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KW 09: New company pools the Bosch Group’s IoT and digital expertise, Attacks on networked access control systems are piling up, Germans have deficits when it comes to new technologies

NEWS
New company pools the Bosch Group’s IoT and digital expertise: Bosch has consolidated its activities centered on the Internet of things in a new subsidiary. With some 900 associates, Bosch.IO GmbH is now one of the driving forces for IoT solutions, covering everything from consulting to implementation and operation. The core element of the Bosch subsidiary’s product portfolio is the Bosch IoT Suite. It is the central technical platform for IoT solutions.
webwire.com
Attacks on networked access control systems are piling up: Smart access controls are designed to improve security in companies, factories and government agencies. Employees, for example, need a chip card to gain access to selected rooms. But the technology behind these systems often has security gaps, as was the case with Linear eMerge E3, a product of the US manufacturer Nortek Security & Control (NSC). Security researchers published details of ten security vulnerabilities in the Linear-eMerge-E3 products in May 2019, six of which were rated with a severity between 9.8 and 10 on a ten-point scale. A proof of concept was published in November 2019. Nevertheless, NSC has apparently not yet released any patches for the vulnerabilities.
industry-of-things.de
UK passes IoT law: A new British law mandates that manufacturers apply several security controls to their connected devices. The law aimed at securing internet of things (IoT) devices comprises three main mandates for IoT manufacturers. First, all consumer IoT device passwords must be unique (and not resettable to universal factory settings). IoT device manufacturers must also provide a public point of contact so that anyone can report a flaw, to be acted on in a timely manner; and, manufacturers must also explicitly state the minimum length of time for which devices will receive security updates at the point of sale.
threatpost.com
Apple files patent for a smart home system: An Apple patent reveals an idea for a system that could automatically detect smart home devices and potentially configure them for the room they are in. As Apple points out in the patent, there are a lot of good smart home devices and technologies available now. But it can be very challenging to actually configure those devices to make a fully integrated smart home, due to factors like different types of wireless protocols, connector types, incompatible devices between vendors, and more. Apple has patented a system that could make connecting all of the smart things a customer owns easier by automatically detecting a new smart device, what room it’s in, and authenticating it.
theverge.com
Security: The risk of IoT attacks will continue to increase industry-of-things.de
Guide: What to consider when powering industrial IoT applications elektronikpraxis.de
Azure Sphere: Microsoft launches its Linux package for the Internet of things heise.de
Broadband: Stadtwerke Bochum build LoRaWAN network zfk.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
In 2023, 18.4 percent of all mobile connections in Germany will be based on 5G. The majority of the connections (69 percent) will continue to be covered via WLAN and stationary broadband. These are the results of the Cisco Annual Internet Report.
industry-of-things.de
BACKGROUND
Germans have deficits when it comes to new technologies: Germans are not very interested in new digital technologies. This is the result of a study that the market research institute YouGov carried out on behalf of the communications agency Maisberger among more than 2,000 participants. Many terms like IoT, cloud computing or blockchain are still foreign words to many people. Many Germans have already come into contact with new technologies. The study’s authors expect that especially the Internet of things will become more popular.
e-government-computing.de
Computer science as a compulsory subject in Germany: Schoolchildren in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will have a new compulsory subject with the start of the new school year. The new computer science curriculum will also cover the subject of networked devices. From 2021 onwards, the 9th and 10th grades will learn how devices and machines are networked in the Internet of Things. Applications can be digital voice assistants, intelligent garbage cans in the Smart City or the measurement of environmental data.
swr.de
QUOTE
“But since every day we are surrounded by digital technologies like our smartphones and the internet, there is little interest among those surveyed to take a look behind the scenes of new technologies. With increasing digitalization, curiosity and a willingness to inform oneself as well as an openness to new things are becoming increasingly important.”
Alexander Pschera, managing director of the communications agency Maisberger, hopes that people will not only use technology, but will also understand it to some extent.
e-government-computing.de
INTERRUPTED
Companies are struggling with IoT security problems: Just in time for the Munich security conference, IT security company Kaspersky published the results of a new survey. The results are troubling: in 2019, the hacking factor increased by a factor of nine to over 100 million attacks. It is striking that IoT platforms are also being attacked, since they are essential for critical infrastructure such as the energy sector. But dangerous trends can also be observed in the areas of automobile construction and building automation.
zdnet.de

