Bosch brings PaaS for the Internet of Things

A smart and networked asparagus field is one of the first use cases for the new Bosch IoT Suite. With its own PaaS service (platform as a service), Bosch wants to offer a platform for the networking of objects. In further steps, the services will also be offered on other marketplaces.

With the Bosch IoT Suite, Bosch now offers a comprehensive toolbox as a platform service in the cloud. Bosch thus provides an infrastructure and a whole range of tools that enable users to quickly implement IoT projects. In a pilot phase, Bosch says it has already connected more than 5 million devices via the platform.

The first location for the Bosch cloud would be Germany, as the company announced today at a press conference in Berlin. A first project connects parking spaces in Stuttgart. More or less real-time parking spaces are to be displayed via the service. For example, truck drivers who have to comply with statutory rest periods can reserve parking spaces at rest stops.

For the optimal asparagus to provide another project. Sensors on the fields tell the farmer various parameters, such as temperature, which can then start sowing.

In addition to housewares, the Bosch Group also produces technologies for vehicles, semiconductors and industrial tools. That’s why Bosch started thinking about the networking of devices or sensors at a very early stage. In 2015, Bosch took over the IoT middleware specialist ProSyst and integrated this technology into the new offering.

In a first step, Bosch offers services, frameworks and container technologies with the PaaS offering. This can already cover scenarios such as device management or the management of machines or gateways. Added to this are access management, the management of software rollout processes, the connection of third-party systems and, of course, data analysis.

According to Bosch, the use of the PaaS service can be accounted for step by step. There are various usage plans that depend on the number of connected devices, active users, transactions or data volumes.

The system architecture secures the interfaces with sensors, actuators or embedded systems via a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) of the Bosch subsidiary ESCRYPT. As of today, the software services can be used for the operation and development of Bosch IoT solutions and are already integrated in the marketplace of the Bosch IoT Cloud. Bosch now wants to gradually open the Cloud Foundry-based marketplace for customers and partners. In addition, Bosch wants to provide individual services in other marketplaces.

As the manufacturer informs, the Bosch IoT Suite is based on open standards such as OSGi. In addition, Bosch is involved in the Eclipse IoT Working Group, where the Bosch Software Innovations department is launching the Eclipse Vorto projects for standardizing device abstraction models and Eclipse hawkBit for software updates on IoT devices and gateways. Bosch also relies on Eclipse Hono, which aims to ensure uniform service interfaces for secure communications.

Bosch also competes with comparable offers from GE or Siemens . But also software manufacturers such as SAP , Microsoft , Amazon Web Services or IBM offer corresponding PaaS services.

Market researcher Gartner predicts that by 2020, about 50 percent of the workload of PaaS services will be on IoT applications. Currently, however, users mostly still use private platforms and container technologies because they currently offer even more flexibility and cost advantages.

Although the Bosch PaaS IoT backend is already mentioned in a vendor benchmark by Crisp Research , it has not yet been rated due to its limited availability. That’s why Crisp compares services from the major cloud providers AWS, Microsoft and SAP.

On the other hand, in a vendor benchmark of the Experton Group, Bosch’s service already appears and receives good ratings from the analysts. Experton sees Bosch along with the offerings from Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, IBM, Atos and PTC in the Leader quadrant.

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