance and robustness. Akustica/Bosch is the world's only MEMS microphone supplier with all of these proficiencies under one roof, thereby enabling the type of industry-leading technical innovation that has been demonstrated by Akustica's recent introductions of its first and second generation HD microphone families, and again with the introduction of the AKU151 and AKU350.

AKU151 – Industry Leading Top-Port Acoustic Performance Density
The AKU151, in its tiny 5.4mm3 package, presents consumer device manufacturers with a durable, RF-immune microphone in the top-port configuration that is easiest for use in their high volume assembly lines. Unlike other microphones where a smaller package typically results in lower performance, the AKU151 delivers a high SNR of 65dB, meaning that the AKU151 delivers almost twice the acoustic performance density (SNR/mm3) of any other top-port MEMS microphone. The AKU151 is also optimized for low power applications, consuming only 60µA during standard, full-performance operation, making it ideal for use in applications like wearables which require small, high performance microphones but have limited battery life.

AKU350 High Performance Bottom-Port Analog Microphone
The AKU350 is a robust, bottom-port, metal-lid, 9.1mm3 microphone with a single-ended output that provides an outstanding 67dB SNR and a tight +/-1dB sensitivity matching. With its high SNR and accompanying microphone-to-microphone uniformity, the AKU350 is optimized to meet the needs of smartphone manufacturers who use multiple microphones with noise cancellation algorithms. These algorithms rely on well-matched, high-performance microphones to deliver superior noise suppression and speech recognition accuracy to the end user.

Higher accuracy microphones can significantly improve the quality of sound recordings made with mobile devices. This is particularly evident when one is making a recording of a quiet or distant sound whose signal level approaches the inherent noise level of the microphone. As Akustica recently demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, making a recording using a microphone such as the AKU350 – with a higher SNR than a typical smartphone MEMS microphone – can eliminate the hiss that can often be heard in recording playback, resulting in a crisper, more realistic sound.

"Akustica's customers continue to benefit from the unique combination of experienced designers and industry-leading facilities that we have at our disposal as part of the Bosch Group," said Horst Muenzel, CEO and General Manager, Akustica. "Nobody else in the world has the capabilities that we have. This is what allows us to uniquely respond to our customer's needs and to deliver new, innovative microphones with higher performance, more uniformity, greater robustness, and smaller footprints."

Availability
Samples of both products are currently available. For samples and customer pricing information, please visit http://www.akustica.com/contact.asp to find a local sales representative. For more information, please visit www.akustica.com.

Press Contact:
Anja-Maria Hastenrath
phone: +49 89 64913634-11
email: ah@embedded-pr.de

Marcie Weinstein
phone: +1 412 325 6939
email: mweinstein@akustica.com

About Akustica:
Akustica is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group and a top supplier of silicon microphone products that are improving voice-input quality in a host of voice-enabled applications, from mobile phones, laptops and tablets to small wearable accessories like headsets. The company offers worldwide customer support services, from design-in services to post-production quality assurance. Akustica is a global organization with corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, regional offices in Taiwan and Shanghai, and a worldwide team of distributors. For more information about Akustica, go to:www.akustica.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). 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 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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

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BHI160 and BHA250 integrate lowest power sensor hub and sensors Bosch Sensortec launches MEMS sensors with integrated microcontroller for Android smart phones Less power consumption for always-on sensor applications such as fitness tracking, indoor navigation and gesture recognition

  • Implementing the full Android Lollipop sensor stack with lowest power sensor and sensor hub combination
  • Significantly reduces power consumption by up to 95 % for always-on applications in mobile devices by handling sensor processing and data batching
  • The functionality can be easily extended through externally attached sensors and new software features
Bosch Sensortec today announced the BHI160 and BHA250, two sensor devices with integrated sensor hub. Today's smart phones rely on always-on sensors for applications such as fitness tracking, step counting, indoor navigation and gesture recognition. By offloading sensor processing to the BHI160 or BHA250, as well as buffering sensor data locally on the devices, system designers can ensure the main application processor is never woken up just to process sensor data. This significantly reduces system power consumption, and thus extends battery life – a major competitive advantage for phone manufacturers.

The new devices integrate a best-in-class 3- or 6-axis MEMS sensor with the new Bosch Sensortec DSP “Fuser Core”. The BHI160 and BHA250 are specifically designed for applications in Android smart phones – implementing the full Android Lollipop sensor stack inside the devices where they provide a flexible, low power solution for motion sensing and sensor data processing.

The new devices implement the full Android Lollipop sensor stack and can be updated with new software features to support future releases. The BHI160 is the industry's lowest-power solution that is fully compatible with Lollipop, using less than 1.55 mA for a complete 9-axis solution including the Fuser Core, the integrated accelerometer and gyroscope and an external magnetometer.

“In modern smart phones, sensors are a key component, and are often switched on all or most of the time for motion-sensitive applications,” says Dr. Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec. “By handling all sensor data processing, these new devices can make a substantial difference to overall battery life.”

The sensor hub devices are a full turnkey solution, reducing integration work and hence cutting time-to-market for OEMs.

Power-efficient core
The Fuser Core is a 32-bit microcontroller that is optimized to execute Bosch Sensortec's sensor fusion and activity-recognition algorithms with ultra-low power consumption. It uses significantly less power than standard microcontrollers, with a saving of up to 95 percent compared to Cortex M0 and up to 90 percent compared to Cortex M4 based devices.

The BHI160 and BHA250 both offer identical functionality except that the BHI160 integrates a 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), consisting of a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer, while the BHA250 omits the gyroscope. This makes it a smaller and lower-cost device, and gives OEMs the flexibility to use it in eCompass applications where a gyroscope is not required.

