Are you a foosball fan?
Hannover isn't just home to CEBIT, it's also a mecca for foosball aficionados and, since everyone knows foosball is a firm favorite at IT startups, that brings us back full circle. Silpion is also well aware of the connection, and is staging daily tournaments at the fair under the banner "Digitization is a Team Sport".
Established in Hamburg in 2000, Silpion IT-Solutions GmbH is among the leading full-service IT service providers from northern Germany exhibiting at CEBIT 2018. What really makes them popular in the home of foosball, however, is that Silpion holds the world record for the largest ever foosball tournament, with 1,926 participants. In fact, as far as Silpion is concerned, foosball and digitization are a match made in heaven that everyone needs to try.
So, where better to share their enthusiasm than at Europe’s Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization? Silpion is inviting CEBIT visitors to join it at an XL foosball arena measuring more than 250 square meters. Anyone who wants to drink in the atmosphere of anticipation ahead of the soccer World Cup should head towards the SAP Ferris wheel to find the perfect place for fun, foosball and friendly networking! Mini-tournaments, each lasting 30 to 45 minutes, are being held hourly from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (except on Tuesday evening) to find the best team for each day. The finals in the evenings will then determine who clinches the title of Foosball Champions CEBIT 2018.
Silpion Events GmbH (20539 Hamburg, Germany),open-air site, Stand P43
Contact: Bettina Hermes
Tel.: + 49 40 399 976 307
Get back in the classroom – virtually!
alfaview is at CEBIT 2018 to showcase its eponymous intelligent video conferencing application and reveal how communication processes can be optimized, whether in business, in education or at home.
The education center alfatraining has been offering exclusively online classroom teaching via live video platforms since 2010. A partner of SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG, it is at CEBIT to present the alfaview video conferencing system and impress a broad audience with the high quality and performance of the software. alfaview allows users to transmit a virtually unlimited number of videos live, simultaneously, in-sync and in television quality worldwide. The aim is to enable face-to-face conferences and training that will impress more than just private users, since even business professionals are usually bowled over by the transmission quality.
However, another key factor that alfaview offers besides such outstanding quality is rock-solid stability. The application gives businesspeople, educators and public authorities the opportunity to make the most of reliable audiovisuals for networking with customers, clients, learners and cooperation partners according to their specific needs. Other than the alfaview application itself, all that users need to tap into a whole new world of online classroom teaching and professional business meetings is standard PC equipment and a suitable broadband connection. The clear design and user-friendly interface also make alfaview an intuitive tool that virtually anyone can use. The team is also exhibiting a teaser for the forthcoming iPad version of alfaview at CEBIT. This latest addition to the portfolio is destined to inject even more flexibility into professional meetings.
alfaview - alfatraining Bildungszentrum e.K. (76133 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 17, Stand D40
Contact: Karolina B. Plewniak
Tel: +49 721 35450 340
IT is better together, too!
The DSAG independent association of German-speaking SAP users is offering visitors to CEBIT 2018 a 360-degree overview of digitization in companies and inviting them to debate the latest hot topics.
The DSAG is on a clear mission in Hannover - it wants to present itself as the go-to partner for all things SAP in businesses, not least because it is the world's most influential lobbying group for SAP users. The DSAG, which represents more than 3,300 companies and over 60,000 SAP users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is at CEBIT to showcase the benefits of membership and introduce its more than 200 committees.
The association is also staging two free events on 13 and 14 June in the Berlin Room (Convention Center) to explore "Predictive target architectures in the digital transformation" (in German), focusing on the business perspective in one case and IT in the other. "I think it would be great if companies put their heads together to really think about IT architecture so as to carefully weigh up whether they can move their on-premises business processes to cloud models and, if so, which ones," says Otto Schell, the board member at DSAG responsible for IoT and business transformation, adding: "That would be a huge first step toward new architectures!"
Besides the two special events, the SAP users' group is also giving its first presentation at the fair. On 14 June, from 10.50 to 11.10 a.m., Schell will be speaking on the Expert Stage of the CEBIT Cloud & Blockchain Forum in Hall 13 about "The relevance of networked business" (in German) and explaining why technologies such as blockchain are set to change business.
