Mobility is one of the fundamental needs of people nowadays. Work, school and travels all require us to use means of transportation which can, at times, be harmful to the environment. We all know the pictures of big cities suffering from smog and crowded streets. I believe we have found a step towards the solution.
Electromobility showcasing the future
Out of the exhaust-fumed horizon sprouts a new creation: ‘VeMB’ (connected eMobility services for B2B clients).
The entire manufacturing industry is looking at the Hannover Messe this week – the place where you get to see all the latest industry trends. As I have mentioned in my last blog post, the motto of this year’s event is focusing on Industry 4.0. It is not overstating the case to say that pretty much everyone here in Hannover is talking about Industry 4.0.
To get a better understanding of what Industry 4.0 actually is, I sat down with my colleague Daniel, Director for the vertical Industry 4.0 at Bosch Software Innovations and asked him, what this trend is all about and which role Bosch takes.
But see for yourself in our short video that we shot at our booth at the Hannover Messe.
The UK government has pledged an extra £45m on developing IoT technology: “I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change.”
The Internet of Things (IoT) is mainly about things. We require them to be IP-enabled, connected, and talking to each other autonomously. However, this is no easy task to accomplish – neither for things nor for us. Based on the following showcase, I’d like to explain some of the most important challenges when things interact with us, and which benefits this brings to an enterprise.
Today, we benefit from the inventions of the 20th century. However, our attitude towards some of these inventions has changed. The car, for instance, gets you from point A to point B. But at what cost? With the rising awareness of eco-friendly approaches, one can’t help but join in. The research project Get eReady in the Southern German region Stuttgart/Karlsruhe/Pforzheim, allows for this opportunity to be taken and move ahead in the prevention of negative environmental impacts, e.g. rising CO2 emissions causing dense smog in major cities like Beijing.
14 e-cars were available to test-drive at the latest Get eReady event in Karlsruhe, Germany
Using the motto “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS,” the Hannover Messe focuses on Industry 4.0
For the past couple of months, Industry 4.0 has been THE topic in the manufacturing world. Magazines are filled with articles about the possibilities of connected production lines and machines, and conferences dedicate their entire program to the topic. Industry 4.0 is certainly the current megatrend in the manufacturing space. So it is no surprise that the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, is picking up on this trend. Using the motto “Integrated Industry – NEXT STEPS,”the Hannover Messe is expanding upon this idea and presenting the next steps towards intelligent, self-organized factories.
Changes in life open up new opportunities. When I started working for Bosch in Automotive Electronics, relocating into my new, rented apartment in Reutlingen, Germany, gave me a chance to install my private smart home from scratch – leveraging all my prior existing household appliances and devices. Open source software and cheap hardware provided a low entry level for me, and after having worked for 15 years in consumer electronics, it was a fun, distracting project. Since then my smart home and I have been living together for three years, so I can come to a few longer-term conclusions. Let me first say it’s important to understand that the results are individual (rental apartment, daily life) and cannot be generalized. Now let me briefly introduce you to my set-up and what I’ve learned.
First things first: moving into a new environment allowed me to install two separate power circuits per room, one for the devices that need to be powered all the time such as refrigerator, router or landline phone, and one for those that can be switched off.
Three years ago we started working on a – then new – European project called the Internet of Things Initiative on a topic that was supposed to find strategically important Internet of Things applications. We wanted to branch out to, well, everybody in order to spread the word and knowledge about how the idea of Internet of Things can and will change the way the world will work and communicate in the future.
To engage the general public, politicians and CEOs that will ultimately be the drivers and end users of the Internet of Things, we needed a new medium to communicate the idea of the Internet of Things, its challenges, its problems and its benefits. We needed to encourage people to think about this new disruptive technology. There are few things better than telling a story with pictures. Read more…
There is hardly any doubt that 2014 is the year when connected devices – particularly wearables – will go mainstream. Technology tradeshows and media alike are practically bursting at the seams with new products, concepts, and announcements for connected devices.
It’s worth noting that this is quite a special slice of the Internet of Things: this isn’t about the industrial internet, it’s about bringing the IoT to consumers. This is a very different story altogether, a segment with its own opportunities, challenges, and dynamics, one that exists at the intersection of various verticals – think home automation, wearables, connected mobility, personal analytics, health tech. It’s a space where the lines aren’t yet fully drawn, the terminology not yet fully evolved – which is usually a sign of a field that’s moving quickly and innovating. In other words, this is where some truly innovative and interesting stuff is happening.
We see a wide range of startups exploring connected consumer devices, all taking different approaches in terms of business and interaction models. This adds one particular challenge for IoT startups in the consumer space: very much unlike the Internet of Things in the B2B world, for the consumer IoT there is as yet no fully evolved terminology for people to grasp what they are buying into.
An example: the Good Night Lamp, a family of connected lamps by London-based product designer and IoT thought leader Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino. How should we define it? Is it primarily a lamp? A networked device? A social signifier? Really it’s all of those things, but users won’t necessarily see it that way. The point is, we still lack the vocabulary to describe these innovative products that explore niches that simply did not exist before.