Compact package
The BHI160 is available in a 3.0 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm³ LGA package, while the BHA250 is provided in a 2.2 x 2.2 x 0.95 mm³ LGA package. These packages are the same size as competitive sensor-only devices without an integrated DSP. Integrating the sensor hub reduces the bill of material, and saves on valuable PCB space compared to solutions based on standard microcontrollers.

Both new devices are fully pin- and footprint-compatible with Bosch's sensor-only variants from Bosch Sensortec, giving OEMs the flexibility to support multiple different smart phone devices on one platform, and to make decisions later in the design cycle.

Availability
Samples are scheduled to be available to selected customers in the second quarter of 2015.

Contact:
Tina Horstmann,
phone: +49 7121 35-35924

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Key technology for the connected world Five billion Bosch MEMS sensors Manufacturing milestone in Reutlingen

  • MEMS sensors have been used in automobiles for 20 years, and in consumer electronics for 10 years
  • MEMS sensors are the sensory organs of modern technical systems
  • Small, robust, intelligent, and energy-efficient
  • Bosch is a pioneer and the global leader in the manufacture of MEMS technology
Small parts, big impact: they save lives, increase driving comfort, help conserve energy, and are an essential part of consumer electronics. “MEMS sensors are a key technology for the connected world,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “They deliver high performance, but are also small, robust, and extremely cost-effective to manufacture in large volumes.” Bosch recently produced the five-billionth MEMS sensor at its plant in Reutlingen, Germany. MEMS is an acronym for microelectromechanical system. Bosch developed the underlying semiconductor manufacturing process itself, and has been manufacturing the sensors in large-scale production since 1995. “For 20 years, we have been developing smart technology for a growing number of different areas with real-life applications,” Hoheisel says. The first versions were used in motor vehicles to detect pressure and acceleration. Now, 75 percent of all sensors are used in consumer electronics. “Every second smartphone uses Bosch sensors,” Hoheisel says. The company is the leading global manufacturer of MEMS sensors.

Bosch – The pioneer of MEMS technology
The start of large scale production at Bosch in 1995 laid the foundation for modern technology. The current portfolio comprises acceleration, yaw-rate, mass flow, pressure, and environmental sensors, in addition to microphones. While it took 13 years to manufacture the first billion MEMS sensors, the Bosch Automotive Electronics division now manufactures the same quantity in less than one year at its production facility in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. This is the result of skyrocketing demand. More than four million sensors are currently manufactured every day. These little helpers have an average thickness of between just one and four millimeters. If the five billion Bosch sensors were stacked on top of each other, the tower would be 12,000 kilometers tall; that is long enough to pass nearly all the way through the Earth, which has a diameter of 12,742 kilometers.

Game consoles, cars, and smartphones – all need MEMS sensors
There are a wide range of uses for MEMS sensors. The SMI700 sensor, for example, records a vehicle’s rotational movements, lateral acceleration, and lean angle. It is at the heart of the ESP anti-skid system, which keeps the car more safely on course during critical situations. Another sensor, the SMP480, ensures quieter engine operation and also optimizes the engine’s air-fuel mixture in changing environments. This reduces fuel consumption, and provides for cleaner exhaust fumes.

In 2005, Bosch established the wholly-owned subsidiary Bosch Sensortec GmbH, which offers a wide range of MEMS sensors and solutions for applications in the consumer electronics sector, including smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Inertial measurement units (IMU) such as the BMI160 in the remote controls of game consoles are responsible for gaming fun, for example. They transmit the movements of the player in real time with extreme precision. The acceleration sensors in smartphones ensure that the display changes orientation when the cellphone is turned. At the beginning of 2015, Bosch Sensortec unveiled another global first: the BME680. In one housing, this environmental sensor measures air pressure, moisture levels, ambient temperature, and, for the first time, air quality.

MEMS sensors make non-electronic objects smart
The next major technological revolution has already begun. In an increasingly connected world, things are learning how to communicate. MEMS sensors are an important technological component that is key to this process. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH, established in 2013, develops and markets connected, sensor-based devices, and custom solutions for the internet of things. Programmed to be a smart technology and fitted with a microcontroller, miniature battery, and a tiny radio chip, MEMS sensors can process their readings and send them over the internet to a user’s smartphone, for example.

Tiny, intelligent, robust, and energy-efficient
It is essential for sensors to be as small as possible, especially for smartphones, tablets, and similar devices. The reason for this is that such devices are called on to perform ever more functions – but have to do this in ever less available space. In consumer electronics, MEMS sensors are less than one millimeter thick. Some of the components inside sensors are a mere four micrometers (µm) thick – that is 17 times thinner than a human hair. These tiny parts are nonetheless robust and very powerful. They also have to be extremely energy-efficient. An acceleration sensor for the alarm system in a motor vehicle, for instance, has to be ready for use at all times, yet draw as little power as possible from the car battery. And in consumer electronics, low energy consumption is just as important, since it helps a smartphone’s battery last as long as possible.

For more information online:
Bosch sensors for automotive applications
Bosch sensors for non-automotive applications
Sensors – how technology maps the world around it
MEMS: the stars of the sensor world
Greater safety with peripheral sensors

Bosch press releases:
Sensors for increased safety in vehicles: New generation of Bosch inertial sensors
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions: Bosch sets up company for
   internet of things and services

Internet-enabled MEMS sensors
New Inertial Measurement Unit BMI16: Bosch Sensortec launches first IMU
   with the lowest consumption worldwide

Bosch Sensortec launches combo MEMS solution with integrated gas sensor

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Gyroscope for ESP: how it works
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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.
Connected…
Smart…
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.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for your attention.
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