I was highly impressed by BCW19 in Berlin while letting the Bosch Connected World #BCW19. It is not easy to stay suave while surrounded by the coolest connected devices, but I believe I’ve recovered some of my naturally calm demeanour. When I passed by the main entry gate I noticed one of the largest IoT “devices” , an enormous bright orange machine. It had more “connected things” than my whole household of gadgets.
The aviation and transportation sector greeted us with the Volocopter ( a world-leading world of fully manned urban mobility “air taxi”), the largest drone I have ever seen, not to be outdone by the #IoT monster machine loaded with “connected things” from the agriculture industry.
Here is the list of key themes of “Connected Things”, the bosch connected world event was all about:
- Connected Industry #ConnectedIndustry
- Connected Mobility ( Cars, Planes, Trains and Ships ) #ConnectedMobility
- Connected Agriculture #ConnectedAgriculture
- Connected Homes & Smart Homes and Appliances #ConnectedHomes
- Industry four point zero #Industry40
- The Future of Work #FutureOfWork
The entire bosch connected world 2019 event felt like an IoT and Connected “things” substantial hits tour:
- Speaking with the expert developers of the Economy of Things (catch this video with Nik Scharmann) and scooping into the level of #trust linked with Distributed Ledger Technology (aka DLT aka Blockchain)
- Connected devices in automotive have a huge scope, not to mention the mammoth growth predictions. (check out my video interview with Bernd Heinrichs) Oh, and not trying to rob an eScooter even though I wanted one, or the eJaguar…..You walk away from such a believer in #ConnectedMobility
- In Connected Home, there is no shortage of rabbit holes where one wants one of everything while at the same time analyzing the market impact to predict winners.
- Parking! Not only the self-parking car also the community-based parking projects and parking fine avoidance
- Seeing the #IoT explosion in person — so many collaborators and partnerships and think tanks and use cases (watch my chat with Mike Mansuetti – pictured below)
- The massive scope of works in connected agriculture, from the machines to the #sensors of DeepField Connect to “smart spraying” lessens herbicide usage.
- The Volocopter air taxi
- The monster of opportunity that is Bosch Rexroth – check out Kevin Jackson’s impressions of their 3D printing
- Innovation enablers like their Bosch XDK Cross Domain IoT Development kit – a programmable sensor device and a prototyping platform for IoT
- Far more particular, feasible & actionable air pollution monitoring for urban centres.
- Moreover, the most brilliant HACKATHON ever
Well, this is not only about #Things. Before the bosch connected world event even started, the greatest news was about #Carbon footprint and Bosch’s unprecedented commitment to be carbon neutral across ALL of their facilities, employees and activities, along with their long-term buying agreements with investors in new renewable energy generation facilities. They are trying hard to get humanity to come to grips with our car habit and the scope of change that we each, as individuals, need to own.
And undoubtedly, Bosch is not for profit. The difference in approach is substantial. There is so much done for the sheer interest of technology and people and so much fun taken in getting it to life; it’s tangible. When such brands converse about trust, it rings true. And the chairman and president of their board? CEO of Ottobock, Professor Hans Georg Naeder, the world’s leading manufacturer of prosthetic limbs.
The Bosch IoT Suite – Bosch’s core #IoT platform – is expressly built to connect across brands, across verticals and a fantastic range of applications. “Broad” and “open” don’t even start to cover it. They also spent a lot of time and energy on the significance and following steps around security for connected devices, vehicles, and services.
In order to understand what I am saying, explore their startup kitchen, the Bosch IoT Academy and the Calponia project shared online service for automotive engineering: Outstanding thought leadership. It made me feel that even Mariya Gabriel, the EU commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, was there in person.
The essence and theme of #LikeaBosch were everywhere, and it felt genuine. Of course, having Shaun, the incredible LikeaBosch man “Shawn” himself ( pictured below ), there at the event was sufficiently fun.
It has been a remarkable campaign to watch, and I hope Bosch continues with it. They are trying no less than cultural change. They contribute to technological advancement in various ways, and the brand truly deserves additional attention.
My sincere gratitude to all at Bosch for including me in Bosch Connected World 2019, particularly to the experts who made time to talk.