Bosch, SAP to Collaborate on Internet of Things
Robert Bosch GmbH and software developer SAP SE have agreed to work together on internet-connected systems for industrial equipment, tools, vehicles and other devices.
The partnership will combine Bosch's platform and SAP's back-end software to monitor and control production processes for Bosch customers. SAP’s real-time Hana data-analysis software will run on Bosch’s cloud-computing system.
The so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT) system will help lower costs and improve quality by tracking and controlling equipment more precisely, according to the German companies. One example: The technology allows assembly workers improve their efficiency by remotely selecting the torque for each screwdriver's task. SAP also can evaluate new applications for its software for Bosch’s automotive and industrial customers.
By 2020, some 21 billion IoT devices will be in use worldwide, up from fewer than 5 billion last year, research firm Gartner Inc. has estimated. Bosch expects its own "connected industry" activities to deliver €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in savings by 2020 and to generate an additional €1 billion in sales.
Robert Bosch GmbH has made an unspecified investment in DeepMap Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup specializing in mapping technologies for autonomous vehicles.
Tesla Inc. has begun offering free two-week trials of its semi-autonomous Autopilot technology to owners of its Model 3, S and X electric vehicles who haven’t already purchased the system.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one manufacturing method that drives advanced mobility forward and also has a history of embracing the digital connectivity demanded by this trend.