Bosch launches the new Phantom Edge in the UAE

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An AIoT platform to provide real-time view of electrical energy consumption across industries 

  • Studies the energy signatures of machines using sensors; has proprietary machine learning algorithms
  • Solution works both on legacy machines and modern discrete manufacturing machines 
  • Potential applications in multiple industries – Healthcare, Retail, Commercial Spaces, Agriculture, Mobility and Industrial Manufacturing

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI) unveiled the new Phantom Edge in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today. Phantom Edge is an AIoT platform, which combines the power of Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things to provide real-time view of electrical energy consumption, operating usage, electrical parameters, and appliance-level information.

Speaking during the launch, Dattatri Salagame, President and Managing Director of RBEI said, “With over 130 years of deep engineering experience solving real-world problems and catering to the demand for niche solutions across industries, Bosch’s Phantom Edge is a powerful ecosystem designed to be leveraged for industries who are jump starting their digital journey. Phantom Edge has potential applications in a number of industries like healthcare, retail, commercial spaces, agriculture, mobility, industrial manufacturing etc. RBEI’s vision is to provide smart solutions for the globe and Phantom Edge is a step in that direction. We believe we have built a product that is truly invented for life.”

Phantom Edge uses non-intrusive sensors to collect power signatures and ML algorithms sitting on the edge, analyses these signatures to provide a real-time view of electrical energy consumption, operating usage, electrical parameters, and appliance-level information and thereby creates its digital twin. This information will help in improvising sustainability and productivity metrics. It also provides input on critical safety, machine maintenance and early warnings on malfunction. Phantom Edge device, which is built with Arm Cortex, i.MX 8M Mini Dual lite, 1.6 GHz Speed processor, 2GB RAM to perform powerful AI & ML algorithms and 8GB internal memory to store the data during the connectivity loss. The device supports Wi – Fi, 2G, 3G, 4G for cloud connectivity and BLE, RS 232 serial and ethernet for communicating with peripheral sensors/assets. The solution also comes with a cloud-based SaaS application with a capability to give real time alerts and notifications for customers to act upon the asset’s productivity and energy consumption.

Addressing the real need of the hour Kaushik Sarkar – Senior Vice President and Director, RBEI said, “Bosch Phantom Edge will stand as a strong pillar for various industries to significantly improve their machine efficiency which is the cornerstone to secure India’s digital future. For Industry 4.0 to reap its true benefits, there needs to be a seamless integration of the value stream that includes the entire supply chain. Also, Bosch Phantom Edge’s non-intrusive design eliminates the concerns of meeting industry standards for the OEMs. As customers form the core of our focus, the Phantom Edge is developed as a perfect solution for monitoring equipment status and metrics in real-time.”

Phantom Edge is a powerful ecosystem on the cloud and on-premise that delivers manufacturing efficiency, real-time alerts and notifications for timely actionable insights. A user configurable portal and dashboard provides transparency and visibility of factory operations, worker productivity and machine effectiveness. It automates data capture and measures accurate down times by providing timely, bias-free and precise data that form the basis for managers to set targets, track performance, analyze, and improve on a continuous basis. Currently, Phantom Edge has 2 major uses cases:

  1. Phantom Real-Time Energy Monitoring for retail, residential and commercial Spaces: It provides granular energy consumption data at an asset level, without the need of installing submeters, which enables asset benchmarking, identifying anomalies and drives behavioral change for achieving energy savings and sustainability goals.
  2. Phantom Connected Machines for discrete manufacturing SMEs: It provides real-time information on machines OEE (availability, performance and quality), part count and energy consumption, thereby enabling productivity and sustainability efforts in the organization in a cost-effective and non-intrusive way without the need for expensive on-site IT infrastructure.

Bosch Phantom Edge is designed to be leveraged for multiple industries to jump start a digital (#JSD) journey through customized advisory sessions, consulting workshops and a content rich knowledge portal for asset intensive industries such as retail stores, Commercial spaces and Residential units, Manufacturing setups, Industrial production units, SMEs, airports, oil and gas terminals, textile, construction and many more industries.

Technology powers our lives – from our daily routines, through work, and across industries. While power is critical for all industries and enterprises, its consumption has been at the forefront of business sectors, and its handling and management need to be continually revaluated to set standards in operational efficiency, keeping in mind the pressing ecological concerns of today.

Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited is a 100% owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH, one of the world’s leading global supplier of technology and services, offering end-to-end Engineering, IT and Business Solutions. With over 20,000 associates, it’s the largest software development center of Bosch, outside Germany, indicating that it’s the Technology Powerhouse of Bosch in India with a global footprint and presence in US, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. With our unique ability to offer end-to-end solutions that connect sensors, software, and services, we enable businesses to move from the traditional to digital, or improve businesses by introducing a digital element in their products and processes.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales
of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0,
and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.