CES 2021: Bosch Brings Out Intelligent, Climate-Friendly Solutions Powered by AIoT
Bosch is relying on and taking advantage of Data, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things to benefit people and the environment with technical solutions. The company sees a lot of potential in AIoT and is presenting intelligent, sustainable solutions for health, living, and mobility at the virtual tech trade fair CES 2021 under the tagline “Sustainable #LikeABosch”.
“We combine AI and connectivity to form the AIoT, which helps us improve energy efficiency and fight the coronavirus,” says Michael Bolle, Bosch board of management member. “AIoT offers enormous potential. We are already unlocking this potential and plan to expand our efforts in the future.”
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Here are the intelligent solutions that the company is debuting.
Wearables in Fitness Tracking
Bosch is debuting the world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables in fitness tracking. As the AI runs on the sensor (Edge AI), there is no need for an internet connection during the fitness sessions. Consequently, not being connected to the internet saves energy and increases data privacy. The software offers four product features; learn, personalize, auto track, and enhance. The inclusion of Edge AI also reduces latency and power consumption and delivers fast, real-time feedback and external charging intervals on their devices.
The Fight Against Coronavirus
The company is presenting a sensor that measures factors such as air quality and relative humidity. This information about the concentration of aerosols in the air has become important in the fight against the coronavirus.
Bosch security cameras are also leading the coronavirus detection with integrated intelligent video analysis that measures body temperature contactless, anonymously, and with high precision. Using a software solution for the open camera platform of the Bosch startup Security and Safety Things, these cameras can detect whether the number of people in a shop complies with the prevailing coronavirus restrictions.
Bosch is also assisting the healthcare industry with its coronavirus PCR test on the Bosch Vivalytic testing device. With technology, the test results are delivered more quickly. Laboratories, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and hospitals can evaluate five samples simultaneously in 39 minutes. A long-standing collaboration between Bosch’s corporate research and advance engineering Bosch Healthcare Solutions and the Robert Bosch Hospital formed the development of the Vivalytic system.
Other than that, the company is also presenting a portable hemoglobin monitor that can detect anemia with a finger scan. The device is particularly well suited for regions that have insufficient access to medical care. The AI-powered hemoglobin monitor delivers a result within 30 seconds where no lab test or blood draw is necessary.
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Environmental Solutions — “Sustainable #LikeABosch”
Bosch takes its tagline for this year’s CES from a study published in Germany which reveals that AIoT can go beyond the health application to support climate action as well. According to the study, the comprehensive digitalization in mobility, manufacturing, and building technology could help get the country nearly halfway to achieving the Paris Agreement emissions targets.
Bosch is using the tagline to highlight how everyone can do their part to protect the environment and sustainable products. Bosch says it is leading by example and its 400 locations worldwide have been carbon neutral since 2020. This makes Bosch the first globally operating industrial enterprise to achieve net-zero carbon emissions with respect to the energy it produces and the energy it sources externally. The company is also the first automotive supplier to join the Science Based Targets initiative with a specific and ambitious goal; To cut upstream and downstream CO2 emissions by 15%. “The next step for Bosch is to address emissions along the entire value chain, from procurement to product use,” Bolle says.
Sustainability with Industrial AI
Besides improving energy efficiencies in manufacturing, Bosch is adding connectivity to its product for building and mobility to help consumers save energy. One such product is an energy manager for private homes. When coupled with a heat pump and photovoltaic system, it can cut energy consumption up to 60%. Bosch also cites an example of EV solutions such as Battery in the Cloud that can use intelligent analysis to reduce battery wear by 20%.
The company also believes that the combination of electrified and autonomous vehicles with personalized and connected services will open a wide field for software applications. To match up with the demand, Bosch is also setting up a new Cross-Domain Computing Systems division. Around 17,000 associates have already started operations at the beginning of the year. The division will facilitate the mixing of hardware and software engineering for vehicle computers, sensors, and control units for all vehicle domains.
Exploring the Moon
Bosch is going beyond the earth to provide intelligent, AIoT-powered services. It is joining hands with the companies Astrobotic and WiBotic alongside the University of Washington to research and develop technology to intelligently navigate and wirelessly charge small robots for operation on the moon. Bosch researchers in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are contributing to intelligent data analysis and wireless connectivity solutions. The results will be used to further develop Bosch’s AIoT solutions on the earth
Focusing on the potential of AIoT and the key role that sustainability plays in it, Bolle says, “Only companies that pursue sustainability today and unlock the enormous potential of AIoT, will be successful tomorrow.”