Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a few months

Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality… in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed Automobilwoche that the two companies will put test vehicl…
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Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone conduct V2X trials for connected cars

Bosch, Huawei, and Vodafone have teamed up to conduct V2X (vehicle-to-everything) trials in Munich ahead of connected cars hitting the road.

We’ve heard plenty about V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) trials, but real-world rollouts of connected cars will require both. V2I technology enables connected cars to communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and online services.

The partners are using Cellular-V2X for their research and lending their expertise in manufacturing, IoT, and mobile technology to ensure it’s ready for the road.

On the A9 freeway near Munich, the partners observed how navigation requires full concentration due to the dangerous habits of fellow drivers. Other vehicles kept cutting in front of the car — causing the driver to break abruptly — something which is often the cause of many accidents, slow-moving traffic, and stress.

The companies have demonstrated how today’s driver assistance systems can evolve beyond real-time alerts into the ability to accelerate and brake as needed based on information from a wide range of sources.

In a press release, Bosch wrote:

“Through mobile telephony, connected cars can directly transmit information, such as their position and speed, to all vehicles within a radius of more than 300 meters. Moreover, they can do so without going through any intermediate channels via the base stations and with virtually no delay.”

One example of this could be a car up ahead experiencing some wheel slippage on ice, or roadside infrastructure reporting a lane closure before it’s even in the driver’s sight. This data can be used by the car to slow down or make lane changes at a safe and optimum time.

“Even in congested traffic, this function makes driving even more relaxed and stress-free for drivers, while also preventing abrupt braking and acceleration on the freeway. Overall, traffic becomes smoother and more efficient. Thanks to the foresight provided by the technology, vehicles can go with the flow.”

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Bosch opens its Berlin IoT campus

Bosch has opened a new hub in Berlin where it will advance its push into the Internet of Things.

The company will use its hub in Berlin to work alongside the many players working on related solutions in the area which includes software and hardware providers, technology partners, and startups.

Speaking alongside Berlin’s mayor, Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner said:

“With our new premises, we are building bridges between our own IoT experts and others in Berlin’s creative and digital scenes. The inauguration of the Bosch IoT campus is another important building block for Berlin as a digital capital.

We believe in openness for the internet of things – open ecosystems and open collaboration and partnership. This idea is also reflected in the campus concept,”

More than 250 Bosch associates are working at the new campus. Over the next few years, the number of associates is expected to rise to around 400.

Michael Hahn, Bosch Software Innovations, commented on the campus:

“With its cloud-based Bosch IoT Suite software platform, Bosch is a leader in technology. We are now combining this expertise with our broad knowledge of IoT consulting and applications at our new Berlin location.

Our customers and partners will benefit from having their companies, some of which are still analog, seamlessly transported into the age of connectivity.”

Back in December, the venture capital arm of Bosch purchased a "significant number" of MIOTA cryptocurrency for the IOTA distributed ledger platform. While we’re yet to hear the full details of what this partnership may entail, it’s a sign of trust in the ‘Tangle’-based Blockchain alternative being designed for IoT use.

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Nokia teaming up with Bosch for industrial IoT play

Nokia has entered into a strategic partnership with Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions to make it feasible for enterprises and communications service providers to easily deploy industrial IoT solutions from sensors through to applications.

The initial work will focus on asset tracking, predictive maintenance and environmental monitoring use cases. Both companies are currently conducting several customer trials in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and commercially available solutions expected in early 2018.

Nokia will be providing its IoT connectivity, IMPACT/Netguard secure IoT Cloud platform and WING for IoT connectivity services by leveraging the ecosystem of mobile operators and sensing services, whereas Bosch will provide smart connected sensor devices to enable industrial customers to improve their overall equipment efficiency and safety.

These devices measure and transmit relevant environmental data based on high-quality Bosch MEMS sensors embedded in an energy-efficient architecture. The partnership will enable easier and more rapid development of solutions designed for large logistics providers, operators and industrial players.

In another strategic collaboration, Nokia and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will expedite the migration of service provider applications to the cloud and drive digital innovation for large enterprise customers. As sister publication CloudTech reported, the two companies will bring together a unique and powerful set of solutions that will enable service providers to implement cloud strategies faster leveraging Nokia's expertise in wireless, wireline and 5G technologies.

