KW 35: US company develops batteryless sensors, Device Insight and Sentian enter into AIoT cooperation, Success of IoT depends on security infrastructure


US company develops batteryless sensors: Many analysts have predicted an explosion in the number of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will come online over the next decade. Sensors play a big role in those forecasts. Unfortunately, sensors come with their own drawbacks, many of which are due to the limited energy supply and finite lifetime of their batteries. Now the startup Everactive has developed industrial sensors that run around the clock, require minimal maintenance, and can last over 20 years. The company created the sensors not by redesigning its batteries, but by eliminating them altogether.

EU project wants to research extending service life of machines through IoT: The EU-funded RECLAIM project has set itself the goal of finding sustainable solutions for companies in the industry sector. The aim is to reduce CO2 footprints and resource consumption. IoT is also in focus. The predictive maintenance of machines will be an essential component on the way to sustainable business. The research project aims to test its effects in five pilot sectors.

Device Insight and Sentian enter into AIoT cooperation: IoT and IIoT supplier Gadget Perception and Sentian, a Swedish specialist in industrial AI, are pooling their experience to assist firms in optimizing their manufacturing processes. Together they want to bundle their competencies in order to combine artificial intelligence and industrial IoT solutions. Production processes in particular have great potential to drive automation forward. Marten Schirge, Head of Device Insight, explained the cooperation: “Today, many control systems are outdated and not very adaptable, while machines are becoming more and more complex. In this area of tension we start with AIoT. ”

Smart home solutions still fail because of missing standard: IoT in the consumer sector is mainly covered by the smart home sector. However, there are still problems with the integration of many devices. Different manufacturers continue to work with their own frequency standards, so that the coupling between them doesn’t work. Amazon, Apple and Google announced last year that smart home devices would be released with a common standard that works on an internet protocol. Before buying smart home products, interested parties should find out whether devices can be paired with products from other providers.

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Success of IoT depends on security infrastructure: The Internet of Things is becoming increasingly popular in industry and in the consumer sector. However, in order for further scalable business models to be developed, a high level of security infrastructure is required. IoT only works if the data flow is abundant and adapted, but the exchange is only implemented if the risk is kept low. There is still some catching up to do with IoT security – many systems are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which slows down the implementation of the technology.

How glove scanners can help in logistics: The Swiss logistics company Planzer uses IoT to make its processes more efficient and secure. It has equipped its employees in logistics with glove scanners – these can scan codes from a distance of up to ten meters and do not have to leave the forklift. This leads to enormous time savings. The scanning solution is also fed into an integrated IIoT management solution. The technology is intended to help rethink processes and improve working conditions.

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SmartXScan sensors check for Covid hotspots: SmartXSensors are now able to help with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The sensors can help with contactless fever measurements in environments in which many people are in relatively close proximity to one another. This includes, for example, the food industry. The measurement accuracy should only have a deviation of 0.3 degrees. Fever is an important symptom for recognizing Covid – acting quickly is essential to stopping chains of infection.


“With 5G, however, it is to be expected that large industrial companies will start setting up their own networks this year. Medium-sized companies will most likely follow suit in three to four years.”
Ondrej Burkacky, 5G expert and partner at McKinsey & Company, recommends that companies use 5G for IoT solutions at an early stage.


IOTA could run out of money: The digital payment system IOTA is working on expanding its market opportunities by taking on a more pragmatic approach towards the development of its technology. However, the team has yet to overcome the critical issues plaguing the project. The major roadblocks for IOTA’s evolution include centralization, lack of commercial use cases, and a small ecosystem. Moreover, the team may soon run out of money, and one of the co-founders is bent on emptying what little is left of the coffers.

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