KW 30: Smart home is interesting, but not yet established in everyday life, says study, Networked devices are vulnerable to attacks, IoT – a key component in today’s healthcare sector


Gfu study – Smart home is interesting, but not yet established in everyday life: While tablets and smartphones have become universal tools for many people and are used to solve various everyday tasks, the devices have not yet established themselves for controlling the smart home. This was the result of a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Gfu in Germany and Great Britain. However, there is interest in the solutions across the board. The frontrunners in current use are the control and monitoring of TV, audio and video devices. 16 percent of respondents said they control consumer electronics products via app. Another 25 percent can imagine such use in the future.

Networked devices are vulnerable to attacks: With corporate America beginning to ask employees to come back to their offices in the fall, cybersecurity teams have the huge task of ensuring that the work environment is safe. This is particularly true of IoT devices, as many have been left unprotected for months. In March 2020, IT and cybersecurity teams began setting up workers to operate from home, and few had time to worry about the IoT devices left behind, says Mark Ostrowski, head of engineering for security firm Check Point. A recent report by Zscaler’s ThreatLabz team notes that during the past 18 months, attackers launched unprecedented waves of attacks against IoT devices that office workers essentially abandoned when they started working from home. These devices now have to be secured along with all the devices that workers used at home or bought while away from their office desk.

IoT – a key component in today’s healthcare sector: The internet of medical things is now helping to design, organize, and transmit data regularly for further analysis and smooth functioning. The use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in electronic gadgets can now tracking health factors such as temperature, physical activity, blood pressure, sleep, and heart rate, thereby helping the overall healthcare and medical industry to expand and grow rapidly. The recent advancement of 5G in mobile devices and the success rate of Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing will further add impetus to the overall growth of the Internet of Things in the healthcare industry. A majority of the medical clinics have begun installing ’smart beds‘ enabling them to identify when the patient is attempting to get up and when it is involved. It can likewise self-acclimate to guarantee the proper help and pressing factor is applied to the patient without manual intervention.

Bosch app brings third-party IoT to the shop floor: In the app approach, the ctrlX Core control software functions not only as a machine controller, but also as an intelligent and secure gateway. With a few interfaces, the controller is also suitable for brownfield installations to retrofit IoT connectivity and IoT functions to machinery and equipment. Prescient Devices, inc. (PDI) offers NODE Red-based Prescient Designer, a SaaS solution to design, simulate, deploy, operate and extend IoT/AI systems. This allows companies to program thousands of IoT devices in one place, centrally in the cloud, and push program code to the devices with one click. This allows them to be commissioned and maintained efficiently.

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Only 4 percent of Germans and 3 percent of Britons say they smartly control or monitor large household appliances such as dishwashers or washing machines, or small household appliances such as kitchen appliances or fully automatic coffee machines.


Security for the Industrial IoT: The Internet of Things often involves connected smart home appliances and personal assistants like Alexa and Siri, but the IoT extends far beyond the use of consumer devices. Companies are increasingly using IoT technologies to facilitate automation and increase productivity. Automakers, rail-based transportation systems, and food and logistics companies, for example, are using a range of networked sensors and actuators and other devices to collect production data, feed it into the cloud, and thereby gain further insight into the efficiency of their system. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is becoming more embedded in ecosystems in manufacturing, thanks to advances in automation, Big Data analytics and lower hardware costs. According to a market study by IoT Analytics, global spending on IIoT platforms for the manufacturing industry is likely to increase from $1.67 billion in 2018 to $12.44 billion in 2024. Vendors such as Emerson, which specializes in automation solutions, are already helping companies leverage IIoT solutions to increase efficiency, for example by establishing an IIoT edge computing gateway. IIoT technologies increase visibility and provide information on whether machines are on, whether they are operating efficiently and whether there are any problems. If there is a problem, the data IIoT provides can also allow manufacturers to trace components back to the point of manufacture and assess whether the problem is with the machine, a part or something else entirely.

