KW 13: Toyota and NTT team up on developing smart city platforms, Will Tesla soon develop smart home solutions? Smart ring against coronavirus


IoT security situation is deteriorating: According to Palo Alto Networks’ IoT Threat Report 2020, there are an increasing number of risks when using IoT devices. A total of 4.8 billion internet-connected devices existed in 2019, but 98% of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted, exposing personal and confidential data on the network. Attackers who’ve successfully bypassed the first line of defense (most frequently via phishing attacks) and established command and control are able to listen to unencrypted network traffic, collect personal or confidential information and then exploit that data for profit on the dark web. 57% of IoT devices are vulnerable to medium- or high-severity attacks, making IoT the low-hanging fruit for attackers.,

Toyota and NTT team up on developing smart city platforms: In Japan, Toyota Motor Corp and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp have agreed to work together on developing smart cities and will invest 200 billion yen in each other to cement the relationship. The two companies will develop a data platform which will compile and analyze information from homes, vehicles, and public institutions, which will be used to create new services focusing on transportation, health, and energy usage. The platform will be rolled out at the prototype, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered city near Mt. Fuji in Japan which Toyota is developing to incorporate smart homes, robotics as well as autonomous driving and AI technologies.

Will Tesla soon develop smart home solutions? Elon Musk has been talking about Tesla making a new smart home HVAC system for a while now and as he looks into ventilators amid the coronavirus, the CEO is revisiting the idea. He first brought up the idea in an interview almost two years ago. The CEO discussed the fact that Tesla addresses both energy generation and consumption when it comes to transport, but only energy generation, with solar power products, when it comes to the home. Musk suggested that there’s room for more efficient homes with smarter and better air conditioning systems.

Corona crisis accelerates digital projects: The German city of Kirchheim in Baden-Württemberg was immediately affected by coronavirus lockdowns following the closure of the town hall. For the time being, citizens’ concerns cannot be processed. That is why the local council has decided to apply for funding worth over three million euros for the development of a smart city project. It is becoming clear that it is especially important for small communities to develop needs-based solutions so that citizens can use and accept them.

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55 percent of companies in the manufacturing sector use smart devices.


Smart farming has great potential for European farmers: Sensors in pigsties, drones for monitoring and systems for efficient irrigation – all of these are elements of smart farming. For the European agricultural industry – which is currently engaged in a tough price competition due to international pressure – the new IoT devices offer the opportunity to save costs and become more productive. Smart farming can also be used to improve animal welfare. Farmers can react more quickly if animals are sick when sensors detect abnormal behavior patterns or deviating biometric data such as body temperature. All of this increases the profit potential of European farmers.

Consumers are not using the smart home’s full potential: According to “Smart Home Monitor 2019”, almost half of the German population uses smart devices in their own four walls. But only 12 percent are taking advantage of the full potential of these systems, because even if they are using several devices at home, they aren’t networking them with each other. One reason is that different manufacturers’ products are not always compatible. Around half of all consumers use smart home applications primarily for entertainment and communication purposes. 37 percent use smart applications to increase building security.


“Landlords can gain an advantage over the competition with a digitized apartment.”
Arne Sextro, smart home expert at utilities company EWE, predicts a market advantage for smart homes.


Smart ring against coronavirus: A new study will evaluate a smart ring that takes people’s temperatures in an attempt to identify people who have the new coronavirus early. The rings will be given to emergency medical workers who come into contact with patients who may have the virus. Oura Rings, which are marketed as sleep trackers, monitor a wearer’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and changes in body temperature. The devices haven’t been proven to detect coronavirus, but the data they collect might eventually be used to help predict the illness.

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