Large-scale field tests as part of Baden-Württemberg’s e-mobility showcase
At least 750 new electric and hybrid vehicles to hit the streets by 2015
A cooperative venture between Bosch Software Innovations, Athlon Car Lease, Fraunhofer ISI, Heldele and KIT
Stuttgart – By 2015, the Stuttgart region will be home to a fleet of electric cars, and the Get eReady project will play an active role in its development. Between now and then, 750 newly registered hybrid and electric vehicles are expected to hit the streets. The project is part of Baden-Württemberg’s “Living Lab BWe mobil” initiative. Several companies and organizations are involved in the project, including Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, Athlon Car Lease Germany GmbH Co. KG, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Heldele GmbH Elektro-Kommunikations-Technik, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The project is set to receive 4.7 million euros in funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
“The central aim of this research project is to gain insights into how large e-mobility fleets can be operated efficiently in practice,” says Daniela Hartmann-Ege, product group leader of the Innovation Cluster Mobility at Bosch Software Innovations. Thanks to the high number of vehicles in the fleet, reliable information can now be gathered on driver profiles, charging needs, and the required set-up of the supply infrastructure. According to Hartmann-Ege, the project will play an important role on the road to making electric vehicles a common sight on city streets. By making e-mobility accessible to a large number of users, the project will spark drivers' enthusiasm and provide them with first-hand experience with regard to the possibilities of electric driving. In close cooperation with the project participants, the "Get eReady" partners are setting up a broad infrastructure of charging stations. This supply network will be compatible with all mobile end devices currently available on the market, as well as with internet-connected charge spots. The aim is to make the power supply in publicly accessible spaces easier for e-vehicles to reach. Over the course of the project, the charging stations will be placed at locations where they can also be used by third parties. The intelligent networking technology developed by Bosch Software Innovations enables access to the power grid and individual invoicing with operators.
“Get eReady” is geared towards commercial, public, and non-commercial fleet operators with at least ten vehicles. “In urban centers, vehicle fleets are often set up to operate at high capacity on a limited number of short routes. This is a perfect fit for the range of electric vehicles,” says Daniela Hartmann-Ege. The project participants receive a subsidy that they can use to purchase a new e-vehicle. They are also offered a free assessment of their current fleet operations.
The Get eReady project is one of about 40 projects initiated under the auspices of Baden-Württemberg’s “Living Bwe Mobil” e-mobility showcase initiative. As part of the German federal government's e-mobility showcase initiative, it will receive 4.7 million euros in funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
In April 2012, the German federal government selected four regions across Germany as e-mobility showcases. Following a resolution of the German Bundestag, these regions will receive funding for research and development in the area of alternative drivetrain technologies. In total, the German government has earmarked 180 million euros for the e-mobility showcases program. In several large-scale regional demonstration and pilot projects, electromobility will be tested at the interface between energy systems, vehicles, and transport systems. (further information can be found at www.schaufenster-elektromobilitaet.org)
"Get eReady" is part of Baden Württemberg’s “LivingLab BWe mobil” showcase, a grouping of more than 100 partners from business, science, and the public sector who are cooperating to conduct research on electromobility in practice. The major research project is also receiving support from the state of Baden-Württemberg. The project activities are focused mainly in the metropolitan areas of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, and have attracted considerable international attention. With a series of interrelated projects, the “LivingLab BWe mobil” initiative stands for a systemic approach to making e-mobility accessible to all. The broad range of projects includes e-bikes, electric vehicles, electric transporters, and plug-in public buses. As a result, the projects address the topics of intermodality, fleets and commercial traffic, infrastructure and energy, city and traffic planning, communication and participation, as well as training and qualification. “LivingLab BWe mobil” is coordinated by the Landesagentur für Elektromobilität und Brennstoffzellentechnologie e-mobil BW GmbH (state agency for electromobility and fuel cell technology) and Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH (WRS).
If you are a fleet operator and you would like to participate in the project or need more information, please call James Wells at the following number: 0711/811 58 109. He can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience predictive maintenance of machines live
Presentation of the software suite
New software product for device management
Immenstaad/Hannover – At CeBIT, the world's leading high-tech trade show, Bosch Software Innovations will be using the model of a city to demonstrate what the Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) can do and which applications are already out there offering companies and consumers a host of benefits. One of the features on show at stand D73 in Hall 11 will be the software suite that creates the foundation for our connectivity needs, allowing businesses to successfully implement new business models today.
Over the coming years, more and more devices and systems will have the capacity to send and receive data automatically over the internet. By making these systems compatible with one another and connecting them intelligently, we can open up a whole new range of services that will change the way we live and how we do business. Bosch Software Innovations already offers innovative business models and projects based on these possibilities:
Connected mobility: communication between vehicles and fleet operators allows fleet planning to be optimized using real-time vehicle data.
The virtual power plant of the future: intelligent management of a large number of decentralized energy generation plants and their connection to users.
Predictive maintenance: knowing in advance when machinery faults will occur means you can initiate the appropriate measures well before production comes to a standstill.
By picking up a tablet and holding it up to the architectural model, visitors will be able to see its houses, office buildings, factories, and wind turbines depicted on their screen, too. With the help of augmented reality, everyone can discover the potential of the Internet of Things and Services, and what advantages it offers particular target groups.
