Metro Rail News conducted an email interview with RK Shenoy, Executive Leadership Team Member, and Senior VP, Mobility Engineering, Bosch Global Software Technologies (BGSW). In the interview, R.K. Shenoy talked about the Smart Mobility.
R.K. Shenoy is Senior Vice President of the Global Center for Powertrain Electronics and Product Engineering. He is additionally responsible for Smart City, Aero, Railways, and Off-highway Domains at RBEI. Mr. RK Shenoy has been associated with BOSCH Group since 1986 Carrying overall 31yrs of experience. Bosch Global Software Technologies Private Limited (BGSW) is a 100% owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. They are one of the world’s leading global suppliers of technology and services, offering end-to-end Engineering, IT, and Business Solutions. With a global footprint and presence in the US, Europe, Japan, China, and the Asia Pacific region, they are at the forefront of designing, developing, and executing IoT ecosystems through our all-encompassing capability within the 3 aspects of IoT – Sensors, Software, and Services.
They have always focused on improving the quality of life of people, providing newer revenue-generating opportunities, and improving operational efficiencies for enterprises
through an array of solutions. With their unique ability to offer end-to-end solutions that connect Sensors, Software, and Services, they enable businesses to move from the traditional to digital or improve businesses by introducing a digital element in their
products and processes.
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Q. What is Smart Mobility as per Bosch Solutions? Is it correct to say that the future of IoT and connected mobility shall be powered by data-driven technologies that would create a whole new customer experience?
As I explained in the previous context, 100 years of Automotive domain expertise complemented with 10 years of Cloud technologies experience at Bosch, India, has led to the evolution of a great force of creative engineers delivering complex programs to our customers. In a similar direction, Connected Mobility Solutions with automotive Connectivity hardware and IoT-enabled Cloud based Connected Solutions will be the origin of creating enhanced and new customer experiences powered by data-driven technologies.
Q. How is Bosch helping to provide connected systems and end-to-end analytic solutions to its customers? Is it correct to say that technological afflux shall help users and customers make critical business decisions in the connected future?
Bosch was one of the early innovators in Connectivity Systems/Solutions starting from smartphone integration into vehicles to Connectivity hardware and Cloud-based Connected Solutions. The solutions were innovated in line with Bosch’s vision, “Invented for life”, to add value to end users in the areas of safety, convenience, and comfort. The data generated out of the vehicle Connected Systems is stored in a structured manner on the Cloud, which has led to the evolution of analytics and further enhancement using ML and AI technologies. Data Science Engineers at Bosch add value to our OEMs by providing insights to Engineering and Service teams in identifying and analyzing failures. The analytical solutions support the OEMs to resolve the failures with better turnaround times. The technology at Bosch has evolved to an extent where critical failures are identified, initial necessary steps to overcome or avoid a problem are communicated to end users (safety and convenience), and second software bug is fixed, and an immediate update is pushed over the air (new age ECU) or delivered to the service center (in case of conventional ECU). As explained above, by helping OEMs to quickly analysis of failures and solve errors/failures without much inconvenience to end users, Connected Systems, augmented with end-to-end analytic solutions, helps OEMs take business decisions that offer advanced
Q. How are Bosch Air quality solutions helping cities to achieve sustainability goals?
Clean air concerns us all. Bosch’s motto of “Invented for life” also involves an extensive commitment to improving air quality. In addition to Bosch’s own goal of achieving CO2 neutrality in 2020, Bosch is making an even greater contribution to the sustainable, eco-friendly mobility of tomorrow by developing innovative solutions.
We recognize not only our global responsibility for climate action but also our local responsibility for combating air pollution, with technically innovative measures we are contributing to the gradual reduction of pollution in real-life scenarios, helping cities for a better & healthier life and improving the quality of life of its citizens. In this way, we can contribute to making the world a better place and help conserve natural resources. The Bosch Air Quality portfolio is focused on providing highly precise data & services to assess and improve Air Quality and identify the emission sources on a broad scale. Our working expertise focuses on determining microscopic traffic emissions to precisely measuring
& modeling the dispersion of air quality and providing high-resolution pollutant concentration maps. We use digital technologies to link different air quality expertise and offer a comprehensive view of the ecosystem. we’ve been able to demonstrate that steady traffic flows can lead to an almost 20 percent reduction in pollutants.
Q. The challenge of building such a system often lies in ensuring its security – how does Bosch intend to overcome this and design a system that is both impactful as well as secure?
AQMB (Air Quality Monitoring Box) is an IoT-enabled box that protects the devices, network, and cloud they connect to. As with any other publicly installed device, AQMB faces a hostile environment, because of which AQMB is designed with Security as an inherent requirement. The security is implemented as per the Bosch SEP which covers the complete product lifecycle from deployment to decommissioning and considers the challenges of the operating environment. Another challenge in developing security for such low-volume products lies in finding the right balance between security measures and investments.
The program team (MS/PJ-AQMS) and security expert team (MS/ECE) came together and collaborated to identify the threats, and misuse cases, define the security concepts, and security implementation including Penetration tests. The solution is supported Bosch IOT suite cloud services with its state-of-the-art security also enhancing overall
To provide secure IoT solutions and products, we have followed a holistic IoT security approach, which considers the whole lifecycle of solutions and products and covers processes and organizational requirements as well as applied technologies.
Securing an IoT solution is a challenging task, and this is made more challenging by the very long lifetimes IoT devices can have in connected operations. To manage this challenge, oversight and procedures are put into place by the Bosch SEP process. It will ensure that when new vulnerabilities and threats are discovered, the foundational means and mechanisms for addressing them are already in place.
Q. A vast amount of data is being generated which is expected to grow exponentially in the connected world we live in today. How are Bosch solutions providing a user-centric solution to these issues?
When a vehicle is equipped with a Connectivity unit, depending on a number of connected features offered to end users, the vehicle data is sent to the cloud for storage and further processing. Bosch offers cost-effective and smart solutions at various stages of this process: On the Connectivity unit, edge-based algorithms process the raw data, optimize it, and then send over the relevant information to Cloud. On Cloud, the data is structured and
stored in different databases. Recent period data is stored in high-speed storage, which can be retrieved quickly based on user action without impacting the end-user experience. Beyond a period, the data is pushed to low-cost storage and retrieved based on need or upon request.
Q. What according to you is a data-driven business model? Bosch Solutions is acclaimed for its specialized domain knowledge in providing consulting services and solutions for several sectors. What have the major accomplishments in the key areas you are focusing on?
Vehicle data augmented with contextual information and advanced ML; AI led to the evolution of new features/services that can be offered to end users. And, generating leads to OEMs/partners opening new business models, which we refer to as a “data-driven business model”.
A few examples for this would be: Based on location, fuel level, and user preferences, suggest personalized POIs Prediction of vehicle functions degradation – Battery, Fuel pump, etc. The examples mentioned above are enabling OEMs, technology, and content partners to earn additional revenue by providing enhanced user experience and savings to end users with the data-driven business model. Bosch can successfully implement this model with its expertise in the Automotive domain, complemented by its Cloud technologies expertise.