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Bosch Pushes For IOT In India

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The Rs 13,000-crore Bosch India is mostly known as an automobile component vendor. But their prowess in building software, power tools, packaging machines, home appliances and solar photo voltaic is unmatched globally. Take for example their eye camera, which is being piloted in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. The camera captures all the data of the eye when positioned on it. After which it processes the images and stores them in the cloud before mailing them to the concerned hospitals and mobile phones/tablets of doctors in major cities for their opinions and insights on providing care. "Our capabilities in the internet of things (IOT) is designed to build solutions unique to each country that we operate in," says Dr Steffen Berns, President of Bosch Group and MD of Bosch India. He adds that smart city solutions like connected homes and cars had tremendous opportunities to solve India's growing problems of providing office and home security, energy efficiency and affordable healthcare. The company has filed 179 patents in the year 2013 alone.

The eye camera is a portable device -- the first in a whole host of smart solutions coming out of their stable -- created to allow hospitals to treat greater number of patients without having to set up remote care centres. "We can also configure this device to work with the work flow of any hospital," says Harsha Ramesh Angeri, Head of Bosch India Strategy M&A and new business development.

Meanwhile, Bosch's software arm Robert Bosch has become a leading solution provider for car telematics, home and office automation. "When we did the Nano, no one knew that there are a million lines of code in that vehicle alone," says Vijay Ratnaparkhe, MD of RBEI. He adds that the camera play was significant because software platforms can be scaled up to get machines to talk with each other and manage works flows.

The company also showcased eye wear that could simulate books and labs experiments for universities and schools in rural areas. Its closest rivals will be GE and Phillips who are doing enormous work in connected healthcare. GE and Phillips for example have piloted android-based tablet solutions to reach neonatal care in rural regions. Phillips Labs in Bangalore is also working on apps that help consumers connect with the entire home through a smart phone.

Bosch is investing Rs 1,200 crore this year to build on IOT, its automotive business and other allied manufacturing businesses such as home appliances,  packaging machines, power tools and solar. Eighty-four per cent of their revenues come from the automotive business. The Bosch stock rose to Rs 14783.50,  representing a .16 per cent rise over previous day's close.

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