KW 23: Manufacturing slow with IoT adoption, Vodafone, Energy Web to link power grid assets, Telefonica and Wayra launch program for IoT startups


Manufacturing slow with IoT adoption: According to a new Kaspersky study, 58 percent of companies in the manufacturing sector use IoT systems. This industry branch is therefore comparatively slow in adapting the new technology. Telecommunications and IT (71 percent), the financial sector (68 percent) and the health and energy sector (66 percent) already use networked devices to increase efficiency. However, Kaspersky notes that security must be extremely important – industrial devices in particular are popular gateways for cybercriminals.

Vodafone, Energy Web to link power grid assets: Vodafone has entered into a deal with blockchain network Energy Web to integrate distributed energy resources (DERs) with power grids using IoT and blockchain technology. For renewable energy generation, energy assets including solar panels, wind turbines and batteries need to communicate with the grid and require a secure identity to do so. Hence the partnership plans to deploy SIM-centric blockchain technology (SCB) with IoT connectivity from Vodafone Business.

Telefonica and Wayra launch program for IoT startups: Telecommunications group Telefonica is starting a cooperation with the innovation hub Wayra and wants to win the support of startups from future technologies such as AI, blockchain, big data and IoT for its activation program. The young companies will be given the opportunity to access Telefonica’s digital platforms. This enables them to test their infrastructure on a global scale and to establish their solutions on the market.

Francotyp-Postalia wants to strengthen IoT: The Berlin company Francotyp-Postalia offers franking and inserting machines with the associated services and would like to become more digitized in the future. The long-established company has 210,000 customers worldwide and would like to use the Internet of Things more for efficiency purposes. The focus will be on logistics services such as equipping cold chains or transporting goods. For the employees, however, questions arise of strategic orientation and job retention in the industry.

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Internet of Things for do-it-yourself construction: IoT is increasingly used in an industrial context, but now there are opportunities for hobbyists as well as small businesses to develop IoT themselves. The number of open source instructions for networked sensors and controls is increasing. Networked structures can be created with the right developer boards. With regard to the planned 5G network standard, networked structures can optimize efficiency and costs even on a small scale.

IoT is gaining in importance: According to a survey commissioned by Microsoft Germany, IoT is becoming increasingly important for companies. 20 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) consider the technology to be a key priority – to help tackle the coronavirus crisis as well. Almost half rate IoT as “more important than ever”. This could also have to do with the fact that 47 percent of SMEs state that they are little or not at all affected by the consequences of the pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses seem to be focusing on modernization and digitization.


New partnership between Evonik and Ynvisible: The Evonik Group starts a cooperation with the Canadian startup Ynvisible in the field of printable electronics. Companies see printable electronics as a key element of the Internet of Things – lightweight and economical electronics that are easy to implement and designed to help industry connectivity.


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Call for papers for IoT conference: The “Internet of Things” conference will take place in Stuttgart, Germany on October 20th and 21st. Applications for lectures should be turned in by June 30th. The scope of possible topics ranges from data security to digital infrastructure.

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