Lo­cal of­fer­ings from Bosch In­dia drive tran­si­tion to IoT era

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Bosch In­dia is driv­ing the tran­si­tion to the in­ter­net of things (IoT) era by draw­ing on its in­no­va­tions and over a cen­tury’s legacy. With tech­no­log­i­cal supremacy be­ing built on the foun­da­tion of con­nec­tiv­ity, Bosch has been de­vel­op­ing lo­cal so­lu­tions that specif­i­cally cater to the needs of the In­dian cus­tomer.

“The jour­ney to­wards ‘con­nected’ be­gan years ago at Bosch In­dia. We have been in­vest­ing in the re­gion con­sis­tently and for the fi­nan­cial year 2017-18 we will in­vest over Rs 900 crore,” Soumitra Bhat­tacharya, Pres­i­dent, Bosch Group In­dia, and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Bosch Limited, said. Elab­o­rat­ing on the need to in­vest to­day in fu­ture tech­nolo­gies, he fur­ther said, “Roughly 15% of our yearly in­vest­ment is di­rected to­wards R&D ac­tiv­i­ties. The re­gion ac­counts for over 30% of the Group’s R&D en­gi­neer pool, mak­ing Bosch In­dia the largest cen­tre out­side Germany with 18,500 engi­neers.”

Bosch cre­ates cut­ting-edge ser­vices to gather in­tel­li­gence and de­liver mean­ing­ful in­sights. Speak­ing in this re­gard, Vi­jay Rat­na­parkhe, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Pres­i­dent, Robert Bosch En­gi­neer­ing and Busi­ness So­lu­tions, an­nounced the launch of a lo­cally de­vel­oped Mi­cro Cli­mate Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem (MCMS) in New Delhi. “Cli­mate risk is per­ti­nent ir­re­spec­tive of where you are lo­cated. When mostly all as­pects of daily life are con­nected and com­pat­i­ble, it only makes sense to have an ac­cu­rate in­di­ca­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity lev­els to de­vise the best liv­ing and work­ing con­di­tions,” he said.

MCMS can aid in re­lay­ing crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion such as Par­tic­u­late Mat­ter, NOx, Car­bon Monox­ide, and other im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal pa­ram­e­ters, by which the qual­ity of life for cit­i­zens can be en­hanced. Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther Rat­na­parkhe said, “In the age of IoT when all de­vices are in­ter­con­nected and can speak with one an­other, air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing is just one of the many tech­nolo­gies that en­able this con­nec­tiv­ity and bet­ter de­ci­sion­mak­ing even for in­dus­tries.”

Across all re­gions, Bosch roughly files 18 patents per work­ing day. In In­dia, draw­ing on the strength of its vast R&D base, since 2006 the Group has filed over 1,000 patents. “Bosch In­dia’s R&D jour­ney will gain mo­men­tum as In­dia is one of the 3 lo­ca­tions iden­ti­fied by the global team to set up an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence cen­tre,” Rat­na­parkhe said. In 5 years, prod­ucts fea­tur­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence are ex­pected to ac­count for 10% of Bosch Group’s sales glob­ally.

Con­nected so­lu­tions

In Fe­bru­ary 2017, Bosch launched lo­cally de­vel­oped con­nected ve­hi­cle so­lu­tions for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle fleet. The prod­uct al­lows the owner to track, trace, ge­ofence and get cus­tom alerts in case of any de­vi­a­tions. It is con­nected di­rectly to the ve­hi­cle’s bat­tery and does not rely on emis­sion norms and there­fore all ve­hi­cles un­der BS-II, BS-III and BS-IV can also reap the ben­e­fit of this so­lu­tion. In ad­di­tion to the de­vice, Bosch pro­vides ex­ter­nal in­ter­faces, such as the panic but­ton and fuel sen­sor to of­fer an in­te­grated and con­nected so­lu­tion. Bosch In­dia now pro­vides an­swers per­tain­ing to ques­tions re­lat­ing to a car’s health, safety and com­fort of pas­sen­gers at the tip of one’s fin­ger.

In­ter­net of ‘my’ things

Bosch is turn­ing things into part­ners, and its world­wide lead­er­ship in Mi­cro­elec­trome­chan­i­cal Sen­sors (MEMS) is aid­ing this cause. The re­tail in­dus­try, in par­tic­u­lar, is ben­e­fit­ting from the per­son­al­iza­tion of IoT based on in­sights gained from study­ing the be­hav­ior and pref­er­ences of users. It en­ables the per­son­al­iza­tion of prod­ucts/ ser­vices, en­hance­ment of ex­ist­ing of­fer­ings, and the de­ploy­ment of vir­tual per­sonal as­sis­tants.

Bosch’s one-stop smart re­tail so­lu­tions range from as­set mon­i­tor­ing and fleet man­age­ment, to en­ergy mon­i­tor­ing and in-store an­a­lyt­ics. These bridge the re­tail gap be­tween phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal stores and im­prove cus­tomer of­fer­ings. The per­son­al­ized IoT so­lu­tions of Bosch de­liver ben­e­fits of re­duced costs, in­creased rev­enues, ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions and im­proved cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence.

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