KW 36: Mastering the Internet of Things, Successfully implementing Industry 4.0, Electricity produced by IoT


Mastering the Internet of Things: Many organizations have struggled to harness the IoT’s scale, size, and speedy datasets for a cogent business use case justifying investing in this expression of big data. If the principal challenge is making sense of this continually generated streaming data in real-time, the solution is unequivocally as straightforward as it is effective: Master Data Management.

Successfully implementing Industry 4.0: Open standards, co-creation, ecosystems – Industry 4.0 concepts rely on collaborative approaches. Jash Bansidhar, Managing Director at Advantech Europe, explains why collaborative work is just as important for the success of Industry 4.0 projects as the focus on people and their specific problems.

Bundling of expertise: Device Insight, an IoT and IIoT provider, and Sentian, a Swedish AI expert for the manufacturing and processing industries, are joining forces to form an “Artificial Intelligence of Things” (AIoT). They want to bundle their expertise and optimize companies in production processes in the sense of a smart factory. Companies could increase the efficiency of their production by up to 30 percent.

Electricity produced by IoT: In the future, sensors used in IoT will soon be able to do without batteries. For this purpose, the electricity should be drawn from the environment, such as light, heat differences or vibrations, which are used to generate electricity with the help of piezo elements. This could make batteries superfluous in the future.

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The number of IoT devices worldwide is estimated to reach around 75 billion in 2025.


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Glove scanner shortens handling times: The Swiss transport and logistics company Planzer has been able to significantly increase its efficiency thanks to IoT. A scanner attached to a glove accelerates logistical processes.

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Bechtle makes use of the Internet of Things: Bechtle is one of the most successful IT service providers in Europe. The company’s Bonn Competence Center has developed a multi-level approach for IoT scenarios in order to accompany customers in their digitization strategy and to work with them to develop solutions that make their processes more efficient, their products of higher quality or their operation less prone to failure.


“Germany is well positioned in AI research.”
Karl-Heinz Streibich, Co-Chairman of the Platform for Learning Systems and President of Acatech (German Academy of Science and Engineering).


Billions of industrial IoT devices could be flawed: IBM’s X-Force Red hacking team has discovered a vulnerability in a series of IoT chips that can be exploited remotely, leaving billions of industrial, commercial, and medical devices at risk. The discovered security flaw affects Cinterion EHS8 M2M modules developed by French maker Thales.

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