Artificial intelligence in job boards to help with job placement: Every other German is stuck in the wrong job, and at the same time companies are increasingly looking for skilled workers. Now, AI in job boards and social networks is supposed to help. The number of vacancies in the country for which companies cannot find suitable candidates is on the rise. According to Inga Rottländer from the job platform Stepstone, this is also due to the fact that job searches are abundantly outdated. However, digitization has made the job search more and more individual and personal. Advertisements in the daily newspaper have become online job exchanges with detailed search masks. But even they have proven inadequate, according to Rottländer. After all, the job search is a very complex and personal process, says the expert. Now software providers are promising help through artificial intelligence. For one person, a good work-life balance is important, as is a certain corporate culture or the ability to ride a bike to work. Others, on the other hand, attach great importance to salary levels and opportunities for advancement, for example. Instead of letting users fill out endless wish lists, Stepstone relies on a chat bot. To this end, the company recently acquired Mya, a San Francisco-based provider of AI for recruitment. It specializes in interview situations. Soon, job seekers will be able to communicate with Mya on Stepstone’s website, via text message or WhatsApp. The strength of Mya is said to lie in the fact that it was not merely fed with a few standard questions. According to the spokesperson, the technology is designed to find out exactly how much money a user would like to earn in a new job, how long the commute to work should take at most, whether the job seeker is ready for a leadership role and what constitutes a good corporate culture for him or her.

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Laura Tönnies sells her construction startup: The Corrux software allows construction sites to be monitored digitally. 27-year-old founder Laura Tönnies wanted to use it to network the construction industry. Now she has sold her IoT company Corrux, which she founded just two years ago. However, the Corrux founder is still keeping her options open as to whether she wants to continue working for the new owner. The buyer is another startup from the proptech sector, Gropyus AG. The sale comes as a surprise; just a few months ago, founder Tönnies hired former Trumpf manager and industry expert Andreas Witt as CTO to grow even further. In an initial funding in 2019, it had raised €3.1 million, led by Target Partners. American investor Sean Dalton and Relayr CEO Josef Brunner also participated. Now it would have needed a new injection of capital to move the startup forward. Corrux compiles different data on a construction site, so those responsible can digitally monitor progress and problems more easily. If a potential delay is imminent, for example, due to a lack of equipment or bad weather, early warnings can be issued and countermeasures taken. This is a promising business model, as many construction sites are now planned digitally and more and more machines are being equipped with sensors. In this respect, the acquisition of Corrux also fits into the tech focus of Gropyus. In the future, the company plans to use the tool from the Munich-based company on its own construction sites. The current ten employees of Corrux will also be taken over by Gropyus and will continue to work there on the construction of the software.


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DAAD President Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee.


Man was stalked by a bear for a week in Alaska’s wilderness: A man has been rescued after spending a week fighting off a grizzly bear in the Alaskan wilderness. With injuries to his leg and torso, and running on a mixture of adrenaline, sleep deprivation and just two remaining rounds of ammunition for his pistol, he was finally spotted by a Coast Guard pilot, Lieutenant Commander Jared Carbajal. The unidentified man, in his fifties or sixties, told the US Coast Guard that he’d arrived at the camp on July 12th. Some days later, near the mining camp, he encountered the grizzly, which dragged him to a nearby river. He managed to escape the bear’s clutches, sustaining injuries to his leg and chest, and found his way back to a hut at the camp, where he treated his wounds. “He said that the bear kept coming back every night and he hadn’t slept in a few days,” Commander Carbajal told The New York Times. That the Coast Guard spotted the man at all was sheer luck, since Commander Carabajal’s helicopter crew, flying out of Kodiak, had been on its way to a mission elsewhere when it changed course by about a mile to avoid a patch of bad weather. “If we would have been in the next river valley over,” Commander Carbajal told the Times, “we would have totally missed him.”

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