Vivatar – a digital guardian angel

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New app is a virtual companion during outdoor sports or on the way home

  • Friends and family digitally accompany users along the way
  • Trained Bosch associates provide round-the-clock service
  • Personal e-health card, for example for those with allergies or chronic dis-ease

Waiblingen, Germany – Going jogging in the dark, or heading home on foot after the last bus has already left is enough to make anyone feel uneasy. And for parents, it can be a worrying feeling when their child sets off for home from a friend’s house or a sports club late in the evening. This is where the new Bosch app comes in: Vivatar is the digital guardian angel for people out alone. People can use it to contact friends and family and be digitally “escorted” home via GPS. Users decide for themselves when they should be accompanied and by whom. Thanks to the integrated chat function, users and their companions can also communicate directly with one another. A premium version is also available, which offers the use of the Bosch emergency service and the storage of a personal e-health card. Effective immediately, Bosch is starting a test phase. Anyone interested in participating can sign up online at The app is available for iOS and Android.

Feeling uneasy? Activate the danger countdown

One special feature of Vivatar is its “danger countdown”: when users find themselves in a situation in which they don’t wish to call emergency services but want their “digital companions” to be extra alert, they can activate a danger countdown with a single click. This sends a warning signal to inform the companion. If the user does not deactivate the danger countdown within two minutes, a telephone call is automatically put through and the loudspeaker is activated. The companion is then able to hear what is happening in the user’s surroundings and can take further action if necessary.

Service subscription offers further benefits

Besides the free version, Bosch also offers a premium subscription containing helpful additional services. All users can test the premium version for free for 30 days.

E-health card: Subscribers can use the e-health card to store any relevant information. This could be, for example, persons to contact in case of emergency, but also existing chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes, current medication (insulin, blood pressure drugs), allergies to medication or food, as well as blood type.

Bosch emergency service: Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service can provide support in a wide range of situations. The Bosch associate who answers the emergency call can see the caller’s precise location as well as their e-health card, and can thus provide appropriate support. Regardless of whether the user is currently in a situation they perceive as unsafe or if medical attention is needed following a cycling accident in the woods – Bosch associates professionally assess the present situation, calm the user, and lend competent assistance. If necessary, the associate can call local emergency personnel, report the user’s precise location, and share any pertinent information from the user’s e-health card. The premium service costs 4.99 euros a month and can be canceled with notice to the end of the month.

At a glance: Vivatar – the digital guardian angel for people out alone

  • In the digital company of friends and family
  • Location determined by GPS
  • Chat and call function for users and companions
  • Danger countdown puts companion on heightened alert
  • Service subscription
  • o Bosch emergency service offers professional assistance from trained Bosch associates
  • o E-health card contains important information (such as health status, contact persons)
  • o 4.99 euros per month (free trial for 30 days!)
  • o Can be canceled with notice to the end of the month
  • Registration for the test phase already open at

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Bosch Healthcare Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. The subsidiary was established in 2015 with the aim of developing products and services that improve people’s health and quality of life. About 120 associates (state 2019) are currently employed at the company’s headquarters in Waiblingen, Germany. The subsidiary’s solutions draw on the Bosch Group’s core competencies: sensors to collect data, software to evaluate that data, and services based on this data analysis.

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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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