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Trendspots: Discover the product innovations of CEBIT – No. 3

Checking candidates' profiles at CeBIT. CASE has its sights firmly set on helping employers decipher job applicants’ academic certificates. The startup is offering visitors to CEBIT 2018 the chance to have their degree evaluated by CASE algorithms and receive a personal certificate.

27 May. 2018

Checking candidates' profiles at CeBIT
CASE has its sights firmly set on helping employers decipher job applicants' academic certificates. The startup is offering visitors to CEBIT 2018 the chance to have their degree evaluated by CASE algorithms and receive a personal certificate.

CASE - short for candidate select GmbH - is a spin-off from the University of Bonn. Its founders and managing directors Dr. Philipp Seegers and Dr. Jan Bergerhoff believe university grades on their own don’t reveal much - they need to be put into context. Companies on the lookout for suitable candidates require further information to help optimize the costly and time-consuming selection process. "Seeing as institutes have different standards of evaluation, university grades themselves don't say a lot about the candidate," explains Dr. Seegers, "CASE, however, translates long years of studying into meaningful information." Dr. Bergerhoff adds: "Numerous customer studies have shown the CASE score can not only predict the chosen candidate, but also offers the best indication of later success in the workplace."

CASE uses degree certificates from German universities to generate additional information, enabling companies to make better hiring decisions. With access to more than 220,000 grading averages and the psychological profiles of over 250,000 students across Germany, the system orders and compares this academic data to predict the candidates' potential performance. CASE already counts big names such as the Deutsche Post DHL Group, Evonik Industries, Porsche and the Boston Consulting Group among its customers. At CEBIT 2018, the startup is in Hall 27, side by side with the German Federal Ministry of Economics, which provided funding to help develop the system’s algorithms. Throughout the fair, the CASE team is offering to evaluate academic grades using the algorithm-based system and even print certificates showing the outcome. Can’t make it? Don't worry - just access CASE online at www.case-score.de to have your degree evaluated in a flash.
candidate select GmbH (50968 Cologne, Germany), Hall 27, Stand E77
Contact: Dr. Philipp K. Seegers
Mobile: +49 171 174 58 20
E-Mail: pks@candidate-select.de

GDPR? Bring it on!
Under the slogan "Passion for Data Protection", FAST LTA is at CEBIT 2018 to showcase archiving systems that comply with strict regulations such as the EU's GDPR.

CeBIT's change of direction and exhibition dates has raised expectations for Europe's biggest business festival for innovation and digitization. Although visitors have yet to try out the new concept, the ever growing list of exhibits is clear evidence of exhibitors' enthusiasm. FAST LTA AG is just one of the many businesses that are queuing up to join CeBIT on this new journey. The German company, already a regular fixture at CeEBIT, is relocating to Hall 12 to demonstrate cutting-edge applications for secure backup and archiving solutions, reinforcing its reputation as a specialist supplier of products and services for storing vast amounts of data with built-in data protection.

In light of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the company is focusing hard on digitization and data security. Its archiving systems are designed to help businesses, local authorities and hospitals implement GDPR requirements - and have been doing just that for the past ten years. With thousands of its Silent Cubes now deployed as standalone WORM (Write One, Ready Many) storage devices, FAST LTA boasts virtually unequaled experience. Its innovative Silent Brick system's flexible data storage devices can even function offline, ensuring data is archived in compliance with the law. Its developers liken this solution to a tape system, but with far greater flexibility and higher speeds thanks to the use of hard drives and SSDs.
FAST LTA AG (80686 Munich, Germany), Hall 12, Stand A80
Contact: Hannes Heckel
Tel.: +49 89 89047-850
E-Mail: hannes.heckel@fast-lta.de

Hardware interfaces under lock and key
Not every data thief sneaks in through the data highway, sometimes they come on foot with a USB stick to pry open your systems. Smart Light Solutions (SLS) GmbH has chosen CeBIT 2018 to show off its new security concept - Smartkeeper - and help safeguard hardware interfaces against malicious attacks.

