Bosch: Bosch.IO - new company pools the Bosch Group’s IoT and digital expertise

Bosch has consolidated its activities centered on the internet of things in a new subsidiary. With some 900 associates, Bosch.IO GmbH is now one of the driving forces for IoT (internet of things) solutions, covering everything from consulting to implementation and operation. "With Bosch.IO, we are strengthening our position as a leading IoT company," says Bosch board of management member Michael Bolle. What sets this new Bosch subsidiary apart is that its software and hardware developers work with cloud specialists and user experience designers on IoT projects of future importance. "With Bosch.IO’s new setup, we are combining the I and T in IoT to bring the internet of things to everything from roads and factory floors to homes and fields," says Bolle. The core element of the Bosch subsidiary’s product portfolio is the Bosch IoT Suite. It is the central technical platform for IoT solutions.

Bosch.IO is a new Bosch subsidiary created by combining the former Bosch Software Innovations GmbH with other specialized IoT and digital teams at Bosch. Its executive management comprises Dr. Stefan Ferber, Dr. Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Yvonne Reckling. The company is headquartered in Berlin. Further locations are in Germany, Bulgaria, China, Japan, Singapore, Spain, and the United States.

Even closer to the customer
By creating Bosch.IO, Bosch has, for one, adopted a more sector-centric stance in its IoT business. For the other, customers’ requirements figure even more prominently. "Our goal is to realize IoT projects faster and more efficiently," says Dr. Aleksandar Mitrovic, member of the Bosch.IO executive management. To this end, the company relies on interdisciplinary and agile teams that work together in ever-changing constellations. These include hardware and software developers, cloud specialists, solution architects, project managers, UX designers, business model innovators, and trainers. "We bring together people with the right skills for each IoT and digitalization project to meet customer requirements in the best possible way," says Mitrovic. These associates also have extensive experience in various sectors such as retail, energy, building technology, agriculture, manufacturing, consumer goods, and mobility. For its projects, Bosch.IO collaborates with Bosch’s roughly 30,000 software developers and AI experts. "Together, we develop sustainable digital business models, seamless technical integration, and connected ecosystems for and with our customers," says Mitrovic.

Alongside highly specialized solutions for individual segments, certain services of the Bosch IoT Suite can be used for a multitude of applications. This increases efficiency in development and operation, since complex and labor-intensive basic tasks need only be performed once. This includes, for example, a service to connect and manage devices as well as update software and firmware over the air, which enables everything from vehicle fleets and security cameras to machinery to stay continuously up to date.

IoT projects with the help of artificial intelligence
With the new Bosch subsidiary and Bosch engineers collaborating closely, AI technologies are set to feature more prominently in future IoT and digital projects. One example is the use of data mining methods to derive rules for machine learning from big data. The knowledge gained can serve to conveniently and securely control different manufacturers’ household appliances, among other things. Image comparison tools also benefit from AI: Bosch.IO uses them as part of Secure Product Fingerprint, an anti-counterfeiting solution. It identifies product surfaces, which offers consumers and business customers effective protection against counterfeit goods. AI-assisted methods also reliably detect when a two-wheeler has been involved in an accident and can automatically trigger an emergency call.

More than 10 million connected things
Bosch.IO can draw on many years’ experience gained in more than 250 IoT projects for international customers. The core product of Bosch.IO is the Bosch IoT Suite. It already connects more than ten million sensors, devices, and machines with their users and business applications, and it is Bosch’s central software platform for IoT solutions.


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