Technology vendor IBM and German engineering and electronics company Bosch have agreed terms on an industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) collaboration.
The agreement will mean that Bosch’s IoT Suite services will be made available on IBM’s cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Bluemix and the IBM Watson IoT Platform.
This will enable IBM and Bosch’s clients to update their IoT devices over the cloud. The two companies gave the example of auto manufacturers being able to schedule and organize software updates to vehicles without requiring the vehicle to come into a workshop. White goods manufacturers would also be able to remotely send updates to washing machines and dryers, so if a new feature for a Bosch washing machine is added – such as the automatic reordering of detergent – it can be provided to consumers that own existing Bosch IIoT devices.
The partnership between IBM and Bosch means that clients would get two key aspects of IoT together: management and intelligence.
“Many companies are making things ‘smart’ with a bit of embedded technology, and exploiting the open and pervasive internet – this is basic IoT,” said Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at business and advisory IT company Quocirca.