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  • July 28, 2016
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#asmartercar Tomorrow’s motorists ready for driverless cars

To see what tomorrow’s motorists thought of this, Bosch asked a group of today’s six year olds, what they want from their car of the future. Watch the results here.

The car of the future: penguin-loving, sweetie-powered and driverless
All of the six year olds that spoke to Bosch as part of its #asmartercar campaign said that they wanted their cars to be driverless, with most expecting their car to be more than just a method of transportation.

Kobei said: “If cars don’t have a driver that means that anyone can drive them no matter what age. That means that even people as old as 70 or 80 can drive them.”

While Meredith, added: “The front seats [could] turn around to face the back seats and there would be a table in the middle so if we want to eat, we can push a button and the car drives itself.”

Most of the children interviewed also expect the car of the future to have easy parking solutions.

Future driver Ava said: “We will tell a sensor where to go and then it will magically go there and park itself.” With Daniel adding: “It [the car] looks for a parking space and then it will just park itself… it is very clever.” The majority of kids also want their cars to be powered by electricity in the future, with Aaryan saying, “My car will use electricity to run so that it is kind to the penguins and polar bears.” However, some of the children came up with a few more novel solutions to reducing fossil fuel usage and Lela wanted her car to be “powered by sweeties.”

Adults less accepting of new technologies
Despite the next generation’s excitement about future car technology, a survey questioning a sample of British adults, the current motorists, found that they are less sure about driverless technology. This is contrary to the fact that driverless technology is already available in a number of production cars.

When asked what they expect a new car to be able to do in 2025, two thirds (66%) of desired functions are already available in production cars today, while the remaining 33% will enter production within two years. This includes cars that can park themselves.

The #asmartercar campaign by Bosch aims to improve knowledge and acceptance of driverless car technology through better education. The survey found that drivers aged 55+ are most likely to say that a driverless car would not make them feel safer in any situation (42%). These people are also most likely to say they don’t know enough about these cars (27%).

The YouGov Omnibus survey of over 2,000 respondents also showed that while 28% of car drivers said that they were wary about using driverless car technology on the road, the most popular requests for the car of the future took control away from the driver. When surveyed, most UK adults said they expected their future cars in 2025 to be able to maintain a safe distance from the car in front (66%), take control to avoid an accident (56%), park itself (55%) and predict traffic and change route (51%).

Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, said: “Our research shows that there is a clear disconnect between motorists’ perception of driverless technology and reality. The introduction of driverless technology is a gradual process, with automated features first being introduced in non-critical situations. However, we expect that highly automated vehicles will be driving themselves on the motorway starting in 2020, with fully automated technology starting after 2025.”

Videos of the future motorist’s responses and more information on Bosch’s survey is available at

Contact person for press inquiries:
Joern Ebberg, phone: +49 711 81126223,

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,084 adults, of which 1,460 were car drivers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 22nd - 23rd March 2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. 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 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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.”

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  • July 27, 2016
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Career opportunities in the connected world Bosch: Industry 4.0 calls for Occupational Training 4.0 1,550 apprenticeships offered for 2017

  • Bosch integrates Industry 4.0 content into existing training programs
  • Chief personnel officer Kübel: “For connected manufacturing, we need highly qualified technicians in addition to university graduates.”
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Stuttgart – Getting ready for the connected world: Bosch is seeking roughly 1,550 apprentices and dual-education students across Germany for 2017.1 Applications are already being accepted. At 1,550, the number of openings for occupational training programs matches the high levels seen in previous years. Applicants have a choice of over 30 different professions they can apply for online. Bosch is primarily seeking apprentices in the areas of mechatronics engineering, industrial mechanics, and electrical engineering for automation technology. Connected manufacturing is placing new demands on associates. For instance, associates need broader knowledge of manufacturing workflows due to the interconnected nature of processes. Bosch is already taking that into consideration in its training programs. “For connected manufacturing, we need highly qualified technicians in addition to university graduates. Industry 4.0 calls for Occupational Training 4.0, and that’s exactly what we offer our apprentices,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Encouraging independent and interdisciplinary work
In Industry 4.0, machines and products are interconnected and continuously exchange data. That makes IT skills increasingly important. Technicians are also increasingly working on interdisciplinary projects that involve multiple areas of specialization. “Right from the start, we give our apprentices more autonomy and project responsibility. In multiple practical assignments, they familiarize themselves with manufacturing workflows and engage in cross-functional collaboration with other specialist units,” says Siegfried Czock, the head of occupational and continuing professional development in Germany. “At the end of their training, apprentices are able to shape digital connectivity. And they enhance their communication skills in the process. Both are key capabilities in a connected world.” In addition, roughly one in five apprentices in technical and industrial disciplines spends several weeks of their apprenticeship on a work assignment abroad. In the “junior company” training module, apprentices take command and are responsible for handling jobs at a plant.

“Occupational Training 4.0” in practice
Apprentices at Bosch in Homburg, Germany, for instance, already get insights into the manufacturing systems of the future in the first year of their apprenticeship. For example, they see smart workstations that adjust to associates’ individual skill levels and offer support accordingly. Second- and third-year apprentices get to apply their theoretical knowledge on the job so that they can deepen their experience with connected manufacturing. They might, for instance, modify a robot stand or upgrade a wireless communication channel to enable the exchange of information with a tablet computer. At the same time, they pass on their knowledge to associates in the plant. “The large amount of hands-on experience offered by the training program and the various different projects on which we get to work make Industry 4.0 a very tangible concept for us,” says Laura Kästner, a second-year apprentice specializing in electrical engineering for automation technology in Homburg. “We are being well prepared for the connected future.” Czock adds: “Our trainers on site, together with the specialist departments, continuously determine what skills are needed and adjust the training content and teaching methods as necessary.”

Connected industry also poses new challenges for trainers and teaching institutes when it comes to imparting the necessary skills. Bosch Rexroth’s Drive & Control Academy supports internal and external trainers as well as institutes of higher education with courses, training systems, and advanced media on the topic of Industry 4.0.

Degree opportunities and number of female apprentices on the rise
One in four apprenticeships offered at Bosch is part of a university degree program. Aside from programs that follow the traditional dual-education model, the company also offers cooperative programs that combine a university degree with an apprenticeship, such as an applied computer science degree combined with an apprenticeship as a certified IT system integration technician. Today, women make up just under one-sixth of all apprentices in technical and industrial disciplines. But Bosch hopes to get even more young women interested in technical careers by partnering with schools and for initiatives such as Girls’ Day or Technology Experience Days.

Occupational training offered for refugees
This year, the international supplier of technology and services is offering roughly 400 additional internships for refugees at about 30 occupational training departments. The aim is to prepare them for the labor market or an apprenticeship. The company prepares its trainers for this task by honing their intercultural skills. As Kübel explains, “From our experience training Spanish apprentices in Germany, we have found that, apart from learning the local language quickly, intercultural support is also key to successful integration.”

Check out openings online
Openings for apprentices and university students at Bosch for 2017 are posted on an online platform, over which anybody interested can apply. For more information on occupational training and educational opportunities at Bosch visit There, events are also listed at which anybody interested can visit Bosch’s occupational training departments.

1) including BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

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Connected learning at its best – training at Bosch in Germany

Related links:
Jobs and careers at Bosch in Germany
Bosch Software Challenge
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training – Annual report 2015

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  • July 26, 2016
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Research project on Industry 4.0 Machine monitoring with smart sensors Objective is up to 30 percent reduction in operating costs

  • With Bosch in lead role, partners on the AMELI 4.0 project are developing the industry sensors of the future
  • Modified MEMS sensors measure machinery noise to monitor operating status
  • System to work without need for external energy sources, preventing downtimes and improving maintenance
Stuttgart – Headed by Bosch, seven partners are collaborating on a project, called AMELI 4.0, to develop the sensor system of the future for connected manufacturing, or Industry 4.0. The system is intended to monitor machines and immediately detect deviations from their normal operating status. With the system’s help, factories can go a long way toward preventing machines from having unplanned downtimes. Instead of adhering to rigid maintenance intervals, companies can maintain their equipment precisely when it is needed. This approach is expected to cut the costs of maintaining, inspecting, and repairing machines by up to 30 percent. AMELI 4.0 is a research project aimed at improving the market position of German companies with regard to Industry 4.0. For this reason, it is being funded to the tune of 3.84 million euros by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of its “IKT 2020 – Research for Innovation” program.

Tough demands on sensors
Sensors play a key role in Industry 4.0 as the artificial “eyes and ears” of machines and workpieces, for which they capture information about condition and performance. To facilitate intelligent management and connectivity in manufacturing, the sensors have to collect and process huge amounts of data in real time. They also need to be as energy efficient as possible and be easy to integrate into complex production systems. The industry sensors currently in widespread use are limited in their usefulness for Industry 4.0. For many applications, they are not smart or flexible enough, consume too much energy, and are too expensive.

MEMS sensors for industry
To fulfill the objectives of the AMELI 4.0 research project, the researchers are turning to one of the key technologies of the connected world: MEMS sensors (MEMS stand for microelectromechanical systems). Even now, it is impossible to imagine cars and consumer electronics without MEMS sensors. They are the core component of the ESP® anti-skid system, for example, and also ensure that the display on a smartphone screen rotates when the device is turned. Compared to conventional industrial sensors, MEMS sensors are small, smart, energy efficient, and economical. However, in many respects they are not yet robust or powerful enough for the demands of an industrial environment. This means that some of the potential to apply condition monitoring in production systems is going untapped. The AMELI 4.0 research team plans to further develop MEMS sensors to make them suitable for industrial applications. Energy supply plays a major role here: the new system will not require either power cables or batteries. It is designed to be completely self-sufficient by generating the necessary power itself from the machines’ vibrations (energy harvesting).

The difference is in the sound
To monitor the machines, the new sensor system will measure two types of noise: structure-borne sound, meaning vibrations inside the machine, and acoustic sound, meaning noise emitted by the machine. When a machine is not working as planned, it vibrates and sounds different than it does when operating normally. The system compares the measured signals with stored profiles. It continues learning, and takes action only if the changes in the signals indicate a defect or wear and tear. As a result, in the future the sensor system will be able to detect when a machine needs maintenance or repair. In more complex systems, this smart evaluation can be handled by the gateway (or router as it is sometimes called), to which the sensors transmit their data, or the manufacturing facility’s computer network.

Research in the network
The AMELI 4.0 project brings together institutes and industry partners that are global leaders in their respective fields – sensor technology, systems and mechanical engineering, condition monitoring of machines, energy conversion, and microtechnology – in their efforts to drive innovations forward. Robert Bosch GmbH, the market leader for MEMS sensors, is spearheading the project. The other partners are Siemens AG, Hahn Schickard Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK, Binder-Elektronik GmbH, Schaudt Mikrosa GmbH, and Stackforce GmbH. The name AMELI 4.0 stands for micro-electromechanical system for condition monitoring in Industry 4.0. Launched in December 2015, the project is scheduled to conclude at the end of 2018.

The research partners:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Siemens AG
Fraunhofer IPK
Binder-Elektronik GmbH
Schaudt Mikrosa GmbH
Stackforce GmbH

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  • July 26, 2016
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Berlin: We’re coming! Bosch Corporate Communications establishes presence in German capital Small, agile communications team set up

  • Strategically important step for Bosch Corporate Communications
  • Media and PR, marketing and digital communication locally
  • Focus on communication trends and networking
Stuttgart/Berlin – Bosch Corporate Communications has extended its operations to Berlin, one of Germany’s key media hubs. The team will comprise one representative each from the areas of press and public relations, marketing communications, and digital communications. Their objective will be to pick up on new communications trends as well as to expand relationships with relevant stakeholders. “Germany’s capital is a seedbed for trends and nerve center for many media representatives. There, countless new ideas take shape that transform the communications industry. Anyone who wants to be a part of this must have a local presence,” said Dr. Christoph Zemelka, the head of Corporate Communications, Brand Management, and Sustainability at Bosch. “The establishment of an office in the capital is a strategically important step for Bosch’s corporate communications.”

Berlin is not only home to the German federal government, a global media hub, and a focal point for the international creative industry. In recent years, the trendsetting metropolis with its 3.5 million inhabitants has also become a hotspot for major global internet and technology companies as well as for promising start-ups. Today, it ranks among Europe’s most innovative cities. “Berlin offers a lot of stimuli for the communications activities of an innovation-driven and globally active supplier of technology and services like Bosch,” Zemelka said. “We want to take advantage of these stimuli. In addition, we believe that the small, agile unit will provide us with new ideas as well as help to integrate communication across different channels – from press work to marketing to digital media.”
The Berlin team will remain in close contact with their colleagues in Stuttgart while at the same time expanding networks with relevant stakeholders, including national and international press correspondents and bloggers, as well as communications-focused academies, associations, and PR agencies. “Many of our key international stakeholders are located in the capital,” said René Ziegler, the head of Media and Public Relations at Bosch. “Personal contact is important to us. That’s why we’re establishing a presence in the form of our own office in Berlin. A further aspect is the proximity to the political arena, which we want to exploit in our press work in the future.”

Corporate communications contacts in Berlin
The Bosch marketing expert Marc Zolnai (48) has been based at the company’s liaison office in Berlin since the beginning of May, where he has in particular been developing marketing communications strategy for the Mobility Solutions business sector. Trix Böhne (40) will also be relocating to Berlin from Stuttgart in mid-August. In addition to continuing in her previous role as international press spokesperson, she will be responsible for expanding press and media work on political and international business topics. She will also work on establishing and strengthening relationships with relevant stakeholders in the areas of press and PR. Within the next few months, a representative from digital communications will also be joining the team in Berlin.

Bosch activities in Berlin
Bosch already has a presence in the German capital in the form of its corporate department for political affairs and governmental relations as well as the sales and service activities of various divisions. A number of Bosch subsidiaries and start-ups are also located there: Bosch Software Innovations employs around 200 associates in Berlin, above all in software development and marketing for the internet of things (IoT). The city is also the venue for Bosch ConnectedWorld, an annual conference established by the subsidiary a few years ago which has grown to become one of the largest in the IoT segment. As a complement to this, in 2016 the Bosch ConnectedExperience event was launched to offer software developers the opportunity to share their expertise and bring their ideas to life with the help of Bosch hardware and software.

The Bosch subsidiary Mobility Media, also headquartered in Berlin, operates the Drivelog internet portal. Drivers can manage their vehicles and get binding offers from repair shops using this online platform. The Bosch Car Multimedia subsidiary Bosch SoftTec also recently opened an office in Berlin, where it is developing cloud-based mobility solutions. Since late 2015, the Berlin-based Car Multimedia business incubator BeYond has been searching out start-ups in the market segments of vehicle infotainment, cockpit instrumentation, and connected mobility. Its aim is to support their founders with the expertise and market access opportunities of one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers.

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH has also operated a technology center in Berlin since 2011. There, 800 associates develop resource-conserving washers and dryers for international markets. And just outside Berlin in the city of Nauen, some 600 BSH associates have been manufacturing up to 600,000 washing machines each year since 1994. In addition, Bosch’s Automotive Steering division also produces pumps for hydraulic steering systems in the capital.

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  • July 20, 2016
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Bosch statement on the result of Brexit referendum Dr. Volkmar Denner, CEO of Robert Bosch GmbH

The EU is a successful project. We are disappointed by the decision to take the UK out of the world’s largest single market, not only for economic reasons. The long-term economic consequences will only become apparent gradually.

We are currently examining the effects of leaving the EU on our business. In addition, we have already put precautionary measures in place. For example, we have significantly raised our hedging ratios in order to counteract a possible depreciation of the British pound. We currently do not have any plans to scale back our capital expenditure in the United Kingdom.

At present, it is too early to comment on the possible consequences. As we are traditionally well represented in many European markets, we will likely be less affected than companies that use the UK as a base into Europe.

Bosch in the United Kingdom
Bosch has been active in the country since 1898. With sales of some 2.7 billion pounds (3.7 billion euros) in 2015, the U.K. is currently Bosch’s second largest European market after Germany. In total, Bosch employs some 5,300 associ-ates at 40 locations (including seven manufacturing locations) in the United Kingdom. All four business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – have operations there.
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Israel: country of innovations and start-ups Bosch establishes research office in Tel Aviv Pioneering spirit and world-class universities offer an ideal environment

  • Focus on collaboration with scientific institutions and start-ups in fields such as machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity, connectivity, and IoT
  • Denner: “In per capita terms, no other country is as innovative as Israel, and few cities can match Tel Aviv for the number of start-ups set up there”
  • Robert Bosch Venture Capital office in Tel Aviv provides capital to start-ups from the technology industry
  • Bosch products have been available in the Israeli market since 1965
Stuttgart and Tel Aviv – First Silicon Valley, now Silicon Wadi: The Bosch Group wants to step up its operations in Israel. The supplier of technology and services recently established a research and technology office in Tel Aviv, the leading start-up metropolis. Its associates aim to work more closely with scientific institutions and universities and, at an early stage, to identify innovative start-ups working in fields such as machine learning (deep learning), robotics, cybersecurity, connectivity, and the internet of things (IoT).

There are thousands of start-ups in Israel, most of them in Tel Aviv and its environs. With more than 400,000 inhabitants, Israel's second largest city is also the country's business and economic hub. Many companies and research institutes have offices there. “Pioneering spirit, world-class universities, and creative ideas – they're all here. It's just the right environment for groundbreaking innovations, and thus for Bosch as well,” says the Bosch CEO Denner, who is currently on a multi-day business trip to Israel. “The country has a lot of scientific and technological potential in many areas that are important for our company's future, and we want to take advantage of that.”

Denner is especially enthusiastic about the innovative strength of this small country with its roughly nine million inhabitants. “Israel is a highly developed business location. Relative to its population, no other country is as innovative. Few cities can match Tel Aviv for the number of start-ups set up there. Lots of things are possible here,” Denner says. He adds that he is especially curious to get to know the start-up scene in Tel Aviv, which he believes will be a source of new inspiration. He is also looking forward to meeting with leading research institutes, and discussing possible alliances. His agenda includes meetings with various start-ups and a visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science, which carries out basic scientific research in Rechovot, south of Tel Aviv. The institute is one of the world's leading interdisciplinary research centers. Denner will also be meeting with representatives of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Founded in 1912, the Technion is the country's oldest university. It is located in Haifa, Israel's third largest city.

