Bosch partners with Mojio to deliver its first digital platform for connected vehicles
The number of IoT connected devices continues to grow at an exponential rate. The number of devices installed globally reached 23.14bn in 2018, with numbers set to surpass 75bn by 2025. Such growth has not gone unnoticed by manufacturers, who have sought to invest in IoT and AI solutions to drive greater connectivity and transform the customer experience.
“Bosch recognised the huge opportunities of the IoT early on. We have been actively shaping the connected world for nearly 10 years now,” said Bosch board management member, Dr Markus Heyn. Carrying out over 270 projects by utilising its own IoT cloud services, the company has looked to deliver world-class mobility, smart homes, smart cities and agricultural solutions, where the number of sensors and devices connected over the Bosch IoT Suite has risen nearly 40% since last year, reaching 8.5mn.
“We will best be able to unlock the potential of IoT if we combine it with AI, and take our IoT and AI activities forward in parallel,” Heyn added. “It is only through AI that connected things become intelligent and learn to draw their own conclusions. Above all, we aim to achieve concrete improvements in people’s real, everyday lives – things such as more time, more security, more efficiency and more convenience.”
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Partnering with Canadian platform provider, Mojio, Bosch has delivered its first integrated IoT platform for connected vehicles. In the event of an accident, a Bosch algorithm can identify where and when the accident happened and the severity of the damage. By utilising Mojio cloud, the data is transmitted in real-time to the Bosch emergency service centre, who will contact local rescue services with the exact location. A number of recipients of the customer’s choice, such as family members will also be contacted through the Mojio app. In 2020, this technology will be available in vehicles across Europe and North America.
Developing a concept shuttle vehicle in-house, Bosch is continuing to explore automation, connectivity, and the electrification of vehicles, which plays into its long-term mission to deliver innovative transportation that is reduces emissions, accidents and convenient for all. For shuttle-based mobility in particular, the company will supply not only components and systems, but a complete range of mobility services, such as reservation, sharing, and connectivity platforms, as well as parking and recharging services.
This year, Bosch is set to partner with Daimler to test a fully automated, driverless ridesharing service in San José in a bid to fully revolutionise the experience of consumers and take its autonomous driving ambitions to the next level.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.