KW 08: Kaspersky study, IoT Solution Optimizer, UK law for IoT device security

NEWS
Kaspersky: a third of companies have security problems with IoT platforms: Last year has seen an increase in phishing attacks targeting users of Mac computers, iOS-based mobile devices, and the associated web services ecosystem. The number of cases where users faced fraudulent web pages utilizing the Apple brand as a decoy has risen significantly in the first six months of the year, reaching 1.6 million. This figure is nine percent higher than during the whole of 2018. Among the most frequent fraud schemes are those designed to resemble the iCloud service interface and to steal credentials to Apple ID accounts. Links to such services usually come from spam emails which pose as emails from technical support. They often threaten to block user accounts should they not click the link.
kaspersky.com, zdnet.de
Telekom expands network with “IoT Solution Optimizer”: The Deutsche Telekom wants to use the “IoT Solution Optimizer” to facilitate the entry into the Internet of Things for companies and support them on the way to the right solution. Telekom relies on the expertise of a broad network- and a new partner has recently joined the team. Telecommunications operator Telia, who acts primarily as a partner in the Northern European countries, will support the implementation of IoT. The “IoT Solutions Optimizer” offers, among other things, advice and hardware solutions.
funkschau.de
UK to introduce law for IoT device security: The British government has announced plans to introduce new IoT security laws for manufacturers of connected devices. Launched by Digital Minister Margot James, the legislation will involve a mandatory labeling system to determine the level of security of an internet-enabled device, similar to the European energy efficiency labeling system for appliances, and could prohibit the sale of items that do not conform to these IoT security standards. The plans for the new law also include three key security requirements for IoT device manufacturers: Devices must have unique passwords that cannot be reset to a universal factory setting, manufacturers must provide a public point of contact as part of a vulnerability disclosure policy, and they must explicitly state the minimum length of time that a device will continue to receive security updates as part of an end of life policy.
forbes.com
Bosch focuses on IoT: From sensitive AI robots in manufacturing and powerful computers for connected, automated mobility to smart homes: at Bosch ConnectedWorld 2020, an IoT industry event taking place in Berlin, Bosch will be demonstrating what the internet of things is already making possible today and what solutions will be making everyday life easier in the future – on the road, at home, and at work. Powerful computing for the electronics architecture of the future – vehicle computers: Increasing electrification, automation, and connectivity are placing ever higher demands on vehicles’ electronics architecture. One key to the vehicles of the future lies in the new high-performance vehicle control units. Bosch vehicle computers will increase computing power in vehicles by a factor of 1,000 by the start of the next decade.
automotiveworld.com
Trends: Four important technologies for IoT data management bigdata-insider.de
LoRaWan: Akenza and Microsoft develop IoT platform for the city of Zurich it-markt.ch
Applies: System Development Kit for IoT retrofit bigdata-insider.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
The damage caused by IT sabotage and data theft in the German economy exceeds 100 billion euros annually.
industrie.de
BACKGROUND
Why companies are hesitant when it comes to IoT: The Internet of Things is becoming increasingly popular and has reached many businesses. A study by IDG Research and TÜV Süd shows that the potential for process optimization and increased production is a key driver for the application of IoT systems. However, many entrepreneurs are still hesitant – the main reasons are concerns regarding data protection and security. Worries about industrial espionage and sabotage are the most important arguments against the technology for many business owners. But there are also other important factors deterring small companies, such as high investment costs and the lack of skilled workers.
industry-of-things.de
Competition pushes businesses towards IoT: Nicole Segerer, the head of IoT Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Flexera, sees a clear need for companies to develop holistic IoT governance. So far, there have been more and more selective applications of IoT in the private sector, but it is becoming apparent that IoT technology is maturing to such an extent that the competitive pressure among companies is increasing. It could be necessary to set up a clear IoT strategy and, under certain circumstances, to adapt business models in line with progress and new opportunities.
industry-of-things.de
PROJECT OF THE WEEK
Cisco develops new security architecture: Cisco has rolled out an overarching security architecture for Industrial IoT (IIoT) environments. The company wants to better protect myriad edge-attached IoT devices with new security software that promises to protect industrial assets in one of the most disparate of network environments. The new security rollout also included Cisco Edge Intelligence software to simplify the extraction of IoT data at the network edge.
networkworld.com
QUOTE
“With the increase of IoT devices in the industry, it is necessary to secure all interfaces and gateways.”
Jörg Vollmer, General Manager Field Operations DACH at Qualys, sees a need for more security measures in the IoT industry.
datensicherheit.de
INTERRUPTED
Computer science as a compulsory subject in Germany: Schoolchildren in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will have a new compulsory subject with the start of the new school year. The new computer science curriculum will also cover the subject of networked devices. From 2021 onwards, the 9th and 10th grades will learn how devices and machines are networked in the Internet of Things. Applications can be digital voice assistants, intelligent garbage cans in the Smart City or the measurement of environmental data.
swr.de

KW 07: Mobile World Congress: Cancellations because of coronavirus, Vulnerability in Philips Hue smart lights, Disney Plus launch successful