Solutions such as the Nokia SD-WAN and its IMPACT IoT platform – along with AWS Greengrass, machine learning and artificial intelligence services – will help large organisations that require fully managed connectivity to access cloud infrastructure, and fully integrated IoT and analytics solutions to enhance their productivity and ease of digitalisation. Latest from the homepage

Bosch employee canteen in Singapore gets benefit of IoT-controlled air con

Bosch IoT cooling

German engineering and electronics company Bosch has used IoT sensors in its own premises in Singapore to control temperatures and save on power-hungry air conditioning.

A research team at the company is using colleagues as guinea pigs and has fitted a number of its sensors in its the canteen at Bosch Singapore, in order to trial a new IoT system they’ve developed. The sensors are used by employees to control the temperature in the canteen to make eating more comfortable in the sometimes stifling tropical heat of Southeast Asia.

Bodo Staudacher, a research scientist at Bosch Research and Technology Center Asia Pacific in Singapore, explains in a blog post that the company wanted to know if it was possible to harness IoT to make the air-conditioning in public spaces smarter.

“This would make it more comfortable for users and better for both the budget and environment,” he said.

A more comfortable canteen

Using the canteen at Bosch Singapore, the engineers set up a system that allowed workers there to have the air conditioning set to individual tastes. The strength of air conditioning can quickly become an issue in public spaces where occupancy rates are constantly changing, as Staudacher points out: “If it’s empty, you need snow gear, but [you] swelter when it’s full.”

As diners sit down to enjoy their hot pots, they now share their table with the Bosch XDK, an IoT programmable sensor device, Staudacher explains: “As well as an array of sensors, this platform has two buttons. Obviously, we needed red for hotter and blue for cooler.”

Energy-efficient ceiling fans connected to the cloud can be remotely adjusted to direct air flow. When diners press a button, it changes the fan speed and temperature settings. This is done via a telemetry message to the Bosch IoT Suite running on the Bosch IoT Cloud.

Staudacher writes that the Bosch IoT Things’ central registry features a ‘digital twin’ of the fans and sensors. “This creates near-real time representation of a device online. It means you can communicate with it regardless of the device’s connectivity status,” he said.

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Too darn hot

The system collects data from the digital twin and uses an algorithm to calculate the optimum set points for both the fans and the air-conditioning system. This is then relayed to devices.

The engineers also set up a feedback panel at the canteen entrance to see if the IoT system was working; users could rate whether the temperature was too cold or hot for their liking.

“Since we wanted to create a better experience for diners and lower energy consumption, we needed to check they were happy with the result.” He said.

He added that results back from the system and the addition of ceiling fans meant that the company could increase the canteen thermostat from 24.5°C to around 26°C and the feedback from diners remained positive.

“This temperature change almost halved the canteen’s cooling demands. We estimate that this will not only save around 4,000 Singapore dollars annually but reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than eight tonnes,” said Staudacher.

Read more: UCSD engineers develop near-zero-power sensor for ‘unawearables’

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Intel and Bosch team up to monitor air pollution

Intel and Bosch team up on air quality

Air pollution is a big topic at the moment, with key global cities taking steps to address the issue, such as banning cars from particular areas or at particular times of day. According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), some 7 million people worldwide died prematurely as a result of exposure to air pollution during 2012.

Measuring air quality is thus considered a vital component of smart city infrastructure and, with that in mind, semiconductor giant Intel and manufacturing and engineering company Bosch have joined forces to produce an air quality measuring kit.

Read more: Port of Hamburg turns to Internet of Things to track pollution

Multiple measurements

The Intel-based Bosch Air Quality Micro Climate Monitoring System (MCMS) is designed to take a very wide range of measurements. These include monitoring levels of what the US Environmental Protection Agency refers to as ‘criteria pollutants’, which include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and ground-level ozone.

The system also measures temperature, relative humidity, light (including ultraviolet), sound and pressure.

What makes the MCMS sensor device stand out is that it is one-hundredth of the size of more traditional air quality monitoring stations. Bosch claims the end-to-end MCMS system (which includes software, sensors and service) is cheaper, too, in comparison to the $ 150,000 to $ 250,000 price tags more commonly associated with monitoring stations. The MCMS devices are also extremely light, making them easy to install and relocate within an urban area, as needed.

The MCMS service is underpinned by the Intel IoT Platform and Wind River’s Helix Device Cloud for edge device management. This provides access to measurement data, remote monitoring of devices, cloud-based analytics, data management and visualization software. Built-in security and the ability to scale up to 5G and other machine-to-machine connectivity technologies are key advantages, according to Intel and Bosch.

Read more: Greentomatocars joins IoT network mapping air pollution in London

All about the data

With access to cloud analytics, it is possible to generate time and location-based trend analysis for forecasting and studying the effects of policy changes over time – for example, the impact that traffic restrictions have on a particular area of town.

