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3 Examples of How to Retrofit IoT Sensor Devices

Find out how your company can master the industrial digital transformation

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"When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, other build windmills"

Ancient Chinese Proverb

Industrial digital transformation and its effects on the economy

Digital transformation is changing our lifes and the way we do things. Existing products, services, business processes and models, even complete industries, and their interaction with each other are subject to change or becoming replaced. In this context, Internet of Things (IoT) sensor devices can be your 'windmill' that will lead to a competitive advantage in the 'wind of digital change'.

Challenge of the transformation

In an accenture study* on ‘Smart Production’, a productivity growth of 30% by first wave Industrial Internet of Things adopters is assumed. - That sounds like good news at first, but what’s the option for a medium-sized company that only recently bought new machines without an IoT connection?

For many companies, replacing all existing machines with IoT-enabled equipment is often not an option. Either the current equipment still has a long operational life and is still in working order, or acquisition costs are too expensive. Therefore, companies can only successfully master their transformation and the fourth industrial revolution if they act with foresight and intelligent entrepreneurship.

Application of IoT sensor devices

IoT sensor devices provide many benefits, such as:

  • Condition Monitoring
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Improvement of business efficiency
  • Transparency of the supply chain
  • Optimization of value chains
  • Reduce costs in production and logistics
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IoT retrofit sensor device: Connected Industrial Sensor Solution (CISS)

Is retrofitting your system with IoT sensor devices the solution?

It can definitely be the right solution for your business! By retrofitting your current equipment, your company will get the opportunity to implement a well-functioning IoT solution, which is able to compete with its competitors. Furthermore, retrofitting is the only cost-effective way to make your system connective: a completely new machine plant costs several million, while IoT retrofit sensors only cost a few hundred euros.

Nowadays, nearly every value chain can be retrofitted and improved with IoT sensor devices. We from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions develop tailor-made and cost efficient solutions for various business sectors. By integrating the Cross-Domain Development Kit (XDK) or the Connected Industrial Sensor Solution (CISS) into your working environment, you have a cost-efficient option to enter Industry 4.0 by monitoring, visualizing and optimizing your processes.

In the following, we will show you three examples of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 use cases that already, successfully use retrofitting sensor devices.

IoT in Industry: Improved Manufacturing Processes

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IoT retrofit sensor device: Cross Domain Development Kit (XDK)

A team from Stuttgart Feuerbach faced the challenge in improving their production line. Their goal was to merge data from additional sensors in the production environment, route them through the network and connect them to the existing Manufacturing Execution System. Therefore, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions implemented a comprehensive solution by retrofitting the Bosch XDK into their production line.

Thanks to the XDK and its sensors they can now measure all data relevant to industrial processes like temperature, pneumatic pressure, vibration and more. They created an IoT solution, which enables condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. As a result, developers have all the data they need to identify problems before they occur. This allows them to implement a solution at the right time, which reduces their downtimes and costs and increases their efficiency. - This solution is scalable and could also be applied to your industrial sector.

Do you want to find out more about this use case?

IoT in Logistics: Safe Transportation of Fragile Goods

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IoT retrofit sensor device: Transport Data Logger (TDL)

In logistics, it is particularly important that freight is transferred safely from A to B. Especially with sensitive goods, such as paintings, it is important that they are protected from environmental changes like variations in temperature, humidity, tilt, shocks and position variations. Otherwise, the damages could be invaluable and cost thousands of euros.

The Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome possesses one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary Italian art. When the art objects have to move to another art exhibition, they require all the safety standards. For this reason, the Galleria Nazionale used a data logger to monitor the transportation of Pellizza da Volpedo’s masterpiece, “Il Sole”.

By attaching the Transport Data Logger to the freight, the measurements are recorded, sent via Bluetooth and visualized via a mobile application. Thus, the influences can be controlled at any time. In addition, the time and location are determined if certain influences are exceeded.

In this use case the TDL ensured that all environmental influences were in compliance at all times. Therefore, the masterpiece “Il Sole” arrived safely at the exhibition. In addition, costs have been reduced around 30%, compared to the previously used sensor devices.

Do you want to learn more about Data Logging in Transportation?

IoT in Agriculture: Maximizing the Yield

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It is at least as important in agriculture as it is in industry that certain environmental influences are kept under control. A special example for this are mushroom farms, which exist in Indonesia.

These mushrooms require specific growth conditions, such as a steady high humidity and temperature to ensure optimal growth. In Indonesia, these values can vary greatly at certain times of the year and endanger the mushroom harvest. In most rural communities, farmers rely solely on experience and human judgement to determine these conditions. Occasionally, some changes in environmental conditions cannot be detected quickly enough and as a consequence the sensitive yield is at risk. This often results in expensive damages that threatens the livelihood of the farmers. Therefore, the use of a programmable sensor devices could assist the farmer tremendously.

In a joint project called "local-for-local," Bosch Singapore and the University of Polytechnic Singapore ensured the tracking of live sensor data with the help of the sensor device Cross-Domain Development Kit from Bosch. The live sensor data was made available 24/7 for the farmers via online platform. Furthermore, watering and feedback buttons were included into the solution to indicate watering activity and yield. Additionally, an SMS notification feature was implemented to send alerts if the farm conditions went out of range. These measures ensured that the mushroom farmer produced goods with higher quality and even maximized his yield.

Have a look at this use case, to find out more about the use of XDK in rural agriculture

Prospects for the future

There are many more interesting use cases of retrofittable IoT sensor solutions. These include, for example, room temperature control in office buildings, the do-it-yourself smart home variant, the fight against cybersecurity with the help of IoT and many more. According to Gartner*, more than half of large business processes will be networked in some way with the IoT by 2020. - Connect yourself as well!

Do you want to be part of this progress? Start retrofitting your company today! We from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions will be glad to assist you as your IoT expert.

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