IoT developer survey 2020: The non-profit Eclipse Foundation has published the results of its annual IoT developer survey. For six years, the survey has provided insight into the structure of the IoT industry, the challenges for developers and the opportunities for companies in the IoT open source ecosystem. Between May and July 2020, more than 1,650 people from various industries and organizations participated in the study online. Some of the key takeaways: security, connectivity, and data collection and analysis remain the top three areas of interest for IoT developers; critical awareness of data protection is increasing (23 percent); and smart agriculture has developed into an established focus area this year.
IoT can prevent loss of biodiversity: The fight against man-made climate change has been focusing on reducing CO2 emissions. Concerns about biodiversity are taking a backseat. According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians have declined by 60 percent in just over 40 years. IoT technology offers a wide range of countermeasures through greater control and measurability. But a recent survey of the top Fortune 100 companies found that very few were able to quantify the biodiversity measures they had taken.
Kaiserwetter wants to accelerate climate protection through IoT: The energy service provider Kaiserwetter from Hamburg is declaring war on climate change: “Max 1.5 degrees Celsius – let’s get FCKNG there,” the company writes on its webpage. In an interview with Capital magazine, the company’s boss Hanno Schoklitsch underlines this goal. The key to fast and effective climate protection is investments by companies in this area. This requires transparency, which Kaiserwetter wants to create with IoT technology. With tools called Aristotle and Zulu, the company hopes that wind turbines or solar parks could generate three to five percent more electricity.
Cognizant takes over Bright Wolf: Global systems integrator Cognizant has unveiled plans to acquire Bright Wolf, an Amazon Web Services and Microsoft industrial IoT partner that sells into large enterprises such as industrial heavyweight Caterpillar. Cognizant said Bright Wolf, which was founded in 2009, will improve the company’s smart products offering and expertise in building and deploying industrial IoT solutions, thanks to proficiencies in applications like asset performance management, predictive maintenance and yield optimization.
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Almost 70 percent of the data that is available to German companies is not being used. This was the result of a joint study by the American hard drive manufacturer Seagate and the IT market observer IDC.
c’t editorial team examines the internet for unprotected servers: In a large-scale study, the c’t editorial staff searched for weak points in companies’ websites. According to their own statements, they came across unsecured industrial plants and unencrypted pager networks and WordPress installations that were far too talkative. Many IoT servers were also found unprotected. One result of the investigation: The potential effects are disproportionate to the lack of effort in security measures.
Forbes presents the biggest IoT trends for 2021: The editors of US business magazine Forbes have dared to predict the further development of the Internet of Things in the coming year. As with every aspect of our lives, the global coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly affected the way the IoT trend is developing and impacting our lives. In a world where contact between humans is, for now, more limited, contact between devices, tools, and toys can help us to remain connected. From telemedicine to automated home help for the elderly and disabled, smart wearables, sensors, and connected devices will continue to change the way healthcare is delivered. It will also be used to minimize unnecessary contact in situations where the risk of viral contamination is particularly high, for example, care homes and infectious disease wards within hospitals.
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Iota Foundation wants to investigate local self-sufficiency: The Iota Foundation, Germany’s first crypto foundation, has set itself the goal of using the “Energy Marketplace” project to determine whether and to what extent a city or district can only consume energy which is also produced on site, in an effort to create energy-positive districts. This is made possible by the in-house crypto currency Iota, which, unlike blockchain technology, does not require any transaction fees. The Iota energy marketplace wants to automatically connect supply and demand and network homeowners who produce excess energy with neighbors in need. The principle is currently being tested at Trondheim University in Norway.
“We need a uniform way of managing all devices that are equipped with a computer unit. […] If the Internet of Things really picks up speed, it will quickly turn into hundreds of millions of devices and goods.”
Claudia Plattner, CIO of Deutsche Bahn, on the challenge of IT systems diversity at Deutsche Bahn.
IoT would be impossible without these ingredients: In order to benefit from the possibilities of smart cities, blockchain technology and the Internet of Things, two rare ores are much more valuable than resourceful programmers: tantalum (Ta) and niobium (Nb). Big data, for example: Without the rapid conductivity of tantalum and without the ability to store large amounts of electrical charge on the surface without delay and to release it again just as quickly, data transport in the Internet of Things would not be possible. Due to the properties of the rare ores – high melting points, high corrosion resistance, excellent chemical resistance and high thermal and electrical conductivity – alloys with tantalum and job are essential for IoT applications. Which makes access to them a politically explosive question.