KW 31: Bosch connects smart home to Siri, Most people have a positive attitude towards smart cities, EU countries must diversify 5G suppliers, Commission says


Bosch connects smart home to Siri: A new software update allows Bosch smart home devices to be compatible with the Apple HomeKit. Smart shutters, doors or thermostats can all be controlled via Siri. Apple users no longer have to use the manufacturer’s app, but can control all devices with their existing system.

Most people have a positive attitude towards smart cities: According to a global Capgemini study, the majority of people have a positive attitude towards smart cities. They see the potential for smart cities to become safer, cleaner and more energy efficient. Roughly a third of them would be willing to pay for smart city offers. Millennials and Generation Z in particular show a greater willingness to pay for technologies that better manage traffic and improve the urban climate.

BSI study: Information security is a success factor for smart cities: A study by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security is investigating which factors are necessary for the successful implementation of smart city offers. The study, which started in spring 2020 and lasted almost a year, has shown that information security is essential in smart cities. The federal office plans to support four existing projects and four new smart cities.

Theben AG receives smart meter gateway certification: The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has certified the manufacturer Theben AG for smart meter gateways. This means that a quarter of all manufacturers in Germany are authorized to sell smart meter gateways. Besides Theben, PPC, Sagemcom and EMH have been certified. The gateways must be developed according to the requirements of the BSI – they form the interface for the data exchange of digital measuring systems. From installation to maintenance, the certified manufacturers take care of all the steps that the consumer needs for transparent energy measurement.

EU countries must diversify 5G suppliers, Commission says: EU countries must take urgent action to diversify their 5G suppliers, the European Commission has said. The EU has agreed to take a tough line on 5G suppliers to reduce cybersecurity risks to next-generation mobile networks. The strategy included reducing countries’ and telecoms operators’ dependency on one supplier. Telecoms equipment maker Huawei competes with Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson.

EU initiates inquiry into consumer IoT sector: The European Commission has launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the EU. The sector inquiry will focus on consumer-related products and services that are connected to a network and can be controlled at a distance, for example via a voice assistant or mobile device. These include smart home appliances and wearable devices. Knowledge about the market gained through the inquiry will contribute to the Commission’s enforcement of competition law in this sector. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the consumer IoT was expected to grow significantly in the coming years and become commonplace in the daily lives of European consumers. Access to large amounts of user data seemed to be the key for success in this sector, so the EU needed to make sure that market players were not using their control over such data to distort competition.

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Google is the largest smart home provider in Europe with a market share of 16.8 percent.


Will the smart home prevail? Experts see great potential for smart home devices. Some even assume that electronic home appliances for heating, lighting and kitchens will become the standard for new buildings within the next decade. Smart home applications are ideal for efficient and optimized energy consumption. However, it is unclear whether the technologies will actually prevail. According to a new study by the German economics ministry, this depends on whether citizens can get used to the technology and understand how it works. So far, many people have been hesitant.

Sensors to provide information about rural mobility: The University of Passau is developing concepts for measures to improve mobility in rural areas with the help of artificial intelligence. In order to do so, sensors are used to collect data and research mobility patterns. It is essential to identify different types of mobility – after all, it makes a big difference whether it is individual movement by bike or logistics chains for companies.


„In many places, smart city infrastructures are still in their infancy. We are now taking advantage of this: We can help shape information security for smart cities at a very early stage.“
BSI President Arne Schönbohm on the new study on smart cities that the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) plans to carry out.


Garmin fitness tracker hacked: The American GPS and fitness-tracker company Garmin is dealing with the aftermath of a ransomware attack. Garmin announced that it was the victim of a cyberattack that encrypted some of its systems. Owners of its products had been unable to use its services since Thursday. A gang of Russian hackers may be behind the cyberattack. The attackers reportedly crippled the smartwatch maker’s Garmin Connect service last week with malicious software tied to Evil Corp., a Moscow-based hacker group run by alleged cybercriminal Maksim Yakubets.,

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