Software divisions of GE, Bosch collaborate on open source Industrial IoT platform development

Sept. 28, 2016
At the Bosch ConnectedWorld event in Chicago, GE Digital and Bosch Software Innovations announced a new collaboration aimed at connecting the Industrial Internet of Things.

GE (NYSE: GE) and Bosch announced that the companies are working together to shape the connected world through a collaboration between the software divisions of both organizations, GE Digital and Bosch Software Innovations. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding where GE Digital and Bosch Software Innovations will further facilitate openness and growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement focuses on technology interoperability and platform integration through GE’s Predix operating system and the Bosch IoT Suite. GE Digital and Bosch Software Innovations intend to make complementary software services available on the other company’s cloud platforms to enhance the overall value of each cloud offering and provide solutions to a wider customer base.

Both companies intend to establish an open source-based technical IoT core and jointly grow a larger ecosystem around this technology stack, which IoT platforms can be built upon. Key engagement is within the Eclipse Foundation, one of the major global open source software communities, where both companies are members.

"In order to tap the full potential of the Industrial Internet, global organizations need more than ever to cooperate closer and within open standards. Customer benefit in IoT emerges when organizations focus on their core strengths and jointly foster market penetration of IoT technology and applications. Our organizations both have a rich history of manufacturing products, big and small, so we share a common understanding and vision regarding the opportunities in connectivity,” said Rainer Kallenbach, CEO of Bosch Software Innovations. “No company can realize the IoT on its own. It is very important for Bosch to engage in business ecosystems and open source communities. The collaboration with GE Digital is another important milestone for Bosch’s connectivity strategy.”

"It's industrial companies working together that will make a difference in the Industrial Internet of Things," added Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital. "We're incredibly excited to be partnering with Bosch Software Innovations to advance our IoT platform development."

Ruh and Kallenbach will present together at the Bosch ConnectedWorld event (Sep. 27-28) in Chicago to discuss the partnership between GE Digital and Bosch Software Innovations as well as key industry trends like global standards and IoT ecosystems.

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