Bosch is investing in start-ups
Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) also has an office in Tel Aviv. The company provides capital to start-ups from the technology sector, whether in the form of direct investment or indirectly via investment funds. Based in Stuttgart, RBVC has made 420 million euros available for start-ups. Currently, the Bosch Group's venture capital subsidiary has investments in some 30 companies worldwide, five of them Israeli start-ups. “For us, RBVC is an early warning system. It prevents us from being taken unawares by new, groundbreaking technologies that can completely disrupt a market,” Denner says. By investing in promising start-ups, RBVC gives Bosch early access to disruptive innovations. Through open innovation, it fosters collaboration between the company and start-ups.

Israel as an attractive market for Bosch
During his Israel trip, Denner will also be meeting with Bosch's long-standing sales partner Ledico, which has been marketing the company's products in the country since 1965. “Israel is also a very attractive market for our products. Thanks not least to open trade and its innovative start-up scene, the market is developing dynamically,” Denner says. He adds that the country's per capita gross domestic product (GDP) is among the highest in the region, and that its population is young, with an average age of 30. A strong middle class, high purchasing power, and a high level of education also play a role in Israel's positive development. Last year, Bosch generated sales of more than 120 million euros in Israel, with prospects for further growth in the years ahead.

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  • June 22, 2016
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BMX160 MEMS sensor Bosch Sensortec launches the world’s smallest 9-axis motion sensor Compact and low power design for smartphones, smart watches and other wearables

  • Ultra-low power consumption helps extend usage intervals of battery driven devices
  • Enables smart watch gestures, step counting, magnetic heading and device orientation
  • Pin- and register-compatible with BMI160 for design flexibility
Today, Bosch Sensortec is launching the BMX160, a compact 9-axis motion sensor that is ideally suited for a wide range of applications such as smartphones, smart watches, fitness trackers, smart jewelry – e.g. rings, necklaces – as well as Augmented/Virtual Reality devices.

Compared to smartphones, wearables face much harsher space and power constraints. It's precisely this environment where a tiny power-efficient 9-axis sensor like the BMX160 offers an ideal solution. This new sensor is housed in a compact 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.95 mm3 package, the smallest 9-axis motion sensor in the industry.

By combining Bosch Sensortec’s advanced accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor technologies, the BMX160 is able to meet the increasingly more stringent low-power requirements demanded by wearable devices. Bosch's low-power sensor technology makes this the standout 9-axis inertial sensor on the market, reducing power consumption below 1.5 milliampere (mA). This sensor is ideally suited for applications that face extreme form factor restraints, e.g. in smart glasses.

“By combining Bosch Sensortec’s advanced sensor technologies into a single compact package, the BMX160 sets new industry benchmarks for high performance, tiny footprint and low power consumption”, said Jeanne Forget, Vice President Marketing, Bosch Sensortec. “This device finally overcomes today’s placement constraints in smartphones and directly addresses the demands of wearable devices, where PCB space and low power consumption are at an even greater premium”.

Enabling wearable applications
The BMX160 sensor enables Android wearable applications relying on sensor data such as device orientation, magnetic heading or the gravity vector. Moreover, the sensor supports applications such as 3D indoor mapping and smartphone optimized virtual reality applications – e.g. cardboard Virtual Reality (VR). The sensor can be used in conjunction with the Bosch Sensortec BSX sensor data fusion software library to further optimize performance.

The single-package BMX160 effectively replaces the present mainstream two-component workaround solution, i.e. combination of a 6-axis IMU with a 3-axis geomagnetic sensor. This innovative 9-axis motion sensor provides the placement flexibility necessary for overcoming current limitations on positioning of the magnetic sensor. Pin- and register-compatibility with Bosch Sensortec’s industry-standard 6-axis BMI160 IMU simplifies the task of upgrading designs.

Built-in power management unit
The BMX160 has a built-in power management unit and ultra-low power background application features. This enables the power-hungry application processor to remain in sleep mode much longer, for example when counting steps, which further contributes to extending battery recharge intervals. The integrated step counter function and the Android compatible significant motion detector only consume 30 microampere (µA) each.

The accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetic technology in the BMX160 have been optimized for low offset, low noise and best temperature stability. Bosch Sensortec gyroscope technology offers an extremely low drift, which is a key requirement for an accurate real-time user experience, especially in augmented and virtual reality applications.

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  • June 21, 2016
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Indo-German Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Growth engine India: Bosch successful in the local market Bosch to invest 100 million euros in India in 2016

  • Asia Pacific head Peter Tyroller: “Indian market offers immense growth opportunities for Bosch”
  • 2011-2015: Bosch invested more than 680 million euros in India
  • Dual education offered by Bosch in Bangalore for 55 years now
  • Bosch offers many software-related jobs in India
Düsseldorf/Mumbai – Dynamic growth in India: forecast economic growth of around 7.5 percent in 2016 as well as reforms and other government programs make the country a global growth driver. This momentum is also benefiting Bosch, the leading global supplier of technology and services. “Our business in India developed very well in the first quarter of 2016,” said Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management of the Bosch Group responsible for Asia Pacific, at the 60th annual meeting of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Düsseldorf. In 2015, the company increased its sales in the Indian market to 1.7 billion euros – double-digit growth of 11 percent in local currency and more than 25 percent in euro terms. “For the years ahead as well, we see immense growth opportunities in India. This is why we plan to invest more than 100 million euros in India in 2016,” Tyroller added. Some of this amount will be invested in the company’s manufacturing plants for automotive components in Bidadi and Nashik, as well as in expanding the research center in Bangalore. Over the past five years alone, Bosch has invested more than 680 million euros in India. Today, it has 15 manufacturing plants across the country.

The Indian automotive market in particular continues to offer great potential for Bosch. “The business with gasoline injection systems and automotive aftermarket components grew significantly last year,” Tyroller said. In 2015, Bosch was also able to achieve double-digit growth rates with security systems, packaging machinery, and energy-efficient technology for buildings. The company also sees opportunities in India’s booming two-wheeler market. And over the long term, the government’s “Make in India” initiative, which aims to advance industrialization in the country and modernize production, will offer more and more opportunities in the area of connectivity. Bosch is already a leading global provider and user of connected industry, with Industry 4.0 solutions also being applied at its Indian manufacturing facilities.

Pioneer of dual education in India
The high demand for qualified workers in India was one of the topics discussed during the annual meeting of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. In India, Bosch has been offering dual education based on the German model for 55 years now – with training now being provided in nine trades. “Our commitment to developing talent is part of our localization success story in India. It is also the basis for business growth in this dynamic region,” Tyroller said. Since it was founded in 1961, the Bosch Vocational Center in Bangalore has trained over 2,500 apprentices. With more than 30,000 associates across India, Bosch is one of the most important employers in the country.

A major provider of software-related jobs
Bosch’s largest development center outside Germany is also in India. At two locations in southern India, Bangalore and Coimbatore, it employs over 14,000 research and development associates. One of their areas of focus is developing software solutions for the internet of things. Bosch is increasingly becoming a major provider of software-related jobs, also in India. In the current year, the company plans to recruit an additional 3,500 university graduates in the country.

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  • June 15, 2016
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European Inventor Award goes to the father of ESP Retired Bosch associate Anton van Zanten honored for his life’s work

  • Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner: “Anton van Zanten and his engineering colleagues are the guardian angels of many drivers.”
  • To date, ESP has saved more than 8,500 lives in Europe alone.
  • After the seat belt, ESP is the most important vehicle safety system.
  • Anti-skid protection already features in 64 percent of all new vehicles worldwide.
Stuttgart, Germany/Lisbon, Portugal – Today in Lisbon, Anton van Zanten was honored for his invention of the ESP electronic stability program with the 2016 European Inventor Award. The award, which is conferred by the European Patent Office (EPO), was presented to him in the “Lifetime achievement” category. The Dutch native developed the anti-skid system as the head of a 35-member research group at Bosch, during a career that spanned more than 25 years. The system was first featured as standard equipment in the Mercedes-Benz S600 in 1995. “Anton van Zanten and his engineering colleagues are the guardian angels of many drivers,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, in praise not only of the award-winner, but also of the team effort behind the innovation. “The invention of ESP stands for our ‘Invented for life’ ethos like few others,” the Bosch CEO said. In Europe alone, ESP has saved more than 8,500 lives and prevented more than a quarter of a million traffic accidents to date. That makes anti-skid protection the most important vehicle safety system after the seat belt – more important even than the airbag.

ESP is standard equipment in vehicles in a growing number of countries
Using smart sensors, ESP compares 25 times per second whether the car is actually moving in the direction that the driver is steering it in. If the measured values do not match, the anti-skid system intervenes, initially reducing engine torque. If that is not sufficient, it additionally brakes individual wheels, generating the counterforce needed to keep a vehicle safely on course. If all vehicles were equipped with the anti-skid system, up to 80 percent of all skidding accidents could be prevented. Since November 1, 2014, ESP has been mandatory within the European Union for all newly registered cars and light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 metric tons. In addition to the EU, the anti-skid system is also mandatory in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. Worldwide, 64 percent of all new vehicles are therefore already equipped with ESP. Bosch has manufactured more than 150 million ESP systems to date.

Career with many inventions and awards
By inventing the electronic stability program, Anton van Zanten and his development team at Bosch did more than just lay the foundation for greater road safety. The system is also the basis for today’s driver assistance systems and automated driving. Increasing automation presents an opportunity to lower accident rates even further – by up to a third in Germany alone. ESP is Anton van Zanten’s greatest success, but by far not his only achievement. The 75-year-old is the very epitome of an inventor. During his career as an automotive engineer, he was responsible for some 180 patent families. Along with ESP, his inventions include electronic rollover mitigation and trailer sway mitigation. Anton van Zanten entered into active retirement in 2003. To this day, he continues to lecture on vehicle systems at universities and act as a consultant for automotive companies. For his contributions to automotive safety, Anton van Zanten has already received numerous awards. However, the European Inventor Award, which pays tribute to his life’s work, is of particular significance.

Eleventh edition of the European Inventor Award in five categories
The European Inventor Award has been presented since 2006. It is the EPO’s way of honoring researchers, scientists, technicians, and inventors whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have made an outstanding contribution to scientific, technical, and social progress. What makes it unusual is that any member of the public can nominate an inventor for the award. From the nearly 400 nominees from a total of 13 countries in 2016, an independent, international jury selected the 15 finalists. The jury also decides the winners in the five categories “Industry,” “Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),” “Research,” “Non-European countries,” and “Lifetime achievement.” The winners of the European Inventor Award receive a trophy shaped like a sail as a symbol of discovery and human ingenuity. The trophy is crafted with new materials every year.

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Continuous growth ¡Viva México! Bosch reinforces commitment to North American market Bosch is main sponsor for “Year of Germany in Mexico”

  • New plant for steering systems: investment of some 70 million euros by 2019
  • More than 3,000 new associates in total in the next three years
  • Investment of 360 million euros from 2012 to 2015
  • Mexico offers promising opportunities for all Bosch’s business areas
  • “Year of Germany in Mexico” emphasizes countries’ long-term partnership
Mexico City – The Bosch Group is continuing its dynamic pace of growth in Mexico and further expanding its activities in the North American country. The supplier of technology and services achieved a nominal sales growth of four percent and total sales of 861 million euros in the country last year. In this way, Bosch succeeded in expanding its business in Mexico for the seventh consecutive year. “We expect positive development for all our business sectors in the current year as well,” said René Schlegel, president of Bosch Mexico. The company currently employs more than 13,000 associates in Mexico – one-third more than in 2012. “We plan to hire more than 3,000 new associates in Mexico over the next three years,” Schlegel said.

Bosch sees particularly good potential for its business with innovative mobility solutions. Mobility is also one of the focal points of the “Year of Germany in Mexico.” This initiative, which kicks off on June 6, 2016, is run by the Federal Republic of Germany under the direction of the foreign office. Bosch is one of the initiative’s main sponsors and by participating aims to further strengthen its reputation in the country.

Investments to increase capacity
Bosch also aims to further expand its local presence in Mexico. The company is planning to invest more than 90 million euros this year. For instance, the Mobility Solutions plants in San Luis Potosi and Aguascalientes will be expanded. In mid-June 2016, Aguascalientes will start production of the ABS and ESP vehicle safety systems for the local market. In Querétaro, which is located in the central Mexican Bajio region, Bosch is building a 15,000-square-meter manufacturing site for automotive steering systems. It will be Bosch’s eleventh location in Mexico. By 2019, Bosch plans to invest around 70 million euros and employ more than 600 new associates at the site. “Our investment in the new location underlines our confidence in the continued growth of the Mexican market and demonstrates our long-term commitment to the country,” Schlegel explained.

This investment is just the latest in a long line of expansions for Bosch in Mexico. Between 2012 and 2015, the company invested a total of more than 360 million euros for the expansion of manufacturing facilities and development activities. Of this amount, a large portion went to the Mobility Solutions plants in Toluca and Juarez, as well as the Security Systems plant in Hermosillo, where new manufacturing lines were put into operation. These plants manufacture for the local market as well as for North and South America. In 2015, Bosch opened a new plant for thermotechnology in Tepotzotlan which manufactures gas-fired instantaneous water heaters for Mexico and Latin America.

Bosch Group sees Mexico as important R&D location
Mexico is also becoming an increasingly important development location for the Bosch Group. In 2014, the company opened its first software engineering center for the Americas in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. There, Bosch currently employs around 200 associates. This figure is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, making Bosch an important employer for specialists from the software and IT industries.

Mexico: a promising market for Bosch
Bosch has been present in Mexico since 1955. Today, the company is active in the country with all four of its business sectors. The business with automotive original equipment saw particularly good growth last year. In addition, the Drive and Control Technology, Security Systems, Power Tools, and Thermotechnology divisions achieved double-digit growth rates in 2015. Last year, the Packaging Technology division established a joint venture with the Hubapac Group, which is specialized in the Mexican pharmaceuticals market. In view of the country’s current health profile, this market offers increasing potential. Furthermore, Mexico’s food processing industry is the tenth largest worldwide.

Bosch also sees good long-term potential in the Mexican market. The country is the 15th largest economy in the world and has a similar importance in international trade. The member of the NAFTA free trade zone is the seventh largest car manufacturer and the fourth largest exporting nation in the global automotive industry. After recording growth of 2.5 percent last year, the International Monetary Fund expects the Mexican economy to grow on a similar basis over the coming years.

Bosch main sponsor for the Year of Germany in Mexico
This year, a serious of events in various Mexican cities will serve to emphasize the long-term partnership between Mexico and Germany. Bosch is one of the main sponsors of the “Year of Germany in Mexico” and will be a participant in many cultural and information events. “With our participation, we want to emphasize the close long-term relationship our company has with Mexico,” Schlegel said. Alongside mobility, the focal points of the initiative will include urbanization, Industry 4.0, digital culture, and sustainability. The aim is to promote exchange on these topics and to deepen understanding of German culture and the role of the German economy in Mexico. Bosch will also be part of the exhibition “Made in Germany,” running from June 15 to 19, 2016, in Mexico City. There, the company will showcase innovative products and solutions that are “Invented for life.”

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RoMulus research project: Intelligent sensor systems for Industry 4.0 Reducing development and manufacturing costs

  • “Robust multi-sensor technology for status monitoring in Industry 4.0 applications” (RoMulus) research project
  • Eleven partners researching new development methods for intelligent multi-sensor systems
  • Cost-effective manufacturing, even in small quantities
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is sponsoring the project
Stuttgart, Germany – Multi-sensor systems form a crucial basis for the success of Industry 4.0 applications. They record, process, and transmit a number of measurement parameters, such as pressure, acceleration, and temperature, all in a highly compact space. Machines are not the only ones to receive such sensors; workpieces are also increasingly being fitted with the intelligent sensor systems so that each product can provide its blueprint and report its manufacturing status. Based on this information, production is largely able to organize and monitor itself.

Eleven research partners now aim to simplify and accelerate the development of intelligent multi-sensor systems. As part of the RoMulus project, they want to standardize and refine the steps leading up to the finished product in such a way that it is possible to produce even small quantities in a cost-effective manner. As a result, they are improving the market position of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the sensor technology sector.

In the future, SMEs will be able to offer their industrial customers customized sensor systems with considerably less effort and expense. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the RoMulus project as part of the IKT 2020 incentive program to the tune of approximately 4.5 million euros, which covers some 70 percent of the total investment amount.

Challenging development
The development of multi-sensor systems for Industry 4.0 applications is challenging. The task is to combine two technologies in a highly compact space, namely microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), which measure mechanical parameters, such as pressure and acceleration, and microelectronic sensor components, which determine temperature, light intensity, and chemical concentrations. The finished systems must process large amounts of data in the most energy-efficient manner possible. Furthermore, they need to be robust enough to function reliably in an industrial setting.

Collaboration with semiconductor manufacturers and service providers
The German sensor technology sector predominantly comprises small and medium-sized enterprises. As a general rule, they are unable to cover all of the services themselves that are necessary for the development and production of multi-sensor systems, which is why they rely on close collaboration with semiconductor manufacturers and service providers for research and development. “We want to disentangle and standardize this collaboration – and thereby the design and manufacturing processes,” says project coordinator Dr. Eckhard Hennig, professor at Reutlingen University. In the future, SMEs will be able to select and compile development services as well as electronic components as if from a large kit, depending on what solution the customer requires for their very specific industrial application.

“RoMulus makes it possible to systematically design and cost-effectively manufacture robust, energy-efficient multi-sensor systems, even in small quantities. As a result, German sensor technology manufacturers are leading the field in terms of creating an important technological basis for Industry 4.0 applications,” explains Dr. Reinhard Neul from Robert Bosch GmbH.

