KW 25: Deutsche Bahn networks switches, TÜV Hessen offers new IoT security check, AR as a link between man and machine


Deutsche Bahn networks switches: To increase its efficiency, German railway company Deutsche Bahn is increasingly using smart switches and rail sensors. 28,000 sensors have already been installed on switches across Germany. These make it possible to identify and remedy faults at an early stage. The railroad also plans to digitally monitor 18,000 point heaters by the end of the year. To get an overall picture of the network status, Deutsche Bahn bundles this data on the Diana platform.

New advertising clip from Bosch shows advantages of IoT: The automotive supplier and industrial manufacturer Bosch is promoting the future with IoT in a new advertising campaign. The latest advertising clip is about logistics and manufacturing in the Industry 4.0. It shows how manufacturing processes can be accelerated thanks to robots and AI glasses. In the future, production processes could be visualized using a smartphone.

Security expert warns of outdated root certificates on smart devices: According to security expert Scott Helme, many smart and IoT devices that aren’t supplied with updates or cannot handle newer root certificates will have to deal with expired root certificates in the next few years. “Some certification bodies have been around for a very long time, we’re talking about 20 to 25 years! This means that some of the original root certificates out there are nearing the end of their natural lives, their time is almost up”, said Helme. Users don’t even need a software update to fix the problem. It is enough if the manufacturers replace the so-called root stores of a device.

TÜV Hessen offers new IoT security check: TÜV Hessen is offering a new IoT Security Service that is designed to help companies identify security risks when networking IoT devices. The service is intended to be an alternative to the classic penetration test and checks compliance with international IoT security standards.

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43 percent of companies in plant and mechanical engineering see IoT as an important prerequisite for future success. This was the result of a study by the business process specialist Inform.


AR as a link between man and machine: Industry 4.0 concepts need not necessarily involve networking large and heavy machines. Another important aspect, according to Mark Mauderer, Head of Finance & Marketing at Mobile2b, is to bundle data so that employees can see it at any time, for example on a smartphone. “Innovative human-machine interfaces are crucial for success today, making the work of tomorrow economically efficient and nevertheless meaningful for the worker,” says Ubimax CEO Hendrik Witt. His company offers AR industry solutions. Witt does not believe in the fully automated factory: “The ‘human factor’ must be preserved”. Wearable computing can enable people to provide services that robots are unable to achieve. AR could help “make the information available that machines have. With this expanded intelligence, human decision-making is complemented by digital facts.”

IoT toilet as part of the connected future of Japan: Japan wants to take the step from the Industry 4.0 to the so-called Society 5.0 – the connected and digitized society. Lixil’s IoT toilet is one example of this. In addition to some comfort functions already used today, the smart toilet also offers a health analysis of bowel movements. In Japan’s aging society, this feature could help provide medical personnel with important information about their patients. “We have a lot of ideas for digital applications, medical is one of them,” says Lixil boss Kinya Seto. Studies estimate that 270,000 additional nursing staff could be needed in Japan by 2025. New technology such as the digital toilet, but also automatic dispensers or hospital robots could be a great relief for caregivers. Germany is in a similar situation due to its population structure. After Japan, it has the world’s oldest population on average. Bettina Horster, director of the IoT competence group in the Association of the Internet Industry (eco), also believes that digital assistance systems could relieve the strain on caregivers and relatives.


AR glasses help with the assembly of complex devices: The startup Kimoknow, which has developed an AI system for manufacturing processes, was founded at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In a first application, the AI system was integrated into a digital assembly assistant that enables contactless collaboration between people and machines. The glasses could help engineers accomplish complex tasks thanks to contextual information. The system is operated by voice, which enables the specialist to work with both hands. “The assembly assistant makes the process more efficient, more productive, faster and cheaper with better quality,” says co-founder Lukas Kriete.


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Patent dispute between Google and Sonos: Google has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against smart speaker maker Sonos. Google accused Sonos of using substantial volumes of its technology, including patented Google innovations in search, software, networking, audio processing, and digital media management and streaming, without its permission. The lawsuit comes in response to Sonos’ own patent suit against Google, filed in January, which accused the tech giant of blatantly and knowingly copying Sonos’ patented technology in creating its audio products. Sonos, which makes home speakers that work with both Google’s artificial-intelligence-powered Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, had said that as it pressured Google to officially license its technology.

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