KW 10: Slow acceptance of smart homes in Germany, Huawei flagship store has opened in Berlin, Researchers develop biodegradable printed display


Slow acceptance of smart homes in Germany: Not everything that is on the market in the IoT/Smart Home sector actually finds its way to the consumers. This is the result of the “Consumer IoT fact check” carried out by the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) e.V. and Deloitte to find out which technologies are already being used and which are not. According to the report, seven out of ten people between 18 and 75 already use at least one IoT device. But the smart home sector still leads more of a niche existence: Most consumers are still hesitant and rely – if at all – on individual solutions such as smart lighting systems (eight percent of respondents) or networked cameras / household appliances (six percent), smoke alarms (four percent) or thermostats (five percent).

Huawei flagship store has opened in Berlin: The Chinese tech giant Huawei has opened a global flagship store on Berlin’s luxury boulevard Kurfürstendamm. It’s Huawei’s sixth store of this kind, after Shenzen, Shanghai, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. The store was supposed to be ready by the end of last year, but the opening had to be delayed until March due to the pandemic. Now the shop is open – albeit initially only with prior appointment. Huawei’s country head consumer business group in Germany, William Tian, told „Wirtschaftswoche“ magazine that the new flagship would showcase the company as more than just a maker of smartphones. “The idea is for our customers to try out our other products,” Tian said. “It’s focused on their experience of how all our products, including laptops, tablets, wearables, watched, glasses, headphones and smart TVs work together.”

German court stops mandatory rollout of smart meters: The Higher Administrative Court in Münster has stopped the mandatory installation of networked electricity meters for the time being. In 2016, the German parliament had passed the widely criticized „Law on the Digitization of the Energy Turnaround“, which includes that all mechanical Ferraris meters must be replaced with digital ones by 2032. The mandatory installation of the smart meters began a year ago. But now the Münster court has decided that the order of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is „probably unlawful“ and temporarily stopped the installation.

Researchers develop biodegradable printed display: In the next years, increasing use of electronic devices in consumables and new technologies for the internet of things will increase the amount of electronic scrap. To save resources and minimize waste volumes, an eco-friendlier production and more sustainable lifecycle will be needed. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now been the first to produce displays, whose biodegradability has been checked and certified by an independent office.

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Insurance companies see no increased fire risk in e-cars parked in underground garages: The German insurance industry has pointed out that it is unnecessary for some underground car park operators to prohibit the parking of e-cars or hybrid vehicles in some locations. Car park owners had justified e-car bans with a possibly higher fire risk. But Alexander Küsel from the General Association of the German Insurance Industry (GDV) said there was no evidence that electric vehicles burn more often than cars with internal combustion engines. Rather, it is the case that combustion engines even have a higher fire risk because of their fuel.

Hackers focus on smart homes: Smart home devices are increasingly becoming the focus of hackers. The more networked offers are used, the more potential gateways for cybercrime there are. According to an investigation into the risks of networked household appliances on behalf of Check Point Software, hackers are increasingly focusing on private households, also due to the currently widespread home offices. It is all the more important to make devices more secure, cover unused devices that have cameras and microphones, ensure regular firmware updates and: replace devices when they are no longer supported. When buying used IoT devices, pay attention to whether and how long they will be provided with updates.,

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„To be clear: ‚There is no alternative to digitization‘. Part of it is networking – especially in the area of IoT. The prospects are extremely good, networked systems will be part of the growth in Germany. Companies should keep this in mind.“
Andreas Bös, General Manager of Conrad Connect.


Hack of video security company Verkada exposes footage from 150,000 connected cameras: Video and AI security company Verkada was breached, giving hackers access to over 150,000 internet-connected security cameras that were being used inside schools, jail cells, hospital ICUs, and major companies like Tesla, Nissan, Equinox, Cloudflare and others. The hack was conducted by a loose-knit anti-corporate hactivist group called APT-69420, based in Switzerland. The video and images purport to capture a range of activities that might be sensitive, like security video from the Tesla car manufacturing line and a screenshot from inside the security firm Cloudflare.

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