BERLIN (Reuters) -- Robert Bosch GmbH is taking on U.S. technology rivals by launching its own "cloud" computing network to connect up anything from cars to dishwashers via the Internet.
Traditional German industrial companies like Bosch are looking to transform themselves from manufactures of equipment to service providers using data generated by their machines. Bosch is hoping its engineering expertise will give it an advantage in making the "Internet of Things" (IoT), where objects communicate with each other, a reality for its customers in smart homes, connected mobility or intelligent industry. Its announcement today that it plans to build its own cloud puts it in competition with services from U.S. technology giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM and Salesforce.com. Bosch's cloud will be run out of a computing center based in Germany, which it hopes will attract customers who may have doubts about data security of U.S-owned servers. more ...
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