Countdown to CeBIT 2016: Highlights of the CeBIT Press Preview, Part 2
Date: Wed, 02/10/2016 - 17:43
Many new business models now focus on the use of drones – among them the logistics and agricultural sectors, with ground-breaking ideas also coming from the 'ecosystem startups' sector. Other topics covered at the CeBIT Preview included intelligent solutions for mobile business, the smart home, and the city of the future
At the CeBIT Preview in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe presented the concept for the eagerly awaited first DRONEMASTERS Summit@CeBIT. In addition to an exhibition, this will also feature a conference program over several days, and a "Flight Arena" in Hall 16. The focus will be on business applications for smart, unmanned drones.
Amongst other exhibitors, Swiss-based Wingtra brings an interesting drone design to the trade fair: The fast-growing spinoff of ETH Zürich has built a drone that takes off vertically like a helicopter and can land easily between houses or in woodland clearings.
The "Skye" drone prototype from ETH Zürich combines the energy-efficient flight of a zeppelin airship with the precision of a quadcopter. Fitted with cameras, it will fly over the site in March and show what the Interactive Marketing arena looks like from above.
And speaking of Switzerland, which is CeBIT's Partner Country this year ("We export twice as many IT products as chocolate and cheese together", says Franz Grüter of the Swiss National Council) – the internationally active Swiss financial services provider SIX Group and Noser Young Professionals AG will also be greeting the press in Hannover. Infrastructure provider SIX offers FinTech solutions, and supports banks in upgrading their digitalization strategies. Noser Young Professionals is presenting a model at CeBIT for training next-generation engineers aged 17 and up. Visitors to CeBIT can earn a "CeBIT Training Diploma" in just five minutes.
BVDS, Peat, VoxR.org, ActiWait, Climbtrack and Cryptomator: Trailblazing ideas from ecosystem startups
Many startup organizations will be demonstrating at the CeBIT Preview the huge spectrum of business ideas that are enabled through digitalization. Their main point of contact at CeBIT itself is the focal CeBIT-SCALE11, developed jointly with Federal German startup BVDS. This presents the entire ecosystem of innovaters, startups, established companies and investors, in Hall 11.
Hannover-based Peat has developed an app that uses artificial intelligence to reduce crop failures. Based on image recognition and self-learning algorithms, it will provide early detection of plant disease.
The founders of VoxR.org offer a means of overcoming the monotony of many business events: Via a simply-constructed Internet site that can be contacted from any smartphone, delegates in a congress or workshop can pose questions, stimulate discussions or send feedback. Five DAX companies already use this service, including pharmaceutical organisation Merck and automobile manufacturer Daimler.
In the contest for the prestigious CeBIT Innovation Award 2016, three teams of young researchers have qualified for the final round. The prize winner will be announced in Hannover in March, and will display their project at the stand staged by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Hall 6.ActiWait from Urban Invention GbR is an interactive attachment for a signal input button at pedestrian crossings, which not only improves traffic safety but can also be utilized as a WLAN hotspot. Climbtrack, from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), allows climbers to analyse and document the progress of their training at low cost. In addition, augmented reality solutions permit on-the-spot planning of ascent routes. The Cryptomator, developed by two students from Bonner Informatik, is the first reliable client-side open source encryption for cloud-based storage. It is platform-independent, and is designed for technically inexperienced users.
Pearl, Sennheiser, ZTE, Eurotech: Intelligent solutions for mobile business, the smart home, and the city of the future
In an age in which companies implement most of their projects across multiple locations and countries, teleconferencing is an important success factor. Sennheiser is presenting "TeamConnect Wireless" at CeBIT – a wireless solution for mobile audioconferencing with up to 24 participants. Smart devices or computers can link to the system in a few seconds.
There are also some interesting accessories for business applications from Pearl: The electronics dealer is presenting its wireless-connected microSD card-reader "Callstel" at the CeBIT Preview; the WLAN interface allows smartphone users to access up to two terabytes of additional memory. Up to eight users at a time can access the data, via app or Internet browser. Pearl is also a distributor for three new wearables, offering to smart-home beginners the VisorTech door and window alarm HSS-1.dw, that sends an automatic push-message if there is a break-in. Up to 100 detectors can be monitored with the associated app.
Practical ideas for the smart city, and new products for corporate business are the focus of ZTE's entry. The supplier of telecoms systems, network solutions and mobile devices will present innovative applications at CeBIT for the eHealth, smart education and smart transportation sectors, plus an urban data operation system for secure smart-city applications, all based on big-data analysis. There is also a wireless charging system for Intelligent Factory 4.0 and an IoT-based smart grid.
Eurotech is involved in the key growth area of the Internet of Things – with an integrated portfolio of hardware and software solutions for M2M and IoT device middleware, and cloud solutions, which act as basic building blocks for modern infrastructures in the Internet of Things.
In touch with research: ETH Zurich, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and the new trend towards bio-hacking
The use of digital technologies even allows new approaches in building construction or architecture, as ETH Zurich demonstrates with their "In-situ Fabricator". The mobile robot system transfers the capability and flexibility of digital fabrication directly to the building site. The CeBIT stand of Zurich University was constructed using the "In-situ Fabricator".
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) can be found at the "Research & Innovation" showcase in Hall 6, along with many other well-known research institutes. As an impressive appetizer, KIT is presenting software by Kinemic, which allows words to be input by writing them in the air, and applications to be controlled using gestures. Movements are captured by a sensor armband or a smart watch, and translated into gestures or text. Hands-free operation of computers, smartphones or augmented reality glasses is no longer a Utopian dream.
Hannes Sjöblad takes a daring leap forward: The director of the Swedish Bio-hacking Association was promoting digital implants at the CeBIT Preview. He already wears a chip implant in his hand which he can use, for instance, to open doors. Sjöblad believes that physical objects or passwords for identification will soon be a thing of the past: "Human Upgrade Technology is coming!". Anyone who has noted the enormous rate of digitalization in business and industry will feel that Sjöblad's vision may become a reality.
Above, image credited to CeBIT