KW 38: EU Commission plans new regulation for more IoT security, IIoT systems are particularly vulnerable to hacker attacks, China tests airship with 5G base for communication in disaster areas


EU Commission plans new regulation for more IoT security: If everything is networked, everything can be hacked, said Ursula von der Leyen, describing the challenges and the state of IT security in the Internet of Things. The EU Commission president is calling on EU member states to act due to multiple cyber attacks in 2021. Von der Leyen announced the drafting of a new law to improve the security situation and to design a uniform EU cyber security policy. So far, von der Leyen has only announced the draft cyber resilience law in her speech to the EU Parliament. Details or a precise roadmap have not yet been published.

IIoT systems are particularly vulnerable to hacker attacks: The security company IoT Inspector criticizes massive security gaps in industrial plants. A hacker attack could have dire consequences for a company. IoT Inspector found security gaps in nine out of ten devices in random samples. The reason for this is that production computers and other IoT devices often contain OEM technology from several third-party manufacturers. This means that the security vulnerability is often hidden and almost invisible to the company’s own IT department, unless a deep firmware analysis is carried out. Florian Lukavsky, IoT expert and managing director of IoT Inspector, called for a security control with fixed guidelines for IoT technology.,

China tests airship with 5G base for communication in disaster areas: In China, an airship with a 5G base station on board will soon provide communication services for emergency rescue and disaster relief. A first test flight of the unmanned airship „5G Cloud One“ was successfully completed in southwest China, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Said test flight took place at an altitude of 300 meters in Chuxiong Yi Prefecture in Yunnan Province, as this region is particularly prone to natural disasters. In emergencies, the airship will be used to compensate for slow data transmission and limited coverage, explained China Mobile engineer Chen Guowei. According to the Chinese government news agency, the Yunnan Innovation Institute of Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics), China Mobile and Huawei Technologies are involved in the development.

Xiaomi introduces the Pad 5 tablet alongside multiple new AIoT products: Xiaomi’s global launch event wasn’t limited to smartphones, with the company showing its return to the tablet market, as well as new AIoT (artificial intelligence of things) products for daily use. Besides the new Xiaomi Pad 5, the Chinese manufacturer also announced the new Smart Band 6 NFC, the Smart Projector 2 and the AX3000 wireless network mesh system.

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Elon Musk promotes new Tesla plant with Giga Fest: Tesla announced and started taking registrations for “Giga Fest,” a county fair that the automaker is organizing for the launch of Gigafactory Berlin. Elon Musk originally announced plans for Tesla to build a new factory near Berlin in November 2019. After almost two years of work, Tesla is now getting ready to launch Gigafactory Berlin.

Universal standards for intelligent buildings: Smart buildings need a shared language. In an initiative funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the DROPS research project (Data Standards for Resource-Optimized Production and Service Processes in Buildings and Neighborhoods) aims to achieve open data standards with combined forces. Construction and real estate consultants Drees & Sommer SE, real estate developer STRABAG Real Estate GmbH, digital management partner Reos GmbH and HafenCity University Hamburg want to standardize all data relevant to operations and their communication. This includes the information collected during the construction and planning phase on the Building Information Model (BIM) and the materials used („Data of Material“ (DoM)) as well as the automatic control and data communication of IOT devices via standardized interfaces. The research project also creates relevant networking prerequisites already in the conception phase. To ensure that the open standards can also be used in practice, the DROPS project team develops in three stages. First, requirements analyses are carried out, then various software prototypes including IoT integration are developed under laboratory conditions, and subsequently the results are tested in a building project in Hamburg. The goal is for the smartness of buildings to grow in the future through foresight and unity between builders, planners and manufacturers.

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Google Assistant – how voice AI helps with German elections: Many first-time voters are still asking themselves the question: How do elections actually work? Google Assistant provides the answers. Google’s voice assistant is available on every device based on a Google operating system. This includes smartwatches with WearOS, infotainment systems in vehicles with Android Automotive, smart speakers, smart displays with CastOS or Fuchsia OS and, of course, Android smartphones. Meanwhile, there is also a Google Assistant app for Apple’s iPhones. For Germany’s upcoming election, Google has published a list of voice commands that are intended to provide first-time voters or inexperienced users with relevant information, explaining the voting system or how postal voting works. Google Assistant also lists all parties that are up for election on display devices such as the Google Nest Hub 2. In addition, Google is offering the „How to vote“ function for the first time in Germany. For various search queries on terms related to the election, the search engine offers direct answers.


„We are in an economically risky situation because the problem of data transfer is being shifted onto companies.“
Achim Berg, President of the industry association Bitkom.


Pilot trial – Animals with transmitters to make outdoor sports safer: In a pilot project, the Graubünden region in Switzerland has equipped mother cows and guard dogs on the Alps with transmitters. The aim is to provide outdoor sports enthusiasts and animal owners with information on the whereabouts of the animals in order to avoid conflicts. The exact location of the herds can be looked up via the „Outdooractive“ app. In the past, there have been repeated accidents in the Alpine region involving encounters with suckler cows and guard dogs. This could now change with the help of the app.

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