Eleven partners from research and industry
As part of the RoMulus project, eleven partners are pooling their expertise – from semiconductor manufacturers and development companies to SMEs. They are as follows: Zeiss, the Fraunhofer Institute IIS/EAS, Reutlingen University, Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH, microsensys GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, the Technical University of Munich, TETRA Gesellschaft für Sensorik, Robotik und Automation mbH, the University of Bremen, the University of Freiburg, and X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG. The edacentrum in Hanover is responsible for project management. The abbreviation RoMulus stands for “robust multi-sensor technology for status monitoring in Industry 4.0 applications.” The project began in October 2015 and is scheduled to last three years.

Background information on the internet:
Project website

The research partners:
Zeiss (business sector: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology) SMT GmbH
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Division Engineering of Adaptive Systems EAS
Reutlingen University
IMMS Institut für Mikroelektronik- und Mechatronik-Systeme gemeinnützige GmbH
microsensys GmbH
Robert Bosch GmbH
Technical University of Munich
TETRA Gesellschaft für Sensorik, Robotik und Automation mbH
University of Bremen
University of Freiburg
X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG

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Business development is encouraging Double-digit growth for Bosch Packaging Technology Three acquisitions in the food sector

  • Sales rise by 10.2 percent in 2015 to reach 1.3 billion euros
  • Order intake is 14.5 percent higher than 2014
  • Executive board expects moderate growth for fiscal 2016
  • Complete lines and Industry 4.0 solutions are strategic areas of growth
Waiblingen, Germany – Bosch Packaging Technology increased its sales from 1.18 billion euros in 2014 to 1.3 billion in 2015, representing nominal sales growth of 10.2 percent (3.1 percent when adjusted for currency effects). This puts the machine manufacturer – one of the leading providers of processing and packaging technology solutions – ahead of its competitors. According to industry association VDMA, the German manufacturers were able to achieve nominal sales growth of just 2.8 percent on average. Order intake at the Bosch division also rose over the same period, increasing by 14.5 percent in nominal terms from 1.23 to 1.4 billion euros. Adjusted for currency effects, this corresponds to an increase of 7.2 percent. As of the end of the year, Bosch Packaging Technology employed some 6,200 associates at more than 30 locations worldwide. “We are satisfied with our double-digit rise in sales, particularly given the modest growth of the sector as a whole. In 2015, we were again able to increase our market share,” summarizes Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology. He anticipates moderate growth for fiscal 2016.

Strongest growth in the Asia-Pacific region
Sales in Europe declined slightly in 2015, ultimately accounting for 37 percent of total sales. In North America, sales grew by almost 18 percent – remarkable given the generally stagnant situation in the machine manufacturing market. Overall, North America now accounts for 27 percent of total sales. Latin America saw sales growth of almost 25 percent. At the continental level, Bosch achieved its greatest growth – somewhat above 27 percent – in Asia-Pacific and Africa. In total, Bosch Packaging Technology generated some 90 percent of its sales outside Germany in 2015. Emerging markets are thereby playing an increasingly important role.

Acquisition of three companies in the food sector
Part of Bosch Packaging Technology's growth strategy is to strengthen its position through strategic acquisitions. In addition to founding a joint venture with the Indian company Klenzaids in 2015 (focus on pharmaceuticals), last year the company acquired three further enterprises in food: Osgood Industries Inc. in Oldsmar, Florida at the end of May 2015 and, in December, the two sister companies Kliklok-Woodman Corporation, headquartered in Decatur, Georgia (U.S.), and Kliklok International Ltd. based in Bristol, England. Bosch Packaging Technology is thereby continuing to expand its position in the pharma, food, and confectionery sectors and, above all, strengthens its expertise as a complete solution provider. The companies acquired in 2015 have not been consolidated on the balance sheet for that year.

Moderate growth expected in 2016
The overall rather modest start to 2016 coupled with the high volume of orders from last year leads Klefenz to anticipate moderate single-digit growth for the current fiscal year. To drive growth, Bosch Packaging Technology plans to further expand its line and system competence and develop solutions for the connected production of the future.

Complete solutions from a single source
At Bosch Packaging Technology, a key topic for the future remains line and system competence. Here, Bosch not only views itself as n a provider of the entire production line, from processing technology to the finished packaged product, including services. Instead, the company is taking the approach a step further and looking to turnkey projects, which it sees as offering great potential, especially outside Europe. In these projects, Bosch assumes responsibility for everything from planning of material and personnel, building technology, and cleanrooms to the production facilities themselves, thereby providing customers with complete solutions from a single source. Projects have already been successfully implemented with customers from the pharmaceutical industry in Latin America, the Middle East, and Russia.

Industry 4.0: applying the Bosch Group`s know-how to target industries
Industry 4.0 is another driver of growth. The modern factory is smart and connected, linking traditional manufacturing with sensors, software, and services. Bosch Packaging Technology works with its customers on pilot projects aimed at developing needs-oriented solutions. In doing so, the company can draw on the Bosch Group's many years of experience. “Whenever it is a question of connectivity, we benefit from the Bosch Group's expertise as a leading user and leading provider in this area. We will be launching a whole range of pilot projects in 2016 in order to tailor Bosch's existing software solutions to the needs of our customers in our target industries pharmaceuticals and food,” says Klefenz. One such solution already employed by customers all over the world is Bosch's Track & Trace software.

For instance, to give one example: in 2015, Bosch Packaging Technology and Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Jordan and Saudi Arabia implemented Track & Trace projects for pharmaceuticals. Using Bosch technology, the company prints and verifies up to 400 cartons per minute, and is capable of printing serial numbers, 1D and 2D codes, batch data, and expiry dates on the cartons. Bosch's new software ensures that the software and machines within the process are reliably connected. The various packaging lines can then be monitored from a central office. Thanks to the solution, Hikma is also able to export the data to an external database, for instance that of a regulatory authority. In 2016, other customers in the U.S., the UK, and Austria will be equipping their production facilities with Track & Trace systems made by Bosch.

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Electrifying motorsport Bosch makes racing karts clean and quiet

  • Bosch develops electric powertrain for motorsport kart prototype together with FIA and German Motorsport Association
  • 48-volt system makes karting emissions-free, quiet, and agile
  • Bosch series production technology powers the electric racing kart
  • “Electrification will bring more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to motorsport,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH
Abstatt/Berlin – It goes from 0 to 100 kph under five seconds and has a top speed of over 130 kph, and with peak torque available even at low engine speeds, it can squeal the tires with just a tap of the pedal. The only things missing here are the engine roar and the smell of gasoline in the air. This is the motorsport experience that FIA Electric, the New Energy Commission, and the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) are presenting on May 21, 2016 in Berlin. Within the greater context of FIA Formula E they are showcasing the study of a purely electric racing kart prototype. The FIA and DMSB rely on Bosch for this innovative powertrain system. The supplier of technology and services developed the system together with these motorsport organizing bodies, as well as with Germany's largest kart manufacturer Mach 1 Kart. Together these organizations will be presenting an initial prototype in Berlin. “With this electric kart, the FIA, DMSB, and Bosch are together laying the foundations for 'electrifying' performance kart racing. Just as it has on the roads, electrification will bring more excitement, driving pleasure, and greater efficiency to race tracks,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. DMSB General Secretary Christian Schacht is also enthusiastic about the electric racing kart: “We're happy to support the forward-looking and exciting FIA electric kart project. As an advanced technology nation, Germany very much has a special obligation to support electromobility in motorsports. We do that with Formula E, and we also do that by supporting junior kart racing drivers.”

Powertrain technology from the street to the race track
Karting is considered to be the gateway series into the world of professional motorsport. Currently, most racing karts are powered by internal-combustion engines. When the FIA, DMSB, Mach 1 Kart, and Bosch decided to develop an all-new electric powertrain for professional karting, they logically began with a blank sheet of paper. The idea was to create a purely electric motorsport discipline that made no compromises in power or performance. Bosch motorsport engineers came up with a solution in the form of the new BRS boost recuperation system, whose first generation will go into production at the company starting in 2017. The electrical components of the BRS support the internal-combustion motor in compact vehicles with up to 10 kW of additional power, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent on the street. It also provides the internal-combustion engine with an additional 150 newton meters of torque during acceleration. “We have modified the system for use in professional karting, and we are using it it to electrically power the kart prototype,” says Dr. Klaus Böttcher, vice president of Bosch Motorsport. “We offer a complete system combining Bosch automotive large-scale production technology with specially developed components and powertrain control software from a single source.” Two starter-generators delivering a total output of 20 kW form the basis of the new powertrain, which sends a sporting 300 Nm of torque to the rear axle. Energy is stored in the system using a 48-volt lithium battery. In addition, the starter-generators can recover energy during recuperation and then use it for acceleration. The nerve center of the powertrain is a custom ECU that controls energy flows throughout the kart. A set of sensors and a wiring harness complete the overall system. The new electric powertrain turns the Mach 1 Kart chassis into a clean, fast, and agile performer on the race track. “Even during its initial run, the electric kart was able to hit 100 kph in less than five seconds and achieve a top speed of over 130 kph. Over the coming weeks and months we will continue testing to further explore the capabilities of the new electric kart,” explains Böttcher.

Bosch Motorsport
With more than 100 associates around the world, Bosch Motorsport has been a part of Bosch Engineering, a subsidiary specializing in engineering services, since 2003. Bosch Motorsport engineers equip teams running in the DTM, FIA European Formula 3 Championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, and numerous rallies and long-distance championships – including the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans event and of course the ultimate formula racing series – with race-tested technology made by Bosch. Bosch's involvement in motor racing dates back 115 years: the first racing victories with Bosch technology on board came in the early 1900s, and the motorsport success stories continue to this day.

Further information:
Basic information Bosch Motorsport
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Localization strategy pays off In China, too: Bosch sees connectivity as basis for growth China is second-largest market for Bosch Group

  • Nominal sales growth of 19 percent to 11.1 billion euros
  • “Internet Plus” initiative is driving connectivity market in China
  • Bosch invested more than 750 million euros in China in 2015
  • Industry 4.0 already reality at eight Bosch locations in China
  • Bosch to take on 2,500 additional software engineers in China in 2016
Shanghai, China – In 2015, Bosch increased its sales in China to 11.1 billion euros. Despite a less dynamic market environment, the supplier of technology and services achieved a nominal sales growth of some 19 percent. Adjusted for currency effects, sales were up slightly in local currency. Sales in China almost doubled as a result of the full acquisition of the former fifty-fifty joint ventures BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH. This makes the country the second-largest market for the Bosch Group after Germany. Over the past three years, China’s share of total Bosch Group sales has increased from nine to 16 percent.

Bosch expects a positive performance in China also for 2016 and sees especially strong potential in the area of connectivity. “The Chinese market continues to offer us a wide range of business opportunities. The market for the internet of things (IoT) is also growing rapidly in China,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for Asia Pacific at the local annual press conference in Shanghai. He added that this is above all thanks to the “Internet Plus” initiative for integrating the internet into traditional industries – a major element of the Chinese government’s 13th Five-Year Plan, which aims to make China a greener, more open, more innovative, and more sustainable economy. “Over the coming years, we expect China to see strong growth in demand for quality products as well as for connected solutions and services. Bosch is well positioned for this,” Tyroller said.

“Local for local” in connectivity as well
Bosch has been present in China since 1909 and is committed to localization there. “Our ‘local for local’ strategy in China is paying off, as we can see from our sustained business success in the country,” Tyroller said. This relies on expanding local manufacturing as well as research and development. “We invested more than 750 million euros in China in 2015, and we are budgeting a similar sum for 2016,” he continued. For example, Bosch will open a new plant in Wuhu this year for its Car Multimedia division. Tyroller also sees localization as a recipe for success with connectivity. This is why the Bosch subsidiaries Bosch Software Innovations, Bosch Sensortec, and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions have been present in the local market for several years. When it comes to connectivity, Bosch also relies on alliances with local partners such as Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese internet companies. This collaboration will enable local use of the mySPIN smartphone integration solution. What is more, a team of research associates in China is developing IoT solutions that are tailored to the local market.

Increased competitiveness in China thanks to Industry 4.0
It is above all in connected industry that Bosch sees huge potential in China. “We expect that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in China,” Tyroller said. The key driver for this is the “Made in China 2025” initiative, which is part of the country’s “Internet Plus” action plan. In China, too, Bosch is pursuing a two-pronged strategy in the area of Industry 4.0: As a leading supplier, the company offers a range of solutions for the Chinese market in the areas of powertrain technology and automation as well as sensor technology and software. And as a leading user of Industry 4.0, Bosch is already operating eight pilot projects at its Chinese manufacturing locations in Suzhou, Shanghai, Wuxi, Changsha, Nanjing, Beijing, Changzhou, and Xi’an. In logistics and inventory, for instance, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags track the route workpieces take through the factory, while reading stations are able to pinpoint the position of the transport crates at any time. It is easy to see what work steps blanks are gradually progressing through and when the products will most likely be finished. That data, in turn, can be used to determine when they will be packaged, shipped, and installed. In the Bosch plant in Suzhou, this has already cut the time needed for inventory by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours.

Bosch is a sought-after software employer in China as well
Connectivity also plays an important role in the search for new talents. In 2015, 30 percent of the 5,000 Bosch researchers and developers in China were working in software development. They will be joined by another 2,500 associates in 2016. Bosch now employs some 55,000 associates in China – 2,000 more than one year ago. This makes the company’s headcount in China the biggest outside Germany.

Asia Pacific as a success story for Bosch
Bosch’s success story in Asia Pacific goes back more than a century. In the past five years alone, the company has achieved average sales growth in the region of some ten percent and invested a total of four billion euros. With a 27 percent share of total sales revenue, Asia Pacific remains an important pillar of growth for the Bosch Group. In 2015, its sales in the region rose 17 percent (2.8 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects) to 19.2 billion euros. Today, Bosch has 104,000 associates in 18 countries across the region: in Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan, as well as in the ASEAN member states Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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DTM 2016 How Bosch is getting the DTM on track this year

  • In 2016, DTM vehicles will once again feature Bosch engine management, displays, and other components
  • “DTM benefits from the motorsport expertise Bosch has built up over decades,” says Walter Mertes, Board Member for Marketing/Sponsoring at ITR
  • Bosch both optimizes series-production technology for motor racing and designs components especially for the DTM
  • Bosch has a 115-year-long tradition of involvement in motor sports – with its first racing victory in 1901
Abstatt/Hockenheim – They are rivals on the racing track, but fundamentally they all come from the same family. What race cars such as the Audi RS5 DTM, the BMW M4 DTM, and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM have in common is Bosch technology. The Bosch engine management system beats like a heart under the hood, and every driver in the internationally popular DTM German Touring Car Masters series has a Bosch display before his eyes in the cockpit. “Our components precisely control engine function and ensure that drivers are able to monitor the technology. For spectators, this means exciting motorsport to the highest technical standards,” says Dr. Klaus Boettcher, vice president of Bosch Motorsport. Working with Bosch means that the DTM has a leader in technology by its side. “Bosch has been with us from the very beginning. As a supplier of technology and services it has been our trusted partner for years now,” says Walter Mertes, Board Member for Marketing/Sponsoring at ITR. “As for the components employed, we benefit as a racing series from the motorsport expertise that Bosch has built up over decades.”

Motor racing and series-production technology
Ever since the new DTM began in 2000, the racing series has relied upon Bosch technology. In addition to the engine management system and displays, Bosch also supplies starters, generators, wiring harnesses, and windshield wiper direct drives. The company supplies these as standard components for every race car. These motorsport components are developed and manufactured at the development center in Abstatt near Heilbronn. This location is home to Bosch Motorsport, the Bosch group’s specialist division for motor racing technology. Its engineers are completely redesigning the DTM engine management system, display, and wiring harness. “DTM engine control units are different from those in road vehicles. That’s why DTM components are custom products, which we develop on a bespoke basis and manufacture in very small numbers,” Boettcher says. In addition to the hardware, the Bosch engine management software is also a special development aimed only at motor racing. This software allows teams to make individual adjustments in the touring cars to a wide variety of parameters such as ignition and fuel injection, within the limits permitted by DTM regulations; it also allows the teams to analyze the data from completed laps. Starters, generators, and windshield wiper direct drives are largely based on series-production technology. The motorsport engineers in Abstatt are improving the performance of these components and making them more resilient against dirt, vibration, heat, and moisture. To do this, they are collaborating closely with the prototype departments of Bosch plants in Germany and around the world. “When it comes to components, every team in the DTM benefits from Bosch’s know-how and its precision large-scale series production,” explains Boettcher.

115-year-long tradition of involvement in motor sports
Bosch’s involvement in motor racing has a long tradition. The first racing victories with Bosch technology on board go back to the Nice-Salon-Nice race in 1901 and the Gordon Bennett Cup race of 1903. Back then, Mercedes race cars equipped with Bosch magneto ignition went from one triumph to the next. Another big moment came in 1954. A Mercedes Benz 2.5-liter formula race car won the French Grand Prix with a Bosch mechanical direct gasoline injection system that was being used for the first time in motorsport. A few years later, in 1965, a breakerless transistor ignition system was used in races for the first time in the Porsche 906 – and shortly afterwards, in 1968, came an experimental Antilock Braking System (ABS) in the Porsche Bergspyder. At the start of the 1980s, Bosch combined the direct gasoline injection system and ignition system to create the Motronic electronic engine control system. This was refined for Formula 1, the result of which was the World Championship title in 1983 for Brabham BMW. From 2001 to 2005, all overall winners at the 24-hour Le Mans race were using the company’s electronic direct gasoline injection system. From 2006 to 2011, all the vehicles that won on the Circuit de la Sarthe were equipped with Bosch common-rail injection systems – while in 2012 saw the first win for a diesel-hybrid race car for the first time, which also featured Bosch Motorsport technology. “Then as now, our automotive technology is successful even under the extreme conditions of motor racing,” Boettcher says. That is what his more than one hundred motorsport developers will continue working to maintain in the future, too.

