KW 16: Researchers develop navigation algorithms for adaptive route planning, Shared smart home standard from Apple, Google and Amazon could be launched this year. Huawei optimistic that IoT will drive adoption of HarmonyOS


Researchers develop navigation algorithms for adaptive route planning: Electric cars are a good thing in principle – if only it weren’t for the charging time, which still needs to be taken into account. This usually means that the drivers of electric vehicles need to do a certain amount of planning and coordination before going on a trip – a spontaneous jaunt out into the world is usually not possible. A team from the TU Berlin and the University of Paderborn has now developed a navigation algorithm that connects to the respective charging stations, takes into account the waiting and charging times and thus significantly reduces them.

Shared smart home standard from Apple, Google and Amazon could be launched this year: The Zigbee Alliance, a group of companies that subscribe to certain tech standards, has announced that its smart home standards will launch sometime in 2021. Zigbee is backed by some of the world’s biggest tech giants, including the likes of Apple, Amazon, Google, and Huawei. The group began “Project Connected Home over IP” (CHIP) less than a year ago, in December 2019. The Zigbee Alliance set out to create a unified smart home foundation that could then be built upon by any company to create a healthy smart home ecosystem. And now it’s looking like that goal is nearing fruition.

Huawei optimistic that IoT will drive adoption of HarmonyOS: Designed for smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), Huawei’s own operating system, Harmony OS, is seen to connect intelligent devices and deliver a user-friendly experience. The Shenzhen-based company started developing HarmonyOS following US sanctions against Chinese companies under former President Donald Trump. Dubbed as a next-generation OS, HarmonyOS is also touted to driving the intelligent and digital transformation of industries.

When purchasing new IoT devices, pay attention to the same wireless standards: Smart home and networked devices are enjoying increasing popularity. But if you are planning a new acquisition in this area and are already using other smart home devices, you should ensure that radio-based devices are either from the same manufacturer or use the same radio standards so that they are also interoperable with each other. Products that form an open system, i.e. also integrate products from other manufacturers into the network, are better.

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The International Data Group predicts that there’ll be over 55 billion connected devices worldwide by 2025 with 75% being connected to an IoT platform.


Why IoT projects often fail: It could be so easy. In theory, the opportunities for growth and improvement for companies through IoT are virtually limitless. In practice, however, the enormous potential often diminishes. The reason for this are various challenges, ranging from adapting the IoT solutions to individual customer needs, diverging expectations of solutions, a lack of integration of partners, to dealing with dynamic costs and missing or faulty leadership in the IoT project itself.

Relate IoT costs to benefits in advance: Whether at home, in the office, in the industrial warehouse or in the car: The Internet of Things is finding its way into more and more areas of life and networking them. Against the backdrop of increasing networking, the focus must be on the security of the networked devices, and devices and their possible risks must be checked in detail and in advance. This may be time-consuming and costly, but in the long term it is a worthwhile investment in product safety. The more thorough the preliminary test, the better the solution used is tailored to its own needs and the more a company benefits from it. – A competitive advantage through weighing risks. Safety-relevant aspects should generally be integrated into the device design right from the start. This is only possible if the designers know the risks to which the system could possibly be exposed and understand the motivation of possible hackers. This can of course cause high costs, but these should be put in relation to a possible security leak: Angry customers or claims for damages for errors caused can quickly become much more expensive.

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Kaspersky presents a cyber-secure IoT gateway: Kaspersky Labs presented a secure IoT gateway at the Hannover Messe Digital Edition. „IoT Secure Gateway 100″ is based on the KasperskyOS operating system and uses the OPC UA communication protocol. The security company relies above all on cyber immunity: The aim is „to build various IT solutions on the verifiable intrinsic security basis of our KasperskyOS operating system,“ said Grigory Sizov, head of the KasperskyOS business unit at Kaspersky Labs.


„Getting data from machines is no longer a problem today […]. Many companies can do that, and this is where we do not differ from our competitors […]. The magic is to make something out of the data.“
Relayr founder and CEO Josef Brunner on the right way to access the Internet of Things.


IoT in the Smart Campus: These days, students in many places are already starting their third semester during the Covid-19 pandemic. That means: e-learning, online courses, digital learning and teaching. Due to the pandemic, colleges and universities faced new challenges. The Internet of Things offers the possibility of networking digital learning, and indeed the entire campus: By implementing a common IoT infrastructure, all devices, applications and users are connected to one another. The result is an efficient, resource-saving and ecological smart campus.

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