Welcome to Bosch Software Innovations’ new headquarter: the Bosch IoT Campus

Regardless of whether customers are at the very beginning of their IoT journey or whether they have already started a project, the team at the Bosch IoT Campus is happy to offer its expertise. Topics range from business model development workshops, prototyping, creating proof of concepts, testing, and evaluation to IoT training and consulting.

Get a virtual reality tour of Bosch Software Innovations’ headquarter in this video.

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Smart Innovations heading to the Mobile World Congress 2018

As Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited is getting ready to participate in the Mobile World Congress (“MWC”) 2018, from 26th Feb – 1st Mar, 2018. With the theme of, ‘On the Road to 5G Enabled Smart Cities,’ Comba Telecom is presenting a range of innovative solutions at the event, including 5G, public safety, smart city and multi-operators’ solutions.

Comba Telecom is ready for the coming of the 5G era with the Massive MIMO/ Beamforming technology for 5G antennas and Digital DAS to be unveiled at the event. The Massive MIMO/ Beamforming technology minimizes interference of mobile signals, improving network capacity and data rates per user. To support its development, technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), debut of 5G Digital DAS can help to realize the objective of networks, providing high-performance 5G indoor coverage

Comba Telecom’s public safety solutions enables construction of reliable and secure in-building communications systems all thanks to the advantages of CriticalPoint BDA and DAS combined with other passive components. It enables responders and other public safety professionals to save lives in emergencies and disaster situations. At MWC, a new series of CriticalPoint public safety BDA and DAS solutions developed for global markets are also to be introduced to visitors.

As a smart city uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information, Comba Telecom will bring the latest smart and artificial intelligence (“AI”) solutions namely ScanVis Computer Vision AI Solutions for Enterprises, Smart Pole, UWB Location Tracking and Scalable HetNet Base Station Solution with onsite demonstrations to the show, forging their customers’ connections to the road to 5G.

Mr. Simon Yeung, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Comba Telecom and the President of Comba Telecom International, said, “This year, we are delighted to introduce our smart solutions and 5G technologies in addition to turnkey wireless solutions. To implement our business objectives, Comba Telecom is now allocating greater resources in the R&D for new technologies such as IoT and AI in recent years. We believe that our efforts can add value to our customers and facilitate their further success in the future.”

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Introducing Stefan Ferber, Bosch Software Innovations’ new CEO

Rainer Kallenbach handing over the CEO baton to Stefan Ferber. Source: Ruth Townsend

Happy faces at the Bosch IoT Campus in Berlin: Rainer Kallenbach (right) is handing over the traditional Bosch Software Innovations “CEO baton” to his successor Stefan Ferber.

Stefan Ferber joined Bosch in 2000 and has held various positions in research, software development and product management. In 2008, Bosch acquired a software company that eventually became the core of Bosch Software Innovations. This was an early and strategic leap for the company, bringing it one step closer to the connected future. Fascinated by the Internet of Things and the value software can bring to the connected world, Stefan was intrigued by this move and transitioned to the Bosch Software Innovations team in 2009. Not long after, he became Bosch’s first IoT evangelist and an industry thought leader.

“With my software and programming background, I feel responsible for the Internet of Things at Bosch.”

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Stefan has been developing software since he was 16 years old. Today, he combines his passion for coding with his passion for the IoT and employs a variety of connected technology – from connected toothbrushes and thermometers to plant watering and heating systems – at home. It’s this excitement for real world IoT use cases that makes him a perfect fit to lead Bosch Software Innovations. The engagement between customers and IoT projects have been a great inspiration to Stefan.

“When we implement real-world use cases with our customers, we can improve how they run their businesses,” says Stefan. Doing so can bring new business models and revenue channels to life, streamline and automate processes, and make the lives of customers, employees, and citizens safer, easier and more comfortable.

In his latest position at Bosch Software Innovations, Stefan was responsible for developing and making the Bosch IoT Suite a leading IoT platform. Inspired by the emergence of DevOps and Scrum, Stefan was instrumental in transforming the development team of Bosch Software Innovations into a truly agile organization.

“There are no role models for digital transformation. In order to prepare for a connected future, companies have to simultaneously reinvent themselves while staying true to their DNA and collective experience.”

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Shaping the next era of Bosch as a software and service company is what drives Stefan today. “And the very best place to do this,” he says, “is with the team at Bosch Software Innovations.”

Stefan Ferber and other Bosch Software Innovations staff are playing table soccer at the new Bosch IoT Campus Berlin Source: Bosch Software Innovations

Stefan Ferber and Bosch Software Innovations staff are playing table soccer at the Bosch IoT Campus in Berlin.

The IoT is more for him than software, technology, connected products and business models. In fact, Stefan has had the same article posted in his office since 2009 – a list of the 15 global challenges facing humanity. The two that drive him the most? The global convergence of information and communications technologies, and meeting growing energy demands both safely and efficiently.

