Smart home device providers are not liable in the event of damage: The German Product Liability Act is outdated. This fact becomes very apparent when using smart home applications. Damages caused by faulty smart home devices are usually not compensated, as the law expressly states that the product must be faulty. However, software does not clearly fall under the legal definition of “product”. In addition, it is usually not possible for consumers to even recognize when there are defects in the software. Florian Stößel from the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) explains that in the event of a faulty lock that allows theft, the lock providers cannot be held responsible. The VZBV therefore demands that consumers no longer have to prove defects in products to be compensated.
D-Link launches artificially intelligent cameras: Smart home outfitter D-Link has launched two cameras that use artificial intelligence to increase security on the one hand and reduce error messages on the other. The cameras are vastly improving on previous models, especially when it comes to motion detecting. The cameras can send push notifications to smartphones or tablets if dubious patterns are detected.
Tokyo installs smart street lights: Sumitomo has signed an agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the preliminary trial installation and verification of smart poles being carried out by the government. Sumitomo plans to install two types of smart poles in the Nishi-shinjuku area of Tokyo by end-June. Smart poles are multi-functional poles equipped with communication base stations, Wi-Fi, street lighting, signage etc., and they are expected to serve as infrastructure for the provision of new community services. The purpose of the project is to bring 5G shared antenna systems into full-scale use by March 2021. Efforts will be made to extend these systems across the entire metropolis.
Fielmann joins smart glasses manufacturers: Ubimax, the leading provider of augmented reality-based wearable computing solutions, has announced the successful completion of a Series B financing. In addition to already existing investor Westcott LLC., Fielmann Ventures is joining as a new investor. Ubimax will use the new funds to further expand its market leadership position. For Fielmann, investing in digitization is important. Ubimax, on the other hand, sees an advantage in the use of the industrial resources that the optics chain provides. The aim is to be able to work on augmented reality work processes from a distance.
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49.2 percent of homeowners use smart home devices, according to a smart home study.
Smart home systems can have positive effects on climate: Overall, smart home systems can lead to CO2 savings. This is the result of a study carried out by the Ökoinstitut on behalf of the NRW consumer center. Although electricity consumption increases due to the devices, resources, for example for heating, can be used and regulated more efficiently. This effect offsets the increased power consumption. In order to increase the savings potential, the choice of device is important. In addition to regulating systems for heating, smart lamps and shutters can also have positive effects.
Smart cities remain vulnerable: Smart cities promise to significantly improve the logistics and sustainability of metropolises. Networked sensors offer great potential – but the risks are also high. There are always cases of attacks on the digital infrastructure – including smart city systems. The city of Atlanta fell victim to a hacking attack when the administration was attacked and certain public services could no longer be controlled. The attackers ransomed $52,000. Smart devices are also a popular target for attackers. Cities must therefore pay attention to the security of their infrastructure when designing smart city projects.
“Small and medium-sized companies in particular, and even smaller companies, can use the system to make themselves competitive through digitization.”
Professor Andreas Schütze, measurement technology expert from Saarland University, encourages medium-sized companies to use smart maintenance in their business.
NOT SO SMART…
IoT is a challenge for IT departments: A survey by monitoring specialist Paessler shows how many companies are currently still struggling with IoT. 54 percent of German IT administrators surveyed stated that IoT was their greatest challenge. The rise in networking of devices increases the security and administration requirements for the IT departments of companies. “An IoT network is only as strong and secure as its weakest endpoint. Every connected device is a potential gateway into the network,” says Gabriel Fugli, Team Manager at EMEA Paessler. Other issues that IT administrators struggle with include data storage and big data, which are also becoming increasingly important in the course of IoT development.