NEWS
Mobile World Congress: Cancellations because of coronavirus: Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo and Sony Corp pulled out of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon, LG Electronics, Ericsson and US chipmaker Nvidia have already withdrawn from MWC, which had more than 100,000 visitors and upwards of 2,400 exhibitors in 2019. The event’s organizer GSMA said on Sunday that no one from China’s Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak began, would be allowed to attend, while visitors from China must prove they have been outside the country for at least two weeks prior to the event. These measures add to earlier actions aimed at preventing the spread of the virus, including changing microphones between speakers and advising all attendees not to shake hands.
reuters.com
Vulnerability in Philips Hue smart lights: Researchers are warning about a newly found vulnerability in the Philips Hue smart light system. The flaw would allow cybercriminals to gain entry from over 100 meters away using only a laptop and an antenna. The flaw was specific to Philips devices, but was associated with the Zigbee protocol, which acts as a translator, of sorts, between smart devices, ensuring they work with other smart hubs. Philips has issued a patch for the vulnerability.
fortune.com
Disney Plus launch successful: Disney Plus has signed up 28.6 million people less than three months after the streaming service rolled out, Disney said Tuesday. “We had a strong first quarter, highlighted by the launch of Disney+, which has exceeded even our greatest expectations,” said CEO Bob Iger. The subscriber growth helped Disney beat its overall earnings, coming in at $28.6 billion in revenue, above the projected. Disney Plus launched in November in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. It has since widened to Australia and New Zealand, and its next big rollout will be to major Western European markets at the end of March.
cnet.com, theverge.com
Computer science as a compulsory subject in Germany: Schoolchildren in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate will have a new compulsory subject with the start of the new school year. The new computer science curriculum will also cover the subject of networked devices. From 2021 onwards, the 9th and 10th grades will learn how devices and machines are networked in the Internet of Things. Applications can be digital voice assistants, intelligent garbage cans in the Smart City or the measurement of environmental data.
swr.de
Security FAQ: This is how security works in the Internet of Things computerwoche.de
Smart Energy: Rollout solutions for the Internet of Things zfk.de
System houses: A bridge between worlds funkschau.de
Study: AI and IoT are very popular among energy distribution system operators energate-messenger.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
By 2025, there should be a total of 75 billion networked devices.
funkschau.de
BACKGROUND
Cisco develops new security architecture: Cisco has rolled out an overarching security architecture for Industrial IoT (IIoT) environments. The company wants to better protect myriad edge-attached IoT devices with new security software that promises to protect industrial assets in one of the most disparate of network environments. The new security rollout also included Cisco Edge Intelligence software to simplify the extraction of IoT data at the network edge.
networkworld.com
Digitalization of municipalities: An increasing number of municipalities are dealing with digitalization and pursuing a Smart City approach. But that is often not as easy as it looks. It requires time, personnel and financial resources. In the new episode of the podcast “Kommunal”, Ilona Benz, head of the digitalization department at the Baden-Württemberg Community Day, talks about these topics. And also what it means for a municipality if it refuses to digitize.
kommunal.de
QUOTE
“Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about novel coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020.”
Amazon is the latest company to cancel its plans for the Mobile World Congress.
techcrunch.com
INTERRUPTED
Increase of attacks on smart access control systems: Smart access controls are designed to improve security in companies, factories and government agencies. Employees, for example, need a chip card to gain access to selected rooms. But the technology behind these systems often has security gaps, as was the case with Linear eMerge E3, a product of the US manufacturer Nortek Security & Control (NSC). Security researchers published details of ten security vulnerabilities in the Linear-eMerge-E3 products in May 2019, six of which were rated with a severity between 9.8 and 10 on a ten-point scale. A proof of concept was published in November 2019. Nevertheless, NSC has apparently not yet released any patches for the vulnerabilities.
industry-of-things.de

KW 06: UK passes IoT law, EU recommends limiting, but not banning, Huawei, IoT to optimize businesses

NEWS
UK passes IoT law: A new British law mandates that manufacturers apply several security controls to their connected devices. The law aimed at securing internet of things (IoT) devices comprises three main mandates for IoT manufacturers. First, all consumer IoT device passwords must be unique (and not resettable to universal factory settings). IoT device manufacturers must also provide a public point of contact so that anyone can report a flaw, to be acted on in a timely manner; and, manufacturers must also explicitly state the minimum length of time for which devices will receive security updates at the point of sale.
threatpost.com
EU recommends limiting, but not banning, Huawei: The EU and the UK will not ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei in Europe, despite pressure from the United States to shun the company over spying fears. The UK decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions. The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to sensitive parts of the network. Huawei will also be excluded from areas near military bases and nuclear sites. European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton told MEPs that Brussels will choose tight scrutiny over any blanket ban. The Trump administration expressed disappointment at the UK’s decision. According to a White House official, the US will work with the longtime ally on a way forward that excludes equipment from Huawei.
euractiv.com, bbc.com, politico.eu
IoT to optimize businesses: “Cio” and “Computerwoche” have presented their latest IoT study. The results are ambiguous. Overall, IoT applications are often slow to spread. Many companies fear the associated security risks. On the other hand, those companies that use IoT are mostly satisfied with the results. The reasons for the use of IoT vary: 42 percent of companies stated that they wanted to optimize their processes. 39 percent of firms were able to improve existing services or products with their IoT projects, while 35 percent developed new products and services with them. Topics such as increasing sales or reducing costs also carry some importance. Only a few of the companies use IoT to develop new business models.
computerwoche.de
Siemens’ new man for IoT: Peter Körte will be responsible for the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) at Siemens. He replaces the previous strategy director Horst J. Kayser, who took over the management of the Siemens Portfolio Companies division at the start of January 2020. Körte has been with Siemens since 2007. The industrial IoT is extremely important for the Siemens Group because it is one of the company’s biggest growth drivers.
it-times.de
Learn from mistakes: The worst IoT products and what developers can learn from them heise.de
Security forecast: “Smarter” cyber attacks security-insider.de
Bad numbers: Software AG weak in the cloud ard.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
Security concerns are the biggest obstacle stopping companies from using IoT. 37 percent have data protection concerns, a third overall fear cyber crime.
computerwoche.de
BACKGROUND
Energy Harvesting for IoT: The Internet of Things is intended to simplify everyday life. But a question that is not asked often enough is what should the power supply look like that guarantees the permanent operation of IoT devices. One answer could be energy harvesting technology. Small amounts of energy in the form of light, wind or vibration are permanently drawn from the immediate vicinity. Up until now, this has been difficult. But thanks to a new semiconductor process technology for the manufacture of circuits with very low power consumption, it is now actually possible to develop intelligent communication applications that can be operated entirely with energy from the environment.
all-electronics.de
Smart lights are the most popular: Conrad Connect has examined which smart devices are the most popular in Germany. Out of a total of 190,000 devices, smart lights are most commonly found in German households. But weather stations, remote controls and smart heaters are also favored. The stronghold of smart devices is Frankfurt with a total of 25,000 devices, followed by Munich with 20,000 smart objects – while only 12,000 can be found in Berlin.
industry-of-things.de
QUOTE
“Our new law will hold companies that manufacture and sell devices connected to the internet accountable and will stop hackers who pose a threat to people’s privacy and security.”
Matt Warman from the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport talks about Britain’s new IoT law.
golem.de
INTERRUPTED
More bot attacks through IoT: Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks will increase significantly in 2020. One reason is the constant spread of IoT applications that can be hacked and then used for bot attacks. Every single networked device that is not adequately protected can turn into a potential soldier in a botnet army.
security-insider.de

