Invisible Security Technology and Fascinating Architecture: Security Solutions by Bosch in the New Event and Delivery Center in Munich

Installation of the entire security package from a single supplier

Fire sensors are camouflaged and recessed into the structure to blend perfectly with the architecture

Bosch has installed groundbreaking, comprehensive systems to protect visitors and employees at the new "BMW World". They blend quite discreetly into the astounding architecture of the new Event and Delivery Center with its distinctive double helix and its roof designed to resemble a floating cloud.

The task of early fire detection falls to about 3000 fire detectors. The hold-up and Intrusion Alarm System, consisting of 400 individual alarm detectors, monitors the outer perimeter and other sensitive areas. All reports are forwarded to a total of four universal security systems (UGM), which initiate lifesaving procedures if ever the alarm is sounded. In order to ensure that nothing detracts from the architecture, Bosch's almost invisible smoke detector 500 series are used in especially sensitive areas. They are colored to blend into their surroundings and recessed artfully into the ceilings.

Besides the fire protection and intrusion alarm system, Bosch also installed a video surveillance system, an emergency exit door controller, and a public address system. If a fire does break out, a Praesideo public address system with 1800 integrated loudspeakers located throughout the building ensures that visitors and employees receive full and reliable information. 80 emergency exit doors are controlled centrally to ensure that the building can be evacuated extremely rapidly if the situation involves serious danger.

The BMW Group recently equipped its corporate headquarters in Munich with a modern fire alarm system supplied by Bosch. It had been selected in part due to the Bosch Security System that was also installed. It reflects the very latest technology and performs in perfect harmony with the remarkable design of the BMW World center.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 260,000 associates generated sales of 43.7 billion euros in fiscal 2006. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 300 subsidiary and regional companies in over 50 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spends more than three billion euros each year for research and development, and in 2006 applied for over 3,000 patents worldwide. 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 up-front 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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