The Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) is a term that means different things to different people. Visitors to our Bosch CeBIT booth were given the chance to experience the IoTS first hand with 4 different showcases in Mobility, Energy, Home and Building as well as Industry. We took the opportunity to ask them about their opinion and evaluation of IoTS. Here are the results of our survey, highlighting Bosch software products and solutions of particular relevance to the Internet of Things and Services, both now and in future.
The results of our CeBIT survey on IoTS software interest now and in the future
Most interesting is the clear focus on BPM that could be an enabler to IoTS projects.
Does this match with your evaluation and experience?
Many thanks to those who took part in the survey.
All participants were entered into a prize draw to win one of three Bosch IXO cordless drills. Here are the lucky winners, two of whom gave us permission to name them:
We are currently witnessing a paradigm shift in today’s energy market. From the dogma of a production structure with large power plants to a world of many small, distributed power generation systems. Low voltage networks are especially affected by these changes and are facing new challenges. Today, the many distributed power generation systems are connected to the low voltage grid, but not tansparently. Consequently, distribution grid operators are forced to react instead of being able to act in order to ensure network stability.
While large power plants operate based on accurate and agile schedules, decentralized power generation plants are often operated along subsidy policies and not according to the forces of the electricity market. This leads to an uncontrollable volatility in production and highly fluctuating market prices. It also forces transmission and distribution network operators to maintain high balance energy capacities in order to ensure grid stability. Read more…
Certainly, the global business, economic and political environment is volatile. Ongoing events and elevated risks in finance, energy and the environment are commonplace. Corporation and government have responded by focusing on sustainability strategies. Simply put, sustainability is the capacity to endure. The sustainability movement focuses on corporate and government practices that are risk aware and supportive. Many of the topics Bosch Software Innovations is involved in are related to sustainability. Indirectly, the sustainability movement is about processes and systems that can endure changes in basic assumptions. Solutions in the Internet of Things and Services (IoT) are a substantial aspect of this. For instance, transportation systems must continue to operate in the absence of diesel or gasoline. Factories might need to operate in an environment of unstable electrical power. One aim of the sustainability movement is to create agile responses to the events and conditions of this volatile environment.
At CeBIT 2012 I talked to my colleague Stefanie Peitzker about our platform for internet of things applications. At Bosch Software Innovations I am responsible for the architecture and conceptual design of this platform. Watch the video below and let me explain which qualitative issues need to be addressed by our platform in addition to mere functional requirements. I also pointed out how physical devices — not necessarily capable of communicating using IP — are connected to the cloud back end infrastructure. Summing up all particular layers and their specific tasks is another topic we covered and completes the “Big Picture” of our platform.
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JAX 2012 is only some days away and we are very excited about being there! Frank Puhlmann and I will have the chance to give a presentation on the integration of rules and processes, leveraging our Integrated BPM Project Methodology (IBPM). We have learned a lot since the rollout of the IBPM methodology over a year ago, and we are looking forward to sharing our lessons learned with you!
The following video is showing the interaction between BPM and BRM in the Internet of Things. The demo is based on a scenario where live video cameras are submitting events to a security firm. Visual Rules BRM is used to filter the events and start incident management processes in case of significant events (e.g. intrusion, loitering). inubit BPM is used to implement the incident management process, including management of the mobile work force, work schedules of the guards, etc. BPM based monitoring and analytics provides transparency for important KPIs. Master data management is used to manage information about customer sites and cameras.
The Internet of Things and Services is coming straight into our pockets — mobile devices will play an important role for many areas of application. Bosch Software Innovations is currently developing a software platform, that brings together the things (e.g. a video camera), their events (e.g. a tampering with the camera), and the services (e.g. a process that directs a security guard to check the camera). Of course, some of those events might eventually require direct human interactions — wherever you are! For some events — like a fire alarm — there is simply no time to wait until you login into your computer. For others it is just inconvenient — like seeing that your fridge is running out of milk. Read more…
Various interactions with Gartner BPM analysts, lively discussions, and up-to-date insights into BPM, Intelligent Business Operations (IBO) and – of course – the Internet of Things: this was the Gartner BPM Summit in London. From discussions and various sessions I got the impression that Gartner sees BPM and the Internet of Things growing together, a trend that also reflected in the closing Keynote by John Mahoney. I would like give you a short review of three presentations I was attending: Read more…
Caroline Buck kicks off the connected world tour for Franz Fehrenbach and Siegfried Dais and explains the technology behind Bosch Software Innovations’ system and service platform
CeBIT is giant and nowadays a must-be show for us. We had a packed week full of very good encounters. However, my personal highlight was the visit of Franz Fehrenbach and Siegfried Dais, two representatives of the Bosch Group’s top management. Our team prepared what we call a “Connected World Tour” to showcase the size of our customer base, how fast we are in developing new applications, and how well integrated our solutions are in the market. I must say, our guests soaked up our technology showcases and discussed where we see our USPs, but also gaps in our portfolio. All in all, a very enjoyable and talkative morning at a mega event, where everybody’s schedule is usually dominated by rushing from appointment to appointment.
Fiducia IT is a major provider of a multi-channel banking platform that is currently used by more than 700 banks and 100.000 users. Just lately, Fiducia IT has implemented a combined BPM and BRM approach with inubit Suite and Visual Rules. Coming along, there are not only major architectural changes but also organizational ones that need to be managed in a smart way. Read more…