KW 39: Lithuanian government urges people to throw away Chinese phones, Companies are turning to geographically diversified IoT providers, Tesla’s driving assistance is only available for experienced drivers


Lithuanian government urges people to throw away Chinese phones: Consumers should throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has warned. A report by its National Cyber Security Centre claimed that one Xiaomi phone had built-in censorship tools while another Huawei model had security flaws. The centre said the Mi 10T 5G phone made by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi was able to detect and censor phrases such as „Free Tibet,“ „Long live Taiwan independence“ and „democracy movement“.,

Companies are turning to geographically diversified IoT providers: European companies prefer supporting service providers that cover several geographical regions for the implementation and management of their IoT networks, according to a new study published by Information Services Group (ISG). The study, „ISG Provider Lens Internet of Things Services and Solutions Europe 2021“, finds that European companies prefer providers that deliver IoT services in multiple countries while offering multilingual support. Companies are not only looking for managed IoT service providers with dedicated on-site services available even in remote regions, but also for IoT consulting services, the study says.

Tesla’s driving assistance is only available for experienced drivers: Tesla has released the controversial FSD („Full Self-Driving“) advanced driving assistance function in the US, but much more cautiously than announced. Tesla CEO Elon Musk had long promised that the advanced driving assistance would be made easily unlockable via a switch in the control panel, but instead you can now only „request“ the unlocking. As CNBC reports, after a software update for the electric cars of the US company, there is now a virtual switch which you can use to express your interest in the beta test. However, Tesla then calculates on the basis of the driving data whether this should be approved. Those who have driven exemplary enough for seven days can use the function, Elon Musk tweeted. Only a few days ago, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had demanded that Tesla address „fundamental safety issues“ before the function could be made available on more vehicles.

How drones find injured people: a test in the real laboratory: Researchers will examine how drones can track injured people and provide rescuers with an overview after natural disasters. For the first time, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are analyzing rescue missions at the former Cochstedt airport using drones with a special camera system. Puppets help to recognize people with these drones. At the same time, the emergency forces on the ground receive a situation picture in real time. The drone test center in Cochstedt is the first real laboratory of its kind in Europe. Start-ups, universities and the aviation industry will be able to test their drone projects there on almost 40 square kilometers. The airport is located around 35 kilometers away from Magdeburg in a sparsely populated area.

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98.5 percent of companies are in the process of digitization, according to the IDG study „Enterprise Storage 2021“. IT infrastructure/architecture/colocation (46 percent) and cloud (42 percent) were named as the most important topics, closely followed by cybersecurity (36 percent) and data analytics/big data (34 percent). These were followed by Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Storage Strategies and Solutions, each with more than 20 percent.


IIoT drives industrial innovation: Reply’s new report „Industrial IoT: A Reality Check“ examines two key areas driving the growth of IoT in industry: smart factories and smart solutions in transport and logistics. Industrial IoT (IIoT) enables manufacturers to improve production visibility by connecting machines and tools in real time. The huge amounts of data generated by devices in IIoT drive optimization of production and improvement of delivery quality. In the „Europe-5“ cluster, the market for smart factories is expected to nearly triple across all countries, according to the report, generating more than €23 billion in total across the five countries, with Germany leading the way. The introduction of low-cost sensors and 5G networks, in which telecommunications companies are investing heavily, are contributing to the spread of Industrial IoT. Experts expect that improved communication between autonomous vehicles/robots, artificial intelligence and machines, combined with increased computing power and very low latency, will not only improve the efficiency of assets but also increase their safety.

The Internet of Things needs silver: Billions of devices are connected to the internet and to each other. This increasing automation is also boosting economic activity. Silver plays an increasingly important role in this, because connections can be made worldwide with the raw material. Especially objects for monitoring and tracking, so-called radio frequency identification devices (RFID), are used in many ways. According to estimates, silver consumption for RFIDs will increase by 400 percent by 2030. The greatest electrical conductivity of silver makes the material so interesting for the electrical and electronics sector. The metal also plays a major role in renewable energies. Worldwide, according to studies, the share of renewable energies will increase from around 20 percent in 2020 to 49 percent in 2030.

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The Internet of Things is becoming greener: The demand for networked devices is growing. Devices that communicate with each other in the Internet of Things are already networked today by a multitude of sensors in the form of individual nodes. So far, however, these devices have been exchanging data with enormous energy consumption. Now a lead project of the Fraunhofer Institute shows how all the sensor systems needed for this can consume extremely little power or even function completely autonomously. The promise: a saving of up to 20 percent in nationwide carbon dioxide emissions. The ZEPOWEL platform aims to optimize the entire spectrum of networked IoT systems. The special feature of the autonomous systems is above all the fact that the sensor nodes of the future can also be applied to a wide variety of IoT applications.


„We will do our part to ensure that mobile phone holes can be closed very quickly.“
The managing director of the federal mobile radio infrastructure company (MIG), Ernst-Ferdinand Wilmsmann, has defended the company. At the end of the day, he said, MIG was not the one building the radio tower itself. Other companies were responsible for that, he said.


Four hours without the internet? Without Generation Z: Three days without food is bearable, but four hours without internet is unbearable: That’s the view of half of Australia’s Gen Z, reports Daily Mail Australia, citing a study commissioned by WordPress host WP Engine. 51 percent of Australian and 48 percent of American Gen Z find it unpleasant to go more than four hours without internet, according to WP Engine data.

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