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Bosch Engineering setting the course for automated construction site with 5G campus network

Making construction sites safer and more efficient

  • Creation of a 5G campus network at the Holzkirchen location
  • Faster and more efficient data transfer enables advances in construction machinery automation
  • Bosch Engineering offers development of complete 5G-based systems from a single source
Cornelia Dürr

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Holzkirchen/Munich – 5G offers the construction industry new possibilities to make construction sites safer and more efficient in the future and to shorten construction times through mobile campus networks. The constantly evolving conditions on construction sites require flexible, high-performance networks. 5G technology allows large amounts of data to be exchanged quickly and securely between connected devices such as machinery, computers, and cloud servers. In the future, this will allow work processes to be made safer, more efficient, and more productive through partially and fully automated machinery. Construction vehicles will also be able to be controlled and monitored remotely, for example. By establishing a 5G campus network at the Holzkirchen location, Bosch Engineering has laid the foundation for the development of 5G-compatible construction machinery. “In contrast to conventional communication channels such as Wi-Fi and LTE, the wide range and low latency of the system meet all of the requirements for future automation of construction vehicles in terms of real-time capability and data transmission rates,” explains Heinz-Georg Schmitz, Director Engineering Mechatronic Solutions at Bosch Engineering.

The 5G architecture in Holzkirchen is designed as a standalone campus network and is used as a development environment for customer projects. The wireless network covers the inside of the workshop and test stand buildings as well as the commissioning area for off-highway machinery in the outdoor space. There, innovative automation functions can be tested and optimized under real-world conditions. Bosch Engineering will thus be able to offer complete development of 5G-based systems from a single source in the future, from concept development to production approval.

For commissioning and tests, an all-terrain robot controlled completely wirelessly is in use. The robot’s smart sensors and actuators communicate through the 5G network with a central controller outside the machine, which receives and processes the signals in real time and controls the actuators. “In the medium term, Bosch Engineering is pursuing the vision of transferring this approach to the automation of construction machinery. A central computer could then monitor and control multiple machines, continue to learn using artificial intelligence methods, and apply the new knowledge immediately,” says Schmitz. The complex processes on a construction site could then be bundled at one location and productivity and safety could be optimized further.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 45.3 billion euros in 2021, and thus contributed 58 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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.

Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,000 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. 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 some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

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

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