Another exhibit on the stand demonstrates how software integrated into an industrial machine recognizes the onset of mechanical faults and kicks off maintenance processes in good time, before the machine comes to a standstill. Users of such a solution – manufacturers for instance – stand to benefit in many ways. For one thing it allows better maintenance planning. What is more, it brings down maintenance and repair costs. And finally, this kind of predictive maintenance reduces downtimes, hence increasing productivity.
These solutions and future concepts are built on the Bosch Software Innovations software suite that will also be presented at CeBIT. It comprises our core products for Business Process Management (BPM), Business Rules Management (BRM), and Device Management (M2M). And for the special application fields of IoTS and BPM+, the suite's two editions allow efficient implementation of IoTS projects and new cloud services, as well as process- and rule-based enterprise applications such as risk assessment, auditing, and workflow management.
Device Management connects and manages all kinds of devices to achieve intelligent control in IoTS projects, with the software supporting a flexible authorization model. Since the product is based on advanced security architecture, end customers can feel safe in the knowledge that nobody can access sensitive data without permission. As Bosch relies on open standards for the software suite, expanding the products and solutions is essentially very easy – making them particularly suitable for use in dynamic business areas.
Live demonstration of predictive maintenance for machines
Presentation of a software suite
Many concepts for networked living
Immenstaad/Hannover – It is not only the future of the technology and computing sectors that the Internet of Things and Services will help shape to a large degree. At CeBIT in Hannover, Bosch Software Innovations will be showing the full breadth of its concepts for a new, networked world. One of the things the company will be showing in Hall 11, Stand D73 is a software suite that forms the basis for networking, allowing companies to implement new business models straight away.
The world’s leading high-tech trade show On its stand at the world’s leading high-tech trade show, Bosch Software Innovations will be applying augmented reality to a model of a city to illustrate the possibilities presented by the Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) and to point out the applications that consumers and companies can take advantage of now and in the foreseeable future. By picking up a tablet and holding it up to the architectural model, visitors will be able to see its houses, office buildings, factories, and wind turbines depicted on their screen, too, along with a vivid and informative overview of the benefits for each target group. Whether for questions of mobility, energy, buildings, or industry, Bosch Software Innovations has tailored solutions and concepts that offer ideal support.
New areas of business The Internet of Things is also opening up new areas of business in manufacturing, and the second exhibit on the Bosch Software Innovations stand highlights one possible way forward. It is focused on an industrial facility that uses a gripper to sort small solar cells. Integrated software recognizes the onset of mechanical faults and kicks off maintenance processes in good time, before the machinery comes to a standstill. Manufacturers stand to benefit from this in many ways. For one thing, it allows better maintenance planning. What is more, it brings down maintenance and repair costs. And finally, this kind of predictive maintenance reduces downtimes, hence increasing productivity.
These solutions and future concepts are built on the Bosch Software Innovations software suite that will also be presented at CeBIT. It comprises our core products for Business Process Management (BPM), Business Rules Management (BRM), and Device Management (M2M). The two editions, IoTS and BPM+, allow quick and efficient implementation of IoTS projects, new cloud services, and traditional enterprise applications such as process and rules management.
Background For the Internet of Things and Services, objects are being enhanced with technology that gives them the ability to exchange data over the internet. This means they can automatically carry out actions that are appropriate to them. In factories, for example, a workpiece could tell the production machinery what work needs to be carried out – freeing people of the need to take care of many individual process steps. In the home, an enhanced washing machine might be switched on in the middle of the day, once cheap rooftop solar electricity is available to take the place of expensive grid power.
Offers for energy providers extended to include standard software solutions
Updates every six months ensure regulations are always implemented in line with market requirements
New solutions grow in line with requirements
Immenstaad/Berlin – Fighting through the regulatory jungle in the energy sector is becoming more difficult with each passing year. Under the sheer weight of new provisions and stipulations as well as constant amendments to existing ones, energy providers are struggling to successfully implement their business processes. Another hurdle they face is to deal with the often inadequate quality of customer master data in distributed systems such as customer relationship management (CRM). At E-world 2013, Bosch Software Innovations is presenting new solutions to help energy providers overcome both these challenges. These solutions are based on established business process management (BPM) for energy technology (inubit suite, Visual Rules): Market Process Manager is a standard solution made up of various process packages for market communications; Master Data Quality Manager is designed to help continuously improve the quality of master data.
Energy providers have been grappling with how to optimize processes for many years now, in an attempt to keep pace with ever-expanding market regulations. After over ten years of close collaboration with around a quarter of Germany's energy providers, Bosch Software Innovations presently offers a host of process packages for many current processes and regulations, such as change processes in metering.
At E-world 2013, Bosch Software Innovations is now offering its first ever standard solutions, complete with the necessary six-monthly updates, designed to ensure companies' business processes are always in line with market requirements. The Market Process Manager solution offers customers the choice between the integration profile, purely for data integration, and the process profile, which implements and manages the entire process.
Yet another solution came out of the need to improve the often poor quality of the master data stored in distributed systems used by energy providers. Inconsistencies in data can, for instance, lead to billing errors, which drive up costs. Using the new Master Data Quality Manager, customers can ensure systematic, rule-based data reconciliation for their backend systems (e.g. in CRM or settlement systems), together with automatic distribution of adjusted data among the relevant systems. Manual changes are supported by guided workflows in dedicated portals. Although the rules governing data reconciliation are complex, their specific mapping into models keeps them easy to understand and allows specialists with the requisite quality assurance expertise to participate directly in their ongoing development. This gives energy providers a solution that guarantees reliable implementation of business processes, whatever their existing system and data infrastructure and regardless of the full availability of interfaces.