Meanwhile, the monitoring units can generate real-time alerts, so that authorities can issue warnings to the public, for example, if  air quality deteriorates.

Further uses include the monitoring of industrial settings, to help businesses meet the demands of environmental and worker safety regulations.

As Dr Chris Harding, director of tech industry consortium The Open Group told Internet of Business: “Air quality information could be used by multiple smart city applications, including city planning, traffic management, and health statistics analysis. It could be made available as open data for use by third-party applications, for example to help people choose where to live.”

“These applications typically are not all planned together at the same time, but are developed by different organizations at different times, in response to citizens’ changing needs and priorities. The challenge is to create a data architecture in which this data can be combined with data of other kinds (street plans, traffic flows, demographics, and so on) as and when required by the applications that use it.”

Read more: Multitasking garbage trucks scan streets for more than trash

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Bosch makes historic investment in IoT with new wafer fab

Bosch makes historic investment in IoT with new wafer fab

German engineering company Bosch has placed a big bet on the future value of the IoT, with a €1 billion investment to build a wafer fabrication centre in Dresden, Germany.

Wafers are used in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, primarily for integrated circuits. The process of manufacturing semiconductors always starts with a silicon disc – the wafer. The bigger a wafer’s diameter, the more chips that can be made from it per manufacturing cycle.

Bosch says it is investing in the wafer ‘fab’ in order to manufacture chips based on 12-inch wafers, in response to growing demand for IoT and mobility applications. In fact, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that the global semiconductor market is set to grow by more than 5 percent annually up to 2019, with the mobility and IoT market segments growing especially strongly.

Compared with conventional 6- and 8-inch wafer fabs, Bosch suggests that 12-inch wafer technology offers economies of scale. These wafers should therefore help Bosch to meet rising demand for semiconductors brought about by the growth of IoT applications such as those relating to smart homes and smart cities.

Dresden’s microelectronics cluster, known to some as ‘Silicon Saxony’, is well-known in Europe. It includes automotive suppliers and service providers, as well as universities offering technological expertise. Construction of Bosch’s high-tech plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019, with manufacturing operations commencing at the end of 2021. Bosch intends to collaborate closely with local companies, to reinforce not only Germany’s, but also Europe’s, position as an industrial location. The company estimates that the fab will create as many as 700 new jobs in Dresden.

An ‘historic’ investment

“The new wafer fab is the biggest single investment in Bosch’s more than 130-year history,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

“Semiconductors are the core components of all electronic systems. With connectivity and automation growing, they are being used in more and more areas of application. By extending our semiconductor manufacturing capacity, we are giving ourselves a sound basis for the future and strengthening our competitiveness,” Denner said.

Bosch has a strong pedigree in this space. For more than 45 years, the company has been making semiconductor chips in multiple variants, above all as application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), power semiconductors, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Bosch ASICs have been used in vehicles since 1970 and the company claims that, during 2016, every car rolling off production lines worldwide had on average more than nine Bosch chips on board.

At its wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany, Bosch currently manufactures roughly 1.5 million ASICs and 4 million MEMS sensors a day based on 6- and 8-inch technology. Overall, the company has made more than 8 billion MEMS sensors since 1995. It is therefore well placed to expand its operations with the 12-inch wafer to meet demand for IoT.

Bosch wafer fab, Fertigung (Credit: Bosch)

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Welcome investment

The investment has also been welcome by the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, who said: “We applaud Bosch’s decision to invest in Saxony. Strengthening semiconductor expertise in Germany, and thus in Europe as well, is an investment in a key technology of the future, and thus a very important step toward preserving and enhancing competitiveness, also of Germany as an industrial location.”

Subject to the approval of the European Commission, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) plans to support the construction and commissioning of the new wafer fab in Dresden. In addition, the Digital Hub Initiative launched by the BMWi aims to make Dresden an IoT ecosystem.

Read more: GE moves to automate industrial field service operations

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Bosch announces its billion-dollar self-driving car chip plant


Bosch, the world’s largest supplier of automotive parts, has announced plans to build a €1 billion ($ 1.1 billion) semiconductor plant, focused on self-driving cars, smart homes, and smart city infrastructure. The factory will be located in Dresden, Germany and should be ready by 2021, according to Bloomberg. See Also: Industry split on when first commercial self-driving vehicle will be ready Bosch already supplies automakers with chips and software for cars, this factory will vastly expand the company’s output and allow it to develop unique chips specifically for autonomous systems,…Read More

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