After mastering Chess and Go, AI is tackling taxes
The new trade fair concept isn't the only debut at CEBIT 2018, with the global tax consultancy group WTS showcasing its solutions in Hannover for the first time. The company has teamed up with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) to reveal their latest advances in "Tax 4.0".
At the start of the year, WTS and the DFKI joined forces to found the Center of Competence for Tax Technology. The development partners are now attending CEBIT 2018 to showcase their latest research findings in the field of “Tax 4.0” AI applications, focusing on cognitive-assisted robotic process automation (RPAI). RPAI is set to unlock wide-ranging potential for automating highly repetitive processes in the tax industry, such as automating data transfers between applications, thus eliminating monotonous routine administrative tasks and preventing disruptive switches between different media.
Visitors to the joint stand can explore very real examples of how the RPAI system can be used, such as for extracting relevant information from paper-based commercial tax returns, which robots can then transfer via existing graphic user interfaces to a company’s software systems – without any human help. In this particular case, the system's deep neural networks have been specially trained for the tax industry. However, as RPAI doesn’t contain task-specific knowledge but rather applies general concepts and methods for achieving intelligent process automation, this opens up a very wide range of potential applications in other sectors, too. All in all, by eliminating highly repetitive tasks, AI technology is set to offer very tangible benefits such as faster processing, enhanced quality and efficiency, and a more diverse scope of activities. It’s safe to say that AI can do much more than win a round of chess!
WTS Group AG Steuerberatungsgesellschaft (80539 Munich, Germany), Hall 27, Stand F62, co-exhibitor with the DFKI
Contact: Florian Kestler
Tel.: +49 89 28646-1565
Turning up the heat
CLOUD&HEAT is at CEBIT 2018 to unveil the world’s first high-performance data center cooled by water built into a freight container. This innovation offers a flexible, eco-friendly response to trends such as blockchain technology, AI and augmented and virtual reality.
CLOUD&HEAT Technologies GmbH from Dresden is returning to CEBIT to demonstrate cloud security, efficient data protection and an environmentally-friendly solution for a future-focused digital infrastructure. "Since we founded CLOUD&HEAT in 2011, it has been our goal to make sustainability the driving force behind digital innovations," says CEO Nicolas Röhrs. "Not content with being experts in cloud and data center technology, we aim to offer a comprehensive and eco-friendly solution that meets the very latest technological demands. As a team, we are therefore delighted to yet again showcase something entirely new at CEBIT - and for a number of areas," Röhrs adds. Among these innovations is the world's first high-performance data center cooled by water to be built in a freight container. Making its debut at CEBIT 2018, the solution could well steal the show.
This sustainable modular GPU/CPU data center is an upgraded version of the company's patented direct hot water cooling system that enables operators to systematically record and make use of waste heat from graphics processors to heat buildings and process hot water. The waste water’s constant temperature of 60 degrees Celsius ensures working and living spaces have a supply of hot water in line with all standard drinking water supply regulations. This solution eliminates the need for the usual, inefficient heat pumps, thus cutting the data center's cooling costs and significantly reducing expenditure for heating and hot water processing. The first batch of these containers is currently being linked up to regional and local heating networks in Norway.
CLOUD&HEAT Technologies GmbH (01099 Dresden, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B91
Contact: Hendrik Fischer
Tel.: +49 351 4793670 100
Safe as houses!
Olympia, the renowned consumer electronics specialist and CEBIT regular, is returning to Hannover to cause a true sensation with some exceptionally smart innovations.
At this year’'s CEBIT, Olympia Business Systems Vertriebs GmbH is training the spotlight on its innovative developments in safety technology and telecommunication. Its exhibits include the new Mira and Janus cellphones with extra-large dial keys and its ProHome 8762 alarm system, which scored a "very good" rating in this April’s ETM TESTMAGAZIN. "The world's most important ICT specialist trade forum offers us the ideal place to forge and strengthen key contacts," says Sven Elvert, Head of Sales at Olympia, adding: "It also motivates us to keep on developing our products!"
The ProHome systems on show in Hannover come equipped with standard accessories, including door and window sensors and can be fitted with other add-ons such as IP cameras, a wireless alarm control keypad and smoke/heat alarms. Olympia points out that the accessories and networked devices are controllable via the ProHome app. Also on show at CEBIT are new models from its Protect series, which have already won the company the prestigious X Award. The ProCom app offers smartphone-based installation, control and operation of the systems using simple, user-friendly menus.
Meanwhile, Olympia is pitching its new Mira and Janus cellphones with large dial keys as reliable travel companions. "These flip phones are intuitive to use, extremely handy and robust, and feature a whole range of functions," explains Elvert. For instance, both are equipped with extra-large dial keys and background lighting, picture dialing, an automatic charging reminder SMS service, a built-in camera and an emergency button. Last but not least, both devices are compatible with hearing aids.
Olympia Business Systems Vertriebs GmbH (45527 Hattingen, Germany), Hall 13, Stand F96
Contact: Sven Elvert
Tel.: +49 2324 68 01-15
Mobile: +49 172 874 58 84
Better decisions. Better business.
In response to demands for more agility in the digital era, the Swiss software developer BOARD is showcasing its future-focused decision-making system at CEBIT 2018.
BOARD - the Swiss supplier of an all-in-one platform for business intelligence (BI), corporate performance management and advanced analytics of the same name - is heading to CEBIT 2018 to demonstrate how businesses can achieve "Decision-making 4.0" with a 360° command of their data and establish themselves in fluid market conditions thanks to increased agility. The experts from BOARD are conducting live demonstrations and face-to-face discussions every day in Hall 16 to share their expertise with visitors, revealing simple ways of compiling reports, analyses and forecasts. Other topics include interdepartmental end-to-end planning, strategies for key specialist areas, self-service analysis, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.
