KW 22: Smart buildings are finding their way into the private and business world, Apple mentions previously unknown HomeOS, Microsoft buys ReFirm Labs


Smart buildings are finding their way into the private and business world: Like other industries, the real estate industry is facing major upheavals and challenges due to the digital transformation. The concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) plays a central role in networked and cooperative work. A position paper from the Central Real Estate Committee (ZIA) therefore calls for technologies such as BIM models to become the standard for new buildings.

Ikea officially presents air quality sensor: IKEA may have already transformed our interiors, but now, they’re improving our home’s air quality too. The Scandinavian powerhouse has just launched their most sophisticated home decor device to date – a small and affordable air quality sensor. The new VINDRIKTNING sensor measures air quality by detecting tiny inhalable particles known as PM2.5 particles. This particulate matter includes things like dust, smoke, and dirt, which we can see with the naked eye. However, it also covers other particles that are only visible under an electron microscope.

Apple mentions previously unknown HomeOS: Shortly before the WWDC developer fair, Apple posted a job advertisement talking about HomeOS and thus possibly about a new operating system. After a screenshot of the job posting was posted on Twitter, the company changed the name to HomePod. Its operating system, like that of Apple TVs, is a modification of iOS. It is conceivable that Apple will want to make investments around a connected home.

Microsoft buys ReFirm Labs: Microsoft has acquired firmware security startup ReFirm Labs to boost its security capabilities for protecting internet of things and intelligent edge devices. The intelligent edge — made up of cloud-connected devices capable of specialized tasks — have opened up a new attack surface, David Weston, Microsoft’s director of enterprise and operating system security, told VentureBeat. Attacks targeting sensitive information such as credentials and encryption keys stored in memory are on the rise, and Microsoft has spent the past few years “securing the operating system below the operating system,” he said.

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Xiaomi magic cube for playing and the smart home: The company has created a magic cube under the name Xiaomi Mija Magic Cube XMMF01JQD that can be easily restored to its original state with the help of a smartphone app. In addition, global competitions can be held using the cube. The cube communicates with phones via Bluetooth BLE. However, the connection to the manufacturer’s cloud, and thus also to the app, currently only works via the Chinese Xiaomi server.

Smart Living Services digitize health offers: The joint project “Assistance System Smart Living” (ASL) is intended to enable cooperation between DRK Services and smart technologies. The core of the cooperation is to make everyday life easier through smart living technologies and at the same time to give people in need more security and independence. As a technology partner, iHaus provides the technical prerequisites for the further development of the home emergency call. The everyday helper „My Henry“ is the first result of the cooperation

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„Together with companies, we want to further develop the products that will make life easier in the future.“
Christian Gräff, Managing Director of the Smart Living and Health Center (SLHC). The center houses a model apartment on the upper floor, in which accident victims and senior citizens in need of care can examine and try out the latest and greatest auxiliary products in the industry in order to make their everyday lives easier with the latest technology.


Google ends free “high quality” image storage: Starting on June 1, the free cloud backup of “high quality” and “express” photos will end. The company announced this last November. Recordings that were previously backed up by users are not taken into account and therefore do not have to be deleted. The free storage from Google is 15 GB and includes photos as well as e-mails and other digital documents. However, more storage space can be purchased for a fee.

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