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Intelligent charging for electric cars Bosch app makes finding charge spots and billing easier

  • Bosch Software Innovations provides charging apps, including backend infrastructure, in cooperation with automakers
  • The apps pool together the charging points of multiple operators
  • Charging apps already available for the smart and Mercedes-Benz brands, with Renault soon to follow
  • Apps cover some 3,700, or roughly 80 percent, of Germany's web-enabled public charge spots
By offering the ability to quickly find charging stations and pay for their use with one click, innovative charging apps are making electromobility even more practical for everyday use throughout Germany. The key to all of this is the smartphone: charging apps on the phone allow drivers of electric cars to quickly find available charging stations in their area and then use them simply and conveniently. Working together with various automakers, Bosch Software Innovations offers charging apps along with the backend infrastructure. The charging apps are currently available at no cost from smart and Mercedes-Benz, with Renault soon to follow. Around 3,700 public charging points in Germany are already accessible through the apps. The charging apps form a part of Bosch's global connectivity strategy. Soon, electric cars and their charging infrastructure will also be a part of the internet of things (IoT): “The connected electric car is the best electric car,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH.

A key advantage of the charging apps lies in their broad scope. Approximately 3,700 of the web-enabled, public charging points in Germany have already been made accessible through the app network. This is equivalent to roughly 80 percent. Additional European countries will later follow. In addition to the technical implementation, which features services such as the intercharge eRoaming platform, Bosch Software Innovations has also signed contracts in advance with a host of charge point operators. This means that app users can conveniently use the displayed charging stations without the need for cash, and without having to resolve complex technical and contractual issues themselves before doing so. Instead, all they need is a PayPal account and to have completed a one-time registration. Even the payment process is completed from within the app in a convenient and secure fashion.

Automakers smart, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault are using the charging apps in an effort to win over more electric car customers. This is because, aside from attractive vehicle offerings, a straightforward recharging procedure plays a critical role in the continued advancement of electromobility in Germany. The operators of the charging stations profit here as well, as the apps help them to increase utilization of their charging points.

Connected charging stations represent an ideal IoT application
The charging apps are an ideal example of an Internet of Things application in which intelligent objects – in this case charging stations – are connected together. With its technology, Bosch Software Innovations lays the foundation for bringing together various players such as automakers, charge point operators, energy providers, retailers, and electric car drivers on a single software platform. But what customers do not see is the powerful network of systems behind the app that are connected with one another in real time. The cloud-enabled Bosch IoT Suite software package for the development of IoT applications forms the technological basis for the charging apps. It incorporates a broad range of regional electricity and charge point providers, in addition to the intercharge eRoaming platform and the partnered services that ensure convenient payment functionality.

“With the charging apps, we are bringing the Internet of Things and electromobility together. To us this is the perfect combination, since we have been actively promoting new developments in both of these areas for several years now,” says Kai Weber, product manager at Bosch Software Innovations. Aside from its numerous e-mobility projects and its participation in the EMI³ standardizing body, Bosch's involvement also includes its roles as a consortium partner, IOT systems partner, and platform vendor for eRoaming provider Hubject GmbH in Berlin. This joint venture regularly brings together leading players in the e-mobility marketplace, for instance at the intercharge network conference in Berlin on May 12-13, 2016. During the two days of the conference, the topics of electromobility and interoperable charging infrastructure for electric vehicles will be examined and discussed extensively in keynote speeches, expert presentations, and discussion panels in the heart of the German capital.

The charge point operators are connected to the network via the intercharge eRoaming platform. An additional 700 charging points from Belectric Drive, EmiS, and E-Wald GmbH have recently been made accessible for use through the charging apps as a result. The charging apps are available both for iOS and Android operating systems.

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Combating youth unemployment Bosch continues southern Europe apprenticeship initiative Additional projects in Italy and Spain

  • Bosch creates 75 new vocational training opportunities for young people from Italy and Spain: 50 in Germany, 15 in Spain, 10 in Italy
  • New “Prepare for the future” project reaches 40,000 school students in Italy
  • Christoph Kübel, director of industrial relations: “Occupational training concept with intercultural assistance has proved successful.”
Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch is once again creating 75 vocational training opportunities for young people from Italy and Spain to help combat the high level of youth unemployment in these countries. By doing so, the supplier of technology and services is continuing its southern Europe apprenticeship initiative with a new year of apprenticeships. In 2014, Bosch created 100 additional apprenticeships for young men and women from Italy, Portugal, and Spain. “Our occupational training concept with strong intercultural assistance has proved successful. We remain committed to this initiative, as youth unemployment remains very high, especially in Italy and Spain,” said Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH. Qualified vocational training significantly improves young people’s job prospects, Kübel added. Of the apprenticeships Bosch is offering, 50 are in Germany, 15 are in Spain, and 10 are in Italy. The positions in Germany are for Spanish apprentices, as youth unemployment is particularly high in Spain. Bosch also has greater training capacities in Germany than in Spain. Here the apprentices can earn qualifications for the Spanish labor market starting in fall 2017. Bosch is also involved in vocational training projects in Italy and Spain to prepare young people for the demands of working life. In total, Bosch is making a total of 175 additional apprenticeships and around 14 million euros available to combat youth unemployment in southern Europe.

Positive results so far – success factors for integration
Twenty months into the program, the Spanish apprentices from the first round in Germany have completed the first part of their exams in professions such as mechatronics engineer or industrial mechanic. Like their fellow German apprentices, they have completed the practical and theoretical portions in German. “The results of the exams reaffirm the design of our apprenticeship program. In the practical portion, they are on par with German apprentices, whereas the language remains a particular challenge in the written theoretical portion,” says Siegfried Czock, the head of occupational and professional training at Bosch in Germany. The trainers are confident that the young Spaniards will pass the final exams after three and a half years. “Completing your occupational training in a different country with a foreign language and culture is a big step,” says Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez, who comes from near Madrid, Spain. She is training to be a mechatronics engineer at the Bosch location in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. “That’s why it’s important to me to also find my way outside of work and feel at ease. My trainers, colleagues, and vocational school teachers support me in this every day.”

Bosch supports the apprentices with language courses, professional mentors, and social-educational supervision. “Teaching language skills is pivotal to learning and to successful integration. Intercultural training and constant supervision by qualified trainers are the key to successful occupational training abroad,” Czock says, summing up the success factors. In comparable projects throughout Germany, the average drop-out rate is around 40 percent. At Bosch, 40 of the original 45 participants are still in the program.

Prepare for the future – new occupational training project in Italy and Spain
To prepare school and college students for the demands of their future careers, Bosch has launched two new educational projects in Italy and Spain. The “Prepare for the future” project gives school students a first glimpse into the working world and potential career profiles. In Italy, the project already reached more than 40,000 students at around 200 schools in its first year. On account of the positive feedback, Bosch will also start offering “Prepare for the future” in Spain this year. In another project, the supplier of technology and services is adapting elements of the German dual education system to the situation in Italy. In the first year, Bosch placed more than 100 participants in training and apprenticeship programs at Bosch locations or with customers. Numerous partners – such as regional governments, non-profit organizations, and companies – are supporting the projects.

Leveraging experience to support the integration of refugees
Bosch is also contributing its experience with the apprenticeship initiative to support the integration of refugees. This year, Bosch’s refugee-focused offerings include some 400 internships at roughly 30 locations. The goal is to work with vocational training departments to help refugees prepare for the job market or an apprenticeship. The company first teaches the responsible trainers intercultural skills. Kübel: “From our apprenticeship initiative, we know that intercultural assistance, along with learning the language quickly, is important for refugees’ integration. This is particularly true for young people who are on their own for the first time.” The Bosch locations are also making unused property and company-owned housing available for refugee accommodation, in addition to supporting local initiatives with non-cash donations. In addition, the company and its associates together raised 820,000 euros which will be used to finance more than 100 refugee aid projects, all of which were proposed by Bosch associates.

Additional information:
Apprenticeship initiative in southern Europe
Study: youth unemployment in Europe
Youth unemployment rates in the EU
Video portrait: Bosch apprentice Christian Sánchez Aranda.

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Hypercar on ice Bosch and Pagani test driving safety systems of the Huayra BC in the Arctic Circle

  • Bosch is developing and testing the braking control system of Pagani’s Huayra BC on ice and snow
  • Driving safety systems are a customized symbiosis of safety and performance
  • Pagani and Bosch Engineering have been technology partners for a number of years
Abstatt/Arjeplog – Jorge Jauregui opens a garage door at Bosch’s winter test center in Arjeplog, located in the north of Sweden. His warm breath condenses into wisps of fog. The thermometer reads minus 20°C. He is a development engineer and has taken out vehicles a countless number of times on the icy and snowy roadways here, analyzing measurement data and optimizing system calibrations. But today is special: the hypercar behind the garage door will be driven on a test track just a few kilometers south of the Arctic Circle for the first time. The Pagani Huayra BC boasts 12 cylinders and more than 750 hp. Bosch makes its ABS antilock braking system, the traction control system, and the ESP® electronic stability program. Viewed from the outside, these electronic guardian angels watching over this lightweight wonder are no different than the components found in millions of other vehicles on the road all over the world. But the software in this application was tailored for Pagani’s small production run, using a unique configuration of the software in each of the only 20 vehicles produced and five prototypes. The behavior of the systems can be adjusted for one of five stages, ranging from comfort to maximum dynamic handling.

This type of precision engineering work is the task of Jauregui and his colleagues, who will be stationed at the test center in Sweden with one of the prototypes for two weeks. Although they have already subjected a number of vehicles to extreme testing under winter weather conditions as a part of these “winter tests”, this time things are different. As Jauregui says, with a gleam in his eye: “Getting more than 750 hp under control on the snow is a special challenge, even for me. It’s not something I do every day.”

Pagani and Bosch
Pagani relies on Bosch for the driving safety and braking control systems used on its Huayra and Huayra BC vehicles. “The philosophy of our vehicles is a combination between art and science, technology and design, performance and uncompromising safety. Bosch Engineering has been our partner for a number of years now in this endeavor,” says Horacio Pagani, founder of Italian hypercar manufacturer Pagani Automobili. Although the ABS and ESP® hardware come from Bosch’s mass-production automotive portfolio, it is Bosch Engineering GmbH, a subsidiary of the supplier of technology and services, that is responsible for the custom adaptation of the software. Bosch Engineering employs more than 2,000 engineers whose expertise extends to every aspect of their field – except off-the-shelf solutions. As they have already done with the Huayra and the Zonda, the company is using the Pagani Huayra BC to showcase its ability to tailor and configure both software and electronics to meet vehicle-specific requirements. Because in order to perform ideally in all situations, the ABS and ESP® systems require extremely precise software calibration to accommodate both the performance characteristics of a hypercar as well as the particularities of summer and winter road conditions. “This is the only way in which we can exploit the entire safety potential of the software while creating the dynamic handling particular to this brand. We understand Pagani’s requirements in this regard, and are developing a tailor-made software accordingly,” says Bernhard Bihr, president of Bosch Engineering Group.

Testing day in northern Sweden
For Jauregui and his colleagues, the days in northern Sweden begin early while it is still dark outside. Although sunrise is still a few hours away, large floodlights already illuminate the various road course modules both over land and over parts of the huge frozen lake. “First we test the ABS on a roadway surface that is iced over on one side. Later on we see how the car handles on a testing course located on the frozen lake,” native Argentinean who works for Bosch Engineering for more than 10 years explains. An electronic stability program, for instance, contains over 3,000 parameters in its software that affect the system’s reactions. “The greatest challenge for us is making all of the vehicle’s power and handling controllable and safe, even in critical situations, without losing sight of performance.” Jauregui’s most important ally in this task is Jakob Hellkvist, who is an “icemaker”. Working morning, noon, and night, his job is to prepare the road courses, making sure that the driving surface conditions on land and on the lake are always the same. Several times a day, he sprays the roadways and course modules with water and then smooth them out, after which he will use specialized equipment to give the ice surfaces exactly the right amount of friction. All of this ensures that even the smallest changes in handling behavior can be analyzed following software adjustments, and that these changes are not the result of variations in driving surface conditions. “For us the reproducibility and comparability of measurement data is very important. We want to be able to measure how the handling will change when we adjust one of the parameters. When the road surface is always the same, we can eliminate it as a factor,” Jauregui explains. His laptop is mounted above the center console of the vehicle. After every test drive, he checks the measurement values, stores data, enters new command combinations into the computer, and then starts driving again. He will keep doing so until this symbiosis of safety and performance of Pagani’s Huayra BC is perfect, even on ice and snow.

Winter testing in northern Sweden
Bosch conducts winter testing on its state-of-the-art driving dynamics control systems at its test center in Vaitoudden near Arjeplog in northern Sweden. This testing allows engineers to ensure that safety systems such as ABS and ESP® will perform as intended in every situation to provide maximum assistance to the driver. The new, expanded testing grounds were officially opened in December 2003 by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The total investment volume totaled 20 million euros.

Bosch and Pagani testing driving safety systems of the Huayra BC in the Arctic Circle
Bosch proving grounds worldwide

Further information:
Bosch Engineering – Development partner for the automotive industry
Bosch winter test center celebrates its tenth anniversary
The Bosch proving grounds
Pagani Automobili on Facebook
Pagani Automobili on Intagram
Pagani Automobili on Twitter

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New office in Tehran Back to the Gulf state: Bosch restarts business in Iran Dynamic economic growth expected for the region

  • First Bosch products sold in 1924
  • Bosch focusing on reestablishing contact with former partners and customers
  • Wide range of solutions for modernizing infrastructure and vehicle fleet
Tehran, Iran/Istanbul, Turkey – The Bosch Group is opening a new regional presence in Tehran, the capital of Iran. By doing so, Bosch intends to tap into one of the most promising growth markets in the Middle East in the years ahead. All business sectors of the supplier of technology and services will operate in Iran. By the end of the year, Bosch will employ around 50 associates there. Through its regional presence, the company is breathing new life into a long-standing connection to Iran. Bosch began selling its products in the country in 1924. “We are delighted to be back in Iran. In our quest to pick up speed quickly, we are benefiting first and foremost from reestablishing contact with former local partners and customers,” says Uwe Raschke, the Bosch board of management member responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The country’s potential is tremendous. We expect to see the Iranian economy grow by just under five percent this year. The medium term is also highly promising.”

More than half of the nearly 80 million inhabitants are under 25 years old and the population is also highly educated. Just over 20 percent of the country’s population lives in the Tehran area, a dynamic economic region with a rapidly developing IT infrastructure. In the years ahead, the Iranian government plans to invest more than 40 billion U.S. dollars in local infrastructure, such as in expanding airports, rail networks, and energy supply. “We can support the country’s modernization process with a wide range of products and solutions, including mechanical engineering applications, solutions for connecting infrastructure and energy and building technology, as well as innovative household appliances and power tools,” Raschke said.

Mobility solutions for growing automotive market
Bosch will also be present in Iran with its wide range of products and solutions from the Mobility Solutions business sector. Bosch sees great potential in Iran’s growing vehicle market: this year, more than one million vehicles are expected to be produced locally, some nine percent more than last year. The country’s outdated fleet also means that the need for investment is high, especially in the commercial-vehicle segment. Many trucks have already been on Iran’s roads for 40 years or more.

Strong growth in the Middle East
In addition to its liaison office in Iran, Bosch has also recently opened a sales office in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. The activities in Iran and Pakistan as well as in 14 further countries in the Middle East will be coordinated by the regional subsidiary in Turkey. In 2015, the company generated sales of 1.9 billion euros in the region, including Turkey, corresponding to a considerable increase compared to 2014. The company generated sales of nearly 1.5 billion euros in Turkey itself last year and employs 16,600 associates. “Turkey plays a prominent role in our growth strategy in the Middle East,” Raschke said. Within a period of two years (2015 and 2016), the company is investing around half a billion euros, above all in expanding local manufacturing and engineering. Bosch also opened a new regional headquarters in Istanbul in 2015.

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Creative solutions from Lund: Bosch opens innovation incubator in Sweden Software expertise and start-up spirit

  • Bosch strengthens regional presence in Sweden: 50 engineers to start
  • Mutual inspiration and creativity at highly innovative location
  • Cross-domain collaboration enables synergies and lays foundation for new ideas
Lund, Sweden – Bosch is now also developing connected solutions in the Swedish city of Lund. The company's first engineering location in Scandinavia already has 50 Bosch experts on board. They are working on new software and hardware in areas such as vehicle connectivity, automotive security systems, and motorized two-wheelers. In addition, they are developing cross-domain solutions for connecting mobility with, for example, energy and building technology over the IoT. By bringing together development activities for a number of different areas at a single location, Bosch hopes to facilitate mutual inspiration. “We are systematically driving forward the development of connected, cross-domain solutions over the IoT with the aim of making life more secure and convenient,” said Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, a member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “To this end, we're focusing on cross-divisional collaboration that enables synergies and creates the basis for new ideas and creative solutions.”

Located some 20 kilometers from Malmö, Lund was not chosen by chance: “Sweden is on the global vanguard when it comes to fields of research including information and communications technology. This is exactly the kind of environment we want for our new engineering center,” Hoheisel said. “We're pinning our hopes on Lund's talented software and IT experts.” Sweden's status as a highly innovative economic power mirrors Bosch's own traditionally strong position in research and development (2015: R&D investment totaling 6.4 billion euros, or 9 percent of sales). The country regularly appears near the top of international innovation rankings. On the World Intellectual Property Organization's Global Innovation Index 2015, for example, it occupies third place.

Concentration of innovative strength and entrepreneurial spirit
Bosch's new engineering center is located on one level of an office building in Lund's Ideon Science Park. There, around 120,000 square meters of floor space serve as a hotbed of innovative strength and entrepreneurship. The approximately 2,700 people employed in the science park include developers working for established companies and start-ups, as well as entrepreneurs. The University of Lund borders the park directly. Incubators and regular conferences foster and create synergies both among different areas of business and with the university. The focus is on the service sector, culture, and the creative industries, as well as start-ups and the internet of things.

In addition to being a university town (around a third of the more than 80,000 inhabitants are university students), Lund is also the birthplace of several major technological advancements for the connected world, including Bluetooth technology and biometric fingerprint scanners. “Thanks to our cross-domain expertise in connectivity, Bosch is extremely well-positioned to benefit from this. Our prospects are excellent for making history one day in Lund as well,” Hoheisel said. Along with expertise in the areas of sensors, software, and services, the company has outstanding hardware competence. In addition, Bosch can connect different domains with each other, such as smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0. With its own recently-launched IoT cloud, Bosch now also possesses the necessary infrastructure. This offers the company new perspectives not only in its traditional areas of business, but also in completely new fields of activity.

