Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany) will supply compact electronic products and software to make web-enabled devices across a broad range of applications. The company will begin with sensor-based applications for networked homes, for traffic, transportation and logistics.
Bosch CDS will be headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany and make networked sensors and actuators with additional sites in Coimbatore, India, and Suzhou, China.The company did not indicate how many employees the company would have.
However, Bosch CDS can draw on the full range of MEMS-based sensors already in manufacture at Bosch for automotive and consumer applications – for acceleration, pressure, rotation, magnetic field, temperature. These sensors can be added to with microcontrollers, batteries, radio ICs and software and then programmed to process measurement data and send useful information over the internet to other autonomous nodes, such as switches and valves, or to user’s smartphone.
Bosch produces more than one billion MEMS sensors per year and across its automotive and consumer electronics operations, Bosch claims it is the world’s largest supplier of MEMS sensors by sales revenue.
"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," said Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH. "Setting up Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions is a key strategic step in our plans to expand our portfolio for the Internet of Things and services."
The use of MEMS sensors in volume started in the automotive industry in 1990s and a second wave of use in games consoles, smartphones, tablet computers increased sales of MEMS dramatically. The Internet of Things is expected to represent a third wave.
"We’re convinced that it will far surpass the first two waves," said Denner. "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."
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