KW 22: IoT is a challenge for IT departments, First public 5G network in Sweden, New details about Gaia-X


IoT is a challenge for IT departments: A survey by monitoring specialist Paessler shows how many companies are currently still struggling with IoT. 54 percent of German IT administrators surveyed stated that IoT was their greatest challenge. The rise in networking of devices increases the security and administration requirements for the IT departments of companies. “An IoT network is only as strong and secure as its weakest endpoint. Every connected device is a potential gateway into the network,” says Gabriel Fugli, Team Manager at EMEA Paessler. Other issues that IT administrators struggle with include data storage and big data, which are also becoming increasingly important in the course of IoT development.

First public 5G network in Sweden: Telia Sweden has inaugurated its first major commercial 5G network in Stockholm. The network has been up and running for a number of weeks already. 15 base stations are already in place, and during July a further 60+ will be built. The 5G network will cover most of central Stockholm by Midsummer. Expansion of the network is underway in a further 12 cities including Gothenburg and Malmö, where it will be launched later this year.

Fielmann joins smart glasses manufacturers: Ubimax, the leading provider of augmented reality-based wearable computing solutions, has announced the successful completion of a Series B financing. In addition to already existing investor Westcott LLC., Fielmann Ventures is joining as a new investor. Ubimax will use the new funds to further expand its market leadership position. For Fielmann, investing in digitization is important. Ubimax, on the other hand, sees an advantage in the use of the industrial resources that the optics chain provides. The aim is to be able to work on augmented reality work processes from a distance.,

Drones to make autonomous parking easier: The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed a new assistance system for autonomous parking for the “Autopilot” project. Sensors from traffic lights, vehicles, but also drones communicate with each other, measuring distances between each other. The drone can fly up to three meters high to locate free parking spaces. DLR scientist Marcus Müller praises the flexibility in contrast to other stationary instruments that measure distances and search for gaps during parking processes.

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IoT arrives in retail: The number of devices connected to the Internet of Things is growing rapidly. Trade cannot escape this development. Retailers are already using digital services to collect and analyze customer data. In the future, intelligent shelves could ensure that empty shelves are refilled instantly. Similar services are provided by intelligent refrigerators that can automatically create lists of missing foods. Thanks to extensive data on customer buying behavior, companies can design tailor-made advertising. To process the increasing amount of data, retailers need a digital infrastructure that enables them to store and analyze all steps of a product, from its manufacture to its sale. The data is usually stored in the cloud by external service providers. Retailers in particular benefit from the so-called multi-cloud infrastructure, which enables real-time communication with partners.

New details about Gaia-X: New details on the Gaia-X cloud project will be announced on June 4th. German economy minister Peter Altmaier and other participants want to present the project’s progress and future plans in a video conference. “We have been working silently for the past seven months,” says Marco-Alexander Breit, the project coordinator at the ministry. More than 300 companies are participating in the cloud project. Particularly the cooperation with France was expanded. That’s why Gaia-X is also referred to as “a German-French project”. An associated architecture concept will list 40 different cloud use cases, including those from Industry 4.0 and the IoT area. Gaia-X is an association of smaller cloud providers. The cloud will enable data pools to be formed and information to be shared between users more easily and securely. Edge computing in particular will play a major role in this. “I think 80 percent of the data is processed via edge computing,” says Ursula Morgenstern, head of Germany for the French IT service provider Atos.


Siemensstadt 2.0 announces first project: The first research project of “Siemensstadt 2.0” in Berlin has been financed. The new project is about electrical drive technology. Among other things, it involves product development and the digitization of technologies and networked devices from the Industry 4.0. “I am pleased that with our funding we are contributing to the formation of a competence center that will have a beacon effect beyond Berlin as an energy technology location,” said Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop. The project is funded with 9 million euros from state funds. In addition, there is a subsidy from the European Regional Development Fund, bringing the total volume to 14.7 million euros. More than 20 partners are involved in the project. The long-term goal of Siemensstadt 2.0 is to build a campus that is scheduled to open in 2030.


“The chip giants Globalfoundries, Infineon, Bosch and technology groups such as SAP, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom and Volkswagen are currently investing around 5 billion euros in the development and expansion of new research and production capacities for next-generation IoT technologies.”
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Bacteria generate electricity for IoT sensors: There are already a variety of approaches to ensure the power supply of IoT devices. A new technology wants to use bacteria to supply sensors with energy. Two types of bacteria are used in the process. One of the species uses photosynthesis to produce food that the other variety feeds on, powering a power cell through metabolic breathing. In a first study, the biosolar cell was able to supply energy for four days.

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