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Posted on February 20, 2020 by staff

Bosch connects cars, mobile machinery – and baby prams

Bosch is connecting cars, mobile machinery and baby prams through its open Internet of Things platform.

Bosch.IO, a new wholly-owned Bosch subsidiary, has already deployed its core Bosch IoT Suite product to carry out more than 250 IoT projects jointly with customers in the retail, energy, building, manufacturing, consumer goods, agriculture and mobility sectors.

“Bosch.IO projects epitomise the efficient development of scalable and secure IoT solutions using the cloud and the open-source-based Bosch IoT Suite,” said Dr. Stefan Ferber, a member of the Bosch.IO executive management.

The Bosch IoT Suite services customers opt for are then integrated into the cloud environments the customers prefer for their projects.

The Bosch IoT Suite is the core enabler of car manufacturer Daimler’s firmware over-the-air updates. Some four million car owners already receive new versions of vehicle software – for example, infotainment system updates – via the cellular network.

For the Swedish baby pram manufacturer Emmaljunga, Bosch has developed an assistance system with an extensive set of comfort and safety features. Called eStroller, it comes with powered push and automatic brake assist functions, as well as a link to a smartphone app. Based on the Bosch IoT Suite, this app puts added features such as an alarm function at users’ fingertips.

Energy provider EWE uses the Bosch IoT Suite to manage power consumption data in an efficient way. This also opens the door to value-added services. For example, the data can be used to analyse consumption and provide detailed, clear information about the biggest electricity consumers in the home. This helps users save energy.

Bosch IoT Suite is also the central software platform for Bosch IoT solutions. For example, the Suite connects smart cameras from Bosch Building Technologies with the cloud and existing back ends. This connection provides a cost-effective means of managing cameras throughout their life cycles and updating devices’ and gateways’ software and firmware.

Subsidiary Bosch Rexroth specialises in drive and control technology and used the Bosch IoT Suite to build BODAS Connect, its solution for mobile machinery. Open and scalable, this solution for end-to-end connectivity affords access to specific machine information.

After-sales services such as software updates can be delivered at the touch of a button, even without service staff present on site. Reform, a manufacturer of municipal and agricultural vehicles, has also adopted BODAS Connect to quickly troubleshoot malfunctions in its mobile machinery.