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CES 2021: Bosch puts its faith in AI and connectivity

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: To improve people’s health and to protect our planet, Bosch is counting on AIoT, taking advantage of the possibilities offered by data, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things to benefit people and the environment with technical solutions. “We combine AI and connectivity to form the AIoT, which helps us improve energy efficiency and fight the coronavirus”, says Michael Bolle, Bosch board of management member. “AIoT offers enormous potential. We are already unlocking this potential and plan to expand our efforts in the future”. Under the tagline “Sustainable #LikeABosch”, the company will be presenting intelligent, sustainable solutions for health, living, and mobility at the virtual tech trade fair CES 2021.

Among the innovations Bosch is debuting at the tech show is the world’s first self-learning AI sensor for wearables and hearables in fitness tracking. Since the AI runs on the sensor itself (edge AI), there’s no longer any need for an internet connection during an exercise session, this improves energy efficiency and data privacy. The company is also presenting a sensor that measures factors such as air quality and relative humidity. This delivers information about the concentration of aerosols in the air, data that has become especially important in the fight against the coronavirus. Bosch security cameras can also help in the fight against the virus.

At the moment, the best example of how innovative Bosch technology can improve health and well-being is the coronavirus PCR test on the Bosch Vivalytic testing device. This now delivers results even more quickly: laboratories, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and hospitals can evaluate five samples simultaneously in 39 minutes, technology literally “invented for life”. Thanks to improved software, positive samples can be detected even in under 30 minutes. The development of the Vivalytic system, which consists of an analysis device and test cartridges, grew out of a long-standing collaboration between Bosch’s corporate research and advance engineering, Bosch Healthcare Solutions, and the Robert Bosch Hospital.

Sustainable #LikeABosch: Bosch as a pioneer in climate action

Bosch’s tagline for this year’s CES – “Sustainable #LikeABosch” – expresses one aspect of the company’s entrepreneurial responsibility. The highlights how everyone can do their part to protect the environment with sustainable products. Bosch itself is leading by example: according to in-house calculations, all the company’s 400 locations worldwide have been carbon neutral since 2020. Bosch is the first globally operating industrial enterprise to achieve net zero carbon emissions with respect to the energy it produces and the energy it sources externally. “The next step for Bosch is to address emissions along the entire value chain, from procurement to product use”, Bolle says. In that vein, Bosch is the first automotive supplier to join the Science Based Targets initiative with a specific and ambitious goal: by 2030, to cut upstream and downstream CO2 emissions by 15 percent.

All this clearly shows how much potential AIoT offers, as well as the key role sustainability plays in it. “Only companies that pursue sustainability today and unlock the enormous potential of AIoT, will be successful tomorrow”, Bolle says.

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