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NEVONEX powered by Bosch: the new joint partner solution for smart, digital agriculture

With NEVONEX Bosch is offering together with well-known partners an open, manufacturer-independent digital ecosystem for agriculture, that enables the use of digital services directly on agricultural machinery.
  • Manufacturer independent, open digital ecosystem allows digital services from different partners to be used directly on agricultural machinery
  • NEVONEX provides the technical infrastructure and orchestrates the ecosystem
  • Eleven reputable partners are already developing functions and tools or sharing their interfaces for connecting and automating devices and workflows for farmers and contractors in the US and Canada
Tim Wieland

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Farmington Hills – Higher yields and optimized operating processes, less use of resources while protecting the environment: modern IT solutions and the internet of things (loT) enable farmers to save time, increase yields, and reduce costs by automating and connecting machinery and workflows. However, in actual practice the potential of smart, digital agriculture is often not exploited at the moment because the digital services available now are usually offered as stand-alone solutions. In addition, these services are often incompatible with each other and therefore only offer limited benefits.

NEVONEX is offering an open, manufacturer-independent digital ecosystem for agriculture. The various suppliers of agricultural technology, resources, or services along the entire agricultural process chain can offer useful functions and tools for connecting and automating machinery and work processes via the technical infrastructure. Farmers benefit from this overall offer and can select their individual package of digital services. “With NEVONEX we bring together important players in agriculture with their know-how, making the farmer's day-to-day work easier and helping increase yields,” explains Andrew Allen, responsible for Commercial Vehicles and Off-road at Robert Bosch. Bosch has developed NEVONEX specifically for agricultural applications and will operate the ecosystem. Founding NEVONEX is another important building block in Bosch's corporate strategy to advance digitization in agriculture.

Currently, there are eleven partners on board who will offer high-quality digital services, interfaces to their agricultural machinery, compatible sensors, NEVONEX-enabled control units and installation services in the US and Canadian market. These are: AGCO (with its well-known brands, including Fendt®, Massey Ferguson®, Valtra®, and others), Corteva, DKE data agrirouter, DHI, Inmarsat, Pessl Instruments, RAUCH, Syngenta, Topcon, Xarvio, and Yara. “Participants in and users of the ecosystem can look forward to welcoming further well-known partners from the entire agricultural value-added chain in the coming months,” says Allen. In the international context, there are nine additional partners offering their solutions including AMAZONE, DEULA, geo-konzept, iXMAP, LEMKEN, MyEasyFarm, ISOBUS Experts, RAUCH, and ZG Raiffeisen who operate in Europe.


Seamless interaction in agriculture

The core of NEVONEX is the digital service. Any of the ecosystem partners can access NEVONEX’s technical infrastructure and tools; and quickly and easily develop a digital service based on NEVONEX. Once a NEVONEX-enabled control unit has been installed, the FEATURES can run directly on the relevant ecosystem manufacturer’s agricultural machines. This is the starting point for the farmer or contractor.

The control unit can be quickly and easily retrofitted and registered by an authorized partner on existing agricultural machinery made by manufacturers in the ecosystem. The NEVONEX-enabled control unit is integrated into the electronic architecture, which facilitates active intervetion in the machine functions and makes the automation of work processes and their documentation possible. Access to data from existing or retrofitted compatible sensors on the agricultural machine leads to further potential for optimization. The live sensor data allows the system to take the current conditions in the field into account and thus achieve higher yields or reduced costs through the more precise distribution of, for example, seeds, fertilizers, and crop protection. It is also possible to run several digital services on one machine simultaneously. Information is provided by terminal devices such as smartphones or tablets, based on the digital service. The direct transmission of data to the farmer's farm management system can be a real time-saver. Thanks to the simple, direct implementation of the digital services on the machine and automatic data transfer, many of the operating steps, such as the use of flash drives, are no longer necessary. The digital services work both online and offline in the field. When the system is used offline, data can be quickly and easily updated by Wi-Fi in the farmyard. Safety standards take into account the fact that the farmer's data is highly sensitive and is therefore protected from unauthorized access at all times. At the same time, agricultural businesses can make their fleet equipment and vehicles “smart” and benefit from the smooth interaction between the connected devices. Together with its partners, NEVONEX has set up a comprehensive service concept to answer questions that might arise. This includes the installation service and individual support for use in the field.

“We designed NEVONEX from the start as an open solution available to all manufacturers of agricultural machinery, sensors, and control units as well as to developers of digital services. As a result, users benefit from a growing variety of digital services and compatible devices along the entire value-added chain from tilling the land to sowing, fertilizing, crop protection, and harvesting. This gives our users the flexibility to choose between the individual offers, put together a tailor-made package and adapt it to their current requirements at any time,” explains Allen. An early adopter program is currently running for NEVONEX with chosen partners. This will be significantly expanded in 2021 and will be freely accessible to farmers and contractors in selected regions in Europe, North and Latin America.

NEVONEX powered by Bosch is an open, neutral ecosystem for smart, digital agriculture. With the help of the NEVONEX-enabled control unit, the common ecosystem approach makes both new and existing agricultural machinery smart, which simplifies and optimizes the farmer’s work processes. The bundled know-how and expertise can be used directly on the machine in the form of digital services (so-called FEATURES). Thanks to the reliable, end-to-end implementation through all the work steps, farmers benefit from higher yields, optimized operating processes and less use of seed, fertilizer and crop protection materials, while at the same time protecting the environment.

NEVONEX offers agricultural players a robust, securely managed framework and an end-to-end infrastructure, enabling partners to develop, deploy and use integrated digital services quickly, easily and directly. Additional information is available online at www.nevonex.com.

About Bosch

Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs 34,600 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2019. In 2019 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $14.4 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.bosch.us, www.bosch.ca and www.bosch.mx.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. 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 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPress.

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Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs 34,600 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2019. In 20189Bosch generated consolidated sales of $14.4 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.bosch.us, www.bosch.ca and www.bosch.com.mx

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