Stefan Ferber

Before joining Bosch, Stefan Ferber worked at the research center of DaimlerChrysler in Ulm in the field of 3D computer vision, robotics, and measurement technologies. He holds an undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. He is also a certified ATAM (Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method) lead evaluator by the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

For Stefan, following the Bosch Software Innovations’ mission statement of “We connect everyThing” is a way to help solve global challenges and contribute to the larger corporate Bosch motto, “Invented for Life”. He believes that by continuing to take a humanistic approach, IoT will transcend the way we live and work. His leadership ethos follows Robert Bosch’s original vision for the company, that “improvements in the world of technology should always be beneficial for mankind.”

“With Bosch, we have the ability to bring value to our customers and their markets,” says Stefan. Currently, Bosch Software Innovations has completed more than 250 IoT projects, connecting people and enterprise systems with more than 6 million devices.

“Software expertise is the key to the connected world.”

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Stefan Ferber’s responsibility at Bosch Software Innovations will be for product and business development, sales and marketing as well as human resources, finance and controlling. Together with Chief Operation Officer Michael Hahn (a board member since 2012), Stefan is co-leading the board of management at Bosch Software Innovations.

“No one can do IoT alone,” is a phrase heard often around Bosch and attributed to Stefan Ferber. This mentality has shaped the IoT ecosystem and Bosch’s footprint in the open source community, including the launch of five open source projects within the Eclipse Foundation where Stefan is representing the Bosch Group as board member. He is also an active member of the European Internet of Things Council, and frequently provides keynote addresses at industry events. His 25-year experience and stance as an industry expert has garnered him regular appearances on IoT thought leader lists, including a coveted position on the “Top 30 IoT Influencers Of 2017”.

Interested in hearing more from Stefan? Find him on Twitter at @stefferber and Github.

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5 questions for Stefan Ferber, Bosch Software Innovations’ new CEO

Stefan Ferber

Stefan Ferber has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH since January 1, 2018. He has direct management responsibility for product development, business development, sales & marketing as well as HR, finance & controlling.

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In your opinion, what makes for a successful day?

I inspired someone, and in turn they inspired me. That and, I will have learned something new and important.

What do you sometimes get annoyed or angry about?

Bureaucracy – rules that are being applied without considering the bigger picture.

Workaholic or work-life balance?

I like to work and I want to understand technology so that I have a clearer picture of it. But, my family means a lot to me. That’s why I turn my attention off of work as soon as I’m on the way home. Family time is very important for me.

What quality do you value the most in a colleague?

I appreciate when someone uses their unique skills responsibly for our company.

Do you have a secret talent?

Had I not gone into software, I would probably be a carpenter today. If I need some time for myself, you can probably find me in the workshop in my cellar.

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Frost & Sullivan Experts Identify Key IoT Innovations Bringing Smart Factories to Life

Frost & Sullivan Experts Identify Key IoT Innovations Bringing Smart Factories to Life

Frost & Sullivan Experts Identify Key IoT Innovations Bringing Smart Factories to Life

Artificial intelligence, cloud manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, and smart sensors among technologies that will drive factories of the future.

Frost & Sullivan’s analysis, “Industrial IoT Driving Manufacturing Innovations”, reveals the most impactful technologies that are transforming factories into a smarter environment through the whole platform of connectivity.

With cyber-physical system advancements transforming the manufacturing sector, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will create a high impact in the near future. The whole concept is advancing in terms of functionalities and user-friendly software solutions, enabling multiple applications to serve the rapidly changing demands of end users in diverse industries.

Ranjana Lakshmi, TechVision Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, explained:

“The ability of IIoT to provide real-time data and perform monitoring and tracking functionalities will lead to smart factories of the future that are fully connected, eco-friendly, and driven by improved productivity and efficiency. IIoT establishes a strong connectivity between the operational and digital platforms.”

Highlights of this analysis include:

  • Key technologies and influencing trends include: hybrid sensors, predictive analytics, wearables, digital twin, mass customization, 3D printing, edge computing, collaborative robots, asset monitoring, smart grids, and natural processing language;
  • Both batch production and mass customization of products are achievable by adopting the concept of IoT, advanced technologies and solutions;
  • High investment is evident for companies focusing in developing data monitoring systems, security and smart equipments;
  • Implementation challenges includes: device footprint, need for increased security, and lack of awareness;
  • Standardization of communication networks has been gaining importance. Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are key technology platforms in IIoT and enabling technologies include: sensor fusion and analytics;
  • Some of the companies disrupting the market include 3D Signals, Denodo Technologies, Pivotal, Stanley Black & Decker.

“Self-powered sensors, collaborative infrastructures and other advanced IoT technologies are all going to play a significant role in driving the concept of connected, smart factories of the future,” said Lakshmi. “Manufacturers must have an awareness of these new technologies and seek ways to incorporate them into their systems to increase the company’s productivity, competitiveness, and future likelihood of success.”

For further information on this analysis, please visit: http://frost.ly/263

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