KW 4: German mobile phone providers join forces, Change in the data center landscape, Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling turns old phones into IoT devices


German mobile phone providers join forces: Germany’s mobile network operators want to work together to provide network coverage in rural areas. The companies announced that they have signed an agreement to provide coverage for all so-called “gray spots” over the course of this year.

Change in the data center landscape: Fiber optic cabling and intelligent edge concepts can help master the growing amounts of data from a wide variety of sources and real-time analyses relating to AI algorithms or predictive maintenance. Data centers from cloud providers are increasing steadily. Studies show that more than 90 percent of CIOs want to shorten response and download times. For this, high-performance, structured and real-time capable fiber optic networks are needed.

Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling turns old phones into IoT devices: A few years ago, Samsung announced a sustainability initiative called “Galaxy Upcycling,” an effort to repurpose and reuse older smartphones. Last week, Samsung announced an evolution of that program called Galaxy Upcycling at home. At its core, the idea is to let people who still own older Galaxy smartphones to use them as part of their connected home rather than just leave them in a drawer (or worse, send them to a landfill).

Cool IoT sensors and devices that stole the show at CES 2021: The Internet of Things was alive and kicking at this year’s CES, even with the absence of physical venues in which these “things” are typically seen and experienced. While smart home devices were aplenty at CES 2021, there were also just a lot of cool IoT devices and IoT sensors in general at the virtual show, and that includes both components meant to go inside other devices and products that are meant for use right out of the box.

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Cooperation: BICS partners with French telco SFR to expand NB-IoT network
5G: China calls on Sweden to change course
Siemens: „Exact localization with 5G doesn’t work,“ says a Siemens manager
Sweden is auctioning 5G frequencies despite a lawsuit from Huawei


Worldwide cellular IoT module revenue increased by 8% over the most recent quarter, according to Counterpoint Research.


Open IoT platforms to fight pandemics: The Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be a real driver of innovation. The challenges of the pandemic were met with IoT initiatives: data became increasingly important for the implementation of preventive measures for use cases such as predictive maintenance or asset monitoring. The more data could be collected for the analysis, the more extensive the findings became. Open IoT platforms with flexible interfaces are therefore an important trend for 2021.

From the Smart City to the Smart Region: Smart cities are not just popular with city dwellers, but also with urban developers. Nevertheless, the term often remains relatively abstract in the public debate, mostly no more than a synonym for urban visions of the future. In order for a city to become a smart city, it not only needs the greatest possible data collection, but also the precise merging and processing “like in an orchestra”, explains Dr. Stefan Schwarz, Partner Business Consulting at Teradata. It should also be noted that under the conditions of modern mobility, the flow of data should not run dry on the outskirts, but should include the surrounding regions. There are already research projects in this direction, such as the Metropolitan Cities Rhine-Ruhr Initiative of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. There, relevant actors – from software developers, automobile manufacturers and urban planners to citizens – develop action plans in order to develop a smart conurbation using data analysis, digital IoT and AI.

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Myriota to provide IoT services for Australian government space project: Myriota will take part in a new project by the Australian government involving satellite, the company announced Wednesday. It will be involved in the SASAT1 Space Services Mission to deliver space services to South Australia. The $6.5 million project was announced by South Australian Government Premier Steven Marshall, and marks a new partnership between the South Australian state government and industry. Myriota will provide Internet of Things (IoT) space services for the new small satellite, which, once deployed, will support the improvement of state emergency, environment, water monitoring, and bushfire mitigation services.


„We urge Sweden to immediately correct its approach, considering the overall position of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, and meet China halfway to find a workable solution.“
The spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on China’s plans to participate in the 5G network expansion in Sweden with its suppliers Huawei and ZTE.


German YouTube channel that spread virus misinformation finally blocked: Google says it has banned a prominent German user of its YouTube video platform who had repeatedly posted false claims about the coronavirus outbreak. Google said Friday that a YouTube channel known as KenFM was no longer available and that the person operating it would not be allowed to start another. KenFM was operated by Ken Jebsen, a former journalist who was fired by Germany’s public broadcaster rbb after anti-Semitic comments he had made came to light.

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