Published: March 11, 2016| Berlin
The Bosch IoT Cloud for connected automobiles will run various applications for its connected mobility, connected industries and connected buildings businesses.
The first cloud is located in Germany. “As of today, we offer all the ace cards for the connected world from a single source. 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,” said Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner at the Bosch ConnectedWorld conference in Berlin.
“Bosch IoT Suite as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provide a toolbox in the cloud. The software services make it easier for IoT solution developers to release applications in the Internet of Things. It serves as the platform on which Bosch and its customers build a broad range of solutions and projects. More than five million devices and machines are already connected via the Bosch IoT Suite. At present, the Bosch IoT Suite services are integrated in the Bosch IoT Cloud marketplace. In the future, it will be possible to use certain services via other marketplaces that are based on Cloud Foundry.”
Bosch is active on 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.
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. 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 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.