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News | Smart networks in San Francisco

A community app that Bosch developed is making mobility more sustainable

With more than 12,000 new apartments, 5 million square meters of commercial space, and 3.5 hectares of parks and green spaces, the Shipyard Communities building project in San Francisco is very impressive. In 2015, the first families moved into their new homes in the former shipyard in the southeastern part of the city. At present, a new shopping and entertainment district is also being built – it will be home to many shops as well as a film and arts center. Despite a growing population, the new neighborhood will be a sustainability role model, in part thanks to technical innovations.

The Smart Community app, which Bosch helped develop, is at the heart of the new community. Users can access real-time information from their local community, for instance about where the shuttle bus is currently located, or with which local trains they can best reach their desired destinations. This encourages people to use public transit and thus contributes to reducing CO2 emissions.

At the same time, Bosch and its partners are also working on making sure that app users can drive their own vehicles more comfortably and efficiently. A connected parking guidance system aims to help drivers find the closest available parking spots. In the future, smart vehicles may even be able to park on their own. As a result, they will need less space and help make available parking spaces even more efficient.

The connected community in San Francisco is the first of many. With its own IoT cloud, Bosch intends to provide other cities with a platform that will help them exploit the opportunities that smart communities offer.

More information on the Smart Community app can be found here.

News | Intelligent sensor systems for Industry 4.0

Bosch RoMulus research project will make small and medium-sized companies stronger

Multi-sensor systems are decisive to the success of Industry 4.0 applications. Today, both machines and components are increasingly equipped with intelligent sensor systems, and can thus provide information about their status at all times. On the basis of these data, production can largely organize itself.

 

 

The German sensor technology sector is dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, these companies cannot cover all of the elements required for the development and production of multi-sensor systems. For this reason, they depend on cooperation with semi-conductor manufacturers and research and development service providers. To support SMEs and make future cooperation easier, Bosch has entered into a partnership with ten other organizations, including the Fraunhofer Institute and Munich Technical University. Since the fall of 2015, these organizations have pooled their expertise in the “Robust multi-sensor technology for status monitoring in Industry 4.0 applications” (RoMulus) research project. Over the next three years, the project aims to simplify and accelerate the development of intelligent multisensor systems. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting RoMulus with some 4.5 million euros as part of the IKT2020 funding program. This amount represents about 70 percent of the total required investment.

“RoMulus makes it possible to design and produce robust and energy-efficient multi-sensor systems at a low cost, also for small production volumes,” said Dr. Reinhard Neul of Robert Bosch GmbH. “This makes German manufacturers of sensor technologies leaders with regard to establishing an important technical basis for Industry 4.0.” As a driver of innovation, RoMulus is helping ensure that Germany remains competitive. At the same time, the project aims to strengthen the market position of small and medium sized companies in the sensor technology sector. As a result, these companies will in the future be able to offer their industrial customers tailored solutions at a significantly lower price.

With more than 100 Industry 4.0 projects, Bosch is also improving the energy and resource efficiency of its own production at locations around the world. This has had a positive impact on the company’s carbon footprint. Thanks to the real time analysis of production data, sources of error can be detected and eliminated at an early stage. At the same time, precise production ensures that inventory levels remain low. It also reduces the cost of transport, storage, and energy.

More information about RoMulus can be found here.

News | The companies of the year

Experts name Bosch Germany’s most innovative company

In the current innovation ranking of Germany’s brand eins business magazine, Bosch has taken first place in three top-20 categories. The company was named Germany’s most innovative in the “Products and Services”, “Processes”, and “Corporate Culture” categories. BMW took second place, while Tesla Motors GmbH and Apple Germany occupied the third and fourth positions, respectively. 

“We are very pleased to have done so well,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, President of Research and Advance Engineering at Bosch. “A high level of innovative strength is essential in our fields of business. This is why we invest time, knowledge, and money to build on it systematically.”