Bosch in Sweden
Bosch has been present in Sweden since 1904. All four Bosch business sectors – Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – are active in the country. The company employs just under 1,500 associates at five major locations in the country, including two plants. In Mellansel, the Bosch Rexroth subsidiary produces drive and control technology, while in Tranas the Thermotechnology division manufactures heat pumps. In 2015, the company generated domestic sales of some 950 million euros.

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Bosch takes a car to an internet congress re:publica: Bosch turns the connected car into a personal assistant

  • Automated driving opens up new interaction and communication possibilities for drivers
  • Interface concept takes an integrated approach; large-surface monitors offer flexible display options that can be adapted to any situation
  • Connecting car and home enhances safety and convenience
  • Bosch intends to use the show car to initiate a discussion about the future of mobility with the people attending re:publica 2016
Always online, connected with their surroundings, driving themselves: over the next decade, cars and car driving will make huge strides forward. New functions also have repercussions for the design of car interiors. Bosch will be exhibiting a new show car at re:publica 2016, one of the most important events worldwide dedicated to the topics of digital society, in Berlin on May 2-4, 2016. The car presents a vision of what the interiors of future vehicles could possibly look like, how car and driver will soon be able to communicate with each other – and the possibilities that will arise from this. Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner firmly believes that the “car of the future will be a new digital living environment.”

Highly automated driving on the freeway will do more than significantly improve safety and fuel-efficiency. From the cars of the future, drivers will also be able to communicate – including by video conference – with others, such as friends, family, or coworkers. “Alongside the home and the office, the car will become the third living space and a personal assistant,” Denner says. re:publica 2016 is the tenth edition of this event and will provide a platform for discussion of the many and diversified issues related to digital society.

New display and user interfaces
The show car’s human-machine interface follows an integrated approach. It provides the driver with one single interface that supplies information in the interactive form best suited to the given situation. In practical terms, this means that Bosch has replaced the usual front and middle consoles with large-surface monitors. These can display any information flexibly, as required by the given situation. All-round interior lighting completes the display concept. Its color is selected based on the driver’s preference, but the lighting can also warn of potential hazards: if a pedestrian or cyclist is about to cross in front of the vehicle, the interior lighting blinks rapidly to direct the driver’s attention to the left or right side as necessary. This ambient light function is therefore another of the vehicle’s extensive range of safety features, which also include lane-keeping support and emergency brake and traffic jam assists.

Automated driving opens up new possibilities
In the Bosch show car, the driver has access to real-time traffic and weather information, both from the cloud and in social media and communication applications. To ensure that drivers do not endanger others when using these functions, they can be used only during automated driving. Bosch engineers paid special attention to the safe and seamless transfer of this responsibility from the driver to the car and back. In a first step, drivers are informed when highly automated driving is possible. If they want the car to take control, they simply place their thumbs on specific contact points on the left and right sides of the steering wheel for three seconds. If drivers wish to regain control of the vehicle or are about to exit the freeway, they use the same procedure.

It is in automated driving that the strengths of the flexible display concept really come into their own. Images from a video conference, e-mails, or media player then take precedence; a simple swipe is all it takes for drivers to shift back and forth seamlessly between the different displays. Adaptive algorithms adjust the content to the situation and drivers’ habits. Preferences such as seat and mirror positions or preset radio stations can of course be saved as well. Fingerprint identification allows the driver to start the car. At the same time, personal settings are retrieved from the memory.

Connected with the entire world – and with home
Over the internet of things, the vehicle can also connect with other domains, such as the driver’s home. If a visitor rings the doorbell, the car switches on the intercom. A fingerprint sensor in the car allows the driver to open the front door remotely. In this way, a package delivery person can be admitted into a sealed-off foyer, for example. The driver can also confirm receipt of the package by fingerprint. Once again, this cannot happen without automated driving.

Once the vehicle arrives at home, it reconnects with the home security system, allowing the driver to first retrieve images from the home’s exterior cameras before driving onto the property. It is also possible to view the vehicle’s direct surroundings using the on-board cameras. This prevents trespassers hiding behind the car from gaining access to the property. Such features are particularly attractive in countries where security is at a premium. Once the passengers have all exited the car, it then parks itself in the garage – ready for the next drive.

Created in cooperation with the prototype developer EDAG, the show car exhibited at re:publica 2016 features an outer skin consisting of lightweight 3D-printed modules.

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Annual press conference 2016 Following record year, Bosch remains on growth course Services increasingly supplementing product portfolio

  • 2015: record sales of 70.6 billion euros
  • 2015: result from operations soared 24 percent to 4.6 billion euros
  • 2016: sales growth of 3 to 5 percent expected
  • Broad product range is the basis for expanding services business
  • Connected industry: cost savings and sales each totaling one billion euros
  • Career prospects for 14,000 university graduates
Stuttgart and Renningen, Germany – Following a record year in 2015, Bosch wants to continue its growth trend this year. Despite a subdued economic outlook and geopolitical uncertainty, the supplier of technology and services expects its sales to grow between 3 and 5 percent in 2016. Bosch wants to continue growing faster than the company's key markets. If the first quarter's slowdown continues in certain regions and markets, sales growth will be at the lower end of the forecast scale. In the subdued market environment of the first quarter of 2016, Bosch saw a year-on-year sales increase of just under 3 percent, or roughly 4 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects. This growth was achieved despite the very strong nominal growth of the first quarter of 2015. “We plan to grow not only with innovative products, but also with innovative services,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the annual press conference at Bosch's research campus in Renningen. He continued: “We are increasingly using connected services to build on our broad basis in the hardware business.” As it does so, the company benefits not just from its technological diversification, but also from its wide-ranging industry and domain expertise. As Denner explained, “In the future, customers will not only come across Bosch in their cars and kitchens. Connected services will make it a constant companion in many aspects of their daily lives.”

Business year 2015: highs in sales and result
In 2015, Bosch Group sales reached an all-time high of 70.6 billion euros. The full acquisition of two former fifty-fifty joint ventures, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH, pushed sales up by almost 22 billion euros, or 44 percent. Bosch saw strong growth in its operations as well; calculated on a comparable basis, sales grew by 10 percent. After adjusting for exchange-rate effects, the sales increase was 3.8 percent. Aside from the Industrial Technology business sector, all business sectors saw double-digit growth and were able to improve their result in 2015. Similarly, the result for the Bosch Group as a whole improved once again in 2015. The supplier of technology and services recorded 4.6 billion euros in earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), which equates to an EBIT margin of 6.5 percent. This means that EBIT from operations increased year on year by some 0.9 billion euros, or 24 percent.

Extraordinary effects had a positive impact on EBIT in 2015, but these were offset by an equivalent amount of extraordinary effects with a negative impact. These extraordinary effects arose from the first-time full consolidation of Automotive Steering and BSH Hausgeräte, impairments, and provisions in conjunction with legal risks. “Our ambition is to develop innovations that actively help shape our markets,” said Dr. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, the CFO and deputy chairman of the board of management. “Our business performance in 2015 shows that this strategy is paying off, and we will continue pursuing it in 2016 as well.” Despite burdens from restructuring and higher investments in securing its future, Bosch aims to keep earnings stable in 2016.

Services to supplement broad hardware basis in the future
Going beyond hardware products for a connected life, Bosch's strategic objectives include service solutions for every aspect of connecting those products on the internet of things. In the connectivity business, the company focuses on the “3S's”: sensors, software, and services. “Services are becoming an integral part of our product business. Every sale of hardware should be followed by the sale of complementary services,” Denner said. When it comes to developing and introducing services for the connected world, Bosch's broad business portfolio offers a particular advantage, as does its competence in software and sensors. Denner went on to say that “Bosch can connect many things across a wide range of domains as no other company can – cars with houses, even entire cities.” Nearly 50 percent of all Bosch electronic product classes are web-enabled. The company plans to gradually expand the existing services business in all four of its business sectors.

Connected industry: cost savings and sales of a billion euros each
In the world of connected industry, also known as Industry 4.0, Bosch benefits first and foremost from the practical experience it gains by applying it in around 250 of its own plants. The company translates this in-house experience into services for third parties. One of these is the Production Performance Manager, which visualizes production data in real time and autonomously initiates maintenance processes. By 2020, Bosch expects connected industry to deliver an aggregate 1 billion euros in cost savings and to generate an additional 1 billion euros in sales. “Bosch's broad footing and its international presence stand it in good stead in connected industry. We can connect large-scale automotive production as well as small-batch mechanical engineering – in Asia, Europe, and the Americas,” Denner said.

Service Solutions: 15 percent annual sales growth
The newly created Bosch Global Service Solutions division is already seeing strong growth. The division's approximately 6,000 associates work on projects such as supporting the business processes of customers in a variety of sectors or processing eCalls on behalf of automakers. In 2015, Global Service Solutions handled more than 120 million customer calls for over 1,000 companies in 30 countries – 30 million more than in 2013. Bosch expects the division's sales to grow by about 15 percent each year.

Smart homes: new smart-home products to debut in fall 2016
Increasing connectivity will make life easier and more convenient in the smart home as well. Bosch launched its Smart Home System at the start of the year, offering a simple and secure solution for smart homes. Further products for the system are to follow over the course of 2016. One of these is a smoke alarm that, besides its usual function, also provides increased security; for instance, when the residents are on vacation. Bosch expects the global market potential of smart homes to reach 10 billion euros as early as 2017. By 2020, some 230 million homes – 15 percent of all households worldwide – will be equipped with smart-home solutions.

Mobility Solutions: one app for car, bicycle, bus, and train
Bosch's portfolio in the Mobility Solutions business sector already extends beyond the car. For example, Bosch is working with several partners on realizing a software-based mobility assistant for intermodal transportation. It offers users in the greater Stuttgart area the ability to plan, reserve, and pay for tickets for various forms of transport, including cars, bicycles, trains, and buses, all via a single app. Similarly, connected parking will also have a strong service component. At present, searching for a parking space in German cities takes an average of ten minutes and accounts for 30 percent of inner-city traffic, Bosch solutions will soon make this a thing of the past. In what is known as “community-based parking,” cars themselves function as sensors. The vehicles identify empty parking spaces on the street as they drive past, and then report these over the internet to Bosch. The company uses this information to generate a real-time map that displays available parking spaces. And thanks to data mining, real-time parking maps can be generated using the sensor data from just 6 percent of all vehicles in rapidly flowing traffic.

Bosch IoT Cloud: integral part of the services business
A core component of Bosch's services business is its own IoT cloud. The Bosch IoT Cloud offers the technological infrastructure necessary for scaling connected solutions. In 2016, some 50 Bosch applications will be running in the company's cloud. Use of the IoT cloud will also be extended to third-party customers as a service starting in 2017. The Bosch IoT Suite forms the software core of the IoT cloud. It is the brain of the connected world, and offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies. Big data management allows enormous amounts of data to be analyzed in the Suite. Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the Bosch IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. Bosch and its customers already operate many solutions and projects that are based on this platform. More than five million devices and machines are currently connected via components of the Bosch IoT Suite.

The business year 2015 by region and business sector

Asia Pacific: subdued growth in China
In Asia Pacific – including Africa – the Bosch Group boosted its sales in 2015 by 17 percent to a total of 19.2 billion euros (2.8 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). This was below expectations, the main reason being the subdued pace of economic growth in China and other emerging markets. Bosch sees major potential in Africa over the long term. In 2015, the company continued expanding its activities there, and now has its own branch offices in ten African countries.

Americas: strong year in North America
In North America, Bosch was able to benefit from the region's excellent economic development. Sales here grew by 25 percent to 12.7 billion euros (6.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). In South America, on the other hand, the recession in Brazil had a major impact on Bosch's business. Overall, sales in the region fell by 13 percent (3.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects).

Europe: good development in western Europe
The Bosch Group's business in Europe developed better than initially forecast, with sales rising by 3.8 percent to 37.3 billion euros in 2015. Sales developed positively in the company's home market of Germany as well, climbing 1.3 percent.

Mobility Solutions: outpacing market growth
The Mobility Solutions business sector was able to achieve a marked increase in its growth and result in 2015. Calculated on a comparable basis, sales rose by some 12 percent to 41.7 billion euros (4.6 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). This means that the sector considerably outperformed global automotive production, which grew by just 2 percent to 92 million units. Margin from operations rose to 8.4 percent.

Industrial Technology: lingering weakness in the mechanical engineering market
The Industrial Technology sector's development reflected the difficult situation in the mechanical engineering market. Overall, sales in this business sector fell by 1.6 percent to 6.6 billion euros (6.5 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). The decline in sales was also reflected in result: Industrial Technology finished 2015 with an operating loss of roughly 100 million euros. In contrast, the Packaging Technology division performed well.

Consumer Goods: double-digit sales growth
Last year was a good one for the Consumer Goods business sector, with 17.1 billion euros in sales. Sales of BSH Hausgeräte, totaling some 12.6 billion euros, were included for the first time. On an operational level as well, both the business with household appliances and the Power Tools division developed well. Calculated on a comparable basis, sales increased by about 10 percent year on year (5.7 percent after adjusting for exchange-rate effects). The sector's margin from operations increased to 7.2 percent.

Energy and Building Technology: strong growth in sales and result
Last year, the Energy and Building Technology business sector achieved a considerably greater increase in sales than in 2014. Sales revenue rose 11 percent to 5.1 billion euros (7.2 percent after adjusting for currency effects). The sector's steady improvement in result was reflected in a margin of 4.4 percent.

Headcount: IT and software specialists wanted
As of December 31, 2015, the Bosch Group employed some 375,000 associates worldwide. Headcount rose last year by 17,600 associates (like-for-like comparison). The largest increases were in central and eastern Europe, Germany, Asia Pacific, and the United States. In the current year, Bosch plans to hire roughly 14,000 university graduates around the world, with software expertise particularly in demand. At the moment, nearly half of all vacancies at Bosch are software-related.

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Electromobility Bosch welcomes the measures announced today by the German federal government to promote electromobility

Bosch, the supplier of technology and services, welcomes the measures announced today by the German federal government designed to promote electromobility. “The measures announced today by the federal government are an important and necessary step toward achieving the ambitious goal of having a million electric vehicles on the road by 2020,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. Offering subsidies to car buyers as a limited-time program is reasonable considering the current conditions, he said.

In order to achieve a lasting effect, Denner pointed to the importance of the additional measures, which in particular include a strong infrastructure. Denner believes that the plan to build 15,000 charge spots, which was also announced, is necessary to make electric cars a more practical proposition.

He said that electric cars must also be represented in the used-vehicle market. Government grants in particular could contribute to the creation of a second-hand market by facilitating the gradual replacement of entire fleets with electric vehicles.

The decisive factor for the breakthrough of electromobility remains the vehicles’ purchase price. To reduce this, however, batteries must become cheaper. “Bosch is using its knowledge and considerable financial resources to achieve a breakthrough for electromobility,” Denner said. Last fall, Bosch acquired a U.S. start-up that has developed a disruptive cell technology. Bosch is also working with several Japanese partners on developing a new generation of lithium-ion cells. The company is confident that by 2020, it will be able to double electric cars’ range and halve battery costs.

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Hannover Messe 2016 – Bosch at booth C18 in hall 7 Connected sensors, machinery, and software: Bosch offers Industry 4.0 from a single source Data analysis for greater efficiency and transparency

  • Bosch demonstrates benefits of connected manufacturing
  • Increased productivity, optimized quality control, reduced energy needs
  • TTIP negotiations provide opportunity to shape the digital economy
  • Werner Struth: “Industry 4.0 benefits from free trade”
  • Bosch has operated for 110 years in the U.S., trade fair’s partner country
Hanover/Stuttgart, Germany – Is Industry 4.0 just a buzzword? Far from it. At the Hannover Messe trade fair, Bosch is showing that the connected factory is finally a reality. Machinery, sensors, and software are combined to form a digitally connected factory at the company’s booth. The result is a wide range of benefits across the value chain: greater productivity, quality control in real time, and lower energy needs. “We provide coordinated components and concepts for Industry 4.0 from the same source, thereby enhancing transparency and efficiency in manufacturing. As a result, we create competitive advantages for our customers,” said Bosch board of management member Dr. Werner Struth, whose responsibilities include manufacturing coordination at Bosch’s approximately 250 plants worldwide. The company has successfully implemented more than 100 projects for Industry 4.0. “We are a leading user of Industry 4.0, which means we are intimately familiar with the needs in this field. Our experience also benefits our customers, for whom we are a leading supplier,” Struth said. While hardware and software expertise plus experience are indispensable, they are not enough on their own. “We need open standards. Too many proprietary systems impede the progress of Industry 4.0 moving forward,” Struth added.

Making the case for the swift conclusion of TTIP
In light of the above, Struth made the case for swiftly concluding the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement. “Together with the United States, Europe can actively shape the structures of global commerce. If we miss this opportunity, the weight the EU wields with regard to trade policy could decrease. Industry 4.0 benefits from free trade,” Struth said. TTIP is also a key issue for U.S. President Barack Obama, who opened the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology on April 24. “We need a comprehensive agreement. This is Europe’s opportunity to create an essential framework for the digital economy and for the protection of intellectual property. Otherwise, regions elsewhere could wield greater influence in shaping global commerce through different agreements,” Struth added.

Bosch active for 110 years in the U.S., the trade fair’s partner country
Bosch has operated in the U.S., the trade fair’s partner country, since 1906, and it employs around 17,600 associates there. “In 2015, we invested 340 million euros in the U.S., and we are planning to invest a similar amount in 2016,” Struth said. Bosch is driving connectivity in manufacturing forward in the U.S. as well. The associates at the plant in Anderson, South Carolina, for example, were the first at Bosch to use smartwatches to monitor production.

