Security & Safety Things Establishes Pittsburgh-Based HQ With ‘Innovation Accelerator’

The Bosch subsidiary says its Innovation Accelerator is designed to provide application developers and integrators access to cutting edge AI R&D and other startup resources for its platform.

PITTSBURGH — Security and Safety Things (S&ST) announces that it is significantly expanding the company’s presence in the United States to support R&D and business development growth for its open IoT platform for smart cameras.

The focus will be on key vertical markets such as healthcare, sports venues and transportation considered ripe for innovation with artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, according to the company.

At its North American headquarters, based here, S&ST says it is expanding its complement of engineering, business development, sales and marketing staff, with specific growth focused on customer centric expertise and ongoing technology innovation.

Additional sales engineers and customer support specialists will be dedicated to the Innovation Accelerator at the Pittsburgh facility, designed to provide application developers and integrators access to cutting edge AI R&D and other startup resources to help them innovate on the S&ST platform.

The Innovation Accelerator will also be used to showcase these growing capabilities to visiting integrators and end user customers.

“When innovators can share ideas, resources and diverse perspectives, they are able to create new solutions and creative ways to leverage technology,” says Hartmut Schaper, chief executive officer of Security & Safety Things. “Solutions developed here in Pittsburgh, working in concert with our global team, will help stadiums to reopen and optimize fan experiences, streamline COVID-related issues such as crowding and queues in transportation venues and help healthcare organizations with issues relating to compliance, patient privacy and accident prevention and response. These are just two of the many verticals that will benefit from the focused competence in the S&ST Innovation Accelerator. We expect to see developers and integrators jointly breaking ground with our experts in many other areas.”

The growing Pittsburgh presence leverages the area’s dynamic technology incubator community, which includes other major academic and corporate technology excellence centers for AI and deep learning, such as computer science leader Carnegie Mellon University, the Bosch Group, Amazon and nationally ranked startup incubators such as AlphaLab, the company says.

This concentration of expertise and focus on technological research is said to complement and augment S&ST’s expertise at its other locations at the company’s global headquarters in Munich and in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Through the Innovation Accelerator, third-party developers designing and executing complex AI-enabled apps for the S&ST application store and open camera Operating System can leverage engineering and development support from a specialized team, formed to aid S&ST’s growing community of developers.

Close collaboration between this team and app developers allows S&ST to gather valuable voice of customer feedback, refine their IoT platform and expand their relationship with development companies for future cooperation, according to the company.

S&ST is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets.

Its IoT platform consists of: an open, Android-based camera operating system that serves as the common basis for all components; a portal for app developers with tools for development and testing; a community section for help and inspiration; an application store with ready-to-use video analytics apps that can be flexibly combined, and a portal for integrators that provides knowledge about innovative solutions available within the ecosystem.

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