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Bosch establishes IoT company

Posted: 23 Dec 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bosch  Internet of Things  sensor  actuator  MEMS 

Robert Bosch GmbH has established a wholly-owned subsidiary company to engage in the market for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company will supply compact electronic products and software to make web-enabled devices across a range of applications. It will begin with sensor-based applications for networked homes, for traffic, transportation and logistics.

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will be headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany and make networked sensors and actuators with additional sites in Coimbatore, India, and Suzhou, China. The company did not indicate how many employees the company would have.

However, Bosch CDS can draw on the full range of MEMS-based sensors already in manufacture at Bosch for automotive and consumer applications for acceleration, pressure, rotation, magnetic field and temperature. These sensors can be added to with microcontrollers, batteries, radio ICs and software and then programmed to process measurement data and send useful information over the internet to other autonomous nodes such as switches and valves, or to user's smartphone.

"From vehicles and smart phones to containers and machines, by 2015 more than six billion things will be connected to the internet. Entirely new services will emerge that will transform people's everyday lives and open up huge new business opportunities. These services will rely on the smart networking of devices within wider systems," said Volkmar Denner, chair of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. "Setting up Bosch CDS is a key strategic step in our plans to expand our portfolio for the Internet of Things and services."

The use of MEMS sensors in volume started in the automotive industry in 1990s and a second wave of use in games consoles, smartphones, tablets increased sales of MEMS dramatically. The Internet of Things is expected to represent a third wave.

"We're convinced that it will far surpass the first two waves," said Denner. "Sensors, signal processing, batteries, and transmitters have become so small, energy efficient and inexpensive, even as all-in-one units, that they can be used in their billions. And at the same time radio networks are now available almost everywhere."

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times Europe

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