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Bosch launches new information security services to protect against cyber attacks

The IT Security Expo and Congress 2019 takes place in Nuremberg from 8-10 October and experts from Bosch will be on hand on Stand 506 in Hall 10.1 to outline the company’s latest information security services for defending against cyber attacks.

Cyber criminals pose a threat to building security solutions. Today’s physical security systems are increasingly IP-based and run on the same networks as generic office and production IT systems.

“The growing use of IT, along with greater networks, is also making building security solutions potentially vulnerable to all of the same risks that plague the rest of the IT world, such as hacker attacks and malware,” explained André Heuer, who heads the information security operation at Bosch Building Technologies. “Particularly so in critical infrastructure, this interaction of IT and facility management makes it essential to find new ways in which to ward off cyber attacks. We want to help our customers expand their information security strategies to include physical systems.”

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On that basis, Bosch is introducing new information security services to address security needs in conventional building security systems by erecting “cyber barriers”. The company’s portfolio now embraces three complementary components:

Information Security Consulting for designing tailored information security concepts to meet customers’ individual protection requirements

Security Operations Centre which manages vulnerabilities and information security incidents to ensure a consistently high level of security while complying with reporting requirements

IT Security Services which implement appropriate measures to protect building security solutions from cyber threats

All of the services are provided in close consultation with customers’ IT security officers. By offering these options, Bosch feels that it’s “raising the standard of information security in buildings to a new level”.

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Bosch’s PA and voice evacuation solutions now available in UK through ADI Global Distribution  

Bosch Security & Safety Systems Limited – part of Bosch Building Technologies – has announced that its Public Address (PA) and voice evacuation products portfolio is now available to the UK market through Residio business ADI Global Distribution. 

Andrew Pigram, UK general manager for Bosch Security Systems, explained: “The combination of Bosch’s 60 years of global experience in developing communication systems combined with ADI’s 30 years of delivering extensive global distribution provides our customers and the marketplace with complete peace of mind.”

ADI stocks a broad portfolio of PA and voice evacuation systems from Bosch, including a wide range of loudspeakers for a range of applications, underpinned by the enhanced features, build quality and reliability that today’s security professionals have come to expect from Bosch.

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ADI offers “industry-leading” support on these systems, including guidance on product selection and pre-sales support in the form of site surveys, system design, pre-build and configuration and commissioning via a dedicated ADI project support team.

Hemant Trivedi, regional director for the UK and Southern Europe at ADI, commented: “This collaboration will enable system integrators and installers to confidently pursue new market opportunities and add devices for end users to their existing installs, from smaller retail and commercial applications right through to sports stadiums and larger Shopping Centres.”

To ensure customers receive dedicated support in the field, there will be a comprehensive training roll-out around the UK providing hands-on demonstrations across the local ADI branch network as well as at the ADI Expos throughout the year.

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Bosch Building Technologies makes firm plans to acquire building automation specialist GFR

Bosch Building Technologies plans to acquire GFR (Gesellschaft für Regelungstechnik und Energieeinsparung mbH) which is headquartered in Verl, Germany. Agreements to this effect were signed on 17 July by Bosch and GFR’s current owner, the Wiedemann Group, which itself is based in Sarstedt.

GFR offers complete building automation solutions as well as related services and a comprehensive hardware and software product portfolio. The company’s solutions are the basis for sustainable building operation and are used in many kinds of facilities, including Shopping Centres, hospitals and entertainment complexes.

For example, at the famous Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg, GFR solutions form the Control Centre for technical building equipment. This Control Centre makes it possible to connect different trades to monitor all TGA systems and to control and govern individual devices.

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GFR employs around 260 people at nine locations in Germany.

“We’re looking forward to the associates of GFR, with their many years of in-depth expertise in the field of building automation, joining us,” explained Thomas Quante, a member of the executive management team at Bosch Building Technologies. “The trend towards the digitalisation of commercial buildings opens up entirely new possibilities. GFR has sound expertise in building automation and offers a portfolio that perfectly complements our own. GFR will be a valuable addition to our company and our efforts to drive the future of digital solutions and services for commercial buildings.”

Volker Westerheide, managing director of GFR, responded: “Future co-operation with Bosch offers great opportunities for our company. Together, we will be able to develop viable solutions for our customers in an increasingly digital world.”

The acquisition is subject to approval by the relevant anti-trust authorities. It has been agreed that the amount of the purchase price for the deal will not be disclosed.

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