Bosch and Huawei have struck a partnership to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The collaboration will see the pair makes Bosch’s IoT Suite software services available in China on Huawei Cloud.
The software platform of Bosch connects web-enabled objects to facilitate data sharing across a multitude of digital services and business models.
The first service made available to Chinese consumers via Huawei Cloud will be the Bosch IoT Remote Manager – a service for managing and controlling gateways, sensors, and devices. Additional services from the Bosch IoT Suite will follow in 2019.
The pair also said a Chinese automotive manufacturer has chosen to deploy the Bosch IoT Suite on Huawei Cloud for updating its vehicles’ firmware over the air (FOTA). The service is expected to be rolled out to millions of connected cars in China over the coming years.
“The demand for IoT solutions in China is rising. The partnership between Bosch and Huawei Cloud marks a decisive step for Bosch in one of the fastest growing IoT markets in Asia,” said Dr. Stefan Ferber, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bosch.
Bosch Software Innovations has been active in China since 2012 and has implemented IoT projects ranging from Industry 4.0 to connected transportation. The company expects China’s market for IoT platforms to grow by close to 70% over the coming years, Ferber said.
Bosch and Huawei also intend to develop an integrated end-to-end IoT offering as a result of the partnership.
Huawei is developing IoT hardware gateways that will be pre-configured with Bosch IoT Gateway Software and managed through the Bosch IoT Remote Manager to run on Huawei Cloud.
This close integration will provide customers with a more complete IoT solution that is easier to deploy and manage, the companies said.