"Smartkeeper is a preventive security concept for protecting and controlling IT hardware interfaces to safeguard sensitive data and information," explains Nils Fleischhauer, managing director at Smart Light Solutions GmbH. Fleischhauer points out that IT security management is becoming ever more important due to the constantly growing complexity and risks - not to mention the increasingly stringent regulations (GDPR). A classic weak spot, says Fleischhauer, are USB ports, which hackers can use to quickly connect a USB stick or even a smartphone to copy data or install malicious software.

SLS is acutely aware of increasing cyber crime rates, and says it won’t be long before this threat spreads beyond the net. That's why the company believes innovative tech companies, public institutes, universities, cities and municipalities need to tackle the question of how to also physically protect sensitive data. The Smartkeeper from SLS on show at CeBIT 2018 is a physical IT security solution with a range of options to mechanically seal and lock IT hardware output and input ports such as USB ports and network connections in PCs, switches, printers and servers. "But Smartkeeper locks also enable operators to safeguard, lock, release and manage IT interfaces inside buildings or manufacturing plants," explains Fleischhauer, "Smartkeeper therefore provides an additional barrier to existing software security products. This significantly helps prevent industry espionage, data theft and the introduction of malware - from both within and outside the company - ensuring sensitive data and information are protected on all fronts."
SLS – Smart Light Solutions GmbH (22175 Hamburg, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B34/1
Contact: Nils Fleischhauer
Mobile: +49 176 636 255 60
E-Mail: N.Fleischhauer@smartlightsolutions.de

Next-generation document exchange
Ferrari electronic is at CeBIT 2018 in Hannover to showcase its cutting-edge unified communications solutions. Visitors to the company's stand can even get a sneak preview of the document sharing format of the future, which is designed to be backward compatible with established fax protocols.

Founded in 1989, Ferrari electronic is an innovative developer and manufacturer of hardware and software for optimizing unified communications. On show at this year's CeBIT is the company's end-to-end portfolio of solutions for unified communications, unified messaging and call recording. Ferrari electronic is also eager to unveil the future of document sharing - a next-generation file exchange format that it's currently working on to take business communications to a whole new level.

The aim is to enable operators - no matter which hardware they're using - to send documents via two or more end devices as quickly as e-mails and as (legally) securely as faxes. With this in mind, Ferrari electronic is developing a next-generation document exchange solution that takes the latest International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards into account. These standards ensure traditional and modern fax processes can communicate reliably with one other and always employ the best transmission method. The processes involved are therefore backward compatible with established fax protocols, thus allowing not only state-of-the-art multifunctional devices but also conventional fax servers and analog fax end devices to accept documents without any additional software or hardware.
Ferrari electronic AG (14513 Teltow, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C101
Contact: Claudia Duval
Tel.: +49 332 845590
E-Mail: info@ferrari-electronic.de

The art of customer relationship management
CAS Software AG, the German market leader in SME customer relationship management (CRM), is at CeBIT to showcase a number of product innovations, including the Picasso search tool, which is celebrating its international premiere. It harnesses a method that the great man himself summed up as showing what he had found and not what he was looking for.

Among the highlights that CAS, together with seven partners, is presenting in Hall 16 are the SmartWe app-based CRM cloud platform for SMEs, the upcoming x10 version of the CRM flagship solution CAS genesisWorld, the seamless integration of CRM and marketing automation, and product configuration using virtual reality (VR) glasses from CAS Future Labs. "In our software movie theater, we're demonstrating how trusted software is bringing people together and helping companies foster close customer relationships," says Martin Hubschneider, CEO of CAS Software AG. "SMEs in particular have the unprecedented possibility of using adaptive solutions to gear their processes to the needs and wishes of customers and employees with a firm focus on the future."

