KW 14: Research project develops inexpensive driverless transport systems, Reply named Europe’s leading IoT provider, Majority of German companies do not use IoT


Research project develops inexpensive driverless transport systems: Flexlog GmbH and the Hanover Institute of Integrated Production are currently researching an inexpensive driverless transport system (AGV) for use in logistics and production. Up until now, only large companies could afford AGVs due to the high costs resulting from the individually adapted development and the required specialist staff. The new research project wants to make the technology affordable for small companies as well. The planned AGV will be assembled using the modular principle. A brief training session will be enough to help employees understand how to use it. Thanks to sophisticated technology, the AGV should be able to independently learn which distances to drive.

Reply named Europe’s leading IoT provider: Reply has been named Europe’s leading IoT provider in a recent survey conducted by independent research and consulting company teknowlogy Group/PAC. The survey compared 32 international consulting companies and system integrators implementing Internet of Things (IoT) projects across 24 metrics, including competitiveness, consulting skills, implementation, solution development, collaboration, customer satisfaction and business value. The study attested Reply’s strong implementation competence for IoT Projects and industry know-how, combined with a cooperative working style and an exemplary corporate culture, demonstrating the company’s effectiveness in helping clients achieve their business objectives.

Will Tesla soon develop smart home solutions? Elon Musk has been talking about Tesla making a new smart home HVAC system for a while now and as he looks into ventilators amid the coronavirus, the CEO is revisiting the idea. He first brought up the idea in an interview almost two years ago. The CEO discussed the fact that Tesla addresses both energy generation and consumption when it comes to transport, but only energy generation, with solar power products, when it comes to the home. Musk suggested that there’s room for more efficient homes with smarter and better air conditioning systems.

Intelligent light thanks to AI: The OpenLicht project, a cooperation between Infineon and various universities, has published its first results. The project researchers developed an AI-based lighting system that adapts the light to the user’s position, amongst other things. The system also has the ability to learn a user’s unique preferences. But what is extraordinary about the OpenLicht system is that the application doesn’t require an internet connection. This is part of the developers’ attempt to ensure privacy protection.

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Majority of German companies do not use IoT: A study by the Handelsblatt Research Institute, YouGov and Comarch surveyed more than 500 German companies last year to check the status of IoT in Germany. It was found that 55 percent of companies surveyed still do not use IoT solutions. Those who do use it apply IoT mainly in the area of time recording. IoT is currently most used in the production industry. In addition to time recording, IoT also plays a major role in warehouse management.

Corona update for voice assistants: Various language assistants such as Alexa or Siri have adapted to current developments and now offer information and help relating to the coronavirus. In the United States, the Amazon voice assistant Alexa uses a questionnaire to provide information about the personal risk of being infected with the virus. Other providers like Google and Apple offer similar services. For example, the Google Assistant plays a 40-second melody when asked for help with washing hands. The WHO recommends between 20 and 40 seconds for hand washing. The voice assistants have already been providing information and messages about the coronavirus. But now Amazon is also developing a news service that delivers information, news and decisions from governments more quickly and in a bundle.


Smart farming has great potential for European farmers: Sensors in pigsties, drones for monitoring and systems for efficient irrigation – all of these are elements of smart farming. For the European agricultural industry – which is currently engaged in a tough price competition due to international pressure – the new IoT devices offer the opportunity to save costs and become more productive. Smart farming can also be used to improve animal welfare. Farmers can react more quickly if animals are sick when sensors detect abnormal behavior patterns or deviating biometric data such as body temperature. All of this increases the profit potential of European farmers.


“We see the companies that have domain expertise, a deep expertise, in what they’re building as the ones who really succeed.”
Intel executive Joe Jensen talks about what partners need to know about succeeding in IoT.


IoT and cheese: Cheese has been made by hand at the Rozenburg cheese farm in Pilsum in East Frisia for decades. But here, too, the use of IoT is advancing. The temperature of the milk or the humidity in the warehouse play a major role in the production of different types of cheeses. Rozenburg boss Dirk Berkhout uses IoT gateways so his company can react quickly and specifically to anomalies during production to ensure the high quality of the cheese at all times.

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