KW 3: Nokia signs up Google for building cloud-based 5G network, Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling turns old phones into IoT devices, Auto production disrupted by chip shortages


Nokia signs up Google for building cloud-based 5G network: Nokia has partnered with Alphabet’s Google Cloud unit to build 5G core network infrastructure and allow business customers to offer services such as smart retail and automated manufacturing. While Nokia will bring its 5G expertise, Google Cloud will serve as the platform for launching applications and assist customers in building an ecosystem of services. “We will start to see some of these things to get in the live environment by end of this year,” Amol Phadke, Managing Director at Google Cloud told Reuters. He added that the timeline for the availability of the services would depend on telecom operators.

Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling turns old phones into IoT devices: A few years ago, Samsung announced a sustainability initiative called “Galaxy Upcycling,” an effort to repurpose and reuse older smartphones. Last week, Samsung announced an evolution of that program called Galaxy Upcycling at home. At its core, the idea is to let people who still own older Galaxy smartphones to use them as part of their connected home rather than just leave them in a drawer (or worse, send them to a landfill).

Auto production disrupted by chip shortages: Automakers around the world are grappling with a global shortage of computer chips. Semiconductors are at the heart of phones and computers, but they’re critical components for new cars, too. Last year, when auto manufacturing was suspended for the pandemic, everyone predicted a prolonged slowdown in car sales. The global semiconductor industry planned accordingly, and arranged to sell more computer chips to other buyers. But then, much to everyone’s surprise, shoppers were still eager to buy new cars. As soon as they reopened, plants resumed normal production at a remarkable speed. At the same time, demand for chips from other sectors was also increasing. Chip manufacturers are working to increase production to meet all this demand.

China largest IoT market in the world in 2024? China will surpass the United States to become the world’s largest Internet of Things (IoT) market in 2024. China’s spending on IoT is expected to reach around 300 billion dollars by 2024, with the compound annual growth rate to stand at 13% in the next five years, data from global market research firm International Data Corporation showed. Among the 20 industries covered in the IDC’s report, manufacturing, government and consumer IoT spending will account for more than half of the total market spending by 2024.

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Potentials and dangers of the Internet of Behavior: The Internet of behavior (IoB) expands upon the Internet of Things (IoT) to reveal significant information about human behavior. While the IoT is concerned with connecting devices, the IoB is focused on connecting people and their behavior, and it is thus mainly concerned with how best to utilize the data produced from this behavior. The concept itself is thought to have originated in blogs written by psychology professor Göte Nyman in 2012, when he described a way “to offer individuals and/or communities a new means to indicate selected and meaningful behavior patterns, as many as they like, by assigning a specific IB address (analogous to the Internet of Things) to each behavior … pattern just as the person or community sees as best”. Since then, Nyman has clarified his position, referring to the IoB as being the targeting of any ongoing, intended, imagined or planned behavior on earth and approaching a person at the right time with appropriate services when such behavior occurs, without having to know that person at all.

Starlink satellite launch: SpaceX’s first Starlink launch of 2021 has been delayed due to bad weather and has been rescheduled for this Tuesday. This will be the 17th time that SpaceX has sent Starlink satellites into space. Its goal for Starlink is to provide global broadband coverage from up to 42,000 satellites. More than 800 Starlink satellites are currently in orbit, with plans for tens of thousands more over the next few years. Starlink is available for users in the UK after receiving regulatory approval. Australia, Greece and Germany are among those who have also received licensing approval, while local reports in Russia claimed State Duma legislators may fine any individuals and companies who attempt to use the satellite internet service.,

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United Internet plans to enter the world of network operators: Ralph Dommermuth, chairman of the board and largest shareholder of United Internet, announced that the German internet services company wants to become a network operator. „In the past few months we have worked out a detailed network plan, negotiated with suppliers and expanded our fiber-optic network so that we can connect thousands of 5G antennas,“ said Dommermuth. The company secured the licenses for the 5G frequencies from the Federal Network Agency in summer 2019. This means that United Internet could in the foreseeable future become serious competitors of Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica, which are currently leaders in this field in Germany.


„Unfortunately, the specifications of 5G do not make it possible to build infrastructures and networks that simultaneously guarantee hundreds of Gbit / s and extremely low latency. We are therefore of the opinion that real autonomous driving will probably not be possible with 5G.“
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Software to lure cyber criminals into traps: Viennese researchers have developed a software called „AutoHoney(I)IoT“ that is supposed to attract cyber criminals and protect sensitive IoT systems. So-called honey pots – programs or servers that lure attackers – are well established in computer science. But in the era of digital networking, umpteen devices connected to the internet, often conveniently controlled by smartphone, and controls for production plants now make for worthwhile targets. A “virtual image of the devices” is supposed to mislead attackers who paralyze internet services or illegally divert computing power for cryptocurrency mining.

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