Allianz focuses on digital transformation: Allianz CEO Oliver Bäte presented his new strategy “Renewal Agenda 2.0” as part of the Capital Markets Day on November 30th, comparing it to a long journey. Key components of the new concept, which will be overseen by digital transformation manager Ivan de Sota, are simplicity and productivity. In addition to a Europe-wide direct insurer, the aim will also be a digital car insurance.
Digital patient data to be more secure: “Deutschlandfunk” IT expert Peter Welchering has called for a way to rule out security gaps in dealing with sensitive health data. Current technologies have many functions that have possible vulnerabilities. A closing of security gaps after the fact is unacceptable, Welchering said. For example, the app “Vivy”, which digitally manages the medical records of patients, passed data to tracking services without being solicited. In September, 14 statutory and 2 private health insurance companies announced the introduction of a digital patient record, which Germany’s federal government plans to join.
Elevator maintenance using SIM cards: German manufacturer of elevators and escalators “Thyssenkrupp” plans to service over one million elevators with the help of SIM cards in order to minimize downtime. The company will cooperate with Düsseldorf-based mobile communications company Vodafone to do so. Vodafone will be providing the Essen, Germany based industrial corporation with the global M2M communication platform and special M2M SIM cards for its existing and new elevators around the world. This is a major contract for several hundreds of thousands of M2M connections in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
German city employs wireless network Lorawan: Following the German city of Freiburg im Breisgau, the city of Darmstadt is now also fully connected to the Lorawan wireless network. As part of the Digital City project, the network will connect all objects in the city and make everyday life easier and more efficient. At a round table for the project, companies were given the opportunity to get involved in the network. Due to its energy efficiency, Lorawan is considered the data network of the future.
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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has listed the three big failures in tech entrepreneurship around the world. He said tech startups need to be more diverse, less product driven, and more willing to partner early.
Established companies are winners of the digital revolution: Although startups are more technologically agile, established companies are more likely to emerge as winners in the digital revolution, according to a study by “Infosys”. The realization of Industry 4.0 poses various challenges for many companies that can only be tackled by established companies. For years, they have been working on new strategies, with continuous change being normal for them. Start-ups often lagged behind, the study stated.
The Things Conference in Amsterdam: On January 31st and February 1st, 2019, The Things Network is organizing a conference on LoRaWAN. 2,000 developers and innovators are expected to attend. The program includes the basics of LoRaWAN as well as the topics security and business strategies. The Make Magazine is giving away tickets for all those interested in the conference.
“The digital pact is a significant step forward for social cohesion and equal living conditions in Germany.”
Carsten Schneider, Managing Director of the SPD parliamentary group, expresses his support for the digitization of schools.
Vegetable gardens and art in space: SpaceX has launched a crop of 64 small satellites using a Falcon 9 rocket that the company has already flown twice before. The payloads heading into orbit on this flight are all pretty unique. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sending up a 24-karat gold statue in honor of astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. Most notably, American artist Trevor Paglen will be launching his Orbital Reflector project — a satellite that will deploy a reflective balloon about the length of two school buses in space. The balloon will supposedly reflect sunlight, appearing as a bright point moving across the sky at night. It’s a project that hasn’t sat well with many astronomers, who are worried about too many bright objects mucking up their observations of the night sky.