Multi-sensor development kit to accelerate IoT product programmes

January 07, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
To save time in developing Internet of Things (IoT) projects, quickly creating a demo or proof of concept is key, says Bosch, introducing its XDK, or Cross Domain Development Kit, a rapid prototyping tool that enables developers to quickly bring their IoT designs to life.

XDK is a fully integrated hardware and software product, including a MEMS accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope, as well as humidity, pressure, temperature, acoustic and digital light sensors. The kit includes Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a microcontroller, integrated antennas, a micro SD card slot and a rechargeable battery.

The software development environment offers access to different API layers which allow the user to program at their preferred depth. An algorithm library and sample applications are provided, as well as access to an online community to share information and support projects. The XDK was designed to allow users an easy transition from prototype to mass production by providing a clear road to product development.

In the same series of announcement (at CES 2016) Bosch introduced an Ambient Sensor to monitor environmental conditions in homes and offices, and a Retrofit eCall product to eneble the emergency eCall service to be provided in vehicles where it is not integrated.

The Ambient Sensor includes integrated sensors to determine the indoor air quality by VOC analysis (volatile organic compounds), and measuring temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and light and noise levels. It can be operated independently or as part of a smart home ecosystem. Particularly in meeting rooms, concentration is often affected by poor air quality.

When a car has an accident, if it is fitted with an eCall system, this can automatically and quickly contact the emergency services – speeding up a response, and potentially saving lives. Bosch’s Retrofit eCall plug is a smart sensor device that uses acceleration sensors and intelligent embedded algorithms to detect an accident and then send data to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. This data is sent to a back-end IT system that can determine actions, such as a call centre calling the driver to provide assistance, or in extreme cases making an emergency call. The Retrofit eCall is a cost-effective solution and plugs into a standard 12V DC socket,