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Bosch partners with IBM for IoT and Industrie 4.0 applications


Bosch IoT Suite Services available on IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT platform

IBM and Bosch are to cooperate in the area of Internet of Things and industry 4.0.

The aim of the partnership is to provide customers with software-based services of the Bosch IoT Suite via the open standards-based platforms IBM Bluemix and IBM Watson IoT platform.

This allows millions of networked IoT devices to be efficiently updated. 

By 2020, an estimated 20.8 billion networked devices will be deployed, according to research firm Gartner.

Customers expect these devices to have state-of-the-art features and up-to-date performance improvements at all times.

Bosch is now introducing its “Bosch IoT Rollouts” service for professional device management and cloud-based software updates on Bluemix and the IBM Watson IoT platform.

Customers from both companies have access to Bosch IoT Rollouts via the IBM Cloud, which the companies say also offer scalability, flexibility, data protection and security. These are important features which are crucial for updating networked devices as well as for the further successful development of IoT and Industrie 4.0, say the companies.

Dr Rainer Kallenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations, says: “The Internet of Things changes itself and everything around us – in professional and private life. Only companies that are capable of working together in ecosystems will be successful.

“Only new ecosystems create the strategic foundation for open platforms and interoperability. Together with IBM, we will make the development of new IoT solutions easier and faster for our customers.”

Bosch will now offer its Bosch IoT Suite services on IBM Bluemix and the Watson IoT platform. Among other things, this serves customer-specific application development and run-time purposes. Developers of IoT solutions also benefit from the seamless integration of IBM’s Watson-IoT functionality.

Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson IoT, cognitive engagement and education, says: “In the coming years, the Internet of Things will become the largest data source in the world.

“We are delighted to provide customers with innovative tools to work with Bosch to develop personalized services and experiences for networked devices.”

For example, automotive manufacturers can plan their software updates for millions of vehicles in advance and organize them safely and efficiently without the need for vehicles to enter the workshop.

A home appliance manufacturer can send remote updates to thousands of washing machines and dryers. This gives each customer access to current updates. These updates, in turn, enable helpful new services, such as the automatic re-ordering of detergents.

IBM and Bosch believe that the Internet of Things will be successful through open standards and open source.

In this sense, both companies will continue to actively engage in the Eclipse Foundation and the Industrial Internet Consortium to promote the spread of the Internet of Things in important areas.