KW 07: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona canceled, Safer Internet Day to protect young people, Ikea presents new smart products


Mobile World Congress in Barcelona canceled: The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest trade show for the mobile phone industry, has been canceled amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak. The organizers behind the Barcelona-based event announced Wednesday it would no longer be holding MWC due to ongoing concerns over the spread of a new strain of coronavirus which originated in China. Multiple firms had pulled out of the tech conference prior to the GSMA’s decision, putting pressure on the hosts to drop the event. LG, Sony, Ericsson, Nokia, Nvidia, Intel and Amazon are some of the biggest names to have suspended their attendance in recent days.

Safer Internet Day to protect young people: Safer Internet Day comes every February with a clear purpose. The event promotes the responsible use of online technologies, especially by children and young people. Safer Internet Day started in 2004 in Europe as an internet safety awareness campaign and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Used safely, the internet can play an important role in young people’s development, said British Home secretary Priti Patel. But social media companies must be held accountable for protecting their users from harms on their platforms, including grooming, hate crime, and terrorist content.,,

Ikea presents new smart products: Ikea has launched its new range of smart products. With “Start the day in a comfortable way: at the push of a button!”, Ikea advertises the new shortcut button on its website. Using this gadget, lights can be switched on and the blinds pulled up. Even playing your favorite music in the morning is no longer a problem. However, the button alone is not enough. Users will also need the Trådfri Gateway, i.e. the central control unit, and the Ikea Home Smart App.

AI focuses blurry pictures: Researchers have developed an AI that removes blur from images in post-production. The AI is human-aware, meaning it’s able to deblur human faces and perform favorably against state-of-the-art motion deblurring methods. Using a machine with a single Nvidia Titan X graphics card, the researchers trained their deblurring model on both a portion of HIDE and a supplementary GoPro Hero data set of video frames for a total of 10,742 images. The researchers say that their model achieves state-of-the-art performance with respect to dynamic deblurring and leads to better restoration results compared with several baselines.

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Cisco develops new security architecture: Cisco has rolled out an overarching security architecture for Industrial IoT (IIoT) environments. The company wants to better protect myriad edge-attached IoT devices with new security software that promises to protect industrial assets in one of the most disparate of network environments. The new security rollout also included Cisco Edge Intelligence software to simplify the extraction of IoT data at the network edge.

Digitalization of municipalities: An increasing number of municipalities are dealing with digitalization and pursuing a Smart City approach. But that is often not as easy as it looks. It requires time, personnel and financial resources. In the new episode of the podcast “Kommunal”, Ilona Benz, head of the digitalization department at the Baden-Württemberg Community Day, talks about these topics. And also what it means for a municipality if it refuses to digitize.


“The smart home is reaching the next stage of evolution. The smart home is turning into a really intelligent house that adapts to its residents.”
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Increase of attacks on smart access control systems: Smart access controls are designed to improve security in companies, factories and government agencies. Employees, for example, need a chip card to gain access to selected rooms. But the technology behind these systems often has security gaps, as was the case with Linear eMerge E3, a product of the US manufacturer Nortek Security & Control (NSC). Security researchers published details of ten security vulnerabilities in the Linear-eMerge-E3 products in May 2019, six of which were rated with a severity between 9.8 and 10 on a ten-point scale. A proof of concept was published in November 2019. Nevertheless, NSC has apparently not yet released any patches for the vulnerabilities.

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