KW 13: Only some IoT devices are becoming more popular, IoT button minimizes bureaucratic effort for nursing staff, Almost every networked device has security gaps


Only some IoT devices are becoming more popular: Even though networked devices like smart TVs are growing increasingly popular, not all products are being accepted as easily by consumers. According to the „Consumer IoT fact check“ by the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V. (BVDW) and the management consultancy Deloitte, almost three quarters of all consumers use an IoT device. But the IoT market is diverse, there is not just one market and one user but rather “different sub-markets with market, provider and consumer perspectives that have to be taken into account”, BVDW Vice President Alexander Kiock told

IoT button minimizes bureaucratic effort for nursing staff: In order to minimize the bureaucratic chaos in nursing and thus the workload for nursing staff, the Mainz University Medical Center has developed the „Healthcare Service Button“ together with Telekom Deutschland, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions and Deutsche Telekom Healthcare Solutions. The button digitizes and simplifies the documentation associated with maintenance and thus saves staff valuable time: the costs of the IoT implementation would have paid off after just six months.

Almost every networked device has security gaps: IoT devices are increasingly finding their way into the network, which can open the door to hackers. If, for example, the vacuum robot can read the WLAN key in plain text or there are invisible admin accounts in the firmware of products, these are enormous security gaps for the consumer. The company „IoT Inspector“ has therefore specialized in the security testing of IoT firmware and has automated it. In a very short time, products and their firmware can be analyzed, errors rectified and security gaps closed.

Smart cities are being privatized in Japan: Two smart city projects in Japan are currently providing a chilling example of the price that cities and municipalities may have to pay for digital progress. There, a project that had aimed to improve the lives of all residents as a communal service is becoming privatized by a few „global players“. The car manufacturer Toyota, for example, laid the foundation stone for its “Woven City” smart city at the end of February. It is to become a kind of “open-air laboratory” for technologies and ways of life of the future – but it is aimed at the needs of the car company and not that of all residents. In some areas of Tokyo, privatization under the command of local firms has already been completed.

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HiveMQ announces load test tool for MQTT applications: With Swarm, companies should be able to simulate and test their IoT networks. The new software was announced by HiveMQ, a provider of products dealing with the IoT protocol MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) with headquarters in Landshut. The new load test offer for MQTT applications still has the status of an Early Access Preview, which can at least be tried out.


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Wolfgang Kellerer, who is leading a major project on the 6G standard at the Technical University (TU) in Munich, explained in an interview how 6G could become the most intelligent mobile network.


Demand for smart TVs is increasing: The growing demand for smart televisions during the Covid pandemic means that the list prices of the devices are also rising. Manufacturers are increasing prices very slowly, however, so as not to deter customers.

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