Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Bosch adds big data capability to IoT suite

Steve Rogerson
February 4, 2015
A big data processing (BDP) component has been added to German company Bosch’s IoT Suite, previously known as the Software Innovations Suite. The suite supplies technology for IoT applications and the necessary functions required for pooling devices, users, companies and partners on an IoT platform.
Its integrated approach is said to make it easier to develop innovative and sustainable products efficiently for a connected world.
New in version 2.0 is the BDP component, which makes it possible to analyse immense amounts of data. It represents a key additional aspect to the platform for IoT applications: targeted data analysis for the benefit of consumers and businesses.
“As a lead provider and user of IoT and especially Industry 4.0 technologies, Bosch offers its customers and partners the chance to make use of fully mature and tested solutions,” said Rainer Kallenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations. “The Bosch IoT Suite is also the central software platform for IoT solutions within the Bosch Group.”
Data analysts can examine and evaluate the huge amounts of data created by IoT applications using the integrated data mining and data analytics technology from Swiss company Knime. By means of graphical modelling – an approach used in all Bosch IoT Suite components – users without extensive IT skills can also access, transform and analyse the data, for instance to make forecasts and, as needed, customise products and services.
“Now that we have expanded the Bosch IoT Suite by adding the BDP component, our customers and partners can come up with completely new data-based solutions in the future,” said Stefan Ferber, vice president for engineering at Bosch Software Innovations. “Not only can sensors and devices now be analysed within one platform, but customer master data and process data can too. We’ve placed great value on security and privacy because, in the internet age, trust is as important as ever.”
Another advantage to the latest version is that it allows more efficient development, deployment and operation of cloud-based IoT applications. Application developers benefit from the wide range of functions. It is easy to integrate devices, mobile devices and third-party systems, and it makes defining and implementing necessary processes and rules for new or optimised business models user friendly. This is facilitated through the close integration of the suite’s components – device management (M2M), business process management (BPM), business rules management (BRM) and now BDP.
IoT applications produce significant amounts of data thanks to the increased networking of sensors and devices, for example security cameras, vehicles and production machinery. Various products and services constantly generate use data while in operation. These could be data from a car’s umpteen million braking manoeuvres or data from a manufacturing plant. Using software that can meaningfully analyse and interpret them, these data can become the basis for services to make conventional product development and maintenance more efficient. Braking systems can become faster and more effective, while service intervals for production plants can be planned in advance.