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IoT@ Life

Internet of Things

Unlocking the value in IoT solutions for the consumer domains means developing an ecosystem of services that touch people and offers them fascinating connected solutions for their lives.

People at the center of IoT solutions

An important principle of Bosch’s focused development of connected solutions is a user centric approach. Peoples’ residential and mobility needs guide our research efforts and frame our idea development process. A commitment to this approach yields intuitive, interactive and intelligent solutions that offer inspiring and seamless user experiences for Bosch products and services.

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Holistic value proposition

A seamless user experience has to be matched with great value. The singular focus seen in many of today’s IoT solutions will not provide the compelling value that will expand the technology’s reach. With a potentially significant investment, a decision to implement an IoT solution might be difficult for a manufacturer, even though the prospects for growth with IoT remain high. Therefore, IoT solutions need to create opportunities for companies to differentiate themselves in the market, make internal processes more efficient and open up new value streams. This is where the research in this field of innovation has an impact.

Growing an ecosystem for consumer IoT solutions

Bosch is constantly working to identify and create new business opportunities with smart and fascinating connected solutions. Our goal is to improve user’s lives. We see the best potential in IoT solutions that can scale up from an idea to a complete system or family of products. Critical to our mission is driving adoption of new technologies that are the foundation of IoT solutions such as AI and data strategy. For us, applying these technologies to a specific use case is a determining factor in the projects we drive.

We offer end to end connected solutions that seamlessly integrate with multiple ecosystems. Our range of solutions include sensors, devices, digital representations of things, as well as knowledge-based and data-driven services. As these solutions are used more often and by greater numbers of users, they improve and “grow.” Our vision is to help develop solutions that create value for end consumers and enable new service businesses for Bosch.

Internet of Things Infographic
Product surface for Secure Product Fingerprint
The product's surface is scanned, converted into a digital "fingerprint" and stored in the cloud.

One example: The Secure Product Fingerprint is a patented solution developed by Bosch to ensure product authenticity. It utilizes computer vision and AI technology to create a “fingerprint” of a product that is stored in the cloud. An example of an IoT solution with a wide range of applications, the Secure Product Fingerprint can additionally help track products, provide useful analytics and strengthen customer bonding.

IoT solutions need to create opportunities for companies to differentiate themselves in the market, make internal processes more efficient and open up new value streams.

Smart Surfaces

Smart Textiles
Bosch Research is currently working on Smart Surfaces - smart surfaces as interaction interfaces, for example on the basis of Smart Textiles. The advantages: Smart Textiles are stretchable and can be adapted more easily to 3D contours, for example on armrests or seats. Not only are they more versatile and can be integrated behind surfaces, but they are also more cost-effective than touchscreens, especially in large-scale applications.
Prototype smart foot mat
Prototype of a smart foot mat. With regard to autonomous vehicles, completely new interior concepts can thus be realized, for example, modular seat concept with recording of the body posture as well as direct or indirect interaction. Furthermore, context information from the vehicle interior enables new services, e.g. pollution detection or lost objects in shared vehicles.
Smart sensor surface
In addition to the vehicle interior, numerous fields of application for such smart sensor surfaces are conceivable. For example in the smart home context, when the user can interact with TV and other media via the smart sofa or garment. Every day objects can become smart, interact with the user and be part of the IoT.
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Future roadmap

Today, digitalization trends characterize Bosch’s current business: They feature connectivity, explore services and incorporate AI and continuous learning into products. The most fascinating propositions for users are still ideas, however. There are clear objectives to achieve by the year 2025 when it comes to IoT.

It will be crucial to offer both physical and digital IoT solutions with high customer value in the “life” domain. Our solutions will be regularly augmented with new features to improve the user experience.

Most importantly, our aim is to develop the kind of solutions that fascinate the customer and leave a lasting impression. With an offering that spans leading-edge sensors, digital representations of things and data driven services, Bosch provides the interface between users and things. The advantage of being at this interface is we gain an edge when it comes to understanding customers’ needs. We use that edge to provide unique services to consumers exactly where they look for them. Additionally, we take a minimum viable product approach to get feedback from end customers early on and accelerate entry to the market.

Odor sensor

Odor sensor
In the laboratory, many substances can be dosed in the smallest concentrations. Each experiment is carefully prepared.
Odor sensor
So far, the nose is the best odor sensor.
Odor sensor
A research prototype with gas-sensitive sensors records an odor signal. The prototype is fully tested and characterized in the laboratory before it is used in a real test environment in a vehicle.
Odor sensor
From the data obtained, the researchers learn how well the sensors can distinguish between different good and bad odors.
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Summary

IoT offers great promise in the residential and mobility applications – the “life” domain. Still, a singular solution offers minimal value for companies. A vibrant IoT ecosystem of connected solutions designed based on a user centric approach unlocks valuable potential for companies and consumers alike.

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