KW 39: Smart farming in Crete, IOTA price falls, Shoe sole to help with Parkinson’s


Smart farming in Crete: In Crete, olives are big business and an important part of the economy of Greece’s largest and most populous island. There are 30 million olive trees on Crete, so the potential effects of smart farming are very far-reaching. Agriculture, including olive farming, currently consumes 85% of Crete’s freshwater supply. The idea of using smart technology is to substantially cut any waste.

IOTA price falls: The cryptocurrency IOTA, which is geared towards the secure communication of machines in the Internet of Things, continues to lose value. It recently dropped by 7 percent to $0.247. Bitcoin, on the other hand, lost 3 percent. The reason is the unpredictability of the current Covid-19 pandemic as well as the fact that there is still no fixed prospect of a vaccine in the foreseeable future.

Shoe sole to help with Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s patients often suffer from a symptom in which their body freezes. In order to give these patients greater autonomy in their mobility, developers in Germany equipped a shoe sole with a sensor that detects this Parkinson’s rigidity and sends an impulse to end the “freezing”. Among other things, the sensor detects an atypical pressure distribution on the foot that differs from a normal stance.

IoT for branch management: According to Patrick Rövekamp, Head of Retail & Hospitality Sales at Fujitsu, the Internet of Things can develop great potential in branch management – there are a number of rigid processes that can be made simpler with the help of IoT.

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According to Palo Alto Networks, only 16 percent of companies are willing to invest in the security of IoT networks.


Three foundations for a secure IoT ecosystem: The integration of IoT into business processes poses challenges for departments and managers – especially with regard to the security concerns associated with the technology. There are three tips to keep in mind when setting up IoT: First, every company should be able to use a security solution to identify all devices connected to the IoT infrastructure. Second, network segmentation – the subdivision of the infrastructure into subsections – is a measure that reduces the surface area for hackers to attack. Third, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN) should always be equipped with the latest generation of firewalls.

Standardization helps against hackers: Karl Grün, Director Standardization at Austrian Standards, is convinced that a standardized language between IoT devices can contribute to more security. In addition, it would create trust and lead to more consumer-friendly results. It is important that when machines communicate with each other, no unauthorized persons have access to the information. However, Grün emphasizes that it is necessary to remain open and to think holistically about standardization in order not to block innovation.

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Autonomous robots to maintain hulls: The project “BugWright2 Autonomous Robotic Inspection and Maintenance on Ship Hulls and Storage Tanks” aims to make the maintenance of ship parts more efficient, cheaper, faster and safer. So far, the personnel and time costs have been high. However, the EU-funded project aims to develop autonomously operating robots that would be responsible for maintaining container ships both above and below water.


“Our goal is to make wound dressings intelligent by using microsensors to measure the progress of wound healing. This leads to a wound that heals quickly, which will ultimately save costs.”
Wolfram Hötzenegger, head of dermatology at the Keplerklinikum, on the development of a “smart” wound plaster.


Big Brother Award given to companies with problematic data handling: The questionable honor of Germany’s Big Brother Award is awarded to companies and organizations that develop applications that are controversial under data protection law. This year, Tesla is also included on the list of award recipients – the company has installed a number of outdoor cameras in its cars that scan and analyze the environment. This data is sent to servers in California. The award jury commented on Tesla’s technology as follows: “We have nothing against vehicle assistance systems, and nothing against semi-automated driving. This requires sensors and so-called artificial intelligence. But from a data protection point of view, this data can and must largely remain in the car.”,

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