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More information for farmers: Bosch sensor solution for asparagus cultivation receives award

System to be premiered at AGRITECHNICA trade fair in November

  • Bosch's goal: optimize growing conditions for asparagus
  • Bosch's approach: connected wireless sensors transmit field temperature to the farmer's smartphone
  • Benefits: farmers save time and money
  • Bosch pools its expertise in sensor technology and in the internet of things
Katharina Hogh-Binder

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Stuttgart – Bosch has developed a new type of wireless sensor that is helping to improve asparagus yields, and this achievement has been recognized with a Silver Medal from the AGRITECHNICA Innovations Commission. AGRITECHNICA is the world's largest trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment (November 10-14, 2015, in Hannover, Germany). The sensor measures the temperature in the beds where the popular vegetable is grown and transmits it to the farmer's smartphone. Farmers can use this data to track the temperature changes of their crops in detail and optimize the growing conditions. In explaining its decision, the Commission stated that the wireless sensor increased the share of marketable produce and therefore boosted farmers' incomes. The system also saves time and money, as farmers need to visit their fields less frequently. “This practical solution improves the information farmers have at their disposal. It can either be expanded for further use in asparagus growing or transferred to other crops,” wrote the Commission.

Sensors help foil regulate temperature
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 mounds using sunlight, the foil is laid with the black side facing up. To cool them when it gets too warm, the foil is laid with the white side facing up.

The Bosch solution 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 a cloud that is based on the Bosch IoT Suite. From there the data is routed to an app on the farmer's smartphone. The Bosch IoT Suite is a comprehensive software solution that can be used to develop, provide, and operate applications in the internet of things. Developers from several Bosch divisions came together to work on the sensor solution, led by Bosch's own startup, Deepfield Robotics. “We have once again combined our expertise in sensors and in the internet of things,” said Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner about the software solution.

Premiere in November
The connected sensors will be presented to the public at AGRITECHNICA, the world's largest trade fair for agricultural equipment, running from November 10-14, 2015, in Hannover, Germany.

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About Bosch

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.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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