KW 32: Launch of smart living map, New Samsung smartwatches no longer support iOS, Conrad Connect reduces price of its smart home platform


Launch of smart living map: Smart living technologies in Germany are to be brought to life and convince even more people of the advantages of a smart home. To this end, the Smart Living Business Initiative (WISL) has now compiled a digital map. On this map, property owners, tenants, planners, architects and project developers, as well as all interested parties, can find various locations in Germany where they can see smart living applications in action. Over 35 showrooms from all over Germany are currently represented. The aim of the map is to act as a gathering point for smart living showrooms, developing Germany into the lead market for smart living technologies and increasing market momentum around the secure digitization of the home and living environment. The Smart Living business initiative is a nationwide network commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and managed by the Smart Living office.

New Samsung smartwatches no longer support iOS: For the first time — and perhaps as a result of the Google/Samsung collaboration — the new Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic will not be able to pair with iOS devices. Samsung confirmed this to ArsTechnica while saying that the change has no impact on older Galaxy smartwatches. In other words, Samsung won’t be removing that ability on its Tizen products. Also removed is support for Android 5.0 smartphones, with the new minimum threshold being Android 6.0. However, Google Mobile Services — Play Services and the Play Store — must be on your device for the device to work, thanks to its new Wear OS core.,

Conrad Connect reduces price of its smart home platform: Conrad Connect wants to make its smart home platform more attractive for private consumers in the future and is therefore reducing its prices significantly. At the same time, customers will receive more services. This makes the private smart home more affordable overall. The current smart home trend is no longer geared towards selecting devices by manufacturer or protocol, but by functionality and appearance. At first, manufacturers didn’t envision it this way. For a long time, they believed that they could build small „walled gardens“ for themselves, in which only their own devices would function.

IIoT creates conditions for a connected supply chain: Communicative and networked technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things ensure that customer expectations are exceeded, while employee errors are reduced and the entire supply chain becomes traceable both internally and externally. Online shopping has received a significant boost from the 2020 Covid pandemic, with e-commerce sales of goods up 14.6 percent year over year. So optimized warehousing and shipping are more critical than ever, and IIoT plays a particularly large role in that. Technology has revolutionized the supply chain. IoT is a network of devices connected to the internet, and through it to each other, to successfully communicate and transmit data without the need for human intervention. When applied to industrial environments, it creates the IIoT, which can improve the effectiveness of business operations and reduce downtime by leveraging advanced connectivity to detect problems in a timely manner.

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„Smart Citytech is the biggest opportunity of our generation“: Expert panel discusses investments, sustainability and future-proof cities: At a virtual forum organized by Venturous Group, China’s first Citytech™ Group, the market for Smart City technology was identified as massive — more than US$2 trillion and growing — and a significant opportunity for investors. Smart City applications will transform city life and improve quality of life in urban areas by 10 to 30%. While Smart Citytech is not without its challenges, the biggest risk for investors is to play it safe and do nothing. On July 29, the virtual forum discussed the future of Smart Citytech in China. The panel included five prominent experts from the investment and Deep Tech communities, including Savio Kwan, former COO of Alibaba Group, and Venturous Group Founder and Chairman Benson Tam. Following the event, Benson Tam said: „Smart Citytech is the biggest opportunity of our generation. It will have planetary impact on our urban, economic and digital lives — the way we live, work and play — it’s a triple transformation moment at a unique point in history.“ Mr. Dale Nicholls, Portfolio Manager of Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, another panelist added: „Smart Citytech is a young but promising market — the first thing you need to be attracted to is the size of the prize. And importantly, it has strong government support.“ While the market potential of Smart Citytech is huge, it will also have a pronounced impact on future city living. Research from consulting firm McKinsey shows that Smart City applications can improve specific key quality-of-life indicators, such as environmental quality, health, time and convenience, safety, social connectedness and civic participation, by 10 to 30%. Smart Citytech can address several of the world’s biggest problems — which are city challenges.

How smart technology could revolutionize the senior living industry: America is facing a crisis of affordability for one of its most populous and vulnerable generations. Every day, about 10,000 Baby Boomers turn age 65, with all of them expected to reach this age by 2030. Life expectancies continue to rise, with the average ages of women and men now 86.7 and 83.9, respectively. Meanwhile, the average monthly price tag for living in an assisted living community is $4,051, and the average price for receiving in-home care is $4,290. The average Baby Boomer saves approximately $152,000 for retirement and spends $48,885 per year. According to Dr. Eric George, all these figures underscore a frightening pattern considering many older Americans need help with personal care in their lifetimes. Based on his experiences partnering with senior living providers, George calls for swift and coordinated action. Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Considering recent advancements in tech, Clarke’s declaration seems astute. Smart home systems and artificial intelligence (AI) have unlocked an ever-growing number of possibilities for assisting seniors as they age. From smart security to lighting systems, thermostats to pill dispensers and beyond, today’s devices enable caregivers to monitor the activity of residents and proactively intervene. They also enable adult children to maintain supportive home environments for their parents from anywhere, at any time. George points out that it’s worth considering the collective ability of smart devices to address the affordability crisis. At the very least, they give us a chance of helping older Americans gain access to the social determinants of health that can maximize quality of life.

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„Artificial intelligence will continue to gain traction in the music industry in the coming years, as many branches of the industry can benefit from the technology.“
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Brandenburg approves batons for prison staff: Brandenburg was the only German state that prohibited weapons in prisons. However, because prisoners have become increasingly violent, some changes will be made. Several of the employees are to receive so-called batons. The tightened new security concept for the four correctional facilities in the state envisages that in future there will be more task forces with staff specially trained for conflict situations. These groups will carry batons.

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