KW 39: Smart farming in Crete, Home office endangers company security, Not all smart door locks are safe


Smart farming in Crete: In Crete, olives are big business and an important part of the economy of Greece’s largest and most populous island. There are 30 million olive trees on Crete, so the potential effects of smart farming are very far-reaching. Agriculture, including olive farming, currently consumes 85% of Crete’s freshwater supply. The idea of using smart technology is to substantially cut any waste.

Shoe sole to help with Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s patients often suffer from a symptom in which their body freezes. In order to give these patients greater autonomy in their mobility, developers in Germany equipped a shoe sole with a sensor that detects this Parkinson’s rigidity and sends an impulse to end the “freezing”. Among other things, the sensor detects an atypical pressure distribution on the foot that differs from a normal stance.

32 German cities receive government funding for smart city projects: The German government is supporting 32 cities with funding for smart city projects. Berlin is one of the funding recipients. But what should be done with the money? Among other things, “Kiezboxes” will be built to offer WLAN in the city. In addition, capacities will be increased in the CityLab innovation hub. In Berlin, there will also be experiments with autonomous driving – the federal money will be used to improve urban mobility.

Home office endangers company security: A study by Trend Micro shows that working from home is associated with security risks for companies. Smart home devices and their apps are easy gateways for cyber criminals. In addition, 39 percent of employees use private devices to work from their private rooms – this is another security risk, as these devices are often less secure. “The fact that so many employees use personal devices to access corporate data and services indicates a lack of awareness of the security risks involved. To remedy the situation and reduce the risks, I recommend companies offer specially tailored cybersecurity training courses. In these, the diversity of users and their different levels of knowledge and attitudes towards IT security should be taken into account”, explains Dr. Linda Kaye, Cyber Psychology Expert.

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According to a Bitkom study, 26 million Germans have installed at least one smart home solution.


Telenot develops standardized digital platform: Security is one of the greatest requirements in the smart home sector. Telenot has therefore developed the digital smart home platform hiXserver, which is intended to guarantee authentication and encryption for home applications. With the appropriate app, status information can be called up via smartphone and tablet. The platform acts as a mediation server with which smart home devices establish a secure connection to one another.

How Eschborn could become a Smart City: Eschborn’s Mayor Adnan Shaikh wants to modernize the German city. On the one hand, he wants to expand internet access in the city, but there are also plans for smart controls of street lighting and initiatives for improved mobility. For example, parking control mechanisms are turned on to take the strain off drivers.

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“Now it is important, in close cooperation with the university, the citizens and all institutions and facilities, to ensure that the funding amount of 15.75 million euros is used in a target-oriented manner. I am looking forward to the many projects that we will be launching in the next few months.”
Bamberg’s Mayor Andreas Starke on the funding from the German interior ministry for smart city projects in his city.


Not all smart door locks are safe: Stiftung Warentest has tested a number of smart door locks that can be opened using voice recognition, fingerprints or apps. Two of the seven locks tested have security problems. They allow short passwords. A device could also be drilled open within a few minutes.

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