DSAG Deutschsprachige SAP Anwendergruppe e.V. (69190 Walldorf, Germany), open-air site, Stand P44
Contact: Julia Theis
Tel.: +49 6227-358 09-74
The highlight at the stand run by cobra - computer's brainware GmbH is the latest version of “cobra 2018 DATENSCHUTZ-ready". As its name suggests (DATA PROTECTION-ready in English), this fully tested CRM software is designed to help companies cope with the new requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
You might have thought that the topic of GDPR would have dropped down the agenda a little since it finally entered into force on 25 May 2018. However, it's becoming increasingly clear from the offerings at CEBIT just how much more still needs to be done to help businesses understand and implement this much-discussed legislation. The software experts at cobra feel it's time they stepped up to the plate. Their latest version of "cobra 2018 DATENSCHUTZ-ready" offers uncertain companies the help they need to navigate the jungle of regulations safely and in full compliance!
"Over the last 20 months, the whole team has worked flat-out on GDPR with specialist IT lawyers, and given its all to the development process. Our team is made up of fully trained data protection specialists who offer our customers the best possible advice on software matters. We also put our software through months of testing and it has been certified as such for implementing GDPR requirements," says Jürgen Litz, Managing Director of cobra GmbH. cobra Version 2018 provides an incredibly simple means of identifying and configuring personal data. Details regarding sources and purposes can be assigned to individuals and, if necessary, called up to satisfy obligations to provide supporting evidence. If a data subject wants to exercise their right to access their personal data, all it takes is the touch of a button. Furthermore, users will be able to delete data records that are due to be expunged - such as when the purpose of their use has expired - either on an immediate ad-hoc basis or after a set delay in line with an integrated deletion timetable. Following deletion, blocking notes can be implemented and addresses placed on a blocked list so that they are not re-imported.
cobra - computer's brainware GmbH (78467 Konstanz, Germany), Hall 15, Stand E08
Contakt: Samantha Schubert
Tel.: +49 7531 8101-37
Breaking into the fifth dimension of videography
Researchers at Saarland University have developed something that is very rare indeed - a light-field camera system for filming videos. Recordings and details about this fascinating project are on show to the public for the first time at CEBIT in Hannover.
Light-field photography is truly impressive, with almost limitless depth of focus that opens up whole new options for professional photographers and specialists. And now, with the emergence of affordable cameras, amateurs are getting in on the action, too. Not only does the technology allow users to change the point of focus in an image even after the picture has been taken, it can also be used to take three-dimensional photographs. However, when it comes to videos, light-field technology is much less widely used, particularly since the necessary hardware is virtually unavailable. Among the few with access to the necessary camera equipment is Saarland University. Researchers from the university are at CEBIT 2018 to showcase videos shot on their system and present the details for the first time.
"No image information is lost any more," explains Thorsten Herfet, Professor of telecommunications at Saarland University, explaining the effect of the camera system. "If, for example, you film a cyclist who is obscured by a shrub during recording and is therefore only partially visible, you can completely eliminate the shrub during post-processing," continues Herfet, who developed the system with his colleagues Tobias Lange and Frank Wassmuth over the last twelve months.
For the light field videos to work, it is crucial that the same scene is shot from multiple angles. To do just that, the computer scientists have arranged 64 cameras in an array which can be adjusted in terms of its area. Each camera has a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, 8-bit color depth and can shoot up to 40 frames per second. "We can control each camera independently of the others on the timeline and thus selectively replace individual image areas with earlier or later images," explains Herfet. "This enables us to shoot movement in a completely new way. You could say we're breaking into the fifth dimension." While the video is being shot, image data from each camera is processed by its own mini-PC, which is no bigger than a lunchbox. "The fast hard disks of these small office PCs are particularly important, as each camera sends 270 megabytes of data per second during recording," explains Lange, who is a PhD student working under Professor Herfet. The 16 mini-computers are combined in a one-meter-high case that Lange developed and produced using a 3D printer. From there, the image data is sent to the central storage unit, which can hold more than 50 terabytes.
