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Bosch forms new company to target Internet of Things

Manufacturing and technology giant Bosch has unveiled a new company to pursue the Internet of Things. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH will initially focus on sensor-based applications for “smart homes,” as well as solutions for transportation and logistics.

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, with additional sites in India and China. It specializes in the development of networked sensors and actuators, which convert electrical signals from sensors or control units into a physical action, such as automatically switching a light on and off or opening and closing a valve.

“From vehicles and smart phones to containers and machines – by 2015 more than six billion things will be connected to the Internet,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. “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.”

Using a combination of sensors and software, a smart home can detect that a window is open and link this information to a weather forecast, prompting the system to automatically close the window in advance of the approaching storm.

Another Internet of Things application involves “smart plugs” that can be used to switch a nursery’s irrigation system on and off depending on the soil’s moisture content.

Additionally, sensors integrated in packages and consignments of goods can be used to monitor their transportation. The data shows whether the goods have been handled roughly, dropped, left out in the rain, or exposed to unusual temperatures, so responsibility can be correctly assigned at all times.

Bosch is also in the midst of a “City of Tomorrow” project that aims to transform Monaco into a highly connected city by 2015. The project will initially focus on mobility. City infrastructure and public services – such as bus networks, parking lot management, paper and waste collection and information on roadwork – will be connected virtually, providing local residents with real-time information.

Citizens and visitors to Monaco will be able to interact with local government directly and without red tape. Communication between various service providers will also be improved. If one of the hilly city’s many elevators or escalators is not working properly, residents and visitors will be able to immediately find out where there is a functioning alternative or inform services if there is a need for maintenance.

“Bosch technology and solutions will enable Monaco to be a leading connected city. As a result, Monaco is a pioneer in making innovative use of the technological potential of the internet of things and services,” says Denner. Bosch and Monaco’s government also plan to roll out energy-saving solutions.

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