Ever felt that noise, vibration and harshness near your residence were very high but had no way to confirm? What if you had an app which could be downloaded onto your Android smartphone which could tell you exactly how high the decibel levels were? Or how about your local corporation turning off and on the streetlights across your entire city from one central control room?
All these and more were solutions showcased by Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India (RBEI) the Indian arm of Robert Bosch GmBH a leading supplier of technology and services. Robert Bosch itself is a 100 per cent subsidiary of the $59 billion in revenues German headquartered company Bosch which operates in the areas of automotive and industrial technology apart from consumer goods and building technology.
RBEI showcased seven innovations which it said have been developed completely in its India operations. Apart from the smart street lighting system, it has also developed a smart meter for India’s rural electrification needs. A Laser Range app to measure distances and surfaces using state of the art laser technology, an Augmented Reality (AR) solution for the retail and education sectors were others. It also showcased a Machine to Machine (M2M) solution which delivers value added services based on connecting things - systems or devices. A rapid prototyping lab which saves saves time, cost and simplifies the process involved in creating prototypes and 3D prints was also outlined.
RBEI said the focus was on showcasing ‘Intelligence of Things’ powered by frugal engineering. Several of the innovations are being tested in different parts of the country and will be commercialised eventually. “Software is the value creator. It plays a significant role in ‘connected’ systems and devices in IoTS and M2M Communications. Innovation in software has reduced the product time to market as well as cost of production” said Vijay Ratnaparkhe, President and MD of RBEI, which employs 14,500 people in India.
Dr Moseeinger Juergen, VP – Engineering, RBEI, said that frugal innovation was key to the company’s success in emerging markets like India.