Universität des Saarlandes WuT GmbH (66123 Saarbrücken, Germany), Hall 27, Stand G75
Contact: Thorsten Herfet
Tel.: +49 681 302 70852
Real cobots do ERP, too!
We're all used to the idea of cobots as tireless helpers, but the fact they can now also interact with ERP solutions might come as a surprise. Asseco Solutions is at CEBIT 2018 with a practical demonstration to show how it's done.
The ERP experts from Asseco Solutions have a special guest at their CEBIT stand - the cobot known as "Panda" from Voith Robotics. The impressive exhibit is showing visitors how it handles a practical business scenario and interacts with the APplus ERP solution from Asseco Solutions at the same time. Carl-Heinz Gödde, Vice President Sales at Asseco Solutions, explains why his company is showcasing more than just software at the fair: "Collaborating with people requires a much higher degree of flexibility than we are familiar with from classic human/machine scenarios. Unlike a conventional machine that has one set purpose, collaborative robots have to adapt continuously to new tasks according to the situation. In certain circumstances, a traditional software-based machine connection is simply too inflexible. The robots must be able to interact with software via conventional user interfaces to ensure they can be integrated into a team on a flexible basis. With the help of the innovative robot known as ‘Panda’, we want to give visitors to our stand an insight into the working world of tomorrow and show them what this kind of scenario could look like."
During its run at CEBIT 2018, the cobot is completing individual steps in an example business scenario that includes removing goods from storage for a customer order. A human operator uses the robot controls on the cobot to tell it the quantity that needs to be picked then it sets to work collecting the relevant number of elements from the stores at the Asseco stand. So far, so conventional. But then Panda reveals exactly why it is on show at CEBIT - after picking the goods, it logs its activities in APplus, which it updates using its own touchpen, to enter the corresponding values into the ERP system. Finally, the cobot also prints or emails the corresponding ticket in APplus to acknowledge the quantity withdrawal for the customer. "By using the lightweight robot 'Panda' like this and integrating it into process sequences, we are helping customers boost their production significantly," explains Martin Scherrer, CEO of Voith Robotics GmbH, whose experts are joining the Asseco Solutions team at CEBIT to unveil the future of human/machine collaboration.
Asseco Solutions AG (76227 Karlsruhe, Germany), Hall 17, Stand E16
Contact: Stephanie Miotto
Tel.: +49 721 91432-0
Care for a flyer?
InSystems Automation and Model Engineering Solutions - partners in the research project CrESt - are exhibiting newly developed methods for designing software systems at the CEBIT pavilion run by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
It is one of the holy grails of Industry 4.0 - a collaborative team of autonomous robots, intelligent control units and flexible production machines that use self-learning technology to continuously improve the way they complete their tasks. To help in the quest for this particular holy grail, the BMBF-funded development project "CrESt - Collaborative Embedded Systems" is focusing on new design methods for software architectures. These methods can in turn be used to develop software systems in which various machines can be networked to form learning teams. InSystems Automation GmbH (InSystems), which develops innovative automation solutions for material flows, assembly, and quality assurance, and Berlin-based software company Model Engineering Solutions GmbH (MES) are working with other partners to safeguard automated and autonomous systems and are thus playing a big part in the overall success of CrESt.
At CEBIT, MES and InSystems are exhibiting an autonomous transportation robot that offers flyers to visitors at the BMBF pavilion. Equipped with a speech function, the robot proactively encourages people to take a flyer. Whenever it succeeds, the robot marks its position on an interactive map then, once the flyer has been taken and the way ahead is clear, it proceeds to its next destination. The results can be tracked live on an interactive map.
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (10117 Berlin, Germany) Hall 27, Stand E52
Contact: Dr. André Schmiljun
Tel.: +49 30 639225 15
Keep your customer files close to hand
The software specialists from GEDYS are at CEBIT 2018 to unveil their new goMobile Pro app, which promises to be the perfect mobile complement to the GEDYS CRM solution IntraWare 8.