The preview of the upcoming x10 version of the CRM and xRM solution CAS genesisWorld at CEBIT 2018 offers visitors their first opportunity to take an in-depth look and discover a whole host of new functions that provide flexibility, including for mobile devices. These notably include smart assistants, such as the Picasso search tool, billed as a world first by its developers. As Picasso, the Spanish painter and sculptor who shaped the art world like almost no one else in the last century, put it himself almost 100 years ago: "When I paint, my objective is to show what I have found and not what I am looking for." The developers of the Picasso search tool have channeled this approach and ensured the new solution makes appropriate suggestions before and during input, based on individual use. "We aim for Picasso to find the right result even before the search term is entered and to offer users a suggestion for at least 50 percent of searches, leaving them suitably impressed," says Hubschneider.
CAS Software AG (76131 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 16, Stand J18
Contact: Alexander Dupps
Tel.: +49 721 9638-782
E-Mail: presse@cas.de

Smart touch
In a CEBIT 2018 exclusive, signotec is unveiling three product innovations - the Delta Pen Display and the Epsilon Touch Pen Display, both with new functions, and signoSign/2 software, which now supports approved electronic signatures using a smartcard reader. As in previous years, signotec GmbH has chosen CEBIT 2018 in Hannover to showcase new electronic signature solutions. The company is in Hall 15 at Europe's largest business festival for innovation and digitization to exhibit three product innovations alongside its familiar signature pads.

The 10.1-inch signotec Delta Pen Display is now also available in an updated version with a highly user-friendly capacitive touch function. Capacitive touchscreens are not just more resistant to scratches, they can also be operated with much greater precision using one or more fingers, as they boast multi-touch functionality. The signotec Delta Touch Pen Display is ideal for applications such as self-service terminals where a form needs to be completed on screen using a virtual keyboard and then signed. The signature itself continues to be provided using a stylus, which enables a high level of biometric security.

signotec is also presenting the Epsilon Touch Pen Display, which is equipped with the same functions as the Delta Touch Pen Display. The difference lies in the much larger display, which at 15.6 inches makes it even more user-friendly. But the technological advances aren't confined to hardware. signoSign/2 software now supports approved electronic signatures via a smartcard reader. According to the definition in the EU eIDAS directive on electronic signatures, which has been in force since 2016, this form of signature is the highest level of quality for e-signatures. It is used primarily where legislation requires agreements to be in writing.
signotec GmbH (40885 Ratingen, Germany), Hall 15, Stand D19
Contact: Gunther Hagner
Tel.: +49 2102 53575-11
Mobile: +49 163 3345566
E-Mail: gunther.hagner@signotec.de

Plugging the gap in smart homes
The eco-friendly company Smappee, renowned for its pioneering smart energy management technology, is attending CEBIT for the first time. Visitors to the startup's stand can catch a sneak preview of the new Smappee Switch - the most intelligent plug on the market right now.

As part of its new alignment, CEBIT is now focusing even more firmly on disruptive business models and digitization trendsetters. This is exactly where the Belgian eco-friendly tech company Smappee comes in. Its solutions measure energy values in precise detail, ensuring homeowners can efficiently monitor how much energy they consume and produce. "Our developments focus heavily on resource-saving power consumption - an increasingly important factor in smart homes," says Stefan Grosjean, CEO and founder of Smappee, adding: "Our customers want to make the best possible use of energy in their home and optimize energy flows to become less dependent on the central power grid and feed less unused energy into it. What's important here is to coordinate household devices so that they interact seamlessly to turn themselves on, off, up or down. Batteries and private energy storage are also taking on a bigger role. Consumers will start to think beyond the walls of their own home, as micro grids and private power supply will push increasingly to the forefront in the coming years. Our technology enables users to actively control their energy usage right here and now.”

For its debut at CEBIT, the company is demonstrating its entire range of smart measurement and control devices, including the Smappee Switch - apparently the most intelligent plug on the market. This latest addition to the Smappee ecosystem can even transform conventional household devices into smart gadgets. Together with the Smappee energy monitor - which can be connected to numerous IoT services and devices thanks to the MQTT smart home protocol - the system records energy consumption and enables homeowners to control almost any device remotely via the smart app or by using the voice-controlled AI assistant Alexa.
Smappee NV (8500 Kortrijk, Belgium), Hall 13, Stand H51/1
Contact: Ann Vermander
Tel.: +32 56 380211
E-Mail: a.vermander@smappee.com

Crash-testing online security
Crashtest Security GmbH from Munich was one of the three teams of developers to reach the CEBIT Innovation Award 2018 final. The newly founded company has designed a software to detect security loopholes in online programs and recommend how to tackle them.

