Bosch is launching its own cloud for web-based services. In the Bosch IoT Cloud, the international supplier of technology services runs various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries, and connected buildings businesses. The first cloud is located in Germany. As of today, the company offers all the ace cards for the connected world from a single source.
“We are now a full service provider for connectivity and the internet of things,” said Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Bosch is the only company worldwide that is active on all three levels of the internet of things. The Bosch Group offers key technologies that enable connectivity such as sensors and software, and is also developing new services on this basis.
“A major factor in the success of connected solutions is their scalability. 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,” said Denner, who is also responsible for research and advance engineering on the Bosch board of management.
The Bosch IoT Cloud comprises technical infrastructure as well as platform and software offerings. To begin with, the supplier of technology and services will use it for in-house solutions. From 2017, it will also be made available as a service to other companies.
Cloud located in Germany
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. The Bosch IoT Cloud is the answer to those concerns.” Bosch operates its IoT cloud in its own computing center 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.
The brain of the connected world: the Bosch IoT Suite
The software core of the Bosch IoT Cloud is the company’s own IoT Suite. It identifies any objects that are web-enabled, orchestrates the exchange of data, and enables a multitude of services and business models. Big data management allows enormous amounts of data to be analyzed. “The Bosch IoT Suite is the brain of the connected world. It offers all the functions necessary to connect devices, users, and companies,” Denner said. Rules for automatic decisions can be stored in the Bosch IoT Suite – such as when patterns of wear and tear should be reported and preventive action taken to service machinery. Bosch and its customers already operate many solutions and projects that are based on this platform. The Bosch IoT Cloud currently connects more than five million devices and machines.
Bosch IoT competence for the connected world
Speaking to the conference’s 800 delegates, Denner stressed that this digital transformation should not be understood as a threat. “Digital transformation and increasing connectivity are huge opportunities for us.” In particular, it offers those companies with a strong industrial base and outstanding hardware expertise the potential not only to develop their traditional businesses but also to enter completely new fields. “The key prerequisite for this is to have in-house software and IT expertise. Bosch has been building these capabilities for many years.”