techmahindra-boschTech Mahindra has partnered with the software and system house of the Bosch group, Bosch Software Innovations to create an Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem to help drive innovative solutions for connected applications and enterprises.

The partnership will see Tech Mahindra’s Digital Enterprise Services (DES) division, headed by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, work with Bosch’s software arm to develop proof of concept solutions for enterprises, smart cities and smart homes. The company, which expects 14 billion devices to be connected directly or indirectly to the Internet by 2022, will combine its experience in various verticals such as Telecom, Analytics and Big Data with flexible data models and software methodologies of Bosch to work on these solutions.

Earlier in March this year, the company had partnered with semiconductor design and manufacturing company Texas Instruments to setup a Internet of Things focused lab called Texas Instruments Lab in Bangalore, although the company did not say what type of solutions it would provide.

Its also worth noting that, Tech Mahindra currently has a subscription-based, remote-tech support platform called Tecnico, which works by connecting key devices and services at a consumer’s home, essentially a smart homes platform. It had also demoed a connected vehicle solution at the Mobile World Congress, consisting of combined infotainment features with navigational and diagnostics features, which it claimed could connect directly to enterprise computational platforms, and consequently improve driver assist and alert services along with providing analytics for mechanical, convenience and safety diagnostics among other things.

Other IoT initiatives:

– The government of Karnataka and IT industry lobby group Nasscom had announced plans to set up a 50,000 sq ft startup warehouse in Bangalore by November this year. The estimated investment for the project was pegged at Rs 5 crore by the government, which said it would include an Internet of Things lab, a design center, a community events space for workshops and a mobile devices lab.

– In July, Cisco had signed a strategic agreement with the Electronics City Industries Association to set up an Internet of Things innovation hub in Bangalore. The company had stated plans of setting up similar IoT innovations centres in Brazil, South Korea, Toronto and Germany.