Head of Communications
Waiblingen/Singapore, 09/16/2011 -
The infrastructure for electric vehicles that Bosch is currently building in Singapore has successfully moved into the operational phase. After almost three months, around a dozen charge spots are now in operation across the city state. Further charge spots are now being added, and by the end of the year drivers of electric vehicles will be able to recharge their vehicles at 40 charge spots. The monthly flat-rate fee for using the charging infrastructure amounts to 180 Singapore dollars (some 105 euros). The charge spots are the visible aspect of an electromobility software platform that has been developed by Bosch Software Innovations GmbH. The web-based eMobility Solution allows drivers to find a vacant charge spot – something that is particularly significant in megacities, where parking space and thus space for charge spots is limited.
The eMobility Solution, which officially entered operational service at the end of June, is designed to be open and flexible, so that in future additional business models and value-added services can be integrated, such as the option for drivers to reserve power at particular rates or plan routes including alternative forms of transportation. "Especially in megacities, there is a growing realization of the many possibilities this integrated service platform offers," said Heinz Derenbach, managing director of the Bosch Software Innovations subsidiary.
Open for new business models
The Bosch solution is based on Visual Rules software, which allows specialist users to independently define and modify business rules. The software also makes it possible for other companies to integrate their business models into the eMobility Solution. Those companies might include operators of parking garages or facility managers, for example. The solution can easily be adapted to existing information and energy networks, allowing an e-mobility network to be tailored to the existing infrastructure in a given city. eMobility Solution was specifically designed to be open enough to allow even competing companies – public utilities, for example – to participate, and other providers to integrate their charge spots. The approach deliberately encourages unrestricted competition for creative ideas relating to e-mobility. It is accessible and flexible, offering customers a broad range of services and a high level of information security at the same time.
Starter Package for local infrastructure operators
Individual operators can use Bosch Software Innovations' eMobility Starter Package to set up a local infrastructure network. The package comes in the form of software as a service (SaaS), making it easy for companies to enter the electromobility market. As a result, all the core functions of a charging infrastructure are more convenient to use, including the administration of charge spots and automated billing. Bosch offers municipal utilities, local authorities, car park operators, traders, and other electromobility providers a scalable product that can be expanded to become a comprehensive infrastructure, just as now in Singapore.
Bosch is installing its own charging network in Germany
The Bosch Group is putting together a network of charge spots across its locations in Germany. There are currently twelve active charge spots at eight locations, and these are allowing the company to gain experience of their everyday operation. Further charge spots will be added at other German Bosch locations in the coming months.
Project management by Bosch's software and systems unit
Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group's software and systems unit, is spearheading the e-mobility infrastructure developments. The company, which is located in Waiblingen and Immenstaad on Lake Constance, currently employs 340 specialists who are developing software for energy management, mobility, and the finance sector. The Bosch software and system unit's web-based solutions are designed to network different components and systems via the internet in such a way as to give rise to new business models for users and operators. This especially applies to areas of technology that are relevant for Bosch, such as energy, mobility, healthcare, and the environment. In the coming years, an increasing number of smart systems will be communicating automatically with each other online. Experts forecast that, 15 years from now, the resulting "internet of things and services" will interconnect more than 50 billion components – from tiny sensors to high-performance computers.
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