KW 35: More small satellites to come from Germany, Satellite network Starlink no competition for fiber optics, Xiaomi opens first store in Germany


More small satellites to come from Germany: According to industry association BDI and the Association of German Engineers (VDI), smaller satellites are becoming increasingly important: for communication, autonomous driving, logistics or even climate research. Both now want an „all-industry initiative by the German government for small and very small satellites“ to preserve the opportunities for startups and SMEs. The German Federal Ministry of Economics supports the two. According to calculations by analysts at Fortune Business, the market for small satellites will grow to a volume of $10.75 billion by 2028. They say this will be driven by new fast data networks for applications based on the 5G standard, but also by the Internet of Things (Iot) to network factories worldwide. Satellite constellations are needed for this. BDI and VDI expect around 15,000 satellites to be launched worldwide by 2030 – 90 percent of them lighter than 500 kilograms.

Satellite network Starlink no competition for fiber optics: Fiber optic providers do not have to fear competition from the Starlink satellite network operated by the Elon Musk company SpaceX. Even in the planned final stage, Starlink will not achieve nationwide coverage of households with at least 100 Mbit / s in the downstream, according to a study published on Monday by electrical engineer Kristof Obermann from the Technical University of Central Hesse, which he is doing on behalf of the Federal Association of Broadband Communication (Breko) Has.

Xiaomi opens first store in Germany: At one of the most popular shopping miles in Germany, Hohe Straße 85-87, right in the center of Cologne, customers can experience and try out the numerous smartphones, ecosystem and lifestyle products from Xiaomi in a no-nonsense smart living environment. The Xiaomi store in Cologne takes the shopping experience to the next level, as compared to previous solutions, the shop concept in Cologne has undergone a decisive upgrade. The store offers various areas such as living room, work area or kitchen, in which the smart products from Xiaomi are seamlessly simplified in terms of design and functionality.

Startup Cloudrail partners with Microsoft: CloudRail has collaborated with Microsoft to lower the entry barriers for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. With this collaboration, almost any industrial sensor from established vendors like ifm, Turck, Pepperl+Fuchs, Sick, and many others seamlessly integrate into Microsoft IoT services like IoT Central. Moreover, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) or System Integrators (SIs) can start building applications on top of Microsoft Azure which leverage the broad sensor support.

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According to digital association Bitkom, 41 percent of Germans have now installed smart home applications.


Aldi presents new high-tech shopping cart: Discounter Aldi has tested a new pilot project at a store in Mühlheim, Germany. Customers were able to shop at the discounter without conventional checkouts. The new technology also does away with manual scanning, as is currently being tested in other Aldi stores. The discounter is using the idea of tech startup Shopic from Israel. This company has invented shopping carts that act as a scanner. Inside are cameras that continuously check the contents of the cart. Products that are placed in the cart are added to a shopping list. If goods are removed from the cart, the software crosses them off the list. In addition to the shopping cart, a display also shows any discounts and issues a receipt to the customer. The receipt must be scanned at a terminal in the store, allowing customers to pay without queuing. The test has so far only been carried out by Aldi in one store in order to test customers‘ reactions to the high-tech shopping cart. It remains to be seen whether other Aldi stores will also get the new shopping carts.

IDC MarketScape names Siemens as a global industrial IoT platform leader: Siemens announced that it has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Industrial IoT Platforms and Applications in Manufacturing 2021 Vendor Assessment. This is a global assessment of vendors in the area of Industrial IoT platforms and applications in manufacturing. As a result, Siemens now ranks among the leading specialists on the topic. According to the company, it was one of nine providers that were evaluated and assessed according to an extensive catalog of criteria. Among other things, the solidity of the offering (including IoT applications), edge application frameworks and runtimes, plus advanced analytics (such as ML/AI and the company’s sales strategy) were evaluated.

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Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum helps SMEs: Since 2021, the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Ruhr-OWL has been supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on their way to an individual digitization strategy for products, product procedures and processes as well as in the development of digital business models. It offers free support and practical assistance that is specifically geared to the needs and goals of the companies. It is being funded with 5.9 million euros by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy until June 2024.


„Particularly when it comes to smart home devices, you shouldn’t reach down into the junk box, but rather look for products certified according to international standards. They make smart home applications extremely secure against external attacks. Users also have a role to play here, for example when it comes to protecting their own WLAN or regularly updating the devices.“
Dr. Bernhard Rohleder, Chief Executive Officer of Bitkom, calls on users of smart home devices to pay more attention to the security of their devices.


Suspected hacker rants about lax security measures at T-Mobile: The hacker who is taking responsibility for breaking into T-Mobile US Inc.’s systems said the wireless company’s lax security eased his path into a cache of records with personal details on more than 50 million people and counting. John Binns told The Wall Street Journal he was behind the security breach. The breach is the third major customer data leak that T-Mobile has disclosed in the past two years.

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