Bosch Secure Truck Parking to be launched

Digital parking for enhanced predictability and security

  • Book truck parking spaces in Europe now via the online platform
  • Cooperation with companies near the motorway creates parking space
  • The booking platform provides information on the security of parking spaces
Searching for parking lots is easy for truck drivers

Frankfurt am Main – Germany alone lacks around 14,000 truck parking spaces; the situation is similar in our neighboring countries: Often, truckers have to drive past several parking lots to find parking space or park unsafely next to the motorway. The result: Accidents happen, freight is stolen. None of that – thanks to the Bosch solution. The Europe-wide booking platform, Bosch Secure Truck Parking helps you in searching for a suitable parking space. This allows better planning of travel and rest times. The platform is now online after successful testing at the employee parking lot at the Bosch site in Karlsruhe. The principle: Bosch records the occupancy of truck parking spaces in real-time. Forwarders and truck drivers can reserve parking spaces along their route in advance or during the trip via a free online portal or through app in the future.

Use of existing parking space on company premises

The innovative approach of Bosch takes advantage of the sharing economy. In addition to parking spaces at truck stops, the booking platform also includes parking spaces on the premises of companies such as forwarders. The Gebrüder Weiss forwarding company is also involved in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna. Alexander Horak, Head of the Industry Vertical High-Tech at Gebrüder Weiss, hopes for many fellow takers for secure truck parking: "As soon as further forwarding companies join, we can better help each other with available and urgently needed parking spaces." The fact that access is only granted to trucks registered on the platform makes the parking space particularly secure.

Safety equipment of truck parking spaces made transparent

Bosch Secure Truck Parking does not only indicate the available parking spaces. The booking portal also provides valuable information about their safety equipment. "We enhance the efficiency, convenience and security of truck parking", says Dr. Jan-Philipp Weers, Head of Bosch Secure Truck Parking. "In addition to the available parking spaces, our platform also provides information on the safety equipment of the individual areas via a filter function – this is particularly important from the freight security point of view. It also provides information on the convenience features, such as sanitary facilities with showers or restaurant services", adds Dr. Jan-Philipp Weers.

Automatic and cashless billing via the portal

Parking fees are billed to the freight forwarder at the end of the month, doing without any annoying paperwork. "With the Bosch solution, dispatchers can easily and quickly book a truck parking space at my truck stop", says Rolf Küstner, Managing Partner of the Thiersheim truck stop. "I am pleased that the platform now gives me direct access to the dispatchers". As one of the first truck stops, the Bavarian truck stop in Thiersheim offers 10 truck parking spaces via the Bosch platform.

Safety technology protects drivers, vehicles and freight

In principle, Bosch offers the rest area operators to also equip the areas with in-house safety technology. Also offered: Video monitoring via a Bosch Security Control Center, including virtual guard rounds. Different access control systems can also be connected via the platform. The parking space, for instance, at the Thiersheim truck stop is under video surveillance. A camera captures the number plate of the truck upon entry and exit and compares it with the booking data. Bosch customers also have a terminal with a voice connection to a 24/7 service line.

Bosch Service Solutions is a leading global supplier of Business Process Outsourcing for complex business processes and services. Using the latest technology and the Internet of Things, the division develops integrated and innovative service solutions in the areas of Mobility, Monitoring, and Customer Experience. Around 8,000 associates at 27 locations support national and international customers in more than 35 languages, primarily from the automotive, travel and transportation, and logistics sectors as well as information and communication technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” 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, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development.

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