KW 05: German industry backs away from Huawei, EU wants to monitor traffic via IoT, Leak in routers and smart home devices

NEWS
German industry backs away from Huawei: 5G technology is essential for the Internet of Things. The German government is currently facing the decision about whether to allow the Chinese company Huawei to participate in the expansion of the 5G network. Germany’s industry, meanwhile, has taken a stand against using Huawei in the expansion of the network. The Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) is in favor of excluding any 5G providers that pose a security risk. “There can be no interference by foreign countries,” said BDI President Dieter Kempf to the “Handelsblatt” newspaper. “The security of data and networks has top priority. If a manufacturer does not meet the technical, political and legal criteria of the EU and the German government, they must be excluded from participating in the development of the German network.”
handelsblatt.com
Leak in routers and smart home devices: Hackers have published the passwords of over 500,000 routers, servers and smart home devices online. The list, which was published on a popular hacking forum, includes each device’s IP address, along with a username and password for the Telnet service, a remote access protocol that can be used to control devices over the internet. Some devices were located on the networks of known internet service providers (indicating they were either home router or IoT devices), but other devices were located on the networks of major cloud service providers.
netzwelt.de, it.slashdot.org
EU wants to monitor traffic via IoT: In five European cities, traffic data is collected via sensors installed in the homes of volunteers. The sensors can determine the number and speed of pedestrians and vehicles passing through. The project is currently being carried out in Madrid, Dublin, Cardiff, Ljubljana and Leuven. Using a network of mobile data-collecting stations dispersed across a city to monitor and control road traffic and pollution levels, the benefits of emerging technologies are being harnessed to find an efficient solution for monitoring and controlling traffic jams and pollution and improving driver safety.
t3n.de, ec.europa.eu
Security chips strengthen IoT: In order to secure the Internet of Things and its cloud infrastructure, which is growing on billions of devices, Amazon, Google and Microsoft are each developing their own chips. The goal is to become independent of suppliers, but also of governments. Google and a group of partner organizations are launching a new project to build an open-source hardware root of trust, aiming to provide a secure chip for cloud providers, data center operators, and others to use in high-performance environments. The Titan chip is a tiny secure microcomputer that serves a number of purposes in Google’s cloud servers.
heise.de, duo.com
IIoT and iPaaS: Industrial IoT – the forgotten key aspect computerwoche.de
Security forces: New technologies behoerden-spiegel.de
Czech Republic: Cez energy company uses IoT radio.cz
IP500: The IoT revolution for commercial buildings elektroniknet.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
In a survey by the student initiative MTP – Marketing Between Theory and Practice e.V. – in 19 German cities, more than half of those surveyed stated that they felt uncomfortable or very uncomfortable near a smart device.
ibusiness.de
BACKGROUND
Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things enable autonomous things: Thanks to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and networking in the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous technologies enable objects to move and act freely without active control or monitoring by humans. Italian IT consultant Reply has examined the development of central trends in the area of autonomous things such as drones, robots and vehicles. A central finding: Depending on the area of application, the technologies vary widely in terms of complexity and level of maturity. While autonomous household appliances are already widely used, autonomous cars or drones have not been introduced on a large scale.
wiwo.de
An interview with Bruce Schneier: “Security guru” Bruce Schneier of Harvard University has given an interview about current challenges in cybersecurity. He sees several challenges: “We have a lot of problems and it is hardly possible to sort them into an order of urgency. For example, I worry about the Internet of Things because it digitally links physical things. These cyber-physical systems make us vulnerable.” There is also a high risk of hacker attacks from Russia. “Russia has never stopped interfering in our democracy. They are again looking for information that they can publish to sow suspicion.”
riffreporter.de
QUOTE
“It is imperative that companies deal with the topic of IoT – if only because of increasing competitive pressure. If the competition from abroad produces cheaper machines of ever better quality, German manufacturers have to create new arguments in order to remain successful on the market.”
Jan Rodig, freelance consultant for digital transformation, innovation and IoT.
computerwoche.de
INTERRUPTED
Lamps from China: smart but not safe: Caution should be exercised when it comes to cheap lamps produced in China and sold internationally by Chinese retailers. The lamps suffer from numerous security weaknesses. For many models, the integrated software can’t be updated and the password can’t be changed. Devices even pose problems once they are thrown out, because customers have no way of deleting their personal data from the devices. Those who still want the benefits of a smart home should only purchase smart devices that do not need access to publicly accessible networks, which could be achieved, for example, by having a separate network for IoT devices.
heise.de

KW 04: Europe’s biggest industrial 5G trial, IoT device data breach, Samsung moves into smart homes

