KW 22: Smart gearboxes with cynapse in Industrial IoT, Between cloud brakes and cloud accelerators, Aggressive advertising: EU takes action against Tiktok


Smart gearboxes with cynapse in Industrial IoT: Gearboxes with cynapse enable machines and systems for Industry 4.0 as well as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Operating data is recorded, preprocessed and communicated on the transmission. WITTENSTEIN alpha is the first component manufacturer to offer smart gearboxes that come equipped with cynapse as a standard. A basic requirement for the Industrial Internet of Things are mechatronic drive systems that collect and communicate information independently. This in turn optimizes processes, lowers production costs and increases operational efficiency.

Between cloud brakes and cloud accelerators: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in place for three years. But there is still dissatisfaction with the implementation. According to critics, the effort is too high and it is hardly possible to protect personal data. For example, if you look at the cloud monitor from Bitkom and KPMG, data protection is seen as a challenge when using the cloud. However, compliance with the GDPR is a key selection criterion for the cloud provider; In addition, companies that do not use cloud services fear loss of their data.

Aggressive advertising: EU takes action against Tiktok: The European Commission has given TikTok one month to respond to allegations it failed to protect children from aggressive advertising on its platform. The EU’s executive arm said Friday that the Chinese-owned video-sharing app must address the complaints, which were raised by consumer authorities in several EU member states. The Commission said „hidden marketing, aggressive advertising techniques targeted at children, and certain contractual terms in TikTok’s policies,“ were of specific concern. It added that some terms in TikTok’s Terms of Service could be considered misleading and confusing.

Hackers attack authorities: Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government launched new assaults on human rights groups and government agencies, including email accounts used by the State Department’s international aid agency, Microsoft revealed late Thursday.Microsoft Vice President Tom Burt disclosed the breach in a blog post, saying the „wave of attacks“ targeted about 3,000 email accounts across 24 countries, at more than 150 organizations involved in international development and humanitarian work.

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Smart TVs are now installed in more than 51 percent of homes in Germany.


Smart home for beginners: Smart home, as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), has been experiencing an upswing for several years. According to various studies, every fifth to third household in Germany now has at least one “smart” device at home. According to a representative survey by the digital industry association Bitkom, the number of users is increasing by a few percentage points every year. More and more people want to equip their homes digitally, as figures from Berlin start-up Tink show. The company, founded in 2016, offers smart home devices together with installation assistance and the appropriate services. The aim is to accompany customers and introduce them to safe products.

Cybersecurity in IoT Devices – Supply chain attacks & how to defend against them: The US federal agency NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) recently published a report entitled „Key Practices in Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management: Observations from Industry.“ The report summarizes how the NIST assesses the cybersecurity risks within the supply chain and in particular the role of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Risks in the supply chain are on the one hand security gaps and on the other hand vulnerabilities that have arisen accidentally, as well as direct attacks. However, something can be done about these risks, for example by carefully selecting your suppliers. Obsolete and vulnerable software should be eliminated or replaced. The remaining risks can also be reduced through secure software configurations, monitoring and external protective measures (firewalls).

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Bosch opens one of the most modern chip factories in the world in Dresden: Bosch has opened its wafer fab in Dresden – one of the world’s most modern chip production facilities. At the same time, this is also the company’s first AIoT factory. AIoT stands for the combination of artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Bosch is using it to make the plant in Dresden a fully connected, intelligent factory, thereby creating a sound basis for data-driven, continuous improvement in production.


„You will probably not see the technology in particular, everything will work very intuitively.“
Tink CEO Marius Lissautzki on the subject of whether future houses will look like the ones we see in science fiction movies.


Taylor Swift is a cybersecurity icon: The superstar has long spoken out about her desire to stay secure. More than a typical celebrity’s fondness for the sort of privacy that involves massive propertes to defeat the long paparazzi lenses, Taylor Swift has frequently shown a keen understanding of why – and how – digital security is important to her. In a Rolling Stone interview in 2014, she revealed that she kept the only full version of her forthcoming album, 1989, on her iPhone – and would only play it on headphones, for fear of wiretaps. “Don’t even get me started on wiretaps. It’s not a good thing for me to talk about socially. I freak out … I have to stop myself from thinking about how many aspects of technology I don’t understand.” The article continues: “‘Like speakers,’ she says. ‘Speakers put sound out … so can’t they take sound in? Or’ – she holds up her cellphone – ‘they can turn this on, right? I’m just saying. We don’t even know.’”

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