Rexroth connects off-highway vehicles with Bosch IoT Suite

The connected off-highway solution is available both as an end-to-end solution and in open modules for integration into third-party systems

Off-highway, Internet of Things (IoT), Bosch, Rexroth

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Bosch Rexroth has developed a connected off-highway solution based on the Bosch IoT suite to which more than four million cars are already connected. As a sector-specific pre-configured version of this back-end, the connected off-highway solution was created with the categories fleet management, vehicle health, remote R&D and workflows. Both the end-to-end solution and the individually selectable modules can be linked to third-party systems. Conversely, the open modules can be integrated into existing IoT back-ends in the same way. 

The open and modular system connects vehicles and their sub-systems via a cloud. The scope of functions can be configured individually via a wide range of apps and open development options. OEMs can design their own applications while machine lessors and insurers can come up with new business models or drive forward future developments.

Available and future apps are split into categories with different areas of emphasis. In the fleet management category, apps determine the location of vehicles including geofencing for operational planning. For remote maintenance, machine information and process parameters for the sub-systems can be acquired. Vehicle health serves to monitor mechanical, hydraulic and diesel systems and to make predictions regarding these systems. Detailed information regarding the load collectives that actually occur during operation become available. Predictions regarding the remaining service life of vehicle sub-systems allow needs-based maintenance. In the workflows category, the data obtained are transferred to conventional ERP and CRM systems as necessary in order to create entire process chains or maintenance workflows. 

Rexroth has made provisions for as many interfaces as possible with the connected off-highway solution. Whether it be the integration of third party apps into the Bosch back-end or the incorporation of individual modules into existing IoT back-ends, OEMs and specialist users can create individual solutions themselves. As an end-to-end solution, Rexroth also offers a complete package, which allows companies to comprehensively connect their machines. In all cases, technicians and fleet managers gain an insight into the necessary areas and in a way that provides valuable findings. This information is available throughout the vehicle cycle – from development and assembly to the entire usage phase.

Rexroth prefers smart data solutions with sophisticated edge analytics. With this method, data are pre-processed close to the sensor, i.e. right at the data source, on the basis of sensors and bus data already present in the vehicle. This reduces not only mobile phone costs but also relieves much of the burden on the vehicles’ E/E architectures.

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