GEDYS IntraWare GmbH is a premium partner to IBM and one of the leading suppliers of CRM solutions, particularly for IBM Notes and Microsoft Outlook. Its IntraWare 8 product line covers all the applications needed to nurture customer relationships and even includes high-performance tools for sales, marketing and customer service. Thanks to these flexible modules, companies can utilize professional solutions for everything from address databases, electronic customer files, workflow automation and campaign management, through to marketing management with configurable sales methods, complaint management and ITIL helpdesks. The 70-strong CRM team at GEDYS and its more than 80 active partners are currently looking after more than 3,600 customer installations worldwide. Now the company is at CEBIT 2018 in Hannover to showcase its latest innovation – a mobile extension to its IntraWare line known as the goMobile Pro app.
Why wait till you're in the office when the information is so important? The mobile CRM software for smartphones from GEDYS ensures you have all customer and business partner information at your fingertips when you're out and about. By giving you easy and immediate access to all tasks, appointments, projects, notes, documents, emails and contacts, the goMobile Pro app is the perfect complement to CRM on your notebook. The new mobile application also offers numerous functions that make it easier to coordinate work with customers. For example, the home page can be customized to offer a full overview at a glance. Caller recognition and route planning also mean you should be prepared for all customer scenarios at all times.
GEDYS IntraWare GmbH (3810 Braunschweig, Germany), Hall 16, Stand H16
Contact: Jana Bierwirth
Tel.: +49 531 123868 454
Where can you watch AI ride an escalator into the cloud?
Only at CEBIT, of course! The leading elevator and escalator technology specialist KONE is in Hannover to show how it’s teaming up with IBM and Salesforce to utilize AI and cloud expertise.
The Finnish company KONE is working on networking the 1.2 million systems that it services to unleash entirely new potential for optimizing maintenance operations. The Salesforce Einstein AI system provides KONE service engineers with a better insight into the current status information of the systems concerned. What’s more, they are also sent the geographic coordinates to help plan their work schedule so as to minimize travel and response times, get systems up and running again faster and cut costs.
KONE started linking elevators to IBM’s Watson AI platform back in 2017 to implement predictive maintenance as a means of increasing reliability and availability. Sensors constantly report the linked elevators' status information so the Watson IoT can identify faults as they arise and predict emerging problems, alerting KONE of the diagnosis and recommending how to resolve faults. This ensures that the service engineers know in advance what to look for and can even take along any required spare parts from the word go. Not only do the elevator operators benefit from the greater reliability and availability of their systems, but all service and status information can be accessed online, thus providing greater transparency. Watson’s inventors are on hand at CEBIT to explain how their AI brainchild keeps on learning day in, day out. After all, the more systems that are linked to the cloud throughout the world - in Germany alone, this applies to more than 450 elevators and escalators - and the more reports that are logged in the cloud on remedied faults and the maintenance performed by service engineers, the more accurately Watson will be able to make recommendations in the future.
IBM Deutschland GmbH (D-71139 Ehningen), Pavillon P34
Contact: Nicole Köster
Tel.: +49 511 2148-606
Children and AI – both thrive on a good education!
At CEBIT 2018, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems is presenting its report on "Machine learning - skills, applications and the need for research". The study provides an overview of the latest challenges and future research tasks and outlines Germany's current standing.
Just as a sound education focusing on the appropriate subjects is the linchpin for securing a brighter future for our children, machine learning (ML) is the key technology for cognitive systems based on artificial intelligence (AI). And this is instrumental to developing the global economy in the eyes of the Fraunhofer researchers. Based on their conviction that scientific research into AI- and ML-based technologies is fundamental to bolstering Germany's and Europe's long-term international standing, they are presenting a new report on the subject at Europe's Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization. The essays contained in "Machine learning - skills, applications and the need for research" aim to explain the key concepts of machine learning, provide an overview of the latest challenges and future research tasks, and reveal how Germany fares when it comes to applying machine learning.
