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Bosch Building Technologies is one of the five founding members of the newly announced Open Security and Safety Alliance

Carola Hehle

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Reaction to today’s market characterized by the continued evolution of the Internet of Things

  • Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco and Vivotek joined forces by founding the Open Security & Safety Alliance
  • Goal is to develop a framework providing standards and specifications for components including an industry-specific operating system, IoT infrastructure and a collective approach for data security and privacy
  • Bosch start-up Security and Safety Things GmbH will closely cooperate with the alliance to ensure an innovative and compatible IoT platform for its members

Grasbrunn, Germany – Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco, and Vivotek Inc. jointly established the Open Security & Safety Alliance, Inc. This alliance is a non-profit, non-stock corporation that brings together likeminded organizations in order to outline specifications for a common standardized platform for security and safety solutions. “With this initiative, we set the foundation for the creation of a secure and reliable ecosystem for the security and safety industry that brings together hardware manufacturers, software developers, integrators, specifiers, consultants, users and many others,” says Tanja Rückert, President of Bosch Building Technologies. Collaboration and the definition of commonly agreed standards and specifications enables industry players to focus on the aspects that really add value for their customers and opens up new application possibilities. The current planned framework provides such standards and specifications for components including an industry-specific operating system, IoT infrastructure and a collective approach for data security and privacy. “The coming together of different industry stakeholders who appreciate the need for better standardization and innovation in this market couldn’t come at a better moment. Our collective end users depend on us to drive this new way of working together. This is a great initiative for Bosch and the other Alliance members, but ultimately the end users of security and safety solutions will be the biggest beneficiaries,” says Bernhard Schuster, Executive Vice President with responsibility for Sales and Marketing as well as Security and Safety Systems at Bosch Building Technologies.

Connectivity and data-centric solutions drive need for collaboration

Bosch Building Technologies sees the importance of a shift in the market towards data-centric solutions, which deliver greater benefits to customers. The current market is lacking common standards, making such a shift impossible. The existence and usage of many proprietary systems make the practical use of data complex and challenging. “Standardization, connectivity and seamless, cross-company integration is necessary if we want to provide innovative, IoT- and AI-based, data-driven solutions to our customers,” says Rückert. “This shift will require higher data security and privacy standards and should be consistently applied by all stakeholders. The alliance is the ideal forum to define these common standards.”

Many industry players involved

The establishment of the alliance by the five founding members – who are also forming its board – is the result of intense discussion and exchange of ideas with different companies active in video surveillance, access control, intrusion and building automation. The involved parties were ranging from manufacturers to component suppliers, software developers and integrators as well as distributors and current solution users. Currently, some 30 additional companies have already expressed an interest in joining the alliance. Ambarella, Anixter, AndroVideo, Kings Security and NetApp are the first early adopters who signed the membership. The Alliance is open to players within the security and safety markets as well as companies of adjacent markets.

Security and Safety Things GmbH will closely cooperate with the alliance

The Security and Safety Things GmbH (SAST), a recently founded start-up headquartered in Munich, will closely cooperate with the Open Security & Safety Alliance to ensure an innovative and compatible IoT platform for its members. SAST is creating a free operating system and a digital marketplace to deploy and manage software applications, initially for the security camera market. In future, SAST plans to extend the platform to additional IoT domains as well. SAST is set up as a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of the Bosch group’s strategic move into new, digital IoT-based growth areas. Going forward, SAST plans to win additional investors to further open up to external stakeholders, and to accelerate its ecosystem.

Contact person for press inquiries:
Carola Hehle
Phone: +49 89 6290-2794
E-mail: carola.hehle@de.bosch.com

The Bosch division Building Technologies is a leading global supplier of security, safety, and communications products and systems. In selected countries Bosch offers solutions and services for building security, energy efficiency and building automation. About 9,000 associates generated sales of roughly 2.0 billion euros in 2019. Protecting lives, buildings and assets is the major aim. The product portfolio includes video security, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems. Professional audio and conference systems for communication of voice, sound and music complete the range. Building Technologies develops and manufactures in its own plants in Europe, Americas and Asia.

Additional information can be accessed at www.boschbuildingtechnologies.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. 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 facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 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. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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