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PTC and Bosch Software Innovations announce alliance

Partnership opens up new areas

ThingWorx and Bosch’s IoT Suite technology stack enable the integration of smart, connected products with cross-sector enterprise processes.

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) and Bosch Software Innovations announced a technology alliance that will facilitate integration of the ThingWorx® platform and the Bosch IoT Suite.

The new Bosch IoT Suite M2M Connector for ThingWorx allows interplay between the two platforms and is now available in the ThingWorx Marketplace. The technology stack enables IoT developers to connect and control heterogeneous devices and systems, cost-effectively and rapidly develop IoT applications for complex IT landscapes, and easily and quickly adapt IoT solutions to the specific needs of individual companies and sectors.

PTC and Bosch Software Innovations successfully tested the integrated technology stack in the Industrial Internet Consortium Track & Trace Testbed by wirelessly connecting tightening tools to operate seamlessly together on the factory floor. The Track & Trace application permits the monitoring of the status of all devices on the fly. The data collected is used to optimize production processes and tool maintenance. Irregularities or impending failures are detected immediately and the faulty device can be replaced before downtime can occur.

Track & Trace Testbed

The Track & Trace testbed provides an excellent example of complex production landscapes – such as those in the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and plant engineering sectors – that are made up of heterogeneous machines, devices, and process landscapes that must be adapted so that they will work together. When combined, the ThingWorx and Bosch Software Innovations technologies provide IoT developers exactly the flexibility they need to connect heterogeneous equipment and enterprise processes.

In contrast to the two traditional options – standard software and customized development – this joint technology offering is precise and cost-effective. The device management component (M2M) from the Bosch IoT Suite provides reliable connection and control of devices while operating a secure, flexible, and transparent infrastructure for distributed devices. Vorto, an open source tool initiated by Bosch Software Innovations and developed by Eclipse IoT, enables the creation and management of information models for integration into different platforms. The ThingWorx® IoT application-development platform enables rapid development of drag-and-drop business applications. A comprehensive security approach is designed to protect applications against unauthorized access.

Learn more about Eclipse Vorto Read more about the Track & Trace testbed

Quote from Rainer Kallenbach

CEO of Bosch Software Innovations

Dr. Rainer Kallenbach

“Building on the long-standing relationship between PTC and Bosch, this alliance has the potential to significantly lower the entry barrier for customers into the IoT. This alliance combines extensive know-how in product and service-lifecycle management, leading IoT software products, and in-depth experience in connecting and managing heterogeneous asset landscapes. The heterogeneous environments we encounter in the IoT require a new and very open approach. The ideal foundation for this is the open Vorto standard for IoT interface definitions – which is backed by Eclipse, the leading open source community.”

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Quote from Jim Heppelmann

President and CEO of PTC

“Our alliance with Bosch Software Innovations is a perfect strategic fit for both companies. We have combined the world’s best technologies to redefine the way work gets done and send a strong signal to the market. It has never been so easy for companies to enter into the IoT business. This new technology stack will decisively influence and optimize business processes – even for companies with mature, complex environments.”

Quote from Rob Gremley

President of the Technology Platform Group, PTC

“ThingWorx offers an easy-to-use interface with simple operating functions like drag-and-drop. This facilitates cross-departmental development of applications, even in complex environments, without the need for advanced IoT engineers. Once the system and process complexity has been captured with Bosch Software Innovations’ IoT platform, ThingWorx removes the last hurdle into the smart, connected world.”

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