The increasing popularity of online transactions set Crashtest Security on a mission to enhance security in web applications. Vast amounts of often sensitive data are currently recorded and processed to facilitate online payments and reservations - and, if everything goes well, safeguarded against attacks. This is precisely where Crashtest Security comes into play. Its software is designed to scan entire web-based programs to reveal data security loopholes, which it then analyzes and securely closes by drawing on information from a public error database.

The fledgling company rightly identifies data protection as a hot topic - and not just for the specialist community. After all, small businesses and private website operators need to protect their own data as much as that of their customers and visitors. That's why the Crashtest Security solution is aimed at any website operator who needs to protect personal data. During the scanning process, the application infiltrates the website to unearth any vulnerabilities. Machine learning algorithms should help the application to become increasingly adept in overcoming obstacles and recognizing security loopholes in all manner of ways. Using the information on errors held in a public database, a report determines how urgently each must be dealt with, which helps operators to quickly and efficiently resolve any issues. The Crashtest Security team is keenly working on certifying its product to offer customers a universally recognized security status. What’s more, the team is broadening its horizons to help large businesses safeguard their all-important data, too.
Crashtest Security GmbH (80805 Munich, Germany), Hall 27, Stand F82
Contact: Janosch Maier
Tel.: +49 89 215 41 665
Mobile: +49 176 703 984 72
E-Mail: janosch@crashtest-security.com

Roll up, roll up!
The intelligent tools that implexis GmbH is bringing to CEBIT 2018 are designed to help traders optimize online shops, offer a seamless customer journey and perform analyses in real time. Pride of place on its "Smart IT Truck" goes to the new xReach smart retail platform that it is premiering at the event.

implexis GmbH from Nuremberg is a world-leading digitization specialist in Microsoft-based business solutions. Since it was founded in 1993, this premium Microsoft partner has trained its sights on omnichannel ERP and CRM solutions for retail and wholesale companies, portal solutions for state-of-the-art workstations, and cross-sector cloud and analytics solutions. Its managed services are designed to ensure optimum end-to-end customer care and assistance. And if that’s not enough, implexis is now the main implementation partner for the xReach solution platform. What better way to do this extensive portfolio justice than drive it to CEBIT 2018 on a spectacular "Smart IT Truck"?

On board is a host of intelligent tools designed to help traders optimize online shops, offer a seamless customer journey and perform analyses in real time. To top everything off, implexis is using this impressive stage to unveil the xReach smart retail platform - a modular software solution designed to unlock new opportunities to benefit from digitization. xReach can be used to flexibly combine and seamlessly interlink separate ERP, intranet and online shop modules so that companies can piece together the perfect solution to fit their precise needs. Last but not least, if this sounds like your kind of company, implexis is inviting IT experts and graduates to explore its credentials as a prospective employer at "job and career at CEBIT". The event "Jump-'n'-Run up the career ladder" kicks off at 2.05 p.m., 12 June, on STAGE 2 of job and career in Hall 27.
implexis GmbH (90429 Nuremberg, Germany), Hall 17, Stand G26 (Smart IT Truck)
implexis Jobs@CeBIT stand, Hall 27, Stand F26
Contact: Christina Heinickel
Tel.: +49 911 53063115
E-Mail: implexis@kaltwasser.de

Hardcopy 4.0
The AWS Institute for Digital Products and Processes is dedicated to promoting innovations and application-specific research transfer at an international level. In line with this mission, the company is unveiling its new Desktop Activity Mining at CEBIT 2018.

"Everything that can be digitized will be digitized" is a vision that the August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute (AWSi) for Digital Products and Processes in Saarbrücken not only believes in, but wants to actively pursue. This independent research institute develops new technologies and preempts business models, focusing hard on interlinking research, innovation and business right from the start. One of its highlights at CEBIT 2018 in Hannover is the launch of Desktop Activity Mining.

