Today, we are proud to present you our new infographics on the Internet of Things (IoT). The piece is a joint effort of around 15 colleagues here at Bosch Software Innovations coming from the areas of business development, sales, product management, controlling & finance, product development, marketing & communications. As we were such a diverse group, we tried to add different flavors to the Internet of Things – a human perspective, a thing and technical perspective, a commercial perspective and a company perspective – to show the facets that the Internet of Things brings. Let me walk you through a few of our thoughts.
It’s happening now!
In the near future, more and more devices and systems will be capable of sending and receiving data automatically via the internet. We’re already poised on the verge of new developments that offer enormous market potential. The Internet of Things isn’t just a distant vision of the future, it’s already very real and is having an impact on more than just technological developments.
People talking IoT
Our infographics start with buzz around the Internet of Things (and believe us, there is loads!) We selected some tweets from multipliers in the international IoT community such as Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Rob van Kranenburg, Charalampos Doukas, Adrian McEwen and Stefan Ferber, who reflect the diversity of topics. The IoT community around the world is fully networked through social media. The Twitter short messaging service is the fastest and maybe most popular way to spread projects, new technology, and ideas. The relevant hashtag for the Internet of Things is #IoT – just in case you want to join the discussion.
Enormous growth needs a human shape
In the next few years, people will more and more use devices and systems that will be configured to automatically send and receive data over the internet. It is safe to say that we are about to see a huge new market develop. We have to face that huge challenge and give a human touch to the DNA of upcoming products and services.
Devices, internet access and the world population
By 2015, Bosch Software Innovations is assuming that the number of IP-ready devices, that will be connected to the internet, will grow to a total of 6,593 billion. Even more impressive is the growth that is seen in internet access. Whereas in 1995, less than 1% of the world’s population was online, this number has exploded: 2.3 billion people were online in 2011, while for the year 2015 we expect 5.5 billion people to have internet access (source: ITU). This equates to around 75% of the world’s population.
Different data sets – the “right“ number of devices
If you follow the lively IoT discussion, you will find different statements about the number of devices that are configured to send and receive data over the internet. And there are quite some discrepancies, we have to admit. Some companies are more optimistic and speak of there being 50 billion connected devices in 2020. Our calculation represents the installed base of devices that have TCP/IP connectivity and are connected to the internet. And we took into account that some devices have already been discarded or replaced by newer devices. Just recently, Vint Cerf, who is better known as the father of the internet, also spoke in an interview about the number of devices and confirms this assumption.
We derived the data from multiple sources: ABI, Analysys Mason, Credit Suisse, Gartner, GOV.UK, IDC, IHS iSppli, iMode, ITU, Jefferies & Company, LCD TV Association, Nielsen, OnStar, Strategy Analytics, UN, Wikipedia, World TV PC. Collecting, interpreting, and validating the data from multiple sources is a real “labor of Sisyphus”. Is anybody out there who would like to start a community to update this database?
Open platform for eMobility in Singapore
Since June 2011, Bosch Software Innovations has been supporting the city state of Singapore in a far-reaching project aimed at the successful operation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The five-year test-bed project involves various electric vehicles and charging technology prototypes, alongside the development of new business models. Potential business stakeholders are drivers, fleet and parking operators, retailers, electric vehicle producers, and utilities, as well as the government agencies EMA and LTA. As the government of Singapore’s appointed infrastructure service provider, Bosch Software Innovations plays a key role in the design and development of the charging infrastructure as well as in its implementation, operation, and maintenance. Until the project is completed in 2016, the range of services available through the Bosch Software Innovations internet service platform will continue to grow, allowing electromobility users in Singapore to benefit from innovative services.
Bosch IoT applications
Bosch has already come up with some initial practical applications in connection with the Internet of Things. In telehealth, the vital data of thousands of patients are automatically recorded and evaluated every day. Medical personnel need only take action if the data reveal anomalies. At the company’s Homburg plant, crates are equipped with RFID transmitters, allowing material flows in industry production to be tracked in real time. In Singapore, Bosch is operating a comprehensive networked eMobility system for electric vehicles. It directs drivers to the nearest vacant charge spot and takes care of billing procedures with a flat-fee price model.
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