Quality control: goal of zero defects is getting closer thanks to connectivity
With an exhibition titled “Industry 4.0 live at Bosch,” Bosch is demonstrating how manufacturing can be connected along the value stream and across company boundaries from April 25–29 in Hannover. One example is the continuous quality control of safety-critical screw connections, such as those in the automotive industry. The connected Nexo cordless nutrunner from Bosch records the torque during the screw-tightening process, among other things, and transmits this data to the Process Quality Manager software. The software recognizes in real time whether the screw-tightening process was carried out correctly. Deviations are immediately apparent, and the appropriate experts are notified directly. The data generated by the cordless nutrunner can be shown on the ActiveCockpit, which is an oversized display in the production hall. Thanks to the clear charts and diagrams, associates are informed in real time of the current production progress.

Sensors improve logistics through information in real time
Information provided in real time also helps to improve logistics. The sensor solution known as “TraQ” (for “track quality”) monitors supply chains. To this end, sensors in the packaging or on the product itself record quality-relevant information during transport – such as temperature, vibration, light, and humidity levels – and send it to the Bosch IoT Cloud. A Bosch software application in the cloud compares the readings from the sensors with permitted levels. If there is a deviation from one of these, customers, suppliers, and service providers are notified and alerted in real time. This benefits the transport of sensitive goods, such as semiconductors and delicate laser technology. The connected transport box detects vibrations that are too strong and reports them to the owners and insurance companies. As a result, it is possible to directly determine the point at which the damage occurred and what caused it. If the delivery of machine parts is delayed, the customer can still make other arrangements. The benefit: timely notification minimizes costly downstream consequences, such as production stoppages, in case of damage to goods.

Data analysis boosts competitiveness
Data from connected manufacturing harbors valuable information. Used correctly, it can optimize production processes and ensure greater competitiveness. Bosch’s Manufacturing Analytics Tools & Services software provides support in this matter. It analyzes the data defined by the customer using algorithms specially designed for production. The intelligently analyzed and prepared information helps with predictive machinery maintenance, among other things. Predictive maintenance prevents unplanned manufacturing downtime.

Intelligently connected workstation ensures faster familiarization
Bosch also boosts productivity in industrial manufacturing with its APAS family. The production assistants are easy to program and can be used flexibly. The new APAS workstation is now joining the family as its latest member. The intelligently connected workstation combines a work surface, a collaborative robotic arm, and a monitor that displays work instructions. Thanks to sensitive sensor skin, the robotic arm immediately stops whenever someone gets too close. People and machines can therefore work together without a protective barrier. As a result, the system creates new possibilities for teamwork between machines and associates. The employers’ liability insurance association has certified the APAS as safe for direct collaboration with people.

Bosch’s two-pronged strategy: leading user and leading supplier
Through its solutions presented in Hannover, Bosch is demonstrating its two-pronged strategy for Industry 4.0. The first part of the strategy is to be a leading user of connected technology. The second part is to offer customers many different solutions in this field. “Our dual role as a leading supplier and leading user gives us an edge over the competition. We apply our experience to the products and services for customers. Throughout it all, our focus is on people. A wide variety of data analysis tools, algorithms, and software support people better than ever before,” Struth said. This is how Industry 4.0 is helping to ensure that companies are able to compete effectively.

Struth: “The digital economy needs open standards”
Struth issued a word of warning against a large number of siloed solutions that undermine the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0: “Only a truly global approach that knows no company or national borders will allow connected industry to develop to its full potential unimpeded by various sets of technical regulations. That is why we are a proponent of open standards, as it is the only way to allow equipment and software made by different manufacturers to easily connect to each other across companies and countries. Standardization is essential to a smoothly functioning digital economy, both nationally and internationally.” To date, the lack of a common language has, in many cases, hindered the smooth international coordination of manufacturing, logistics, and building and energy management.

Struth therefore welcomed the recently agreed partnership between the German Industry 4.0 platform and the international Industrial Internet Consortium. Both organizations coordinate their reference architecture (RAMI4.0 in the case of the Industry 4.0 platform, IIRA in the case of the IIC) with each other – and thus their technical bases. As a global company, Bosch is a member of both organizations. This combination of the two approaches allows the exchange of data between central areas of connected industry, including in practice. In Bosch’s Homburg plant, a number of connectivity solutions are now combined to manage and optimize manufacturing so that it avoids consuming electricity at particularly expensive peak times. This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time.

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2) Presentations by Bosch experts
Presentations by Bosch experts at Hannover Messe in the forum entitled “Industrial IT meets the industrial internet – HANNOVER MESSE 2016” staged by ZVEI e.V., VDMA e.V., Plattform Industrie 4.0, and the Industrial Internet Consortium (hall 8, D19):

April 26, 2 p.m.
News on the reference architecture model Industry 4.0 (RAMI4.0),
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April 28, 12 p.m.
From hype to reality – Industry 4.0 @ Bosch,
Dr. Stefan Aßmann, Bosch

April 29, 1 p.m.
Driving interoperability in the industrial internet,
Dirk Slama, Bosch; Richard Soley, IIC

3) Details about Industry 4.0 at Bosch4) Additional Bosch booths
Hall 17, booth B38: Bosch Rexroth
Hall 17, booth D04: Connected Shopfloor Solutions with APAS

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Motorcycle technology business is booming Bosch aims to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle market Driven by solutions for more efficiency and safety

  • Bosch board of management member Hoheisel: “In 2020, we want to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle technology.”
  • Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit has tripled its workforce in under a year.
  • Bosch side view assist is the first assistance system for motorcycles.
  • More than 160 million motorized two-wheelers will be built worldwide in 2021.
  • Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured more than two million motorcycle ABS units.
Yokohama, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany – The Bosch Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit continues to gain momentum in the global motorcycle market. Since the business unit was founded in Japan in April 2015, sales of motorcycle technology have risen by more than 20 percent. By comparison, production volumes for motorized two-wheelers have grown by less than 5 percent over the same period. This success is built on a broad product portfolio: The Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit is the leading supplier of motorcycle safety technology; its side view assist is the world’s first assistance system for motorcycles. In addition, the business unit supplies efficient injection technology as well as smart connectivity solutions and modern display instruments. Around the world, the unit’s 130 associates – three times as many as a year ago – can draw on a worldwide network of several thousand engineers, as well as on the manufacturing capacity of the Mobility Solutions business sector. The unit is well positioned for the future. “In 2020, we want to achieve sales of one billion euros in motorcycle technology,” says the Bosch management board member Dr. Dirk Hoheisel. In the future, Bosch will generate more than half these sales in Asia.

Almost 90 percent of all motorcycles are produced in Asia
Studies indicate that by 2021, the annual global production of two-wheelers should surpass 160 million – roughly one-third more than today. Almost 90 percent of these will be built in China, India, and southeast Asia. They will predominantly be mopeds with up to 250 cc displacement – the most common form of transport across much of Asia. “In emerging markets, motorized two-wheelers are often the least expensive way to get around,” Hoheisel says. At the same time, these vehicles also face the challenge posed by stricter emissions legislation. In Asia, many two-wheelers with internal-combustion engines are still equipped with outdated carburetor technology. In contrast, Bosch offers its electronically controlled fuel-injection system, which can reduce fuel consumption by up to 16 percent depending on the situation. This is Bosch’s contribution to reducing emissions in countries such as India.

Desire for efficiency and safety as a boost for business
Along with a requirement for more efficiency, demand for increased motorcycle safety is growing in emerging markets. In Thailand and Indonesia, for example, some 21,000 people die in motorcycle accidents each year. ABS can prevent one-quarter of all motorcycle accidents that result in casualties. The antilock braking system stops the wheels from locking up, which means the rider remains in control of the motorcycle while braking. This enables riders to react more quickly and without fear in a dangerous situation. Worldwide, more and more countries are promoting motorcycle ABS. Throughout the EU, all newly sold motorized two-wheelers with more than 125 cc displacement must be fitted with an antilock braking system as of 2017. Starting in October 2018, Japan will be mandating ABS for new type approvals for motorcycles with more than 125 cc. Brazil and Taiwan, too, have already passed laws mandating ABS in the future. The issue is also on the political agenda in India and the United States.

A product for each market: from ABS to side view assist
Since 1995, Bosch has manufactured more than two million motorcycle ABS units. This year the company is releasing ABS 10, a variant that is designed specifically to meet the requirements of emerging markets. With its compact dimensions and weighing just 450 grams, this system is easier for manufacturers to integrate into mopeds for price-sensitive customers. “Safety cannot be a question of cost. We are bringing our ABS technology to all classes and markets,” Hoheisel says. For high-performance motorbikes, demand for which is strongest in Europe, Japan, and North America, Bosch developed MSC motorcycle stability control – a kind of ESP for motorcycles – in 2013. By monitoring two-wheeler parameters such as lean angle, the system can instantaneously adjust its electronic braking and acceleration interventions to suit the riding status. This prevents the bike from lowsiding or righting itself when braking in bends. But development doesn’t stop there: with side view assist, Bosch has launched the world’s first assistance system for motorized two-wheelers. When changing lanes, the assistant uses ultrasonic sensors to check for danger in the areas on either side of the bike – areas which are hard for the rider to see.

Connected motorcycles are even safer
The future of the motorcycle is not only safe and clean but also connected. Bosch has two motorcycle connectivity solutions in its portfolio. First, the ICC integrated connectivity cluster is a rider information system that connects motorcycles and smartphones and can be used to operate apps. Second, Bosch uses its CCU connectivity control unit to connect motorcycles with the cloud. This makes it possible to implement functions such as eCall, the automatic emergency call service. If the motorcycle is involved in an accident, eCall automatically places an emergency call, ensuring help arrives more quickly. eCall is not yet mandatory for motorcycles in the EU, but from April 2018 it will be mandatory for all new type approvals for cars and light trucks up to 3.5 metric tons. The CCU can also provide riders with useful information on issues such as potential danger spots on the roads and can help track down a stolen motorbike.

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Driver’s cab of the future Bosch at bauma 2016: bringing intelligence to tomorrow’s construction machinery

  • Megatrends: automation, electrification, connectivity
  • Driver’s cab of the future: all data on the central tablet display at the swipe of a finger
  • Bosch as a systems supplier: integrated solutions for every commercial vehicle
Time is money! Nowhere is this truer than on construction sites. Maneuvering around the site, unexpected delays caused by excavator and wheel-loader accidents or breakdowns – all this costs time and hence also money. “We take a machine that weighs several tons and maneuver it with millimeter accuracy, eight hours a day. Even the tiniest detail has to be right,” says the wheel-loader operator Roland Ehrensberger. That is why, at this year’s bauma trade show, Bosch is presenting a driver’s cab developed especially for construction machinery. At this driver workplace of the future, vehicle operating data can be analyzed to the nearest second on a tablet display. And that is not all: ultrasonic and video sensors monitor the vehicle’s surroundings more thoroughly than any rear-view mirror, which prevents downtimes due to accidents. These surround sensors are an important step in the process of giving construction vehicles more intelligence, and so making them even safer. “Bosch is turning construction machinery into technology showpieces,” says Johannes-Jörg Rüger, president of Bosch’s newly founded Commercial Vehicle & Off-Road unit. “The megatrends of automation, electrification, and connectivity don’t stop at the gates of construction sites or mines.” In the future, construction machinery will automatically carry out certain tasks, with drivers scheduling tasks at the connected interface in their cab.

Bosch is presenting systems solutions for construction machinery for the first time at bauma 2016. At the start of the year, the supplier of technology and services set up a unit specifically for this field. “As a systems supplier, we want to offer everyone the solution they need,” Rüger says. The unit’s portfolio comprises all the Bosch products and services that are relevant for construction machinery: “Modern sensor systems, cameras, and display technology improve the driver’s workplace, as well as increasing safety and hence also productivity,” explains Andrew Allen, head of the unit’s Construction business.

Bosch also participating in joint Genius CAB project
Bosch has worked with partners to integrate its products into a futuristic driver’s cab. The newly founded Cab Concept Cluster project brings together a network of renowned suppliers, the Technische Universität Dresden, and VDBUM, the German association for construction, environmental, and machine technology. The project’s aim is to demonstrate to manufacturers of construction machinery, agricultural machinery, and industrial forklifts how much potential there is for efficient system integration. This concept has already notched up its first success: the Genius CAB driver’s cab won the bauma innovation award in the Design category.

Which individual components go into the Bosch driver’s cab?
The body computer is the central element in the electronic concept. It reduces the number of electrical connections, relays, and fuses. This not only saves on material but also makes circuits less complex, which in turn greatly reduces error rates. The body computer’s programming can be customized to suit each customer’s applications. In the Genius CAB, the body computer performs central control of the sensor and actuator systems via CAN (J1939), LIN, or directly.

The Bosch direct wiper drive adjusts effortlessly to the prevailing weather conditions – whether snow, showers, or hard rain. What is more, the wiper drive can be flexibly adjusted to fit different cabs.

Bosch side-view mirror replacement displays give drivers a digital look over their shoulder. Integrating the displays into the vehicle interior means there is no need for side-view mirrors. Particularly in the working environment of a construction site, reducing blind spots significantly increases workplace safety.

An ultrasonic sensor system can monitor the environment when human eyesight is not enough – when visibility is poor, for example, or even at night. These sensors give drivers unobstructed all-round vision, which further heightens operating safety. The display shows drivers any obstacles, so they can react accordingly. Measurement ranges can be defined individually for each sensor.

The central user interface in the Genius CAB is the DI4-mid display and terminal, which can be operated using buttons or via the touchscreen. With a 7-inch display, the DI4 is a universally applicable control system that is freely programmable using the Codesys V3.5 development environment.

Another interface is the 4THE5 joystick. In excavators, this controls functions such as shovel movements. At the same time, the joystick is an important interface to the DI4-mid terminal, since its push buttons can be used to activate terminal functions including the windshield wipers, side-view mirror replacement system, and cab lighting.

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The future of parking Bosch looks to shake up the market with revolutionary ideas

  • Bosch simplifies the search for parking and automates the parking process
  • Bosch board of management member Hoheisel: “The mobility of the future starts today – with smart parking”
  • Bosch sales in driver assistance to grow to over one billion euros in 2016
  • Some 2,500 Bosch engineers are working on automated driving and parking
Stuttgart – Bosch is tapping a whole new market by offering parking technologies and services. In doing so, the supplier of technology and services takes a standardized approach: Bosch is simplifying the search for parking spaces and is gradually automating the parking process. “The mobility of the future starts today – with smart parking,” says Dr. Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, commenting on the technology’s significance. Potential customers for Bosch parking solutions include vehicle manufacturers and parking garage operators as well as cities and communities around the globe. The company has already made major achievements in this area, especially with its systems for automated parking and driving; this progress is also moving Bosch toward an important milestone this year. “In 2016, our sales in driver assistance will exceed one billion euros,” says Hoheisel. Worldwide, almost 2,500 Bosch engineers – some 500 more than last year – are working to further develop driver assistance systems and automated driving.

Half of all new cars come with a parking assistance system
As part of the move toward fully automated parking, over the next few years Bosch plans to launch a host of parking assistance systems. These systems help drivers park accident-free, or even completely guide them into a space at the touch of a button. In Germany, parking assistance systems are the most common assistants in today’s cars. According to a Bosch evaluation of the 2014 vehicle registration statistics, of the nearly three million cars that were registered that year, half of them (52 percent) feature just such a system. The picture is fairly similar in other countries: in Belgium and the Netherlands, half of all new cars in 2014 (50 percent) came equipped with a parking assistant. In the U.K., the figure is 19 percent. These systems are mainly based on ultrasonic sensors, which Bosch has been making since 1993. Bosch has been making the ultrasonic sensors critical to these systems since 1993.

Bosch services relieve drivers of the search for parking
For Bosch, automated parking begins in the vehicle – but it goes much further than that. “In offering intelligent services, Bosch also takes on the often arduous task of looking for available parking, thereby saving time and reducing stress,” Hoheisel says. In Germany, it takes an average of ten minutes to find a parking space. Bosch shortens this search in two ways: one, special occupancy sensors in parking lots or garages detect and report empty spaces. Two, Bosch uses the sensors that are becoming standard in an increasing number of vehicles and employs them in the search for curbside parking. The information is processed in the Bosch IoT Cloud to generate digital maps of parking spaces. Drivers can access the maps, for instance online or via their vehicle’s navigation system, and let themselves be guided directly to areas with free parking spaces. “Having cars drive directly to available parking spaces will also mean a reduction in pollution,” Hoheisel points out. On average, drivers in Germany today clock up as many as 4.5 kilometers in unnecessary driving each time they look for parking.

In the future, a night out at a concert no longer starts in a parking garage
“Parking as we know it today won’t exist in the future,” Hoheisel says. Even before the end of this decade, cars will drive themselves to a space in a parking garage, thanks to Bosch technology. Drivers will simply leave their car in a handover zone outside a parking garage and instruct it by smartphone, for example, to search for a parking space. When ready to leave, they call the car back to the drop-off point in the same way. “Going to a concert no longer means starting and ending your evening in a drafty parking garage,” Hoheisel says. This innovation is made possible by smart Bosch technology present in the vehicle and parking garage as well as the communication between the two. “Fully automated parking will be ready for production before fully automated driving,” Hoheisel says. Another reason parking will be realized first is that the legal hurdles for introducing fully automatic parking are easier to surmount, especially with regard to vehicle registration requirements. The necessary adjustments to regulatory law, which in Germany is in part aligned with the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, are on political agendas around the world.

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Sino-German exchange German foreign minister Steinmeier visits Bosch plant in China

  • Steinmeier: “Bosch’s commitment essential for lasting business relations between Germany and China”
  • “Made in China 2025” initiative offers opportunities for Industry 4.0 in China
  • China important market for the Bosch Group
Changsha, China – On April 9, 2016, the German foreign minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Bosch plant in the central Chinese city of Changsha. The focus of the visit was on Industry 4.0. The minister gained insights into the company’s intelligent manufacturing activities in the country. “In order to expand business relations between China and Germany over the long term, we need to increase the level of local value added. By using connectivity to drive manufacturing forward, Bosch is making an essential contribution to this,” Steinmeier said on his visit to the company.

“We are very pleased that the foreign minister chose to visit our plant in Changsha,” said Henri Catenos, a member of the executive management of Bosch in China.

