Bosch and HealthLink jointly launch “i Rescue” Offering driving emergency service to Chinese automotive market



Weiqing Peng
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2017-04-01 | China | Corporate News

  • Smart sensor-based Bosch retrofit eCall device detects crashes to improve driving safety
  • Emergency service system covers the whole country to ensure drivers’ safety

Beijing – Bosch, the leading global supplier of automotive technology and service announced jointly with HealthLink, the Chinese leading provider of the third-party emergency service management, that based on Bosch’s expertise on sensor technology and the powerful emergency service of HealthLink, the two parties signed a memorandum of cooperation in the afternoon of March 31st, 2017. Furthermore, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and HealthLink officially launched a remarkably smart system - i Rescue with their shared commitment to safeguard Chinese drivers’ safety.

Intelligent rescue ensures Chinese automotive safety

The “i Rescue” system combines hardware, software and service. In this system, the emergency service of Healthlink is embedded into the retrofit eCall, the smart sensor device from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. It 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 center calling the driver to provide assistance, or in extreme cases making an emergency call. So when a car has an accident, if it is fitted with “i Rescue” system, this can automatically and quickly contact the emergency service center – speeding up a response, and potentially saving lives. Furthermore, it’s a cost-effective solution and plugs into a standard 12V DC socket, so that it can be easily and quickly retrofitted to any type of car.

BCDS has already cooperated with several insurance companies and professional emergency companies in both European and American market. “The cooperation with HealthLink enables the seamless connection of intelligent technology from Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions with emergency services in the Chinese automotive market. This greatly contributes to our vision “invented for connected life” with intelligent sensor technology.” said Dr. Markus Lang, the General Manager of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions. The jointly launched product “i Rescue” is expected to deliver to Chinese market in the second quarter of this year via insurance companies, car dealers and some other business channels.

24/7 terminal services to ensure drivers’ safety

Apart from the world leading smart sensor technology from Bosch, the powerful resources of HealthLink creates the strong backup for i Rescue. Its incomparable rescue network covers as many as 2,800 administrative regions above the county level across the whole country. More than 1,000 internet hospitals with first aid qualification are built up and will benefit over 80% of Chinese population. The president of HealthLink Service Mr.Deng Juhan added that, “The i Rescue will be the key enabler to drive the implementation of driving emergency service in Chinese automotive market.”

The emergency call center of HealthLink is qualified by the AHA for first-aid service. All doctors are fully experienced with more than 10 years working in big hospitals. What’s more, 24/7 bilingual services (CN &EN) are available so as to better serve Chinese market.

In China, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, packaging technology, power tools, security and communication systems, thermotechnology, household appliances. Having established a regional presence in China since 1909, Bosch employs close to 55,000 associates (as of December 31, 2015) and operated 62 legal entities and facilities, with consolidated sales of CNY 77 billion in fiscal 2015.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. 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 deliver innovations for a connected life. 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 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

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-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. 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. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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