KW 40: Mozilla WebThings Project rehomed, Smart CO2 traffic light, Reorganizing hospitals with IoT solutions


Mozilla WebThings Project rehomed: The Mozilla WebThings project is being spun out of Mozilla as an independent open source project. The project will be renamed from “Mozilla WebThings” to “WebThings” and will move to a new home at 3.3k. Project manager David Bryant explained in a post that the WebThings project will no longer be directly affiliated with the Mozilla Corporation so will stop using Mozilla trademarks and will instead operate under its own WebThings brand.

Smart CO2 traffic light: Especially in the autumn season, small rooms must be ventilated regularly to limit the risk of Covid infections. A self-made CO2 traffic light based on IoT can show exactly when it is time to open the windows again. The traffic light, which is based on the IoT Octopus or other ESP8266-based microcontroller, shows a red, yellow or green light depending on the air quality.

Rolling bearings – fit for the Industrial Internet of Things: Rolling bearings can be found in wind turbines, hay balers, industrial pumps or cable car supports. NKE Austria has now developed smart rolling bearings together with the Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH (LCM). The system works wirelessly and is self-sufficient in terms of energy and monitors operationally critical values such as speed or temperature online. These are transmitted to a data logger, which sounds an alarm in the event of danger. This enables both predictive maintenance and safe operation.

IT uncertainties due to use of professional email addresses for private purposes: An increasing number of employees are using their professional email addresses for private purposes, making it easier for cybercriminals to obtain sensitive data. The General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) has now found out that numerous professional e-mail addresses and passwords can be found on the Darknet. The association warns that it is easy for criminals to buy this information, use it for criminal activities and even blackmail employees.

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Austrian IoT startup receives funding: The Viennese startup Hydrogrid, founded in 2016, offers a SaaS solution for hydropower plants with which electricity production can be adjusted in real time to weather conditions and market prices. The automation not only saves the power plant owners time, but can also lead to an increase in sales of up to 18 percent compared to manual control.

Reorganizing hospitals with IoT solutions: Many industries, including medical care, are facing new challenges, having to operate profitably and at the same time be risk resistant. The technologies from Industry 4.0 could be of help. Many hospitals are still using structures that are no longer up to date, for example when in-house laboratories send their printed reports to doctors by in-house mail. Mobile health, big data and the Internet of Things can help solve problems in the long term and improve many value creation processes.

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Remote assistance platforms can ensure business continuity: A Swedish company has developed an IoT application that is based on augmented reality and ensures business continuity. The “Remote Assistance” is primarily intended to secure processes for small businesses in current emergency situations.


“The application possibilities of the new system are almost unlimited. From condition monitoring in real time to guarantee monitoring to predictive maintenance and early error detection, numerous new fields of application are opening up that were unthinkable until recently.”
LCM managing director Gerald Schatz about the smart roller bearing.


Manipulated coffee maker: Martin Hron from the security software manufacturer Avast has proven the risk of misuse of poorly secured, smart devices. Due to a lack of authentication, he was able to execute commands from a smart coffee machine. This ranged from displaying any messages on the display to switching on the grinder and heating unit.

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