Increased competitiveness in China thanks to Industry 4.0
In Changsha, Bosch manufactures products for the Mobility Solutions business sector, including components for ABS and ESP vehicle safety systems. The plant is home to one of the more than 100 pilot projects Bosch is running worldwide in the area of connected industry. The manufacturing of automotive components has been made faster and more efficient with connected solutions. For logistics and inventory, for example, RFID (radio frequency identification) tags monitor workpieces’ progress through the factory by identifying the position of transport crates. The tags enable precise details to be known about the process steps each piece undergoes and when the components will be ready. This information can then be used as the basis for drawing up a schedule for packaging, shipping, and installation. Through the use of RFID, the time needed for inventory has already been cut by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours, at the Bosch plant in Suzhou.

When it comes to Industry 4.0, Bosch is not only a leading user, but also a leading provider – offering a wide spectrum of solutions in the areas of drive and automation technology as well as sensors and software. The company sees tremendous potential for connected manufacturing in China as well. “We expect that the use of intelligent and connected solutions in manufacturing will play an increasingly important role in China. The ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative recently announced by the Chinese government has exactly this as its aim. Bosch is very well positioned to participate in this transformation and drive it forward,” Henri Catenos said.

China an important market for the Bosch Group
The leading global supplier of technology and services has been active in China since 1909. Today it is strongly represented in the country at more than 60 locations with all of its four business sectors. With sales of 6.4 billion euros (2014), China is a significant market for Bosch – as well as an important local production and engineering hub. Bosch’s business in China also developed positively in 2015, despite a less dynamic growth of the local economy. With over 55,000 associates, China now has the company’s second-largest workforce after Germany.

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Changes in the composition of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG and the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Bridge-builder for Bosch: Tilman Todenhöfer steps down from supervisory board and Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand
  • Also stepping down: Prof. Olaf Kübler and Dr. Michael Otto
  • New to Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand: Prof. Renate Köcher and Prof. Lino Guzzella
  • New to the supervisory board: Prof. Elgar Fleisch and Prof. Michael Kaschke
  • New managing partner of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand: Dr. Wolfgang Malchow
Stuttgart, Germany – There have been several changes in the composition of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG (RBIK) and of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board. After having reached the mandatory retirement age, Tilman Todenhöfer (72) and Prof. Olaf Kübler (73) have stepped down from both bodies. Dr. Michael Otto (72) is also leaving the RBIK for age reasons. Effective April 8, 2016, the vacant places in the RBIK will be taken by Prof. Renate Köcher (63) and Prof. Lino Guzzella (58). Effective April 9, 2016, Prof. Elgar Fleisch (48) and Prof. Michael Kaschke (58) have been newly appointed to the supervisory board.

Tilman Todenhöfer: bridge-builder and diplomat
Todenhöfer served the Bosch Group for some 40 years in all. Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the shareholders’ meeting and of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH, paid tribute to Todenhöfer’s successful career: “Tilman Todenhöfer was an important bridge-builder, both within the company and on its behalf. At the start of the 1990s, he used his great diplomatic and interpersonal skills to forge a settlement between the two parties to the wage disputes of those years.” Todenhöfer’s time as director of industrial relations at Bosch was above all one in which far-reaching changes in working-time policy were made at engineering and manufacturing locations.

“Many employer representatives are aware of the different interests in negotiations. But only few know how to consider the positions of both sides and reach fair compromises. Tilman Todenhöfer was one of the few,” said Alfred Löckle, deputy chairman of the supervisory board and chairman of the central and combined works councils of Robert Bosch GmbH. “The industrial relations of the 1990s and the first decade of our millennium bear the stamp of Tilman Todenhöfer. They secured Germany’s competitiveness as an industrial location,” Fehrenbach added. It was also during this period that the company pension scheme was restructured. With the capital benefit plan (1998) and the Bosch pensions fund (2002), Bosch was the first industrial enterprise in Germany to provide a capital-based pension scheme for its associates.

Todenhöfer also played an active role in politics and society. At the end of the 1990s, he was a strong advocate of the German industry initiative to compensate people employed as forced laborers by the National Socialist regime. In the summer of 2000, Bosch was one of the founding members of the “Remembrance, Responsibility, and Future” foundation. In 2008, Todenhöfer was co-initiator of “Afrika kommt!”, an initiative of German industry for future leaders from subsaharan Africa. Summing up the debt the company owes to Todenhöfer, Fehrenbach said: “Associates, the shareholders, and the supervisory board would like to thank Tilman Todenhöfer for his extraordinary dedication and the many ways he has served the company over the past 40 years.”

Todenhöfer was appointed to the Bosch management board in 1993, becoming director of industrial relations in the same year. A qualified lawyer, he joined the RBIK in 1996. From 1999 to 2003, he was deputy chairman of the board of management. From mid-2003, he was one of the two managing partners of the RBIK. He was a member of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH from 2004.

Collaboration in a spirit of trust: Fehrenbach thanks Otto and Kübler
Fehrenbach also thanked Otto and Kübler for their contributions over the past several years. “At a very early stage, Michael Otto showed that successful entrepreneurship and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, but mutually beneficial. With this fundamental conviction, he played a significant role in the successful evolution of the Bosch Group.” The chairman of the Otto Group supervisory board, Otto joined the RBIK in 2005.

Speaking of Kübler, Fehrenbach said: “With his scientific knowledge and expertise in areas such as image processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Olaf Kübler provided important stimuli for the innovations developed at Bosch.” The former director of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich has been a member of the supervisory board and the RBIK since 2007.

Successors in the RBIK and on the supervisory board
Prof. Renate Köcher, the managing director of the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research, has been made a limited partner of the RBIK. The economist has been a member of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board since 2012. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Robert Bosch Stiftung. Prof. Lino Guzzella, the president of ETH Zurich, has also been made a limited partner. Tilman Todenhöfer’s successor as managing partner of the RBIK will be Dr. Wolfgang Malchow. The former director of industrial relations and management board member of Robert Bosch GmbH has been a limited partner of the RBIK since July 2014. Since early 2012, he has been a member of the Robert Bosch GmbH supervisory board.

Prof. Elgar Fleisch has been newly appointed to the supervisory board. A business information technology graduate, he is a full professor of information and technology management at the University of St. Gallen and a professor of innovation management in ETH Zurich’s Department of Management, Technology, and Economics. At the University of St. Gallen, Prof. Fleisch also runs the Bosch IoT Lab, which researches business models for the internet of things. Joining him as a new member of the supervisory board is Prof. Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. Kaschke, who has a PhD in physics, is an honorary professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s faculty for electronics and information science. Among other things, he is a member of the U.S. Board of the Presiding Committee of the BDI (Confederation of German Industry) and of the German government’s Council of Science and Humanities.

About Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG
RBIK carries out the entrepreneurial ownership functions at Robert Bosch GmbH. The role of Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand (industrial trust) is the result of the distinctive corporate constitution of Robert Bosch GmbH. It came into force in 1964, and safeguards the lifework of the company founder Robert Bosch (1861 to 1942). According to this constitution, a total of 92% of the shares in Robert Bosch GmbH are held by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a charitable foundation. The Bosch family holds a strong seven percent of the share capital, while the remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and the RBIK. With the voting rights, the situation is different: RBIK has 93 percent of the voting rights, with the Bosch family holding the rest.

With Prof. Renate Köcher and Prof. Lino Guzzella, the RBIK comprises ten shareholders. The two managing partners are Franz Fehrenbach and Dr. Wolfgang Malchow. The other shareholders are Dr. Christof Bosch, representing the Bosch family, Dr. Siegfried Dais, former deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of the directors of BASF SE, Prof. Lars G. Josefsson, former president and CEO of Vattenfall AG, and Urs Rinderknecht, former chief executive of the Swiss bank UBS.

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New Bosch brand identity From innovation to fascination: more emotionality for the brand Corporate design as an expression of digital transformation

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Our new corporate design gives expression to digital transformation in the company.”
  • Developed for the demands of digital media
  • More flexibility and freedom for creativity
Stuttgart, Germany – Vibrant, diverse, dynamic: with its new brand identity, Bosch is underlining the company’s digital transformation to a provider of solutions for connected living. “With connected solutions, we want to help improve quality of life and conserve resources. Our new brand identity follows this example. Its design reflects the diversity and individuality of life and our products,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, explaining the background of the new brand identity. The new corporate design pushes the emotional aspects of the brand to the fore with more colors and a new language of imagery and form. The red Bosch lettering, the claim “Invented for life,” and the armature in a circle will remain unchanged. “Our company has changed greatly in recent years. The new corporate design gives expression to digital transformation at our company,” Denner adds. The smart home provides more convenience in the home, and the car gets help on its own if there is an accident.

New corporate design makes “Invented for life” tangible
The new corporate design is geared toward the special design requirements of digital media. However, it is also used in printed media, product packaging, and interior design. The simple design system has only very few rigid rules, which gives users creative freedom when putting the corporate design into practice. The new visual worlds show the benefits of “Invented for life” in warm colors. The focus is on the users of technology. “Whenever people come into contact with the brand, we want to make our claim, ‘Invented for life,’ tangible. We do this through images and graphic elements,” says Peter Feldmann, head of brand management and marketing communication at Bosch.

One new graphic element is what is known as the supergraphic. Through straight, overlapping, and curved lines, it symbolizes the Bosch brand promises: quality, global partnership, fascinating products, and responsibility. The supergraphic features the new range of colors. This is based on the colors used within the Bosch group to date: red, blue, light blue, and green. This range has been expanded to include mixed shades of the primary colors, such as fuchsia. A further design element is colored text boxes that can overlap. The overlapping fields stand for the link between people and technology. Summing up the new design, Gregor Schilling, head of corporate design at Bosch, says: “Together, full-screen background images, the supergraphic, and overlapping text boxes result in a lively, distinctive design.”

Bosch will introduce the new corporate design gradually over the next two years.

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World’s leading trade fair Light + Building 2016 Intelligently connected building technology from Bosch For greater comfort, energy efficiency, and security

  • Integrated building management and security systems ensure smooth processes
  • Intelligent energy monitoring cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions
  • Intuitive smart-home solutions make life more convenient and secure
Stuttgart/Frankfurt am Main – At Light + Building 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology in Frankfurt am Main, Bosch is presenting intelligently connected solutions for commercial buildings and homes. Bosch energy and building technology enhances comfort, safety and security, saves energy, and reduces operating costs. To this end, the supplier of technology and services is focusing on connectivity via the internet of things.

Integrated building management and security systems ensure smooth processes
Intelligently connected Bosch building security systems discreetly ensure smooth processes – and minimize operating and personnel costs. Bosch is presenting its building management system known as BIS (building integration system), which combines all the security systems of a building on one platform: video surveillance, fire-alarm and evacuation systems, intrusion-alarm technology, and access control. Building technology used to open and close barriers, gates, and doors, for example, can also be controlled with BIS. In addition, Bosch is introducing the option of connecting the MAP 5000 (modular alarm platform) intrusion alarm system with the MATRIX access control system. The system ensures greater security and efficiency when it comes to security management. Bosch is also showcasing its new combined public address and voice evacuation system known as PAVIRO. PAVIRO facilitates the swift evacuation of a building, thereby reducing the risk of mass panic breaking out. The company’s EffiLink remote service system ensures fast, cost-effective maintenance, remote diagnostics and parameterization, software updates, troubleshooting, and support from service technicians.

Intelligent energy monitoring cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions
Intelligently connected Bosch heating, cooling, and ventilation systems provide an ideal indoor climate simply and automatically – enabling up to 30-percent reductions in energy use, costs, and CO2 emissions. With its Energy Platform, Bosch is presenting a monitoring and analysis tool for increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Companies and owners are provided with a comprehensive overview of energy consumers and costs in real time. Intelligent algorithms spot deviations from the target state, send alerts in case of malfunctions or if tolerances are exceeded, provide specific suggestions for solutions, and automatically implement those solutions in part. This creates the basis for further approaches to optimization and an efficient supply of energy in the long term.

Intuitive smart-home solutions make life more convenient and secure
Bosch’s solutions for smart homes make life more convenient and secure, and relieve users of tedious household chores. The Bosch Smart Home System connects devices in the home with the internet as well as with each other – via a single system platform. Users are able to intuitively set up and operate the system, which is modular and expandable. It is also easy to connect compatible devices built by other manufacturers to it. All devices connected with the Bosch Smart Home System can be controlled and monitored from anywhere with an app for smartphones and tablets. Bosch is showcasing its current product portfolio, which includes the Bosch smart home controller, intelligent radiator thermostats, door-window contacts, a smart plug, and lighting solutions from partner Philips Hue. The smart home controller is the central control unit of the Bosch system. It connects the components with the internet and each other. With the help of the window contacts, for example, the system automatically turns down the heating if a window is opened, saving the user time and money.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin Bosch combines “Industrie 4.0” platform and Industrial Internet Consortium standards for the first time International breakthrough for connected industry

  • Werner Struth: “Only a truly global approach will allow Industry 4.0 to develop to its full potential”
  • First combination of German RAMI4.0 and international IIRA industrial internet reference architecture models
  • “Digital twin” of Bosch Homburg plant helps save electricity
Berlin and Stuttgart – Connected industry is now becoming an international reality. In a new project, Bosch is working together with partners to combine the technical standards of Germany’s “Industrie 4.0” platform and of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) for the first time. This combination of the two approaches allows the exchange of data between central areas of connected industry. “Industry 4.0 is not so much a national as an international issue. Only a truly global approach – without competing company standards or differing national regulations – will allow it to develop to its full potential,” said Dr. Werner Struth, a member of the Bosch management board, at the Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin. To date, the lack of a common language has hindered the smooth international coordination of manufacturing, logistics, and building and energy management. “As we head towards connected industry, two worlds are now coming together. This is a major advance. A combination of these two standards paves the way for numerous new cross-border business opportunities for Industry 4.0 solutions, both for Bosch and for other international companies,” Struth said.

Cutting electricity costs with optimized production planning
The international industry conference in Berlin featured a presentation of the project, which brings the two reference architectures – RAMI4.0 and IIRA – together for the first time. In Bosch’s Homburg plant, a number of connectivity solutions are now combined to manage and optimize hydraulic valve manufacturing so that it avoids consuming electricity at particularly expensive peak times. “This prototype demonstrates for the first time how we can get the Industrie 4.0 platform standards and those of the IIC to work together effectively in connected manufacturing,” said Struth, whose responsibilities on the Bosch board of management include the Industrial Technology business sector and the Bosch Production System.

Common standards increase competitiveness
If all the energy-intensive machinery in Bosch’s Homburg plant runs at the same time, this can lead to very high electricity consumption at peak times. The resulting increase in electricity costs pushes up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves. By using software to manage production and hence electricity consumption as effectively as possible, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by up to ten percent. This reduces manufacturing costs and increases competitiveness, while protecting the environment at the same time. All this is made possible by interaction between the production lines, which are based on the Industrie 4.0 platform, and the energy management system, which uses the IIC standard. The Homburg project involves not just Bosch but also, among others, SAP of Germany, Dassault Systèmes of France, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of India.

Partnership is the key to success
The partners combine their expertise to optimize energy consumption at the plant. Bosch continuously collects data from all the machinery in the plant, generating a stream of information about the electricity consumed in the process of manufacturing the hydraulic valves for agricultural machinery. Dassault Systèmes, a 3D specialist, provides a multidimensional representation of all the plant’s machinery and functions, including heavy power users such as large machine tools and hydraulic test benches. The result is what is known as a “digital twin” of the plant, which visualizes not only production processes but also power consumption. SAP provides application services, the according database records all data and analyzes it in real time, Bosch provides energy management software, and TCS is applying its consultancy expertise to the integration of all these systems. The energy management solution is based on the IIC’s IIRA architecture; energy management connects to the production facilities via the Industrie 4.0 platform’s RAMI4.0 architecture. Because the RAMI and IIRA standards have now been aligned with each other and made compatible, software-based data exchange between the production lines and the energy management system is now possible.

The IIC and Industrie 4.0 platform: helpful cooperation
Henning Banthien, the Industrie 4.0 platform’s administrative director, said: “It’s very good news that the two internationally leading initiatives in the field, the IIC and Industrie 4.0 platform, have agreed to cooperate closely in order to set up shared testbeds and work on common architectures and standards. The complementary nature of their approaches will greatly boost the development of connected industry and the internet of things.” Dr. Richard Soley, executive director of the IIC, added: “The Industrial Internet Consortium and Industrie 4.0 platform have both been working for years to accelerate the adoption of the industrial internet of things, developing considerable expertise in the process. As we jointly announced recently, a number of important factors are coming together to make industrial IoT a reality. The IIC is delighted that this broad spectrum of industry expertise plans to propose its testbed to us, and we look forward to evaluating the proposal.”

Industrie 4.0 platform and the IIC: two approaches, one goal
The Industrie 4.0 platform brings together numerous representatives from the industrial, political, and academic spheres to implement connected manufacturing in Germany. With its international outlook, the IIC takes an even wider approach, addressing industrial production in addition to mechanical and industrial engineering, and including the internet of things in the broader sense. The Industrie 4.0 platform set itself the objective of creating the technical framework for connected manufacturing. The IIC is focused on cross-sector connectivity on the internet of things, for instance in energy and building management. Both have developed their own reference architecture (RAMI4.0 in the case of the Industrie 4.0 platform, IIRA in the case of the IIC). As a global company, Bosch is a member of both organizations.

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Bosch is using Industry 4.0 to increase its competitiveness More than 100 projects worldwide

  • Data mining and RFID increase productivity in ABS/ESP braking-system manufacturing by one-quarter
  • Data mining cuts hydraulic-valve testing time by 18 percent
  • Inventory 97 percent shorter thanks to RFID
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch is making its manufacturing connected, with more than 100 projects already successfully running worldwide. Among other benefits, this increases the availability of its machinery – and hence also its productivity and competitiveness. Here are a few selected examples:

One production line, 200 different hydraulic modules
On its multi-product assembly line in Homburg, Germany, Bosch can manufacture 200 different hydraulic modules from more than 2,000 different components. Thanks to connectivity, these components are automatically ordered in time. The modules control the work and driving hydraulics in trucks or tractors, which help do things such as incline loading surfaces or lift a plow. The production line’s nine stations are connected by a smart network. Thanks to an RFID chip attached to the workpiece, the stations know how the finished product has to be assembled and what steps are necessary. This facilitates efficient production, even for small batch sizes. That flexibility is important, since some modules are requested more often than others. What is more, Bosch can produce different types of module simultaneously on the multi-product line. This cuts tooling times on machinery, which increases productivity. The work plans required for assembling the hydraulics components are automatically called up and shown on the monitors as a photo or video. The display is customized to each associate’s level of training, and shown in their native language. The aim is to offer associates the best possible support in their work. This is an example of how Bosch is successfully putting multiple core elements of Industry 4.0 into practice: distributed intelligence, rapid connectivity, contextualization in real time, and autonomous behavior.

