Q&A: Bosch Video Systems & Solutions’ Michael Seiter and Magnus Ekerot on smart technology, “AIot”, and plans for 2021
Q: Mr. Seiter, Mr. Ekerot, you each joined Bosch Constructing Applied sciences’ enterprise unit Video Methods & Options as Senior Vice Presidents in March 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic was simply starting. How did your online business unit get by means of 2020?
The disaster was additionally felt at Bosch. On the similar time, demand has risen for options that hold companies open and defend folks’s well being. We provide corresponding video options that may make a major contribution to containing the pandemic.
Total, we managed the previous 12 months nicely regardless of the challenges and have been rising once more for the reason that third quarter in comparison with 2019. We see good alternatives for additional progress in 2021.
Q: Has the Corona disaster once more accelerated the event of sensible applied sciences within the safety know-how market, and does the safety market in distinction to most industries profit from the disaster greater than it suffers?
The Corona disaster has undoubtedly demonstrated that the longer term lies in data-driven options. Due to our product growth technique already being based mostly on this, we at Bosch have been in a short time in a position to develop new merchandise for the ‘New Regular’ and to broaden present merchandise accordingly.
To offer one or two examples: in cooperation with Philips, we in a short time developed a folks counting resolution for retail operations – sensible Philips shows together with sensible cameras from Bosch that present safety for workers and prospects. The In-Retailer Analytics software program resolution was additionally carried out with further options. Store homeowners can now make choices based mostly on buyer motion information corresponding to “The place will we place merchandise to keep away from queues or crowds?”
HTD entails a touch-free monitoring system to precisely and speedily determine folks with heightened pores and skin temperature
The most recent spotlight is the Bosch Human Pores and skin Temperature Detection resolution, briefly HTD. This entails a touch-free monitoring system to precisely and speedily determine folks with heightened pores and skin temperature at management factors in workplaces, manufacturing unit flooring, or airports. The advantages of beforehand present options in the marketplace are typically referred to as into query. Rivals are sometimes unable to ship what they promise as a result of, for instance, the measured temperature of the pores and skin doesn’t correspond to the core temperature of the particular person, or fluctuates, as a result of environmental influences. Due to this fact, we developed a software-based resolution that, in compliance with GDPR, first permits folks with doubtlessly elevated physique temperatures to be filtered out, and in a second step, permits medical personnel to carry out a extra focused fever measurement.
Q: You see quite a lot of potential for the video safety business in new applied sciences corresponding to Synthetic Intelligence and the Web of Issues. What particular alternatives do you imply, and the way are you leveraging these applied sciences at Bosch Constructing Applied sciences?
Bosch has dedicated itself totally to an “AIoT” – AI meets IoT – technique. The event of AI algorithms and software program, normally, is at Bosch considerably pushed within the safety area. By AIoT, we particularly imply the networking of bodily merchandise and the deployment of synthetic intelligence.
With AI we goal to allow purchasers to grasp occasions at an ever-deeper degree and predict them sooner or later – the key phrase being predictive – in order that they’ll act proactively. That is significantly necessary for well being and security. An instance is the Clever Insights resolution the place the consumer can anticipate doubtlessly harmful conditions, as an example in sustaining social distance and a most variety of folks numbers in anyone space.
Q: Out of your viewpoint do you’ve gotten a bonus over different suppliers on the subject of AI-based merchandise within the video enviornment?
The evaluation and utilisation of video information have lengthy been entrance and centre with us. Since 2016 we’ve been following the technique of providing AI purposes within the type of built-in clever video analytics as a regular in our community cameras.
Knowledge corresponding to color, object measurement, object velocity, and course are all measured. Merely put, you possibly can say that is seeing and understanding – which is the precept behind sensible safety cameras. As we speak it’s rather more a query of clever, data-based options than accumulating high-quality footage and storing them for the file.
Bosch has been investing closely in AI for years, from which we are able to profit vastly in our space. Within the first quarter, for instance, we’ll launch a automobile detector based mostly on deep studying that’s already working on our cameras. It will create vital added worth for our prospects within the space of clever visitors management.
Q: Mr. Ekerot, what benefits do prospects have in AI-based video safety from Bosch?
A key benefit is robust buyer focus with tailor-made options which might be on the similar time modular and scalable by means of new AI algorithms
A key benefit is our robust buyer focus with tailor-made options which might be on the similar time modular and scalable by means of new AI algorithms. Take the instance of Digital camera Coach, a machine studying software program that may be straight uploaded to Bosch community cameras. The digicam is thus skilled up on recognising objects and conditions – tailor-made to the precise wants of our prospects. If the digicam detects the outlined situation, it performs a predefined motion in real-time – for instance, a rely or an alarm.
The most recent instance is our new digicam platform Inteox. As a very open digicam platform, Inteox combines Bosch’s clever video analytics with an open working system. This permits programmers to develop particular software program purposes – or apps – for numerous utility functions. These can then be loaded onto cameras – the identical precept as an app retailer for smartphones. To sum up, Bosch AI purposes assist customer-specific wants associated to information evaluation whereas enabling completely new purposes inside and past the video safety market.
Q: Are you able to identify a particular present venture the place Bosch has deployed an AI-based resolution?
A present ground-breaking venture utilizing our sensible cameras is being carried out as a pilot within the USA. Good Ohio allows customers to configure extra clever visitors flows and thus guarantee mobility, security, and the environment friendly use of roads at present and tomorrow.
The brand new automobile detector talked about by Mr. Seiter additionally performs a central position right here. Our total purpose is to offer related sensible sensor options for private and non-private transportation businesses to allow them to function their roads safely and effectively.