Last year, Bosch spent more than six billion euros on research and development. Of this amount, more than half was spent on products that make life more eco-friendly and safer. With its environment and safety portfolio, Bosch generated 40 percent of its sales in 2015. 

 

 

This portfolio includes connected solutions across Bosch business sectors that improve energy efficiency, comfort, and safety: among them are the recently launched control system for buildings, the smart gas pedal, and the cloud-based warning signal for wrong-way drivers in connected vehicles

Bosch’s systematic approach to ideas management is one of the reasons for its innovative strength. Associates at every Bosch location can make suggestions for improvement, for instance to optimize operations or increase product quality. In addition to its corporate suggestion scheme, the company also has a systematic approach to idea generation, which sees teams supported by specially trained coordinators.

 

 

Bosch is also a pioneer when it comes to work-time models. With the aim of improving work/life balance, the company carried out a number of projects in recent years – from part-time management to job sharing initiatives. Today, Bosch offers more than 100 work-time models and has made its family-friendly corporate culture part of its corporate guidelines.

The list of Germany’s most innovative companies is based on two online expert surveys. A total of 6,400 people were invited to provide their assessment. They included the representatives of companies that have won innovation prizes in the past, as well as senior executives with many years of industry experience. The survey asked respondents to select the most innovative companies among a list of 1,800 candidates.

More information on sustainable Bosch solutions can be found here

News | Smart energy management

Malaysian students develop creative sustainability concepts in a Bosch competition

With the slogan “Innovation around my campus”, Bosch Malaysia invited university students from across the country to take part in a competition in the fall of 2015. The students were asked to come up with ideas that would make the campus more sustainable and energy efficient. Teams from ten Malaysian universities submitted their suggestions, and the winner was recently announced.

 

Winner team: Interactsys from Mara Technical University.

 

A team of three from Mara Technical University (UITM) took first prize in the competition. Syahmi, Lina, and Naim developed a multifunctional smart bracelet that is connected to the university’s energy system. It can detect when a room is empty, and then turn out the lights and regulate the heating accordingly. At the same time, it can be used as a key card that allows the wearer to operate electrical appliances such as fans or lamps with hand signals. On the heels of their victory, the winners now have the opportunity to see their idea put into practice during an internship at Bosch Malaysia. Each of the winners has also received a cash prize of MYR 3,000 (about 670 euros).

Simon Song, President of Bosch Malaysia, considers the competition a reflection of the company and its founder. “Bosch has always strived to uphold our pioneering tradition. The competition reflects this as it allows us to share our core value of innovation with young Malaysians. Not only are we proud to provide a platform for creative expression, we are also offering the tools to bring these ideas to life,” he said.

Short videos of the students presenting their submissions can be found here.

News | Connected supply chains bring forth new opportunities

Bosch honors the world’s best suppliers
 
 
For the 14th year in a row, the Bosch Group recently honored its best suppliers with the “Bosch Global Supplier Award”. This time around, 58 suppliers from 11 countries received the global award. The prizes acknowledge outstanding achievements in the manufacture and supply of products or services.
 
In the “Innovations” category, Bosch honors especially promising products. For instance, this year the Berlin-based company 4flow received an award for its role in building the world’s very first standardized transport management system. The technology has made it possible to control road transport around the world even more efficiently and cost-effectively. “Our suppliers are important partners when it comes to shaping the connected world. With them, we aim to develop beneficial solutions for our customers,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the awards ceremony.
 
Bosch places a great deal of importance on lasting partnerships. “Trust, agility, quality, and competitive prices are the main focus of our cooperation with suppliers,” Dr. Volkmar Denner said. For this reason, Bosch has also defined binding rules and processes regarding sustainability management in the supply chain. These rules are laid out in the Bosch Code of Business Conduct, for instance. All supplier contracts include clauses on compliance with core labor standards and general environmental standards. What is more, Bosch expects some 500 preferred suppliers to apply a certified environmental management system. 
 
More information on the Bosch Global Supplier Award can be found here.