KW 32: Kuka and T-Systems are working on a joint IoT solution, Foxes develops Power Cube for IoT power supply, The benefits of instant solutions when implementing IoT projects


Kuka and T-Systems are working on a joint IoT solution: The companies Kuka and T-Systems have teamed up to offer a package for digital manufacturing in companies. “Our digital services make analog robots intelligent,” said Michael Otto, Chief Sales Officer at Kuka Robotics. Companies benefit from optimized processes and lower maintenance costs. Small and medium-sized companies in particular often lack the necessary knowledge to digitize production. At the same time, topics such as IoT and Industry 4.0 are becoming increasingly important to keep up with the market.

i-edge conference is dedicated to IoT: At the end of September, the digital i-edge conference will take place in Germany for the first time. One of the speakers at the conference is Oliver Niedung from Microsoft. He has emphasized the growing importance of “cloud services, edge computing and IoT platforms”. Managing Director Hans-Jürgen Hilscher also sees “far more functionalities of the edge” for the future. So far, many companies have had difficulty networking systems in the cloud.

Foxes develops Power Cube for IoT power supply: The EU project Foxes is dedicated to the energy supply of IoT devices. For this purpose, a so-called Power Cube is being developed in Leoben, Austria, which is a solar cell that is intended to be particularly inexpensive and environmentally friendly. The finished device will be used at a partner university in Barcelona for air quality filters. The EU supports Foxes as part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Experts doubt mobile phone providers’ 5G plans: The 5G expansion plays a major role in the development and implementation of IoT applications. Mobile phone companies like Telekom have big plans. For example, Telekom wants to supply two thirds of Germans with the new standard by the end of the year. However, experts doubt that this ambitious schedule can be kept. Expansion is lagging behind, especially in rural regions. The provider Telefonica has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the slow expansion.

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The large-scale Behrens-Ufer project by Deutsche Immobilien Entwicklungs AG in Berlin is expected to cost 1.1 billion euros. The planned center will deal with topics such as IoT and Industry 4.0.


The benefits of instant solutions when implementing IoT projects: It takes time and patience to implement IoT projects. A number of applications have now been developed that can be launched in a relatively short time and enable immediate cost savings. Immediate solutions from the IoT area are particularly suitable for use cases and young companies. However, it should be noted that the complexity increases in the case of scaling. Issues like data security or guaranteeing reliability also lead to additional effort and rising costs.

Less radio interference despite an increase in devices: Although there are more electronic devices that work with radio-based technologies, interferences have been a rare occurrence. In fact, there has been a significant drop in trouble reports in recent years. “We can see that the tendency has been moving downward over many years,” confirms engineer Markus Schreiber, head of the testing and measuring service at Germany’s Federal Network Agency. However, devices from outside Europe are particularly problematic. “Faults often come from devices that someone has ordered in China or from other countries and that are not intended for the European market,” says Professor Sören F. Peik. Such devices are often not adapted to European regulations.


Schnellecke builds IoT transport containers: Schnellecke wants to digitize its entire logistics processes by 2025. Smart transport containers are a first step on this path. They are a cost factor in logistics that should not be underestimated. Thanks to new IoT boxes, Schnellecke wants to increase efficiency and improve their digital capture. The system has a modular structure and fits into the existing digital infrastructure.


“In our opinion, the federal government’s approach with the same and strict security criteria for everyone is the right way to secure networks.”
Huawei’s Germany representative David Wang has warned against excluding Huawei from Germany’s 5G structure.


Car manufacturers argue over radio standards: Since 1972, the number of traffic deaths in Germany has been continuously sinking. Cooperative safety systems in cars could help to further reduce the number of people killed in traffic accidents. However, this would require a common standard combined with the right technology. The major German car manufacturers have so far been unable to agree on a common standard.

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