Among other things, the report shows that countries such as the United States, China, South Korea and Japan are still miles ahead of Germany in terms of their numbers of ML- and AI-related patents. The authors point out that the country needs to take great care to not miss the boat by investing in ML research and ensuring that scientific findings are transferred to industry. They say that the main drive must be to promote the use of ML approaches in SMEs and encourage in-house innovation in an attempt to catch up with the front runners' patent registrations. Apparently, this is mainly a question of targeting the spread of information, in the form of best practices and specific application scenarios, for example. After all, SMEs have been found to show an interest in ML wherever this can demonstrably generate specific potential uses that add commercial value. Visitors to CEBIT can get a closer look at the results of the report and the Fraunhofer Institute's efforts to develop key AI technologies and applications at its main stand in Hall 27.
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany), Hall 27, Stand E78 (main stand)
Contact: Katrin Berkler
Tel.: +49 2241 14-2252
Putting paid to the Bielefeld Conspiracy
According to a longstanding German Internet conspiracy spoof, the home city of SEH Computertechnik doesn’t exist, but the veteran CEBIT exhibitor is certainly putting Bielefeld back on the map - thanks to its extensive range of products and solutions.
"This year heralds a new era at CEBIT," says Jörg Hecke, product manager at SEH Computertechnik GmbH: "The new-look trade fair is thus a perfect setting for our new industrial product range. We're looking forward to meeting existing and potential customers, partners and other interested visitors." SEH is showcasing its extensive product range for the industrial sector in Hall 13. Besides the INU-100 USB device server and SU-302 serial to USB data converter, the company is also exhibiting the IH-304 USB hub. All three models have been designed for top hat rail mounting in server enclosures and 19-inch racks.
SEH is also presenting the customized DRP-20 and DRP-75 DIN rail power supply units for the INU-100 and IH-304, and they, too, can be installed on the top hat rail. The company also has software innovations on show. The myUTN-2500 and INU-100 device servers can now be operated in isochronous mode, which makes it possible to transmit continuous data streams - typically audio or visual data. SEH is presenting further popular highlights from its product portfolio, such as the primos Enterprise AirPrint Server, USB device servers, dongle server solutions and print servers. That's all pretty impressive for a company apparently based in a city that doesn't exist!
SEH Computertechnik GmbH, Hall 13, Stand B108
Contact: Monika Plaß
Tel.: +49 521 94226-52
Yes, we scan!
Together with its new partner Arvato, ceyoniq is presenting the Arvato Scan Truck on the open air d!campus at CEBIT. This mobile solution digitizes large volumes of sensitive documents.
For over 25 years, Ceyoniq Technology GmbH, a subsidiary of KYOCERA Document Solutions, has been developing intelligent solutions based on the nscale information platform - a software package that combines all the benefits of enterprise content management, document management and audit-compatible archiving. Besides announcing its new partnership with Arvato CRM Solutions, ceyoniq is also at CEBIT to stage an impressive showcase at the open air d!campus, where the two companies are demonstrating a service they will soon be offering throughout Germany. This is the 16-meter-long, 450 HP Arvato Scan Truck, which is set to take the digitization of sensitive documents into the fast lane.
"The Arvato Scan Truck creates crucial added value for our customers," says Carsten Massloff, Managing Director at Ceyoniq Technology. The new partnership paves the way for ensuring smooth processes as early as the initial digitization of documents, he explains. "Our customers can thus also reliably scan large volumes of highly sensitive documents on their own premises and easily export them to nscale - and to TR-Resiscan and TR-ESO for official purposes, if needed." The Scan Truck's key benefit is that many companies and public authorities deal with documents that are subject to strict protection requirements. Those that do not have their own specialist department with state-of-the-art hardware previously had to undertake costly and time-consuming processes to digitize such documents. The Arvato Scan Truck now makes this a thing of the past. Eleven integrated workstations can be used to prepare documents for the process of digitizing files on site. The connected high-performance scanner processes up to 100,000 A4 pages a day. Less popular formats such as A0 are also covered. The vehicle can be operated autonomously using its own diesel generator for up to five days. "The new partnership with Arvato CRM Solutions is a further step for us as we grow from a platform manufacturer into a specialist solution provider that focuses on its customers' specific problems," says Massloff.
Ceyoniq Technology GmbH (33613 Bielefeld, Germany), Hall 14, Stand J38 and open air d!campus
Contact: Eva Respondek
Tel.: +49 521 9318 1611
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