NEWS
Europe’s biggest industrial 5G trial: Europe’s largest industrial 5G trial has started in Aachen, Germany. The 5G Industry Campus Europe is focusing on the introduction of the new mobile radio standard in the manufacturing industry. Companies can still join the trial. It was decided last spring at the Hanover Fair that the 5G research network on the Melaten campus of the RWTH Aachen University will develop new applications for networked production. Current cooperation partners of the 5G Industry Campus Europe include the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and two institutes of the RWTH Aachen. The Swedish mobile network provider Ericsson is responsible for the construction and development of the 5G infrastructure.
mittelstandswiki.de
IoT device data breach: A hacker has published a massive list of passwords for more than 500,000 servers, routers, and IoT (Internet of Things) “smart” devices. The list includes each device’s IP address, along with a username and password for the Telnet service, a remote access protocol that can be used to control devices over the internet. The list was published online by the maintainer of a DDoS-for-hire (DDoS booter) service, according to ZDNet. When asked why he published such a massive list of bots, the leaker said he upgraded his DDoS service from working on top of IoT botnets to a new model that relies on renting high-output servers from cloud service providers.
zdnet.com
Samsung moves into smart homes: So far, Samsung has not excelled in the area of IoT applications – but this will change. With the Smartthings platform, the group is now pushing its way into the field of automation platforms including Apple’s Homekit or Telekom Magenta. Samsung’s SmartThings Hub offers a wide range of integrations, from Z-Wave and Zigbee accessories, to Philips Hue, Arlo and more. It works with a wide range of smart devices and allows users to control them from the free SmartThings App, Google Assistant, or Alexa. They can receive notifications or alerts about what is happening in and around their home and remotely control the home’s security, energy usage, and lighting.
9to5toys.com
Altmaier and DIHK want more AI progress: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) don’t want to lose touch with developments in artificial intelligence. They want to highlight opportunities and help employees adapt to new workplace technologies, according to a joint appeal. By increasing their knowledge, people’s “unfounded fears” could be converted into well-founded know-how, helping them overcome prejudices. This is aimed at fears of possible large-scale job losses due to the use of learning machines. Germany and Europe are in a good position to stay at the forefront of technological progress, especially when it comes to conducting business between companies. “We now have to get started with Artificial Intelligence (AI) so that our economy can survive in the digital age”.
cio.de
Energy management: The Scilly Isles: Environmentally friendly thanks to IoT industry-of-things.de
Market report: Global Internet of Things (IoT) in the health care market 2025 fusionscienceacademy.com
Event: From sensor to cloud – IoT conference 2019 electroniknet.de
Ethics: Focus on people – not machines industry-of-things.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
More than half of all companies in Germany use IoT devices and 93 percent are very satisfied with the results, according to a recent study.
heise.de
BACKGROUND
Smart cities are not fulfilling their promises: Urban centers can achieve better air quality, more public order and less traffic congestion using smart city systems. Sensors on garbage cans, lanterns and traffic lights are supposed to help collect data about what can be optimized. This knowledge can be passed on to the citizens – for example via traffic jam apps. At the moment, technological advances are not delivering on their promises, and many cities are still waiting on major improvements. In addition, data protection measures are yet to be implemented.
ndr.de
Intelligent water pumps: High-tech solar pumps mapping underground freshwater reservoirs across Africa are collecting data that can help prevent them running dry. Manufactured by British social enterprise Futurepump, the solar pumps are being used by thousands of small-scale farmers in 15 African nations, including Kenya and Uganda, as a cleaner, cheaper option to diesel and gasoline-powered ones. The pumps’ sensors record real-time data such as energy usage and pump speed in each location, which is shared with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) to calculate groundwater extraction rates and levels. Many of the world’s major aquifers are stressed because too much water is being taken out for household, agricultural and industrial use and not enough surface water is seeping in to replenish the underground rock formations.
reuters.com
QUOTE
“The 5G Industry Campus Europe will provide important knowledge about the technological possibilities and application potential of 5G for manufacturing companies.”
Nils König, scientific director of the 5G Industry Campus Europe, believes in the potential of this project.
mittelstandswiki.de
INTERRUPTED
Data protection is slowing IoT: Data protection concerns are the biggest factor inhibiting progress for IoT applications, according to a recent study. The biggest obstacle to broader enterprise IoT activities is not a tight budget, but concerns about privacy and security. 37% of companies surveyed named data protection concerns first as an argument against the extensive use of IoT. This is especially true for small companies with fewer than 500 employees and large companies with more than 1,000 employees. A third of the companies mentioned security concerns as the biggest obstacle. They especially fear hacker attacks/DDoS attacks, industrial espionage or legal problems. A small budget (30 percent), a shortage of skilled workers (27 percent) and a lack of fields of application (21 percent) are further reasons. A fifth of all companies would forego a broad IoT initiative due to bad experiences and a lack of return on investments in existing IoT applications. Lack of acceptance among employees, customers, business partners and service providers also play a role.
it-daily.net

KW 03: Low-cost energy management thanks to IoT, Bosch Smart Home adding support for HomeKit, Smart farming supports farmers

