New Bosch company allows users to control smart home using one app

  • New Bosch smart home system allows things such as heating and lighting to be controlled using smartphone or tablet
  • Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH to show first smart home devices at CES 2016
  • Focus on data protection and data security

Bosch is strengthening its business in solutions for the smart home. From 1 January 2016 the newly founded subsidiary, Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH, will bring together the company’s smart home activities, including related software and sensor-system expertise. The new company will offer products and services for connected homes from a single source, allowing it to fulfil tasks such as report break-ins and help control the heating to save energy.

Customers will be able to order the first Bosch smart home products online, from January 2016. These include the Bosch smart home controller, a smart thermostat and a contact for doors or windows. The premiere will take place at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on 6-9 January 2016.

Major business potential

By 2020 it is expected that 230 million homes worldwide – almost 15 percent of all households – will feature smart home technologies.

 “Setting up the Bosch smart home subsidiary is an important strategic step toward pooling and expanding on our range of solutions for the smart home. Smart homes facilitate new services that make their occupants’ lives easier, and they offer major business potential,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector.

“The Bosch smart home system is easy to install and operate: one system, one app, one user experience. Our solutions relieve users of tiresome routine tasks while offering them more convenience and safety,” adds Dr. Peter Schnäbele, the future managing director of the Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch Smart Home GmbH.

Data protection and data security given top priority

Bosch smart home solutions meet the highest standards of data protection and data security. These standards are taken into account right from the start of the product development process. Bosch has also set up a centre of competence for product security. Customers and users have full transparency and decide for themselves how their data is used.

New services and an app make life easier

Bosch smart home system solutions mean that a single platform can connect the heating, lighting, smoke alarms, and appliances in a home. All these can then be operated simply by using a smartphone or tablet. The core of the system is the Bosch smart home controller, a central control unit that connects the components with each other and to the internet. In the future, users will be able to use the Bosch smart home app to combine the basic functions of unrelated devices. For example, the door and window contact solution reports whether a window is open. When this happens, the system can automatically turn down the heating in the relevant room, in line with the user’s preference settings.

Users can also check their smartphone anytime, anywhere to see whether doors and windows are open or closed. In future versions of the door and window contact solution, the system will sound the alarm if a window or door is broken open when the occupant is absent – meaning there will no longer be any need for a separate alarm system.

Compatible with other manufacturers’ devices

When it comes to connectivity, Bosch believes open standards and open platforms will make the technology as user-friendly as possible. For this reason, the Bosch smart home system is modular and expandable, and is easy to connect compatible devices made by other manufacturers to it.

New online shop

The first Bosch smart home products can be ordered from 1 January 2016 at www.bosch-smarthome.com.

Simply.Connected.

Visit Bosch at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, USA:

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 8 to 8:45 a.m. local time: press conference with Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Centre, Level 3, Banyan Rooms A-D.

Wednesday, 6 January through Saturday, 9 January 2016: Bosch stand showcasing solutions for smart homes, smart cities, and Industry 4.0 at the Smart Home Marketplace, Sands Expo Centre, #71517, and showcasing connected mobility at North Hall, #2302.

Follow the Bosch CES 2016 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES

Press photos: 1-RB-21801

Contact person for press inquiries:
Rianne Ojeh, 01895 838 822
Email: Rianne.Ojeh@uk.bosch.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely. 

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