Industry 4.0 boosts productivity in ABS/ESP braking-system manufacturing
Award-winning success: in less than one year, Bosch improved its productivity in the manufacture of ABS/ESP braking systems by nearly one-quarter by deploying Industry 4.0 solutions throughout its international manufacturing network. In recognition of this achievement, the Blaichach plant – which spearheaded the initiative – received the prestigious Industry 4.0 Award in 2015. One reason for this productivity increase is that Bosch collects data from the thousands of sensors that are installed along the plant’s production lines. Sensors record the movement of cylinders, the cycle times of grippers, and the temperature and pressure levels in the manufacturing process. This wealth of information is entered into massive databases, with a clear structure. And thanks to RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, Blaichach can also digitally map its internal flows of goods. The result is a computer-generated virtual representation, or “digital twin,” of the actual factory. This digital representation facilitates transparency across the entire value stream. And in turn, this transparency makes many more I4.0 solutions possible.

One of these solutions is applied in machinery maintenance: software analyzes machinery performance to spot deviations from the target state and indicate in good time when maintenance is necessary. The system helps associates detect and deal with errors by offering them instructions on how to carry out these repairs. On their tablets, for instance, associates can call up videos showing them how to replace parts. If they encounter a problem they cannot solve immediately, they can use a wireless video link to speak with experts who then assist in solving the problem remotely. All this reduces unplanned downtimes as well as increasing productivity and hence also competitiveness.

Data mining cuts the time needed to test hydraulic valves
By evaluating manufacturing data from its own facilities, the Bosch plant in Homburg, Germany, has managed to cut the time taken to inspect hydraulic valves by 18 percent. Given the frequently high level of optimization in modern manufacturing, such huge savings represent a major advance. Assuming an annual rate of production of 40,000 valves, the savings add up to 14 days per year. An analysis of the production data relating to 30,000 manufactured hydraulic valves showed that certain subsequent testing steps in the inspection process are unnecessary, provided the results of several earlier steps are positive. The outcome of those subsequent steps can be reliably predicted by analyzing the earlier steps. Pinpointing such correlations – which are generally much more complex than the example given here – saves time and money. When the number of parts runs into the millions, even savings of just a few seconds can soon add up to days, turning a few cents into millions of euros. The search for new correlations (a process called data mining) requires that, over a long period of time, companies collect and appropriately evaluate the data they generate. Bosch has been doing this for many years.

Predictive maintenance of machine tools
One of the items Bosch manufactures at its plants in Stuttgart-Feuerbach (Germany) and Jihlava (Czech Republic) is high-pressure pumps for injection systems. Part of the manufacturing process for the aluminum housing involves precise drilling of holes and milling of other parts. Large machine tools are deployed in the process, whose motorized drive units are referred to as “spindles.” Each spindle weighs some 50-70 kilograms and spins at a rate of 30,000 to 40,000 rpm. Sensors record vibrations in the operation of these spindles, and software stores and evaluates the data. Whenever the system registers that the intensity of vibrations exceeds a set limit, it sends a signal to the service associate in charge. The technician can then decide if and when to replace the spindle. Maintenance becomes easier to plan, machine availability improves, and productivity rises. Continuous monitoring of machine parts such as these spindles is also referred to as “condition monitoring.” Planned servicing is called “predictive maintenance.”

Ultrasound gloves for quality assurance
The Reutlingen plant is involved in electromobility, among other business areas. Manufacture of the necessary power electronics involves many manual activities. To support its associates in this work, Bosch introduced a system that records their hand movements. The system is based on special gloves worn by the associates. Ultrasound technology helps determine the position of these gloves. In turn, this indicates if associates have carried out a hand motion correctly, and which work step is being performed at any given moment. The entire work process is displayed step by step on a screen until it has been completed. This helps improve quality assurance.

Radio signals create transparency in the flow of goods
In many of Bosch’s more than 250 plants worldwide, the company has equipped plastic crates for the internal transport of parts and finished products with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. RFID readers are positioned at all the doors to the manufacturing shops. When a transport cart goes from one shop to another, the reader registers its tag automatically and without any need for physical contact. The result is a digital map of the flows of goods in that particular plant. At any time, the company can determine when parts will most likely arrive on the production line, when and how many finished products have to be packaged, where a specific part is located, and what the inventory levels are. The system also knows how many packaging boxes are required and can reorder these as needed. RFID technology ensures transparency in the flow of goods, as well as reducing manual effort and keeping inventory levels low. It simultaneously increases reaction speed and productivity. This is how Bosch achieves leaner logistics processes. Thanks to its use of RFID, Bosch was able to boost productivity in its Homburg plant’s intralogistics by ten percent, and reduce storage in production by nearly one-third.

China: RFID cuts inventory time by 97 percent
In the Bosch plant located in the Chinese city of Suzhou, the yearly task of taking machine inventory used to be a major undertaking. Plant 1 has four manufacturing areas, each with up to 2,500 machines, test benches, and items of measuring equipment. For ABS manufacturing alone, the inventory process used to take up to a month in some cases. Sometimes associates printed out lists to help them manually record machine inventory. Now, thanks to smart connectivity, inventory takes just four hours. All the machines and equipment items have been fitted with RFID (radio frequency identification) transponders. This allows objects to be identified without physical contact. Now, associates push RFID trolleys fitted with a laptop and antennas through the manufacturing shop. As they move along, the trolleys use RFID technology to automatically identify machines and devices. It cuts the time needed for inventory by 97 percent, or 440 man-hours.

Transporters with swarm intelligence
Engineers in Bosch’s Nuremberg plant have developed and successfully tested an AutoBod – a driverless, self-navigating transport system equipped with swarm intelligence. The two-wheeler AutoBod, which is equipped with four additional stabilizer wheels, knows when to pick up production materials that have previously been automatically ordered. It then takes these materials to the production line. Using a laser sensor, the system navigates by following a map drawn up during its first drive. It recognizes and evades obstacles, then wirelessly transmits information about them to the other AutoBods. This collective behavior relies on data about the location, electric drive charge level, and maintenance status of the various transporters. This means requests are routed to the AutoBod that is closest to the pick-up point, that is not already busy with another request, and that has enough battery charge. This kind of intelligence sets the AutoBod apart from other driverless transport systems, which are incapable of deviating from their programmed route. In contrast to conventional driverless transport systems, AutoBods do not require the installation of expensive in-plant infrastructure. The deployment of AutoBods reduces the time and effort spent on transport, frees up space, and considerably decreases inventory.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin The internet of things from a single source: Bosch launches cloud for its IoT services Computing center located in Germany

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “The Bosch IoT Cloud is a major milestone”
  • Key features are privacy and data security
  • Bosch IoT Cloud improves Germany’s innovative strength
  • Software expertise and IT infrastructure are significant competitive advantages
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch is launching its own cloud for web-based services. In the Bosch IoT Cloud, the international supplier of technology services runs various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries, and connected buildings businesses. The first cloud is located in Germany. “As of today, we offer all the ace cards for the connected world from a single source. The Bosch IoT Cloud is the final piece of the puzzle that completes our software expertise. We are now a full service provider for connectivity and the internet of things,” said Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Bosch is the only company worldwide that is active on all three levels of the internet of things. The Bosch Group offers key technologies that enable connectivity such as sensors and software, and is also developing new services on this basis. “A major factor in the success of connected solutions is their scalability. Business models must be able to grow quickly when necessary. The Bosch IoT Cloud means Bosch now has the relevant infrastructure. We see this as a major milestone for Bosch,” said Denner, who is also responsible for research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management. The Bosch IoT Cloud comprises technical infrastructure as well as platform and software offerings. To begin with, the supplier of technology and services will use it for in-house solutions. From 2017, it will also be made available as a service to other companies.

Cloud located in Germany
Denner stressed that it was a conscious decision to locate the cloud in Germany. “Many companies and consumers state that security concerns keep them from using cloud technologies and connectivity solutions. The Bosch IoT Cloud is the answer to those concerns.” Bosch operates its IoT cloud in its own computing center near Stuttgart. As Denner explained, “Consumers want to know whether their data are protected and secure. For this reason, the security we offer our customers is always state of the art.” The fundamental legal framework for this is German and European data-security regulations. As Denner explained, “The fact that the Bosch IoT Cloud is located in Germany gives it a competitive edge. Our cloud is a competitive advantage for Germany’s status as a seat of innovation.”

The brain of the connected world: the Bosch IoT Suite
The software core of the Bosch IoT Cloud is the company’s own IoT Suite. It identifies any objects that are web-enabled, orchestrates the exchange of data, and enables a multitude of services and business models. Big data management allows enormous amounts of data to be analyzed. “The Bosch IoT Suite is the brain of the connected world. It offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies,” Denner said. Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the Bosch IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. Bosch and its customers already operate many solutions and projects that are based on this platform. The Bosch IoT Cloud currently connects more than five million devices and machines.

Bosch IoT competence for the connected world
Speaking to the conference’s 1,000 delegates, Denner stressed that this digital transformation should not be understood as a threat. “Digital transformation and increasing connectivity are huge opportunities for us.” In particular, it offers those companies with a strong industrial base and outstanding hardware expertise the potential not only to develop their traditional businesses but also to enter completely new fields. “The key prerequisite for this is to have in-house software and IT expertise. Bosch has been building these capabilities for many years.”

A wide variety of possibilities and business models
The company has already launched numerous products and solutions for the connected world. The Bosch Smart Home System, for instance, can tell users the current temperature in their home and let them change the setting while they are still on the road. Another solution running in the Bosch IoT Cloud is designed for heating service technicians. It gives them remote access to authorized Bosch heating systems so they can troubleshoot problems in the event of a breakdown. This means they can bring along any required replacement parts to their first – and now only – service visit. Customers benefit from lower service costs.

Sensor data from asparagus fields makes its way into the Bosch IoT Cloud, too. Farmers can improve their harvest and their yield if they know the exact temperature of the ground. The Bosch IoT Cloud also generates an online map of available park-and-ride spaces throughout Stuttgart’s commuter train network. Sensors detect which parking spaces are unoccupied and send this information to the cloud, where it is added to a real-time map that users can call up on their smartphone. Another example is the book-and-park service for truck drivers. Whenever they are looking for a rest area to park in, their truck sends its location data to the Bosch IoT Cloud. This then reserves an available parking space nearby and informs the driver. “These examples show that intelligently connected devices, complemented by services from our IoT Cloud, are the basis of successful IoT business models. Connected solutions improve people’s quality of life and conserve natural resources,” Denner said.


Cloud computing
In cloud computing, data and programs are no longer hosted on computers in homes or offices, but in a cloud computing center instead. The center’s operator is responsible for security and operations, makes the required computing capacity available, and provides the necessary programs, data security, and backups. This relieves customers of many costly and time-consuming tasks. Cloud technology and cloud platforms form the basis for fast, simple scalability of applications.

Bosch ConnectedWorld – where industries meet to discuss implementation
The Bosch ConnectedWorld event is an annual conference on the subject of the internet of things. This year, some 1,000 international experts are meeting in Berlin to talk about current areas of application and new business models. By showcasing successful examples, the conference demonstrates how the vision of the internet of things has become a reality.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld IoT conference in Berlin Connectivity helps drivers find parking, optimizes servicing work, and improves asparagus yields Bosch IoT Suite is the basis for new applications

  • Solutions for connected mobility
  • Solutions for connected industry
  • Solutions for the connected home
Berlin and Stuttgart – Bosch has launched its own cloud for its services on the internet of things (IoT) at a computing center of its own in Germany. These IoT applications are created using the Bosch IoT Suite. The suite offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies. More than five million devices and machines are currently connected via the IoT Suite. Here are some examples of new Bosch solutions and products for the connected world:

1. Solutions for connected mobility

Sensors detect available park-and-ride spaces
Where is the nearest free parking space? A new Bosch system offers an answer to this usually urgent question. Sensors fitted in 15 park-and-ride facilities along Stuttgart’s S2 and S3 commuter train lines can detect whether parking spaces are available or occupied. This data is sent over the web to the Bosch IoT Cloud and fed into an up-to-the-minute map of available parking spaces. This information will be made available through an app and the website of the VVS, Stuttgart’s transportation authority. The system’s main benefit is that it saves people time. If drivers know they can find a free park-and-ride space, they will be more willing to use public transportation, which in turn will reduce traffic jams. The smallest parking area in this pilot project offers 49 spaces, the largest over 520 spaces. Installation of the sensors will begin in 2016 and the project will run through June 2018. Details:

Parking spaces for tired truckers
Rest areas for truckers along freeways are often hopelessly overfilled. This is especially true at night, which is also when the risk of theft increases. Bosch offers logistics companies, fleet operators, and independent truckers a book-and-park service called “Secure Truck Parking”. This provides secure parking spaces that truck drivers can book in advance. Whenever they are looking to park, their truck sends its location data and a parking request to the system. The system then finds a nearby parking space and sends the details directly to the truck’s navigation system. Booking and billing are automatic and cashless. This system will be running in the Bosch IoT Cloud starting in summer 2016.

Rebates for careful drivers
A large German insurer is giving drivers who are careful and responsible a rebate on their insurance premium. Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket division offers the technology to enable this, in the form of its connectivity control unit (CCU). Once installed in the vehicle, the CCU connects to the car’s OBD interface to gather data on acceleration, maximum speed, and cornering speeds. The CCU encrypts this information and sends it to a computer system via the cellular network using its built-in SIM card. The insurer can generate driver profiles based on this information and offer particularly careful drivers a rebate.

2. Solutions for connected industry

How to monitor transport crates
While product quality can be almost seamlessly monitored during manufacturing, what happens at later stages of the supply chain is often shrouded in mystery. “TraQ” (tracking and quality) is Bosch’s Industry 4.0 solution designed to address this. It allows product quality to be tracked along the entire supply chain – all the way to the customer. Sensors installed in the transport packaging or even in the product itself record information relevant for quality, including temperature, vibration, light, and humidity levels, and send these to the cloud. Software in the cloud compares the readings with permitted levels. If one of these levels is exceeded, an alert is sent in real time to customers, suppliers, and service providers. The sensors also transmit information on position, which allows expected arrival times to be calculated and thus transport management to be optimized. There are considerable benefits for participating companies: real-time notification means that in case of damage to goods, action can be taken quickly, thus minimizing things like production stoppages and their ensuing costs. Sensors integrated into the product itself help to identify the causes of damage – both during transport and while in use by the end customer. TraQ is a key component in a range of solutions that Bosch is currently working on to enable the intelligent and cost-effective management of the digital supply chain. The sensor solution is expected to have its market launch in 2017.

Wireless sensors for high-quality asparagus
Bosch is improving commercial asparagus yields with connected radio sensors. Asparagus grows especially well between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. One way farmers maintain this temperature is by covering the mounds with strips of two-sided foil: one side is black, the other white. To heat the soil with the help of sunlight, the foil is laid with the black side facing up. To cool the soil when it gets too warm, the foil is laid with the white side facing up. To assist them in maintaining the correct temperature, the Bosch start-up Deepfield Robotics has developed a solution that consists of several sensors embedded at various depths in the ground to measure the temperature. Cables send the temperature readings to a small box, which transmits the data via radio to the Bosch IoT Cloud. From there the data is routed to an app on the farmer’s smartphone. Farmers can use this data to track the temperature changes of their asparagus crop in detail, which means they can act quickly to optimize the growing conditions for the asparagus. Details:

3. Solutions for the connected home

Safety and comfort in smart homes
The Bosch Smart Home System lets users connect their home’s heating, lighting, smoke alarms, and appliances via a single platform and then operate them simply using a smartphone or tablet. At the heart of the system is the controller. This central control unit for the house connects the components mentioned above with each other and with the internet. Other elements of the system include a smart radiator thermostat and a sensor-based window contact. All data generated by the smart home are stored in the smart home controller, meaning customers retain control over their own data. Only when users who are on the road call up the temperature at home on their smartphone are any data sent via the internet. These data are encrypted before transmission over the IoT Cloud. In future versions of the product, the system will also send a message to the smartphone whenever a window or door is opened. The benefit is increased comfort and security with no need for a separate alarm system.

The heating technician only rings once: HomeCom Pro
The Bosch HomeCom Pro online portal connects service technicians directly with their customers’ heating systems. The portal shows technicians the status of the heating system at a glance – together with any servicing work that has already been carried out. In the event of a breakdown, the system allows technicians to troubleshoot problems and suggests repairs. To this end, it sends all the key heating system information to the service company’s PC, laptop, or tablet. That way, the heating experts know which steps to take, which means they can generally bring along the right replacement parts on their first visit. This solution runs in the Bosch IoT Cloud.

TrackMyTools: Where did I leave my drill?
Workers need never again search for their cordless screwdriver – thanks to Bosch’s TrackMyTools, they know where their tools are at all times. The result is a smoother workflow, time saved, and increased productivity. TrackMyTools works by affixing a small Bluetooth module to the tools. Every eight seconds, this module transmits a signal that can be picked up within a radius of 30 meters by smartphones or tablets running the TrackMyTools app. The mobile device then transmits this information to the cloud, together with details of the time, the user, and the most recent location data for the equipment in question. Another benefit is that owners of drills or cordless screwdrivers can access the data over the web at any time to know where their tools are and how they are being used. They can also flexibly assign individual tools and equipment to workers. Launched in 2015, the system will be migrated to the Bosch IoT Cloud in 2016.

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