Let’s be honest: Each year starts with plenty good “new year’s resolutions” and one of the most common is: Live a healthier lifestyle! I admit: For years I followed this principle. Christmas and New Year’s Eve passed with tons of good food and evenings with friends and family and some drinks here and there. So why not start with cutting down and changing to a healthy diet. Water rather than sparkling wine…
On the other hand: How much do we fuss about right food and drinks, while “good air” is most important for us?
How much do we know about good air? How much do we care about good air?
CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Walhalla for gadget freaks and technology chasers has closed its doors on a very successful edition this January 2014. The number of visitors exceeded 150,000, which is more than the population of a medium-size city and 3,200 companies had their booth and staff camping on the premises for four buzzing days.
By the way, the first CES edition took place in 1967 and was held in New York. 100 companies were exhibiting and the number of visitors amounted to 17,500.
Next to the traditional flood of new TVs (curved), smart phones (also curved), tablets and gadgets (“wearables”), the main topic and prevailing trend on the industry’s agenda was the Internet of Things, and more specific: “the Smart Home”.
Located south of the western Malaysian peninsula, Singapore is acknowledged to be a modern and technology-savvy city-state. Known for its many extraordinary projects and initiatives, some people like to call it a living laboratory.
Having lived in Singapore for two years now, I can definitely confirm that. One of these projects that gained world-wide attention is an electromobility pilot program. The so-called electric vehicle (EV) test-bed was initiated by the government in 2011 and is to evaluate the challenges and opportunities of introducing electric vehicles in Singapore. With Bosch Software Innovations being the appointed infrastructure service provider of the project, we recently were part of the Channel News Asia TV coverage about electric mobility in Singapore. Check it out!
CES 2014 was bursting with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Bosch showcased smart sensors that connect everyday home systems to a smart phone. Ever forgot to turn down the heating before leaving your home? Smart sensors make it possible to regulate not only temperature, but also other atmospheric conditions. Meet my colleague Thorsten Müller from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions.
Equally challenging: Making IoT technology and business models work.
Who sells, who buys and who uses an Internet of Things (IoT) solution? Making IoT technology work is challenging. The same applies to making IoT business models work. I believe one of the most curious and exciting aspects of the Internet of Things is the proliferation of creative business models (sometimes called commercial models) we have seen across the ecosystem. I wrote briefly about the issue of changing business models in this blog posting.
I wish it were easy to lump all the business models into neat categories. But in fact, it’s difficult to definitively categorize IoT business models. In this blog I’ll review the three most common models and present some examples. But keep in mind that there are variations for each of these models – that’s what makes our jobs more exciting! Read more…
Our guest author is Felix Wortmann, assistant professor at the Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the scientific director of the Bosch Internet of Things Lab. His research interests include Big Data and the Internet of Things. Before that, he worked as an assistant to the executive board of SAP. Felix Wortmann received a BScIS and MScIS from the University of Muenster, Germany, and a PhD in Management from the University of St. Gallen.
I recently keynoted at ISC Big Data’13 conference. To get prepped, I put together five key topics that shaped big data for me in 2013.
1. Database technology and data analytics have been around for decades. What is actually new about big data?
Indeed, in the last 20 years companies have heavily invested into data analytics infrastructures. The corresponding business intelligence (BI), data warehousing and analytics initiatives have addressed information needs of the whole enterprise including production, sales, marketing, service, and finance. However, these data platforms mainly focus on internal well-structured data. Moreover, these infrastructures have inherent performance and latency constraints. Big data technology now offers new possibilities regarding data volume and speed of analysis. Moreover, there is a focus shift on external and unstructured data. This focus shift goes beyond technology. Companies now have means to better understand and interact with their environment, e.g. customers, competitors or partners. Read more…
When it comes to our rooms, majority has two thoughts: In summer “too warm”, in winter “too cold”.
While warm and cold are relative terms, also in winter a too warm room can have negative side effects.
There is more to room climate than heating: While we notice “too warm” with our subjective sensors, “too warm” in objective measures lowers room humidity. And we have no real biological sensors for the right level of humidity in our rooms.
Have you ever wondered why you got a dry or scratchy throat after some time in a comfy warm room?
While most of us know the exact consumption of our cars, how much do you know about your radiators and thermostats?
What are your thoughts on the impact of room climate?
Have a look at the infographic from the Bosch IoT Lab at the University of St. Gallen and stay tuned for more insights on room climate….
“Bosch technology and solutions will enable Monaco to be a leading connected city. As a result, Monaco is a pioneer in making innovative use of the technological potential of the Internet of Things and Services,” says Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Robert Bosch GmbH board of management.
Well, you might ask yourself: How will that impact the Monegasques? Or if you’re a frequent visitor of Monaco like myself: What’s in a connected city for me?
There are many images we have in mind, when it comes to Monaco. Let’s try the following: Mobility. Do you think of yachts or Formula 1 now? Hold on a second. Even the fastest cars need to slow down in heavy traffic. Read more…