KW 31: EU initiates inquiry into consumer IoT sector, Telekom expands LTE, New cooperation to connect IoT devices via the cloud


EU initiates inquiry into consumer IoT sector: The European Commission has launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the EU. The sector inquiry will focus on consumer-related products and services that are connected to a network and can be controlled at a distance, for example via a voice assistant or mobile device. These include smart home appliances and wearable devices. Knowledge about the market gained through the inquiry will contribute to the Commission’s enforcement of competition law in this sector. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the consumer IoT was expected to grow significantly in the coming years and become commonplace in the daily lives of European consumers. Access to large amounts of user data seemed to be the key for success in this sector, so the EU needed to make sure that market players were not using their control over such data to distort competition.

Telekom expands LTE: Deutsche Telekom has upgraded another 18,000 antennas for 5G in the past few weeks. Deutsche Telekom’s 5G mobile network has reached large cities such as Frankfurt or Munich as well as smaller communities such as Wallgau in Upper Bavaria, Lampertswalde in Saxony or the Loreley town of Sankt Goarshausen or Zugspitze, the highest mountain, in Germany. Half the population in Germany is now covered. “5G has arrived in all German states,” said Walter Goldenits, head of Technology at Telekom Deutschland. “Two thirds of population are our next target. And we want to achieve this too this year.”

New cooperation to connect IoT devices via the cloud: Software AG and the Ifm consortium have entered into a cooperation. The aim is to present and evaluate sensor data and information from industrial plants and IoT devices in a cloud-based manner. This should help increase efficiency, said Bernd Gross, CTO of Software AG: “With the close interaction of sensors, interfaces and the Cumulocity IoT Cloud, we succeed in networking previously isolated systems from OT with the analysis capabilities of modern IT from the cloud. This enables automation for all companies in the manufacturing industry that increase the effectiveness of the entire system. ”

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IoT standards required: At the end of 2019, 27 million IoT devices were registered worldwide. Rapid growth is expected in the coming years. But this also causes problems: many devices from different manufacturers cannot communicate with each other. Software patches meet the need for better device networking at irregular intervals. However, a general certification standard is required so that most everyday problems in dealing with IoT can be solved. With the EU Cybersecurity Act, the European Commission has taken an important first step to align and raise standards.

Sensors to provide information about rural mobility: The University of Passau is developing concepts for measures to improve mobility in rural areas with the help of artificial intelligence. In order to do so, sensors are used to collect data and research mobility patterns. It is essential to identify different types of mobility – after all, it makes a big difference whether it is individual movement by bike or logistics chains for companies.


Magdeburg startup helps Deutsche Bahn: The startup Embever developed new technology that has impressed Deutsche Bahn. The group is the startup’s biggest customer. Embever offers a sensor system that is designed to prevent trains from breaking down at low temperatures. Data on the voltage of the starter battery is forwarded to the train control center – the conductor can then react if something is wrong.


“The global pandemic has affected almost every supply chain. Connected IoT solutions are more important than ever to protect us all.”
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Wearables could soon be powered by sweat: Wearables are making progress in two different research labs around the world. At the University of California, San Diego, researchers are developing new ways to use sweat to power wearables. Researchers in Scotland are also taking strides in making sweat a more reliable resource for the future of wearables: Engineers at the Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies group are focusing on supercapacitors for wearables.

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