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Mobile, multi-sensor alarm device combines pressure, sound, and motion sensors to detect break-ins

  • New Bosch product available now: mobile alarm device for the home, vehicle, motorhome, shed, or garage
  • Features intelligent combination of pressure, sound, and motion sensors
  • Works almost anywhere thanks to integrated SIM card and Wi-Fi
  • Sends alarm notification straight to smartphone
  • From idea to mass production in just 15 months

Ludwigsburg, Germany – According to current crime statistics, people in Germany report around 240 domestic burglaries and almost 600 thefts from vehicles every day (source: Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik 2019). Especially when it comes to areas that are difficult to secure and monitor, such as attics, laundry rooms, garages, and community gardens, or even caravans and vintage cars, the only security solutions available are often intended exclusively for individual use cases. With Spexor, Bosch has developed a mobile alarm device that people can use flexibly in almost any location and for a wide range of applications. Its powerful battery means the device remains active for several weeks, while software updates ensure it is always up to date. “Our Spexor mobile alarm device is certain to give users peace of mind – whether they’re at home or out and about,” says Dr. Marko Häckel, the head of sales and alliance management for Spexor. He co-developed and brought Spexor to market with Tobias Riedel, the head of product management and engineering. Setting up the device is incredibly simple: just download the app, scan the QR code, and configure Spexor with the app. The device is available in Germany now from the Bosch Smart Home online shop.

What sets Bosch’s compact security guard apart are the high precision and intelligent combination of its sensors, enabling Spexor to reliably detect break-ins.

Tobias Riedel, head of product management and engineering

Compact security guard

Spexor is the size of a coffee cup and houses several sensors that detect motion, sound, and changes to air pressure in a radius of approximately five meters around the device. “What sets Bosch’s compact security guard apart are the high precision and intelligent combination of its sensors, enabling Spexor to reliably detect break-ins,” says co-developer Riedel. If, for instance, the device is placed in garden shed and a football bounces against the window, the sound and pressure sensors detect the change. However, this alone does not set off the alarm. Only when Spexor detects movement inside the shed does the sensitive security device trigger the alarm and send a warning to the user’s smartphone. Depending on the individual settings, the device also sounds an alarm and the built-in LEDs flash red as a direct deterrent to burglars.

Security almost anywhere

Not only is Bosch’s mobile, multi-sensor alarm device suitable for use at home; thanks to its rechargeable battery, it can be placed almost anywhere that security is important. A Wi-Fi connection or cellular network is all Spexor needs to do its job when a break-in occurs. With a battery life of several weeks, this little security guard is an ideal partner for tasks like protecting motorhomes when parked or looking after expensive equipment, tools, or winter tires stored in a garden shed. Another factor that means Spexor can be used almost anywhere is that it can be operated and stored at ambient temperatures of –10 to +60 degrees Celsius. Data privacy was also a top priority in the development of the alarm device: Spexor has no camera and does not analyze or store any voice data. And when it is turned off, it really is off.

Over-the-air software updates

A Wi-Fi or cellular network connection keeps Spexor up to date. In the future, further functions and applications will also be installed on the device via software updates. “We know from our extensive market research that in addition to break-ins, customers also want such a device to detect fires and dangerous gases – whether at home or on a camping trip. That’s why our goal is to make such additional functions available in the future as software updates for the existing device,” Häckel says.

From idea to production in 15 months

It took just 15 months for the alarm device to make the journey from initial product idea to mass production thanks to Bosch’s in-house startup platform, grow. Bosch’s startup incubator drives innovation within and outside the company’s existing core business, based on agile product development. With locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan, North America, and Latin America, grow is the global home for startups within the technology company. The startup platform currently has 11 ongoing projects in the incubation phase worldwide.

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.

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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