NACHRICHTEN
Low-cost energy management thanks to IoT: The British Isles of Scilly are 45 km from the mainland and have attracted particular attention over the years due to their high energy consumption. The isles have always obtained electricity from the mainland, with the energy consumption per household clocking in at 7,672 kilowatt hours, almost twice the national average. A European Regional Development Fund-backed project is now deploying low carbon infrastructure on the Isles of Scilly, in a model that it is hoped could be widely replicated elsewhere. It aims to cut electricity bills for islanders by 40% by 2025 and sets out to meet 40% of energy demand through renewables by 2025. All the technologies included in the Smart Energy Islands (SEI) project will be integrated into an Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by project lead, Hitachi Europe. Smart control systems can manage and optimize batteries, heat pumps and water heaters for householders, using artificial intelligence to learn their patterns of consumption and maximize savings.
energy-storage.news, industry-of-things.de
Bosch Smart Home adding support for HomeKit: Global appliance and technology services giant Bosch took to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year to announce that it is opening up it’s Bosch Smart Home System not just to select partners via cloud API, but also to Apple’s HomeKit. This means consumers will be able to control and report on the status of Bosch Smart Home accessories directly through Apple’s HomeKit. Bosch also presented a roller shutter control system at CES – a service that so far has not been covered by any HomeKit provider.
golem.de, imore.com
Smart farming supports farmers: Tractors, harvesters and combine harvesters – in smart farming, all machines record data on soil moisture, seed quantity or plant diseases. The data is stored in the cloud, farmers can then use this information to adjust the use of resources such as water and fertilizer as needed. Drones are also used in precision farming, giving agricultural enterprises the ability to analyze fields from a distance. Agricultural robots are currently being developed to improve farming practices.
heise.de
Smart cities are not keeping their promises: Smart city systems can help urban centers improve air quality or lessen traffic congestion. Sensors on garbage cans, lanterns and traffic lights are supposed to help collect data about what can be optimized. This information ideally should be passed on to citizens – via a traffic jam app for example. At the moment, technological advances are not delivering on their promises, and major improvements are taking time to materialize. Additionally, many places still don’t have adequate data protection measures.
ndr.de
Batteries: Apple begins replacement program for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Smart Battery Cases cnet.com
Security: These are the 3 most important IIoT security trends for 2020 ingenieur.de
Exhibit highlights: Connected Systems: Innovations at the embedded world 2020 industry-of-things.de
Transformation: IT executives expect big things from big data and machine learning computerwoche.de
Programming language: C is TIOBE’s programming language of the year for 2019 sdtimes.com
ZAHL DER WOCHE
Tech experts predict 3.7 percent growth in corporate IT spending in 2020 to keep up with storage needs.
datacenter.computerwoche.de
HINTERGRUND
IoT increases energy consumption: The internet is turning into a major driver of energy consumption. Electricity is consumed with every click, every search engine query, every cloud. Experts are now assuming that seven percent of global energy consumption is due to the internet and internet-based technologies. This is problematic for environmentalists because artificial intelligence, blockchain and IoT applications are performing an increasing amount of activities online. But the growth markets themselves are not the main issue, but rather the sources from which energy is derived: 80 percent of the world’s electricity is generated from fossil resources.
welt.de
World Economic Forum predicts big gains from 5G and IoT: The World Economic Forum predicts that 65 percent of the world’s population will have access to 5G by 2025 – and that technological progress will allow for big profits. The World Economic Forum data is based on a McKinsey study that predicts economic earnings of $3.9 to $11.1 trillion in 2025 for the IoT space. Part of these profits will be due to greater efficiency.
weforum.org
PROJEKT DER WOCHE
Multiple Golden Record helps consolidate databases: In order to use IoT effectively in business models, many companies have put their focus on machine data. For instance, implementing predictive maintenance can help businesses see how machines could be better and more precisely maintained. But linking business and machine data can bring even greater added value for companies. A Multiple Golden Record can be used to break down data silos. Maintenance decisions can be made not only on the basis of machine indicators, but also on the basis of business data – for example, when orders from customers are added into the data.
industry-of-things.de
ZITAT
“If businesses want to keep up with the rapid development in the IoT environment they must stop reinventing the wheel. It makes sense to use existing services for data acquisition, transmission, evaluation and visualization and to focus on those aspects where individual added value can be created.”
Florian Haidn, managing director at the system integrator Aaronn.
elektronikpraxis.vogel.de
INTERRUPTED
Early-bird tickets for the building IoT 2020 still available: The building IoT trade fair will take place for the fifth time from March 2nd to 4th at the Haus der Technik in Essen. There are still early bird discounts until January 17th. 36 contributions on the topic of IoT have been confirmed so far.
buildingiot.de

KW 02: 2020 will redefine IoT, Most successful advertising video in 2019 is about IoT, IoT growth predicted for Africa and Middle East

NACHRICHTEN
2020 will redefine IoT: This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) starts in Las Vegas, one of the world’s largest technology fairs. On this occasion, “Deutsche Welle” conducted an interview with IT researcher Steve Koenig. In his opinion, recent years have been shaped by the advent of the Internet of Things. For the 2020s, he predicts that IoT will be redefined: as an Intelligence of Things. The upcoming top social issues of urbanization and mobility will also be dealt with in a solution-oriented manner.
dw.com
Most successful advertising video in 2019 is about IoT: “Like a Bosch” is the tagline of a new global image campaign the supplier of technology and services launched at the CES in January 2019. The campaign aims to get the message across that Bosch is the leading provider of connected products and solutions. The main plank of the campaign is a hip-hop video clip featuring a protagonist who is a savvy IoT user. With the help of this campaign, Bosch is focusing to make the IoT movement viral across all the relevant communication channels so that it can reach to a bigger audience. “We’ve picked up on a global internet sensation and reinterpreted it with a humorous touch,” says Boris Dolkhani, head of brand management at Bosch. “Where the internet of things is concerned, all roads lead to Bosch. That’s the campaign’s clear message.”
businesswire.com, iottechnews.com
IoT growth predicted for Africa and Middle East: GlobalData predicts that the Africa and Middle East region will be the second-fastest growing region for IoT revenue, only behind Asia-Pacific. Most expenditure will remain on the IoT software and services side. Internet of things devices will, however, be the fastest revenue growth segment.
verdict.co.uk
IoT lamps made from old CDs: Signify, the world leader in lighting, has announced the world’s first service that allows consumers to tailor and order a custom 3D-printed lampshade and light online. The company also announced it is using recycled material to 3D print with, starting with used CDs. Signify is owned by Philipps, who helped develop CDs in the 1980s – completing the circle. The custom lamps are also compatible with IoT applications. For the time being, however, only for major customers.
t3n.de
Networked systems: Industry 4.0, but secure computerworld.ch
Research: Austria’s first 5G campus network will come in 2020 factorynet.at
Event calendar: IoT events in February industry-of-things.de
ZAHL DER WOCHE
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp will invest more than $7 billion in artificial intelligence and fifth generation internet technologies over the next five years.
reuters.com
HINTERGRUND
Bitkom president: Blockchain is crucial for IoT: Germany wants to become a pioneer in the regulation of blockchain technology. According to Achim Berg, the president of the IT association Bitkom, this will be essential for the safe use of networked devices in the industry. He is primarily concerned with ensuring digital identities: “Digital identities are the prerequisite for many innovative blockchain applications, especially in connection with Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Germany can and should set standards here.” The German government has had a blockchain strategy in place since September 2019.
cloudcomputing-insider.de
New offers for machine vision: Machine vision is an important part of IoT applications. A surveillance camera must distinguish the homeowner from a burglar; a vacuum cleaner must be able to identify obstacles. Until now, programming machine learning was reserved for experts. Nowadays, however, there are various services that can be used by someone without any special knowledge. These out-of-the-box services offer interfaces (APIs or web services) with which images can be transmitted for analysis and an image description is obtained as a result. How exactly the services works internally is not visible to the user.
golem.de
ZITAT
“The term for the last decade that I have referred to as the connected age is IoT – the Internet of Things. CES 2020 and this new decade is about a new IoT – the intelligence of things.”
IT researcher Steve Koenig believes that IoT will be redefined in the next ten years.
dw.com
INTERRUPTED
Criminal developers target IoT: Cyber threats continue to grow. This makes a consistent up-to-date listing of the different malware types nearly impossible. Criminal developers often take aim at IoT applications, but not just these. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) identified around 114 million new malware programs in 2019 alone. In office communication, malware continued to circulate largely in emails. In the productive areas of business such as mechanical engineering, attackers made targeted use of security gaps that could be found in the improper implementation of networked devices.
springerprofessional.de

