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Bosch launches own IoT cloud

William Payne
March 15, 2016
 
Bosch is launching its own cloud for IoT web-based services, aimed at connected mobility, industry and building markets. Bosch's IoT cloud aims to provide value added applications and analytics designed for each market, as well as ensure high levels of security and privacy. The first Bosch IoT cloud has been established in Germany.
 
Making the announcement at last week’s Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin, Bosch chief executive Volkmar Denner said: “The Bosch IoT cloud is the final piece of the puzzle that completes our software expertise. We are now a full service provider for connectivity and the internet of things.”
 
Denner said Bosch was active on all three levels of the internet of things, offering technologies that enable connectivity such as sensors and software, and developing new services based on these.
 
“A major factor in the success of connected solutions is their scalability,” said Denner. “Business models must be able to grow quickly when necessary. The Bosch IoT cloud means Bosch now has the relevant infrastructure. We see this as a major milestone for Bosch.”
 
To begin with, Bosch will use its IoT cloud for in-house services. From 2017, it will also be made available as a service to other companies.
 
Denner stressed that it was a conscious decision to locate the cloud in Germany.
 
“Many companies and consumers state that security concerns keep them from using cloud technologies and connectivity solutions,” he said. “The Bosch IoT cloud is the answer to those concerns.”
 
Bosch operates its IoT cloud in its own computing centre near Stuttgart. As Denner explained: “Consumers want to know whether their data are protected and secure. For this reason, the security we offer our customers is always state of the art.”
 
The fundamental legal framework for this is German and European data-security regulations. As Denner explained: “The fact that the Bosch IoT cloud is located in Germany gives it a competitive edge. Our cloud is a competitive advantage for Germany’s status as a seat of innovation.”
 
The software core of the Bosch IoT cloud is the company’s IoT Suite. It identifies objects that are web-enabled, orchestrates the exchange of data, and enables services and business models.
 
“The Bosch IoT Suite is the brain of the connected world,” Denner said. “It offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users and companies.”
 
Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. The Bosch IoT cloud currently connects more than five million devices and machines.
 
“Digital transformation and increasing connectivity are huge opportunities for us,” said Denner, arguing that it offers companies with a strong industrial base and hardware expertise the potential not only to develop their traditional businesses but also to enter new fields.
 
“The key prerequisite for this is to have in-house software and IT expertise,” he said. “Bosch has been building these capabilities for many years.”