The Clever Insights can anticipate doubtlessly harmful conditions, as an example in sustaining social distance and a most variety of folks numbers in anyone space
Q: Mr. Seiter, you’ve gotten been concerned with the subject of mobility for a while. What expertise out of your earlier job within the automotive enterprise of Bosch would possibly make it easier to on the subject of additional develop the video portfolio of Bosch Constructing Applied sciences?
There’s so much to inform. Initially, the event of core algorithms for video-based options, whether or not for autonomous driving, for automobile inside monitoring, or for our Bosch Constructing Applied sciences video methods, all come collectively at Bosch’s Hildesheim location. This offers us appreciable synergies and permits us to carry R&D outcomes to market quicker and extra flexibly.
Primarily, assisted driving methods use AI algorithms that course of ever-increasing volumes of video information. Makes an attempt are being made to mimic the human being and allow the automobile to grasp higher the encircling atmosphere with its ‘eyes’. This predictive functionality is particularly important with autonomous driving. For instance, key questions embody: “How ought to the automobile reply and what might doubtlessly occur subsequent?” “What sort of atmosphere does it discover itself in?” and many others. There are various actions on this space at Bosch that in my new position in safety we are able to additionally strongly profit from.
I’m now bringing quite a lot of this expertise and present R&D achievements to Bosch Video Methods & Options, which additionally leads to additional synergies with our mobility division: At Stuttgart Airport, autonomous driving is already being carried out along with Mercedes-Benz and the parking storage operator Apcoa as a part of the “Automated Valet Parking” venture, or AVP for brief, by which clever video methods from Bosch Constructing Applied sciences are making a major contribution.
Mr. Ekerot, you’ve gotten quite a lot of expertise within the video safety space. The place do you place Bosch Constructing Applied sciences now on this market and what particular objectives are you pursuing?
Our purchasers are on the lookout for dependable companions and merchandise. We’re a powerful model; you possibly can depend on Bosch merchandise. Bosch is a thought chief in video and a pioneer in AI purposes on this area since 2016. Knowledge safety is every thing to us: Our merchandise conform to the EU’s GDPR rules. Past that, we now have an intensive digicam portfolio that complies with the US Nationwide Protection Authorization Act (NDAA) for video safety gadgets. This allows our portfolio to be deployed for instance inside US authorities buildings.
We’re planning to conclude extra software program upkeep agreements with our purchasers in 2021. These ship funding and future safety for our prospects and embody for instance a ‘patch assure’ together with common updates with new functionalities. This is step one in a complete plan to entry new income channels for us and our companions delivering the most effective know-how and wonderful service to the end-user!
Total, many new merchandise will likely be launched this 12 months and this pattern will intensify. Our purpose is to ascertain new product households that observe a easy precept: “The event and supply of disruptive, predictive video options that each consumer can belief due to the underlying sustainable forward-thinking mindset.”
It’s been a lot mentioned of late that Bosch is among the very first corporations globally that operates on a CO2-neutral foundation. How does sustainability influence your online business?
IoT options are literally sustainable and contribute to environmental safety
Our IoT options are literally sustainable and contribute to environmental safety. For instance, our cameras are sustainable in that they continue to be up-to-date by means of software program updates and needn’t be always exchanged for brand new ones. Our methods show sustainability additionally operationally as they are often managed remotely. System integrators don’t should be bodily current, thus avoiding pointless journey with its accompanying emissions.
All in all, Bosch Constructing Applied sciences develops methods to accompany and assist our purchasers in reaching their local weather objectives through new applied sciences. This may be executed, for instance, by means of improved vitality effectivity, the entire price of possession fashions, organising and simplifying the provision chain, and serving to our prospects meet their social tasks.
The Energy of Bosch helps us right here to leverage company-wide analysis to be two steps forward, a shade quicker, on the subject of new applied sciences and initiatives that our and future generations will profit from. I must also say that I’m personally very proud to work for a corporation that set an bold local weather purpose for itself and achieved it!
Are you able to already share a preview of your know-how improvements in 2021?
We see nice market potential for our cameras that use synthetic intelligence and will be up to date flexibly all through their lifecycles. I’ve already talked about the deep learning-based automobile detector in our cameras.
Extra such options – additionally for different purposes the place object and particular person recognition are necessary – will observe in the middle of the 12 months. And the most effective half is: with AI, the extra information we acquire and the extra intelligently we use it, the higher the options change into and the extra added worth they convey to the client. It will revolutionise our business!
One other instance is our cloud-based options, for instance for alarm monitoring. Right here, we are able to now additionally combine third-party cameras and, constructing on this, supply and collectively develop our clever software-based options. This offers our prospects extra alternatives to make the most of the alternatives created by AI.
The pattern in the direction of integration of the varied safety applied sciences appears to be pushed largely by the speedy progress in software program growth. Does this have an effect on full-range suppliers corresponding to Bosch and what particular plans for totally built-in safety options do you’ve gotten for the longer term?
Naturally, this fits us as a full-scope provider. Bosch options are deployed in lots of cross-domain consumer initiatives. We now have consultants for the totally different domains beneath one roof and a powerful model with the identical high quality promise for all areas. However, it’s all the time additionally about particular area excellence. Solely whenever you grasp all totally different areas and have profound and confirmed experience in every of them you possibly can reach built-in cross-domain initiatives. The respective enterprise models craft their future methods and innovation roadmaps with this in thoughts – as we do within the area of Video Methods & Options.
Our enterprise unit provides totally built-in Bosch video options that may be prolonged and operated on open methods. This is the reason we drive open platforms corresponding to Inteox, to supply prospects from a variety of industries the best options. Our Bosch Integration Accomplice Program that we launched in 2012 can be heading on this course – each product will be built-in into a number of different methods and VMS options.
In abstract: At Bosch, we’re each a one-stop-shop, but additionally an open-system, which means we provide prospects most flexibility of their selection of services.