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Bosch makes autonomous lawn care even smarter: Indego S+ robotic lawnmower uses IFTTT platform

Manuel Roj

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More convenience through connected products and services

  • Automation of the home with over 700 connectable products and services
  • Daily lawn care made easy thanks to personalized Applets
  • Voice control via Google Assistant and many other options
Indego robotic lawnmower

Autonomous lawn care is even more convenient with the Connect models of the Bosch Indego robotic lawnmower: Garden lovers can now connect their Indego S+ with over 700 products and services via the IFTTT connectivity platform at www.ifttt.com. The Indego S+ is one of the first robotic lawnmowers on the market, which makes home automation accessible to users in this way. Bosch has opted for a leading provider in this field to do this: More than 18 million registered users already use IFTTT to connect smart products and services in their home and garden. IFTTT, short for “if this, then that”, enables users to get all their apps and devices talking to each other. Predefined or self-created “if, then” rules known as Applets offer garden lovers various options to control the robotic lawnmower and to adapt lawn care to their own requirements. The Indego is in good company: Bosch household appliances such as the Roxxter robot vacuum cleaner or connected coffee and washing machines are also available on IFTTT. This way, Bosch is consistently expanding the possibilities with connectivity.

Even more convenience with numerous connections

The predefined Applets in IFTTT, which are available for the Indego Connect models, include, for example, the connection to Google Assistant. If users select this feature, they can communicate with their robotic lawnmower via voice control – starting and pausing it or order its return to the docking station. This gives users another voice control option via IFTTT in addition to Amazon Alexa. There are many other possibilities to connect products and services: If you use a sensor-controlled watering system such as Miyo, this can be connected with the Indego S+. “If Miyo detects wet grass, send Indego to the docking station.” Then the watering system and the robotic lawnmower do not get in each other's way. The same applies to an upcoming barbecue: If your Google Calender and Indego S+ are linked, the lawnmower will automatically drive into the docking station as soon as the barbecue starts. It is also possible to connect multiple products and services: If, for example, you activate the GPS function on your smartphone and link it to the Bosch Indego and Roxxter, Indego S+ can mow the lawn as soon as you leave for work and Roxxter can vacuum your home. The user can also connect the Netatmo weather service to Indego. If, for example, you want the robotic lawnmower to stay in the docking station on rainy days, you can activate the relevant Applet: “Send Indego to the docking station if it starts to rain.” In addition to “SmartMowing”, this connection gives the user the option to plan exactly when to next mow the lawn thanks to the weather service. The proven “SmartMowing” function on Indego Connect models analyzes data such as temperature and rainfall, as well as additional data such as garden size, lawn growth and user preferences, to automatically calculate the best time for the next cut.

This is how it works

These are only a few examples of what the Indego S+ can do thanks to IFTTT. The customization options are endless. If you wish to use the platform, simply go to www.ifttt.com/indegoconnect and create a free-of-charge IFTTT account. Immediately a range of predefined Applets that easily can be switched on and off are then displayed. By switching on the desired Applets, the user can easily link them to their Bosch Smart Gardening account by using the same email address for both applications. If the required Applet does not exist, you can quickly create it by yourself according to your personal preferences. This way everyone can automate their home and garden care individually.

All Indego Connect models are now available on IFTTT. The service is free of charge and a software update for Indego S+ or the app is not required.

The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2019, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of 4.8 billion euros, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. In 2020, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

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.

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