KW 38: German FDP party adopts mobile smart city strategy, More protection against burglars with solutions from smartapart, Industrial IoT on track for growth


German FDP party adopts mobile smart city strategy: More than 70 percent of Germans now live in cities. Urbanization has also massively changed cities. They are more complex and dynamic than ever before, as they are both economic engines and hotbeds of ideas. Nevertheless, urbanization brings with it a number of conflicts over limited resources such as parking spaces, roads, footpaths and cycle paths or green spaces. Now, the transport policy spokespersons of all FDP parliamentary groups have together drafted proposals for the technological reorganization and redesign of cities. Their paper „Smart City – Visions for smart mobility for the urban spaces of tomorrow“, presents ideas for optimizing cities and elaborates on a total of 15 points for a real paradigm shift in urban mobility.,,

More protection against burglars with solutions from smartapart: According to current crime statistics, burglaries occur almost twice as often in the months of November to January as in the summer months of July and August. In the Covid year 2020, the German Insurance Association (GDV) registered around 75,000 house and flat burglaries, the lowest number in 40 years. However, Ralf Hartmann, sales manager of the Berlin-based smart-living company smartapart, knows that this positive development is no reason to sound the all-clear. The smartapart systems combine all the conveniences of the smart home with the protection of the building fabric and the low-threshold audiovisual possibilities of a contemporary communication platform. The alarm system can be easily connected and networked with all other smartapart components, has an intelligent absence mode and can be activated and deactivated remotely. All smartapart solutions can be installed without any construction work and are just as suitable for new buildings as they are for existing flats.

Industrial IoT on track for growth: According to a study, there are still more connected IoT devices in the consumer sector than in the industrial sector, but investment in industrial IoT is growing massively, especially in areas such as cross-industry solutions and devices tailored to specific needs. The Reply report „Industrial IoT: A Reality Check“ examines two key areas driving the growth of IoT in industry: Smart Factory and Smart Transport & Logistics. Industrial IoT (IIoT) manages manufacturers to facilitate and improve production visibility by connecting machines and tools in real time. The big data generated by IIoT devices is driving production optimization, delivery quality improvement, implementation of predictive maintenance systems or even supply chain automation. The study, which was carried out using data collected on the Trend SONAR platform and with the support of the Teknowlogy Group, also examines the main markets for both smart factories and smart solutions in transport & logistics.

Xiaomi introduces the Pad 5 tablet alongside multiple new AIoT products: Xiaomi’s global launch event wasn’t limited to smartphones, with the company showing its return to the tablet market, as well as new AIoT (artificial intelligence of things) products for daily use. Besides the new Xiaomi Pad 5, the Chinese manufacturer also announced the new Smart Band 6 NFC, the Smart Projector 2 and the AX3000 wireless network mesh system.

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Google reportedly plans to add free channels to its smart TV platform: Chromecasts and other devices powered by Google TV might give users access to free television channels in the future. According to Protocol, Google has been in talks with free, ad-supported streaming television providers about the possibility of adding their channels to its smart TV platform. Those channels typically have a similar feel to traditional TV, and its shows will be interrupted by commercial breaks.

Managing smart homes with ioBroker: The entry barriers are constantly lowering for the smart home. One example is ioBroker, which is easier to use and customize thanks to updates. If you want to combine smart home components from various manufacturers and control the devices manually and automatically across the board, there are now a whole range of usable smart home control programs, both in commercial form and as open source projects. For some time now, one solution has stood out from the masses of free software that manages almost completely without the usual cryptic configuration files, namely: ioBroker, a modular home automation platform written in JavaScript with Node.js. The program can be installed on any computer running Node.js, whether Linux, macOS or Windows. The popular small computer Raspberry Pi has also been supported since the first generation.

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„The smart city is currently still not visible enough.“
Frank Nägele, State Secretary for Administrative Modernization in Berlin.


Curious inheritance dispute in Saxony – man wants to bequeath property to dog: Bernd Engelmann is the owner of a river property in Löbau in the German state of Saxony. Among other things, a restaurant is located there. According to Engelmann’s will, the estate will not go to his next of kin when he dies. The 71-year-old wants his dog Anna to inherit the property. The curious plan is not particularly well received by his children. The former restaurateur takes his plans even further. Since his dog Anna does not have eternal life, he has had her mated with a purebred dog from Pilsen in the Czech Republic. So his inheritance is to enable a whole family of dogs to live carefree. How and why Engelmann came up with the idea of bequeathing his inheritance to his animal friends is unknown.

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