Desktop Activity Mining is based on a method developed at the AWSi for capturing and documenting work processes. It works by anonymously logging the screen actions of all employees involved in the process and then consolidating and combining these into a business process. Data and process mining mechanisms are used to obtain the data algorithms required to generate a detailed representation of the actual work process. The revolutionary key to this new mining approach is that it goes beyond only using transaction data from IT systems to describe a business process - by directly mining the employees’ desktop activity. This captures previously undetectable actions that are relevant to the process, such as writing an email. Desktop Activity Mining therefore provides the first ever means of representing entire processes at employees' actual working level. This promises to prove indispensable in the field of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), where work processes are performed by software robots. Desktop Activity Mining generates consolidated work processes precisely enough to configure these software robots, thus potentially paving the way for cost-effective and efficient automation of the configuration processes involved instead of time-consuming manual input.
AWS-Institut für digitale Produkte und Prozesse gGmbH (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 27, Stand G75
Contact: Christian Neu
Mobile: +49 162 293 46 80
E-Mail: christian.neu@aws-institut.de

A rapidly ascending new star
The potential use of delivery drones has long been fiercely debated. The groundbreaking new drone developed by EmQopter, probably one of the most advanced of its kind, is making a beeline to Hannover on a mission to impress the logistics professionals scouting for breakthroughs at CEBIT.

Every year, a press preview sets the ball rolling for CEBIT, offering an exclusive sneak preview of some of the highlights in store. The exhibitors showcasing their products at the New City Hall in Hannover on 15 May included household names such as VW, ADAC, AVM and IBM – but also a startup from Würzburg called EmQopter. The fledgling company grasped this unique opportunity to demonstrate what its interpretation of a genuinely fit-for-purpose delivery drone looks like and how it works.

The innovative sensors onboard EmQopter’s brainchild make it one of the most advanced drones in its segment. In contrast to its rivals, the EmQopter drone is equipped with a proximity sensor system that enables it to independently identify suitable landing sites, fly toward them and land there. This patent-pending technology makes the EmQopter drone the first contender for authorized autonomous flights in non-regulated urban airspace. Others require specially designated landing zones and are unable to make safe emergency landings elsewhere. This limits them to officially controlled airspace, thus severely restricting their potential uses. The test to see whether the EmQopter drone is actually ready to make the leap from development to practical application is scheduled for August 2018. That’s when Jopp Holding GmbH will put it into proper "service" for the first time, making several deliveries a day in a test environment.
Emqopter GmbH (97074 Würzburg, Germany), Hall 27, Stand C69/9
Contact: Dr. Nils Gageik
Tel.: +49 931 3291 8921
E-Mail: info@emqopter.de

Hawk-eyed smartphone scanner
Hyperspectral cameras can be used to scan food products for freshness, reveal hidden repairs to chassis parts and test the authenticity of medicines and luxury goods. The HawkSpex Mobile from Fraunhofer IFF is the first version of this technology to work on a regular smartTel..

Smartphones are part and parcel of everyday life and have long since moved way beyond plain old communications devices, as onboard sensors such as gyroscopes, cameras and GPS open up entirely new practical functions when combined with specially developed apps. A whole range of these additional features aims to turn smartphones into affordable, user-friendly measuring and monitoring devices that are always close to hand. The Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF in Magdeburg has now developed the innovative HawkSpex Mobile method complete with app that transforms regular smartphones into customized constituent cameras.

The process, which is being unveiled at CEBIT 2018 in Hannover, requires features that smartphones don’t normally come with as standard. For example, to perform hyperspectral photography, light needs to be broken down into narrow-band spectral channels and this is achieved by combining controllable lighting with a standard color camera. That means switching through a sequence of different colors that fill the smartphone. display while taking a series of photographs with the front-facing camera. This process is used to measure the light reflected from the object, which is being illuminated in a controlled and defined manner. It only takes a few hundred milliseconds to create a hyperspectral image that is based on the sequence of lighting colors, which can be paremeterized in terms of color and quantity to suit the specific application scenario. The accompanying app enables user interaction, controls the synchronous lighting/photography and creates a link to a spectral applications database that customers can help gradually expand to cover a whole range of applications.
Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF (39106 Magdeburg, Germany), Hall 27, Stand E78
Contact: Prof. Udo Seiffert
Tel.: +49 391 4090-107
E-Mail: udo.seiffert@iff.fraunhofer.de

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