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



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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.


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.

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.


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.


“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.


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.,

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