Sensor-based connected devices and solutions lie at the heart of many applications today, including connected mobility, Industry 4.0 and logistics. With these in mind, Bosch has demonstrated three sensor-based solutions at the 2017 International CES. The devices help improve comfort, convenience and accountability, and the extension boards simplify the development of IoT applications.

The Bosch Retrofit eCall plug is a smart device that uses acceleration sensors and intelligent embedded algorithms to detect a vehicular accident. Upon detection, it transmits data to a back-end IT system (via a Bluetooth smartphone app) to provide immediate assistance. At CES, Bosch has announced that its Retrofit eCall can now be extended to Usage-Based Insurance and Concierge Services. At the push of a button, the Concierge Service connects drivers to a designated personal assistant at a service center.

This personal assistant can then provide the driver with specific directions or alternative routes, and can even book hotels and restaurants.

Bosch’s second product–the Transport Data Logger (TDL) ensures transparency across the entire supply chain. The TDL is a sensor-based device that can be attached to a shipment of sensitive or high-value goods. By monitoring and recording relevant parameters such as temperature, humidity, tilt and shocks, the TDL makes the delivery process transparent and traceable. These measurements are subsequently documented and visualised via an app. If any parameter exceeds a user defined threshold, this is recorded, providing traceability and accountability.

Lastly, Bosch’s Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK) is a rapid prototyping tool that enables developers to bring their IoT designs to life, accelerating and simplifying the transition from prototype to mass production.

At CES, Bosch has also presented three new extension boards expanding the feature set of the XDK. The first is the LoRaWAN connectivity extension board, which provides long-range network connectivity of up to 40km. The second is an infrared sensor extension board enabling the detection of heat signatures, for applications such as motion detection and temperature measurement. The last is an extension board for an additional temperature sensor providing an extended temperature measurement range, which is ideally suited for industrial applications.

The XDK is a fully integrated hardware and software product with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, containing a MEMS accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope, coupled with humidity, pressure, temperature, acoustic and digital light sensors. The software development environment offers access to various API layers, together with an algorithm library and sample applications, as well as access to the online development community.