Dr. Werner Struth, Chairman, Robert Bosch LLC and Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH speaks at the Bosch Press Conference, International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).
Good morning, everyone!
Thank you for choosing Bosch to start your day at CES! I hope everyone is having a good and productive morning. As I started my day – perhaps like you – I…
- Checked my e-mail…
- Received a text from my daughter…Hi Dad… Hope u r well. Want to go skiing with friends Saturday.
Short on cash. Loan? Will pay u back. Promise.
Maybe you’ll hit it big in Vegas and write it off?:)
Good luck on the press conference. <3
- And as a result, did some online banking…
- Got an update on one of my family vehicles…
- Scanned some headline news…
- Checked my house to make sure that the doors were locked and the heat turned down.
Imagine… I did all of that “living” with just a few clicks on my smartphone. And, I would guess that most of you did something similar… as journalists – for you – being connected is a way of life. It is amazing how connected living has revolutionized virtually everything we do. And, we are still in the infancy stage of fully understanding the real impact it will have on our lives.
While many people may not know it, Bosch is actively involved in advancing connected, smart, sustainable and secure living. In this regard, Bosch is not only strengthening its software competence, but also forming alliances with strategic partners. Bosch provides these three S’s in its connectivity business:
- Software and…
Ten years ago if I had polled this audience asking how many people had a smartphone – not just a mobile phone – only a few hands would likely have been raised. Today, to get a similar result, I would have to flip the question around and ask how many people don’thave a smartphone. A Nielson Survey conducted in the U.S. in 2013 showed that for the first time, the majority of mobile phone users in the U.S. – some 65 percent – owned a smart device.
Living… is transforming our lives. From homes to mobility, we are adding more comfort and convenience. And – if handled correctly – we are engineering in more safety and greater security. Being connected also grants us access to a tremendous amount of information. It allows us to be a member of many, many communities.
Years ago, community meant the street on which you lived… the town where you grew up… or the place you established roots as an adult. Today, community can still mean all of this, but add to that a virtual gathering that can include a group of people around the world with whom you have a common point of view… a problem to solve… or a lifestyle to which you aspire.
For this week at CES, we will become a community… one that we hope continues beyond this event. To help all of us at CES stay connected, the company Flybits – which our subsidiary Robert Bosch Venture Capital has invested in – has developed ashow app– Bosch at CES.
The Bosch at CES app will keep you connected with all of the Bosch-related activities at CES – including speeches, demos and details of the Bosch exhibit and outdoor experience – as well as information about our many products. Staying connected at work, at home and at events like this is becoming a way of life for all of us.
How does Bosch fit into this fast-changing, connected environment?
The simple answer is this: Bosch monitors mega trends. We examine the world, identify consumer needs and seek to innovate solutions that make peoples’ lives better. That means all aspects of their life, including their home and their various modes of transportation.
As many of you know, Bosch is a large, multinational corporation with more than 280,000 associates.
Our products touch four main sectors:
- Mobility Solutions…
- Industrial Technology…
- Consumer Goods and…
- Energy and Building Technology.
We will focus on three of the four sectors today.
From oxygen sensors to ovens, you will find Bosch in many places… some of which may surprise you… and hopefully all of which will fascinate you!
We make innovative connections that bring real benefit to our customers.
We say our products are “Invented for life.”
Combining Invented for life with the power inherent in the Internet of Things, is fueling even more innovation in our company and placing more technology at the fingertips of consumers around the world.
Bosch has a laser beam focus on innovation in aspects like technology and services and considers the entire user experience. Being able to successfully innovate depends on hiring and retaining top talent who not only understand existing technology… but also can envision what’s next.
We count on individuals who have entrepreneurial thinking and can work as part of an integrated team. They take cutting-edge ideas and bring them to market. We spend a considerable amount of resources to help shape and prepare the workforce of the future. In so doing, society benefits and so do we.
Not many people know the full depth and breadth of the Bosch portfolio. Frankly, that is one of the reasons we come to CES. We want to help others understand our company. When people start to look at our portfolio, they begin to realize our company’s vision and know that Invented for life is more than a tagline. It guides our products… our people… and our principles.
We are excited to be here again at this great event.
This year the Bosch team is taking a truly international approach to the show. The booth will have products that have been introduced throughout the world. Today, as we have done in years past, we want to give you an overview of Bosch… and what we are showing at CES… and then we invite you to come to the booth… attend presentations being given by Bosch executives… and participate fully in the various demo events.
Bosch is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Smart Home Marketplace at the Sands Expo… and the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace at the North Plaza near the Las Vegas Convention Center. A complete listing of all Bosch activities is in your reporter’s notebook.
I will cover many technologies today with the purpose of helping you understand Bosch – but please know there is much more to Bosch than what I will present today.
