KW 47: Vodafone to remove Huawei from core of European network, System brings deep learning to IoT devices, TÜV NORD warns of hacker attacks on elevators


Vodafone to remove Huawei from core of European network: The Chinese Huawei group is considered to be a leader in the field of the new 5G mobile communications standard, but an increasing number of European countries are following the US line, which accuses the company of espionage. Sweden and Italy recently announced that they will be excluding Huawei from network expansion. The German government also wants to better protect the 5G mobile network through its own IT security law. No specific plans against Huawei are known yet, but German network operators have already taken first steps. Vodafone will remove Huawei technology from the core of its European networks. Deutsche Telekom wants to take the same steps by the end of the year. The 5G cellular standard enables the efficient use of technologies such as AI and IoT. However, it creates enormous challenges and dangers in terms of data security.

System brings deep learning to IoT devices: MIT researchers have developed a system that could bring deep learning neural networks to new — and much smaller — places, like the tiny computer chips in wearable medical devices, household appliances, and the 250 billion other objects that constitute the Internet of Things (IoT). The system, called MCUNet, designs compact neural networks that deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy for deep learning on IoT devices, despite limited memory and processing power. The technology could facilitate the expansion of the IoT universe while saving energy and improving data security.

TÜV NORD warns of hacker attacks on elevators: The Chief Digital Officer in the management of TÜV NORD Systems, Ulf Theike, has warned of increased hacker attacks on elevators. Modern building elevators are often connected to a control center via sensors, where they are monitored and controlled. Digital controls are either connected to the Internet of Things or to the outside world via a cellular network, where they could easily be taken over by cyber criminals. Theike therefore calls for IT security requirements to be taken into account in the test catalog for elevators in the future. There is an urgent need for a legal basis for testing critical systems such as digital elevator control.

Chubb and Munich Re develop IoT sensor solution to prevent water damage: The industrial insurer Chubb and the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Munich Re, have worked together to develop a technical monitoring and alarm solution that prevents water damage in buildings such as shopping centers, hotels or administrative buildings. Around-the-clock monitoring of critical areas in the building is possible using a sensor solution. If the system detects a potentially dangerous development, it sends an alarm to the company manager’s mobile phone. Such an early warning system would not only reduce the extent of water damage, but also significantly reduce the cost of damage, according to Chubb’s chief representative, Andreas Wania.

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According to a study by market research company IDC, 35 percent of German companies surveyed named a lack of budget as the most important obstacle when entering into industrial IoT projects.


Tech enablers from emerging countries are drivers of technological change: Because the large, innovative technology companies have their headquarters in the US, China and Europe, the contribution of companies from emerging countries to technological change is often neglected. But these so-called enablers play a major role. Often it is they who provide indispensable components or services for large western or Chinese companies and thus make innovations in areas such as the data cloud cloud, 5G cellular technology, the Internet of Things and electric vehicles possible in the first place. The suppliers take advantage of the fact that they can serve an entire market, regardless of who dominates it. So it cannot be ruled out that the technology of the future will also give many emerging countries another chance for economic advancement.

Vodafone report on how 5G and IoT technology can transform healthcare: In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Vodafone has released a report on the potential of 5G and IoT technology in health and social care. The report found overwhelming support for the introduction and increase of digital technologies in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), including 5G and IoT, as a way of streamlining healthcare and making it more affordable. This could pave the way for smart buildings, which would be greener and save the NHS money; 5G-connected ambulances that link paramedics and clinicians to treat patients faster and more effectively; and even the roll-out of remote assisted surgery and training, saving time and potentially elevating the quality of care.

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Technology to establish the new generation of energy storage sensors: The IoT world is simply inconceivable without sensors. However, many sensors are energy-intensive, but not energy self-sufficient. The researcher Marc Delura from the Materials Center Leoben (MCL) in Austria wants to remedy this and is researching capacitors that store energy physically rather than electrochemically. They should not only be able to be charged quickly, but also be able to store a comparatively large amount of energy. They want to develop capacitors that have the energy density of batteries. Such capacitors are to be used in sensors in the future. It will take at least four years before a prototype is presented.


“In times like these, IT not only keeps the economy going, it also holds society together.”
Antonio Neri, head of the IT group HPE, in an interview with German newspaper FAZ about the importance of data clouds and edge computing and challenges for the German economy.


Amazon must recall 350,000 video doorbells because they can catch fire: Amazon-owned Ring is recalling 350,000 video doorbells sold in the US and Canada because they can catch fire. When installed with the incorrect screws, batteries can overheat and ignite, according to a recall notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ring has received reports of 23 doorbells igniting, with eight people getting minor burns and some properties suffering light damage, according to Ring. The recall involves Ring Video Doorbell (second generation, model number 57M5E5) smart doorbell cameras sold at electronics and home goods stores nationwide and online at and from June through October.

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