KW 43: Contemporary funding policies for technological change, Hyundai builds innovation center in Singapore, IoT makes companies more profitable


Contemporary funding policies for technological change: When it comes to digitization and smart technologies, the European Union, and with it Germany, could be left behind in global competition. In a guest article for German newspaper FAZ, Marie Langer, managing director of Eos GmbH, a provider of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, outlines five points for a policy of promoting new technologies in line with the times. Big data, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics and industrial 3D printing play a key role in this. It is about making the industry more independent of external shocks or global supply chains and more sustainable.

Hyundai builds innovation center in Singapore: Hyundai Motor Group is planning to open a Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore. The center will act as an open innovation lab for the Group’s future mobility research and development, with the aim of revolutionizing the future mobility value chain. The Group says it plans to contribute to the building of Singapore’s Smart Nation as a responsible industry member in the smart ecosystem.

IoT makes companies more profitable: A global Vodafone study shows that companies can save up to 22 percent in operating costs by providing IoT technology for their employees. 1,700 global companies were surveyed. Of the German participants, 72% stated that networked services in the Internet of Things played a key role during the Covid lockdown in spring in order to maintain business. Maintenance work in the home office, for example, is simplified by networking sensors and machines. In addition, more than half of all study participants said that they had pushed the integration of IoT into the work process during the pandemic.

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Smart ventilation in classrooms: Winter during a pandemic means constant room ventilation for schools despite the cold. A Regio IT project at the Mies van der Rohe School in the German city of Aachen has now come up with a smart solution for fresh air in classrooms: The CO2 concentration in the room is constantly monitored. A sensor sends all relevant data to the Regio IT’s IoT platform via the LoRaWAN network protocol. If a limit value is exceeded, a signal lamp in the classroom flashes red and requests ventilation. The school receives a daily report on the recorded measured values.


For one-in-five companies, attacks on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have already become one of their main cybersecurity concerns.


Rhineland is turning into a smart region: Germany’s Rhineland is the perfect place to study the transformation of cities and the economy with the help of Industry 4.0. Arndt Kirchhoff, President of the Employers’ Association of Entrepreneurs in Northrhine-Westphalia (NRW), sees the region as well equipped for this. Cologne is one of the smartest cities in Germany and is promoting networking in the Rhineland. And according to NRW Minister of Economic Affairs, Andreas Pinkwart, the state is already “an important location for digital trends, future technologies and the digital economy and thus well equipped for the smart economy”.

IoT data stored as DNA? Digital data storage devices are approaching their scaling limits and have limited life spans, and cloud-based storage systems in data centers are costly and consume too much energy. Synthetic DNA could store vast amounts of data with low maintenance costs for a very long time. For the past three years, researchers in the Molecular Information Systems Laboratory (MISL) have been on a mission to store the world’s digital data in DNA. A partnership between the University of Washington and Microsoft, the lab has already sparked the imagination of artists, archivists, scientists, and the public with its vision to move beyond traditional data storage media, inspired by the very building blocks of life — what Allen School professor Luis Ceze refers to as “nature’s own perfected storage medium.”,

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Startup plans digital campus in Magdeburg: German startup Infinite Devices is building a new platform for the Internet of Things. Programmers from Romania, India, Belarus and Pakistan are involved in the “Infinimesh” platform, which plans to challenge the US-dominated market. The programmers dream of a “digital campus” that works in close cooperation with research institutes at Magdeburg’s university and attracts companies to settle in the structurally weak east of Germany. 40 specialists will be working on the further development and marketing of the IoT platform in just four years, according to the founders.


“At the moment, Amazon, Google and Apple couldn’t care less about data protection.”
Friedrich Praus, head of the Smart Homes & Assistive Technologies course at Technikum Wien, has criticized the approach of major IoT developers to data protection.


Doom Eternal running on a Samsung fridge: The Doom franchise is no stranger to being installed on unexpected devices. Instagram user Richard Mallard has now managed to run Doom Eternal on his Samsung fridge thanks to xCloud. Mallard achieved this by sideloading the Android version of the Xbox Game Pass app onto his not-so-mobile device.

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