KW 3: Industry 4.0 based on timely data exchange, IoT and AI dominate the CES, Bosch and the Internet of Things, Trend Micro wants to make Internet of Things safer

NACHRICHTEN
Industry 4.0 based on timely data exchange: Industry 4.0 is the next big industrial revolution. However, in order for production to be able to control and optimize itself, data exchange must be timely and targeted. While production processes are just as efficient in the conventional industry, knowledge about production flows is only slowly integrated into optimization. The networking of machines, systems and products enables a horizontal and vertical production exchange. Networking often starts with classic, existing systems such as ERP, MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), PLCs or Identification Systems (RFID AutoID Systems).
industry-of-things.de
IoT and AI dominate the CES: At the annual CES trade show, the world’s largest consumer electronics fair in Las Vegas, all sorts of products with the label “smart” were introduced to consumers. This could be seen as an inflationary use of the term – it seems as if the manufacturers are mostly interested in selling their products as “smart”. Almost 4,500 exhibitors showed cat, dog and human toilets with integrated AI as well as all kinds of products with Alexa integration.
computerwoche.de
Bosch and the Internet of Things: “Like a Bosch” is the tagline of a new global image campaign the supplier of technology and services launched at CES. The campaign aims to get the message across that Bosch is the leading provider of connected products and solutions. Bosch is entering new territory with its “Like a Bosch” campaign; the decidedly different approach and tone marks a departure for the company, which was founded in 1886. The young man in the Bosch promotional video is always on top of things, thanks to connected solutions from Bosch.
businesswire.com
Trend Micro wants to make Internet of Things safer: Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, has announced the global launch of Trend Micro IoT Security (TMIS) 2.0 to help manufacturers and managed service providers improve the security of their products and the wider IoT ecosystem, while enabling them to drive competitive differentiation. With most traditional security products, it’s not possible for end users to install protection for IoT solutions by themselves, which is where TMIS 2.0 comes in. The TMIS 2.0 platform can be pre-installed onto IoT devices during the product development lifecycle, requiring minimum deployment effort and providing maximum protection through a range of system hardening and risk detection features.
apnews.com
Almost a third of companies are unsure what Industry 4.0 is: The Internet of Things promises the next industrial revolution – thus it is all the more surprising that almost a third of companies don’t even know exactly what this term actually means. Likewise, the term Industry 4.0 is still a mystery to many. This was the result of a survey by market researcher “Copa Data”. 29 percent of companies are unsure what Industry 4.0 is.
blog.wiwo.de
Lower Saxony in Germany: Giga pact signed kommune21.de
Congress of the employers’ association: Medium-sized companies present themselves aktiv-online.de
ZAHL DER WOCHE
Sales from IoT business models will amount to 16.8 billion euros in 2022, according to “Capgemini” analysts.
industry-of-things.de
HINTERGRUND
Difficulties on the path to the Smart Factory: No company can hide from the digitization of corporate processes. This has been confirmed by corresponding trends – less than one tenth of the companies surveyed didn’t even bother with smart technologies this year. Three years ago it was around one third. But there are many hurdles on the way to becoming a smart company. Successful digitization strategies deliberately build digital knowledge and are characterized by a structured approach with clear processes. Nevertheless, digitization projects also fail to a considerable extent. According to the current Industry 4.0 Index, 14 percent of companies with concrete projects are not yet satisfied with the results.
industry-of-things.de
Breakthrough in IoT projects: The Internet of Things has finally arrived in German companies. Compared to last year, the number of companies that have already implemented IoT projects has more than doubled, according to findings by CIO and “Computerwoche”. 44 percent of the companies have implemented IoT projects, compared to 21 percent in the previous year. The applications of IoT in companies are manifold.
cio.de
PROJEKT DER WOCHE
EU supports AI platform for companies and authorities: A new EU project will officially get under way on January 10th with the aim to build a collaborative platform for artificial intelligence (AI) resources. Called AI4EU, the project brings together 79 partners in 21 countries. Its main goal is to develop an open platform that will help bring AI to both private businesses and public sector agencies across Europe. Digital Single Market VicePresident Andrus Ansip and Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said Europe could only reap the full benefits of AI innovations if this technology was easily usable by all. The AI4EU project is intended to help bring AI to small businesses, non-tech companies and public administrations across Europe.
telecompaper.com, eureporter.co
ZITAT
“Especially when it comes to IoT, end devices are usually under-protected and thus exposed to attacks by hackers.”
IT expert Sonja Meindl from the software company “Check Point” has pointed out that cybersecurity should continue to be a top priority for all projects.
bluewin.ch
INTERRUPTED
Apple iBeacons find their way into McDonald’s: Using the Bluetooth low energy radio on your smartphone, iBeacon technology can track your location within a few feet of where you are and push you special deals and advertisements onto your phone as you pass by stores. 26 McDonald’s franchises in Columbus, Georgia have been testing out the technology with its customers. In a four week trial, these fast food joints have been pushing special deals for McChicken Sandwiches and 10-piece Chicken McNuggets.
forbes.com