Now, let’s take a look at two areas of our lives on which connected living is having a tremendous influence:
- Connected Home… and
- Connected Mobility
It is amazing to imagine that the connectivity that we will hear so much about at CES can be attributed to small sensors like this.
All objects around us can be fitted with sensors and assigned their very own web address for exchanging data. Connectivity and sensors are the cornerstones of the Internet of Things. It is what makes connected living happen. Bosch is the world leader in creating micro-electro-mechanical sensors – or MEMS.
We provide sensors for a wide range of automotive and consumer electronics applications. More than 50 percent of the smartphones in the world are equipped with a Bosch sensor. So chances are that you have a Bosch sensor in your smartphone… in your home appliance… or in your vehicle.
Last year at CES, Bosch unveiled a world exclusive in environmental sensor technology – an integrated unit that combines sensors for pressure, humidity, and temperature in a single housing. Continuing the tradition, today Bosch is announcing the next step of environmental sensing – the BME680 Gas Sensor. This is the world’s first combo sensor – measuring humidity, pressure, temperature and gas,- in a 3 mm by 3 mm package. This sensor can be used in a myriad of ways… to
- Monitor and manage air quality in a room by opening and closing windows or managing air flow.
- It can monitor personal fitness and offer you recommendations to secure your personal well-being.
- It is key for home automation and environmental monitoring, as well as personal weather forecasts.
Bosch Sensortec is continuously developing innovative sensor solutions for wearables and the Internet of Things.
Achieving a green, sustainable life is important to many people, but often people are not certain where or how to begin. Bosch enables a net-zero energy consumption lifestyle. Bosch’s Thermotechnology division and Bosch PowerTec Division are teaming up to make this lifestyle readily attainable. Here’s how…
Bosch presents innovative solutions for decentralized energy systems. Smart connectivity can be implemented for electrical and thermal energy using a photovoltaic system combined with the latest in heat pump technology.
This solution allows users to consume the lion’s share of the electricity they themselves generate from solar power in their own homes – which dramatically reduces their electricity costs – while also powering the heat pump so it can extract heat from air, water, or the ground and convert it into energy that can be used for heat or hot water.
The Bosch system features an energy management system that knows when the heat pump requires electricity and – provided there has been enough sunshine – answers that need with solar power.
At the heart of the smart control system is the e.Control, which is connected to the household’s electric meter. It monitors power flows within the home, giving priority to home appliances currently in operation. Integrating Bosch Hybrid storage into this energy system boosts the degree to which a household can make use of self-generated electricity from the photovoltaic system. Even when the sky is overcast or after the sun sets, the storage system continues to provide the heat pump with a reliable supply of electricity.
We’re also presenting a WiFi-enabled Remote Room Controller with a touch screen and a corresponding app that allows users to control their heating systems via their smartphone.
From wherever they are – by using the free app – homeowners can take complete control of their heating and hot water. The app also provides valuable information on gas consumption.
As Bosch develops these various green, sustainable technologies, we also seek to collaborate to develop standards that will benefit the end consumer. For example, to further advance smart home technologies…
- ABB and…
plan to establish an international joint venture that will develop and operate an open software platform for smart homes. The companies also intend to establish a partner alliance that will be open to all manufacturers, developers and suppliers of products and services in the area of smart homes. The joint venture is subject to approval by antitrust authorities.
Now, let’s take a closer look inside the home… to the kitchen, which is likely the most utilized area in the house. Last fall in Europe, Bosch presented its first networked home appliances that can be controlled with an app.
Called Home Connect, this app acts as a control center for the family of Bosch-related brand appliances that have a WirelessLan communication module configured for the app. Consumers can use this app – which is built on an open platform – via their smartphone or tablet .And even if they are not at home, consumers can control appliances like the oven, the dishwasher or the refrigerator.
With Home Connect, users can take advantage of intelligent functionality… schedule appliances to match their daily routine; view refrigerator contents when not at home; obtain operating alerts, troubleshooting and remote diagnostics information; as well as monitor water and energy consumption.
Security Systems are becoming increasingly important in our globalized world; not only for companies and the public sector, but also for private users.
Bosch Security Systems is working around the globe to keep individual homes and large commercial venues safe and secure. For example, in Singapore, the Star shopping mall with more than 100 shops and restaurants is an architectural stand-out. It also features a comprehensive security solution created by Bosch. Security for this multifunctional building includes systems for video surveillance, public address and access control. The entire security system is managed through Bosch’s Building Integration System.
Bosch Security Systems already offers customers a broad portfolio of IP products. Our connected devices are becoming more and more intelligent. As a leading manufacturer of video systems, we are already very far advanced in this product field.
Filed Under: Appliance engineering + home automation, M2M (machine to machine)