The German electronics giant Bosch has opened a new “innovation” center — focused on hardware and software for vehicle connectivity, automotive security systems, and motorized two-wheelers — in Lund, Sweden, according to recent reports.
The engineers at the new facility are reportedly also working on the development of “cross-domain solutions for connecting mobility with, for example, energy and building technology” over the so-called Internet of Things.
A member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH by the name of Dr Dirk Hoheisel commented: “Sweden is on the global vanguard when it comes to fields of research including information and communications technology. This is exactly the kind of environment we want for our new engineering center. We’re pinning our hopes on Lund’s talented software and IT experts.”
The press release provides more:
Bosch’s new engineering center is located on one level of an office building in Lund’s Ideon Science Park. There, around 120,000 square meters of floor space serve as a hotbed of innovative strength and entrepreneurship. The approximately 2,700 people employed in the science park include developers working for established companies and start-ups, as well as entrepreneurs. The University of Lund borders the park directly. Incubators and regular conferences foster and create synergies both among different areas of business and with the university. The focus is on the service sector, culture, and the creative industries, as well as start-ups and the internet of things.
In addition to being a university town (around a third of the more than 80,000 inhabitants are university students), Lund is also the birthplace of several major technological advancements for the connected world, including Bluetooth technology and biometric fingerprint scanners. “Thanks to our cross-domain expertise in connectivity, Bosch is extremely well-positioned to benefit from this. Our prospects are excellent for making history one day in Lund as well,” Hoheisel said. Along with expertise in the areas of sensors, software, and services, the company has outstanding hardware competence. In addition, Bosch can connect different domains with each other, such as smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0. With its own recently-launched IoT cloud, Bosch now also possesses the necessary infrastructure. This offers the company new perspectives not only in its traditional areas of business, but also in completely new fields of activity.
As the birthplace of biometric fingerprint scanner technology and Bluetooth wireless technology, there’s the idea that these connectivity and advanced security features are a large part of what pulled Bosch to Lund.