KW 2: IoT hubs in Germany, Wireless power transmission, Astrocast to provide IoT connectivity from space

Welcome.
NEWS
IoT hubs in Germany: The necessary know-how to harness popular IoT technologies for companies is not evenly distributed throughout Germany. Several IoT hubs can be found in the country, but most of them are in the German capital: Almost half of all IoT providers are headquartered in Berlin. Munich is in second place, followed by Dortmund which just opened a brandnew IoT hub. Anyone who settles in the federal capital can make the most of the locational advantages.
bigdata-insider.de
Wireless power transmission: Power cables that provide devices and batteries with energy could soon be out of service. The trend is moving increasingly towards wireless power transmission. The technology is making great progress thanks to intensive investment in research and development. So far, however, there are huge differences between products for end users and those for the industry. Wireless energy transfer uses the principle of induction.
elektronikpraxis.vogel.de
Smart blinds available at Ikea Germany: Ikea’s online shop in Germany now lists the smart blinds Fyrtur and Kadrilj, which complement the smart home series Trådfri. Battery-powered roller blinds can be controlled remotely and via Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit and Siri. The blinds can also be set to a timer. Currently, the smart blinds are only available at some selected Ikea locations in Germany, from February 2nd, they will also be for sale online.
heise.de
Astrocast to provide IoT connectivity from space: Nanosatellite startup Astrocast has announced three new pilot companies that will utilise its network of IoT cubesats. The three companies – Actia, Marine Instruments and Swiss Fresh Water – will use Astrocast’s satellites to monitor and control assets situated in remote areas. The Swiss-based startup, which is partnered with the European Space Agency, Airbus and Thuraya, successfully launched its first test satellite in early December.
verdict.co.uk
Automation meeting: Focus on IoT and digitization elektrotechnik.vogel.de
Cryptocurrency: IOTA could rise to $5.50 de.investing.com
Interview: Security for the networked industry lanline.de
Hannover Messe 2019: Everythig you need to know konstruktionspraxis.vogel.de
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
3 out of 10 companies use multi-cloud or hybrid cloud models: According to a forecast by IT analyst Gartner, 3 out of 10 companies and organizations are expected to deploy multi-cloud or hybrid cloud models by 2020. In cloud computing, multiple cloud providers are used, with decentralized IoT linking playing a crucial role.
blog.wiwo.de
BACKGROUND
IoT market consolidating faster than expected: The IoT market is consolidating faster than originally predicted, according to a provider study by the Information Services Group (ISG). Particularly the edge computing business is showing promise, where annual growth of more than 30 percent is expected. Edge computing promises low latency for data processing, which is becoming increasingly popular in real-time data transfer. Consolidation is also noticeable in the logistics industry.
bigdata-insider.de
5G and the industrial IoT: The Industrial Internet of Things is one of the fastest growing markets for mobile connectivity. The (I)IoT is decisive for Industry 4.0, which can use the platforms for numerous processes. The mobile industry has inextricably linked the topic of IoT with the new data standard 5G. Due to the slow expansion, companies in rural areas are often at a disadvantage. However, 5G is not always necessarily relevant to the industrial Internet of Things.
industry-of-things.de
PROJECT OF THE WEEK
Fraunhofer IoT startup for energy and building management: The Freiburg-based startup Mondas wants to help medium-sized companies achieve greater cost and energy efficiency through digital building management. The management operates via a central IoT platform, which monitors solar plants, combined heat and power plants as well as air conditioning and heating technology in real time. The startup was created in April 2018 and arose from the founding of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the solar company PSE from Freiburg.
energate-messenger.de
QUOTE
“Especially the industrial Internet of Things is a challenge, particularly when it comes to networking in production, the security aspect was often not the focus.”
Michael Krammel, Managing Director of industrial IT specialist “Koramis”, draws attention to security risks for companies. These mainly affect small and medium-sized companies.
marktundmittelstand.de
DISCONNECTED
Litter box with IoT connection: The company “Purrsong” used the CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, to introduce a new kind of litter box that will automatically clean itself and refill litter. The litter box not only scoops up a feline’s waste and deodorizes itself, it will keep track of the cat’s weight changes and litter box use. And, yes, it says it will differentiate between multiple cats. The LavvieBot will be available starting in May on Indiegogo. The company estimates that the LavvieBot will only need to be cleaned once every two to three weeks for a one cat household, which is half as often as other automatic litter systems.
fortune.com, digitaltrends.com