CES 2021: Bosch puts its faith in AIoT to Protect People and the Environment

Bosch is counting on AIoT (Applying AI to IoT data) and taking advantage of the possibilities offered by data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the internet of things (IoT) to benefit people and the environment with technical solutions. “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, according to Bosch’s official Press Release. “AIoT offers enormous potential. We are already unlocking this potential and plan to expand our efforts in the future.” At the virtual tech trade fair CES 2021, Bosch will be presenting intelligent, sustainable solutions for health, living, and mobility under the tagline “Sustainable #LikeABosch”. 

The world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables in fitness tracking is among the innovations Bosch is debuting at the tech show. There’s no longer any need for an internet connection during an exercise session since the AI runs on the sensor itself (edge AI), – this improves energy efficiency and data privacy. 

Vivalytic screen with new software. Image: Bosch

Bosch is also presenting a sensor that measures factors such as air quality (information about the concentration of aerosols in the air) and relative humidity – data that has become especially important in the fight against the coronavirus. Bosch’s AI-enabled security cameras make it possible for them to execute a wide array of customer-specific applications, where it measures body temperature contactless, anonymously, and with high precision – and a deviation of maximum half a degree. These cameras are equipped enough to detect whether the number of people in a shop complies with the prevailing coronavirus restrictions using a software solution for the open camera platform of the Bosch startup Security and Safety Things. This platform is one of four Bosch solutions singled out this year as it was designated a 2021 CES® Innovation Award Honoree. 

A portable hemoglobin monitor, which is well suited for regions that have insufficient access to medical care, can detect anemia by means of a finger scan. Equipped with AI, the device delivers a result within 30 seconds – no lab test or blood draw necessary. 

Sample evaluation. Image: Bosch
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The coronavirus PCR test on the Bosch Vivalytic testing device now delivers results even more quickly: laboratories, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and hospitals can evaluate five samples simultaneously in 39 minutes – technology literally “invented for life.” According to Bosch, positive samples can be detected even in under 30 minutes. 

Sustainable #LikeABosch

A study recently published in Germany indicated that AIoT can go beyond health applications to support climate action as well and could help get the country nearly halfway to achieving the Paris Agreement emissions targets (source: Accenture). 

Bosch’s tagline for this year’s CES – “Sustainable  #LikeABosch” – highlights how everyone can do their part to protect the environment with sustainable products. Bosch is itself leading by example as according to the company’s calculations, all its 400 locations worldwide have been carbon neutral since 2020. “The next step for Bosch is to address emissions along the entire value chain, from procurement to product use,” Bolle says. In that vein, the German company has achieved the feat of being the first automotive supplier to join the Science Based Targets initiative with a specific and ambitious goal, which is to cut upstream and downstream CO2 emissions by 15 percent by 2030. The non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has added Bosch to its A List 

Bosch has already deployed its cloud-based energy platform, at more than 100 locations. This platform applies intelligent algorithms to reduce the energy consumption of machines and thus increase the efficiency of production processes. Thus, Bosch has made a major contribution to improving energy efficiency – the main lever in the company’s efforts to go carbon neutral.

Digital and sustainable is the way forward: into the pole position with industrial AI

“We want to be the leading AIoT company in every area that we operate in,” Bolle explains. For AI to improve the lives of people and help limit climate change, trust in AI is the most important prerequisite. To this end, Bosch has shown reliance on industrial AI, which explains the physical world to machines – instead of teaching them how to behave like people. Nonetheless, the required ethical guidelines have been drawn up by Bosch, an AI code of ethics that centers on the idea that humans always retain control.

Software will play a key role in the cars of the future
Image: Bosch

In addition to improving energy efficiency in manufacturing, the Stuttgart-based company is systematically adding connectivity to its products for buildings and mobility to help consumers save energy. One of these products is an energy manager, which when combined with a heat pump and photovoltaic system cuts energy consumption by up to 60 percent, offered for use in private homes. In the mobility sphere, services such as Battery in the Cloud can help drivers of electric vehicles. It uses smart software analysis to reduce battery wear by up to 20 percent.

Expertise to help explore the moon: aiming high with Bosch AI

As part of NASA’s Tipping Point program, Astrobotic and WiBotic as well as the University of Washington have joined forces with Bosch to research and develop a unique technology to intelligently navigate and wirelessly charge small robots for operation on the moon. According to Bosch, its “researchers working on the project in Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are contributing their expertise in AI-based intelligent data analysis and wireless connectivity solutions. The resulting findings will flow into the further development of Bosch AIoT solutions back on earth.”

The potential AIoT offers and the key role sustainability plays in it is clearly shown. “Only companies that pursue sustainability today and unlock the enormous potential of AIoT, will be successful tomorrow,” Bolle says.

Bosch at the all-digital CES 2021:

  • PRESS CONFERENCE: Monday, January 11, 2021, from 14:00 to 14:30 CET (08:00 to 08:30 EST) with Dr. Michael Bolle, member of the board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH, and Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch North America, at Bosch Media Service.
  • VIRTUAL BOOTH: January 12–February 15, 2021, at www.ces.tech.
  •  FOLLOW the Bosch CES 2021 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES.
  •  DEEP-DIVE SESSIONS WITH BOSCH EXPERTS: January 12 – February 15, 2021, at www.ces.tech.

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