KW 32: Google recognizes smoke detector warning, Solingen promotes smart city projects, Citizens would pay for smart cities


Google recognizes smoke detector warning: Google has apparently accidentally activated a previously unpublished Google Nest function. A Reddit user recently reported that he received a Google notification warning him that a smoke detector in his home had gone off. The incident could give a taste of what Google has in store for the future: The company recently acquired shares in home security provider ADT. ADT’s more than 20,000 installers will also sell Google-made smart displays, security cameras and other hardware, and ADT will more closely integrate Google technology into its own home security offerings. “The goal is to give customers fewer false alarms, more ways to receive alarm events, and better detection of potential incidents inside and around the home,” Google Nest VP and GM Rishi Chandra said in a blog post

Hackers target home devices during pandemic: An analysis by software company Micro has found that hackers are increasingly targeting WLAN routers and home networks during the coronavirus crisis. The reason is that more people are working from home and are therefore easier to attack. Companies are also being targeted, in addition to applications from the smart home sector. Micro recommends that consumers inform themselves about security vulnerabilities in routers and keep up with regular updates.

Solingen promotes smart city projects: The German city of Solingen is promoting digitization with several projects. The city now uses a uniform document management system to consolidate the documents of various authorities. Sensors that are distributed throughout the city ensure better traffic control or early response to impending dangers. All 55 school locations in Solingen have already been connected to the broadband network. The city has two million euros available for e-government, while smart city projects are funded with 400,000 euros. Much of the money comes from subsidies.

LG smart TV failure: South Korean manufacturer LG has warned of a bug affecting the manufacturer’s OLED TVs and Smart TVs. Around 60,000 devices are at risk of overheating. LG has therefore started a corresponding repair program, free of charge. The most recent models from this year are said to not be affected by the problem.

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The global smart cities market size is estimated to reach 252.56 billion US dollars by the end of 2025.


Citizens would pay for 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.

Smart transport containers: Schnellecke wants to digitize its entire logistics processes by 2025. Smart transport containers are a first step on this path. They are a cost factor in logistics that should not be underestimated. Thanks to new IoT boxes, Schnellecke wants to increase efficiency and improve their digital capture. The system has a modular structure and fits into the existing digital infrastructure.


“Digital competence is essential for a functioning and citizen-friendly administration. It requires qualified offers for training and further education of employees.”
Patrick Burghardt, State Secretary of the German state of Hesse, on digitization in city administration.


Bank account hacked via smart home: Hackers have managed to steal money from the bank account of a German couple via their smart home system. The hackers were able to do so via an unsecured IP address of one of the devices in the couple’s home. Police initially wanted to confiscate all of the equipment in the apartment, but refrained from doing so when the culprit was revealed.

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