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Internet of Things

Entering the Internet of Things at the touch of a button

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed an "IoT service button". It can be used to integrate any item into the Internet of Things (IoT).

29 Mar. 2018 Dirk Bongardt
Source: Fraunhofer IML
Source: Fraunhofer IML

Simply pressing the button triggers complex processes: the "IoT service button" developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom simplifies many processes in industry and commerce. The experts tried out the first prototype with Würth Industrie Service, where it is used to quickly order more screws, nuts and washers: if an employee sees that the consumables are running low, they simply press the button, thus triggering an order.

The IoT service button is battery-powered and has a small energy-saving display to confirm that the process has been initiated. Data is transmitted via NarrowBand IoT radio technology. The button can be integrated into existing IT infrastructures and is intended to optimize the ordering and logistics processes of production halls, workshops and other factories. It was publicly presented at LogiMAT 2018 in Stuttgart in March. Although reminiscent of the "Dash Button" Amazon presented in the autumn of 2016, it offers a much wider range of applications.