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It will initially focus on sensor-based applications for intelligently networked homes, or 'smart homes,' as well as for activities in the fields of traffic, transportation, and logistics.
'From vehicles and smart phones to containers and machines - by 2015 more than six billion things will be connected to the internet. 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,' says Dr.
Tiny components of the connected world
Tiny MEMS sensors with their microscopically fine structures can be used to measure acceleration, air pressure, the earth's magnetic field, yaw rate, noise, or temperature. The sensors can be intelligently programmed using software algorithms and equipped with microcontrollers, miniature batteries, and tiny radio chips, enabling them to process measurement data and send it over the internet to other devices, such as a user's smart phone. In principle, this makes it possible to bring all the things that people use in their everyday lives online, gradually merging together the real and virtual worlds.
Building on many years of expertise in electronics and sensor technology
More than almost any other company, Bosch can draw on many years of expertise in the development and manufacture of electronics and sensor technology. As the world's largest supplier of MEMS sensors in terms of sales revenue, Bosch produces more than one billion micromechanical sensors a year for the automotive and consumer electronics markets.
'The introduction of MEMS sensors in automotive electronics in the 1980s and 1990s marked the first wave of growth. The second major wave has been their widespread incorporation in smart phones, tablets, and games consoles since the beginning of the 21st century - and the internet of things and services now heralds the third wave. We're convinced that it will far surpass the first two waves,' Denner says. 'Sensors, signal processing, batteries, and transmitters have become so small, energy efficient, and inexpensive - even as all-in-one units - that they can be used in their billions. And at the same time radio networks are now available almost everywhere.'
Multiple applications for greater comfort, security, and efficiency
Using a combination of sensors and software, a smart home can, for instance, detect that the windows upstairs are open and link this piece of information to a weather forecast from the internet. To protect the house from an approaching storm, the system would be able to automatically close the windows and lower the shutters. Meanwhile, 'smart plugs' can be used to switch a nursery's irrigation system on and off depending on the soil's moisture content. 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 responsibilities can be correctly assigned at all times. And if a consignment disappears, the recorded geodata allow the route it took to be easily tracked. With the rapid increase of internet commerce, this is a fast growing market.
Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions at CES 2014
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in
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