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CES 2015 Report: Bosch CEO Discusses Challenges to Future MEMS Development for the Industry

While roaming the halls of CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to visit with Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. I asked him what challenges the MEMS industry faces going forward towards the billions of MEMS devices in the IoT. Mueller said one key area is the multitude of protocols in the smart home.

I met with the Bosch team this morning: From left to right -- Davin Yuknis, VP of sales/marketing for Akustica; Tina Horstmann, Bosch Sensortec marketing/communications; Jeanne Forget-Funk, Bosch Sensortec director global marketing; and Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions.

I met with the Bosch team this morning: From left to right — Davin Yuknis, VP of sales/marketing for Akustica; Tina Horstmann, Bosch Sensortec marketing/communications; Jeanne Forget-Funk, Bosch Sensortec director global marketing; and Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions.

Here is an example. Let’s say I want to start my smart home. Patrick Moore, says it best in a Forbes article in 2013:

    I go out and can buy a Nest thermostat, Kwikset door lock, Phillips Hue lighting, Lutron light switch, a Sonos audio system, and a bunch of Belkin wireless plugs. Now I have six different apps to setup, learn, and use that all look and feel different. Additionally, there aren’t easy ways to make the devices work as one system if you wanted to trigger an event after an event. What if I wanted my outdoor lights to turn on after the garage door unlocks? That’s not going to happen because it requires two separate apps.

    There are other issues, too. For many of these products, you will need to have separate wireless adapters plugged into the wall. You see, many of these devices work on a different kind of wireless network. It’s not just WiFi, among home automation solutions. There are Zigbee, Zwave, Insteon, Itron, RadioRA2, and more. Because devices are speaking a different wireless “language,” they need different wireless adapters. Now imagine having five or six wireless adapters, plus your WiFi router in the house. Yes, ridiculous, and ugly, too.

Mueller also mentioned to me another positive effort: The joint venture Bosch has with Cisco and ABB, which is a very good thing for the industry. The joint venture will develop an open-software platform for smart-home devices and applications aimed at facilitating data exchange between different types of devices in the home, including washing machines, heating units, lamps, window blinds, smartphones, and tablets.

This alliance will also develop services on the platform for household devices in energy management, security technology, and entertainment. The three companies will be inviting appliance electronics manufacturers, home automation vendors, and service providers to collaborate in this effort. Bosch will also be making smart home connections in the Cloud via devices such as the smartphone.

Bosch also has major solutions in the Connected Industry. Its 250 manufacturing centers worldwide are proving grounds for industry solutions like those that increase cycle time and efficiency. What better place to test out these architectures than to deploy these in Bosch’s own manufacturing plants!

In transportation, there is a major need to have low-cost solutions to monitor humidity and temperature. The new BME680 would be a small, low-cost solution here as well.

6 comments on “CES 2015 Report: Bosch CEO Discusses Challenges to Future MEMS Development for the Industry

  1. Davidled
    January 8, 2015

    In this year and in the next coming year, it could be expected that many electronic supplies might invest to connected devices. For example, Samsung also will focus on the development of networked related device. Freescale already released the product of connected device. MEMS that Bosch challenges might be a critical component in the connected device and solution business.   

  2. goafrit2
    January 10, 2015

    Mueller said one key area is the multitude of protocols in the smart home.

    That is the challenge. Most industry players agree that lack of standards and agreed protocols could stymie the IoT sector.  With no apparent leader which other players can coaslesce around, the industry has to step up and have some roadmaps. Bosch is a big player in the automotive MEMS industry with all the standards, they need to do same in the broad consumer industry.

  3. goafrit2
    January 10, 2015

    >> Mueller also mentioned to me another positive effort: The joint venture Bosch has with Cisco and ABB, which is a very good thing for the industry

    Maybe, they need NEST from Google which has products in homes aready. Besides Cisco, ARM Holdings could be a very important partner as its chips have become extremely vital in the new mobile ecosystem which drives the IoT.

  4. Davidled
    January 10, 2015

    Networking concepts might be reorganized to prevent as many attacks as possible, based on Network-based intrusion detection and risk assessment as internet security has a higher attention in many organization. Wireless security mechanism such as Cisco LEAP protocol might be assessed.

  5. goafrit2
    February 1, 2015

    >> Networking concepts might be reorganized to prevent as many attacks as possible,

    I think the best strategy may be using analytics to detect and track patterns. By looking at data in real time, one can mitigate some challenges that any innovation in protocol may be unable to do.

  6. goafrit2
    February 1, 2015

    According to CISCO and many other related firms, the future is connected devices and they see opportunities there.  It is going to drive the industry in coming years in every possible way and form. Positining a firm to become a leader in that sector will mean investing accordingly.

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