"We developed BOARD to give customers the best possible support with everyday issues. This has been our vision for more than 20 years, winning over big names such as PUMA, DHL and KPMG. Our ongoing innovative developments in artificial intelligence, predictive and advanced analytics, user empowerment and many other areas enable our customers to seize every new opportunity unleashed by digital advances. For example, BOARD's intuitive voice control functionality makes BI a real option for more and more users - not to mention the time saved by simply asking questions out loud," explains Ansgar Eickeler, General Manager for Central & Eastern Europe at BOARD.
BOARD Deutschland GmbH (61348 Bad Homburg, Germany), Hall 16, Stand B18
Contact: Maria Peschek
Tel.: +49 6172 17 11735
Focusing on what matters most
The Research and Technology Transfer Center (FTTZ) at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences is at CEBIT to showcase a project that uses augmented reality to make bronchoscopies much more ergonomic.
A bronchoscopy is often used to give the most reliable diagnosis of respiratory disorders. The technique involves inserting an endoscope down the patient's throat to look into the airways. At the same time, an ultrasound scan is performed - producing two simultaneous video streams on separate monitors. As these monitors are usually placed rather awkwardly alongside the operating table, medical practitioners have to constantly look back and forth between the screens and the patient. The FTTZ at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences decided to tackle this problem and is now at CEBIT 2018 to demonstrate a solution designed to enhance bronchoscopies with the help of augmented reality (AR).
To place all processes within the practitioner's direct field of vision, the solution transmits both video streams via WLAN onto a Microsoft HoloLens as a freely positionable hologram. Thanks to the specially developed "Airtap" user interface, medical professionals can also control the video streams by hand movements in the air, for example, to start, stop or rewind the video display. Alternatively, spoken commands can be used to play or pause the stream. Trials have already confirmed that these AR elements have the scope to make bronchoscopies much more ergonomic in future.
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Research & Technology Transfer Center (06366 Köthen, Germany), Hall 27, Stand H84
Contact: Boris R. Bracio
Tel.: +49 3496 67 5311
I'm still too loose! The smart screw that thinks!
Thanks to its smart machine components such as "Screw 4.0", Bremen-based startup Sensosurf is taking process information to the next level to shine a light on the "blind spots" in production.
Established in 2016, Sensosurf primarily develops smart machine components for predictive maintenance applications by integrating sensors directly into standard machine elements such as bearings, levers, guides and threaded rods. The startup combines suitable electronics with a specially modified IoT framework to ensure consistently high and scalable data quality for machine learning applications. That means customers can access specific information about their components, machines and processes that is tailored to their requirements. A team headed by the company’s founder Dr. Cord Winkelmann is now using CEBIT 2018 in Hannover to tell the world all about its "Screw 4.0".
The term describes a standard threaded rod that Sensosurf has turned into a smart Industry 4.0 component by integrating robust sensor elements. Combined with miniaturized reader electronics, “Screw 4.0” helps users during assembly work - which incidentally is no different from usual - by providing information on the necessary tightening torque. Further down the line, the sensors supply data on the loss of preload, breakages in the rod or nuts and mechanical stresses cause by installed components. The system is surprisingly easy to configure and commission, while captured data can also be visualized in a range of different ways. Sensosurf believes its "Screw 4.0" is ideal for use in wind power plants, turbines, generators, oil and gas plants and custom machinery.
Sensosurf GmbH (28359 Bremen, Germany), Hall 27, Stand D51
Contact: Dr. Cord Winkelmann
Tel.: +49 421 2208-340
Caution small parts - not suitable for children under three!
In among the many consumer electronics exhibits on show at CEBIT 2018 is a diminutive communications device that is determined to make a big impression. The Zanco Tiny T1 is the smallest series-manufactured cellphone ever!
When the era of cellphones first dawned, there was a time when developers raced to launch the smallest device possible. Unfortunately, not only did these fiddly phones get lost in your pants pocket, they were also tricky to use and battery performance was awful. Today, in the modern age of the smartphone, things are going in the opposite direction, as new devices strive to compete with tablets. The end result is the "phablet" - a display giant that certainly won’t get lost in your pants pocket, but might not actually fit in it in the first place. Nonetheless, like the luminaries of haute couture, cellphone developers often like to swim against the mainstream, and that is exactly how a tiny potential trendsetter has found its way to CEBIT 2018.
The Zanco Tiny T1 from Zini Mobiles Ltd., which is based in China's Silicon Valley in and around Shenzen, is the smallest cellphone to date. It measures a minute 46.7 x 21 x 12 millimeters and weighs in at just 13 grams. That is roughly the same size as a box of matches. All the same, it still has a 12.5-millimeter-wide OLED display with a resolution of 64 x 32 pixels that is divided into a status bar and a one-line text display. The phone has a classic cellphone keypad, albeit one that is somewhat more compact than usual. Other specifications are also pretty impressive: 180 minutes of call time, up to three days standby, Bluetooth 3.0, storage space for 500 contacts and 16 different user languages. What more could a nostalgic phone user ask for? Only time will tell whether this fascinating mini-device will be able to reignite a trend of the past.
Zini Mobiles Ltd. (518000 Shenzhen, China), Hall 12, Stand E05
Contact: Shazad Talib
Tel.: +86 755 82349576
Mobile: +86 18617181461
Varonis Edge from the data security specialists at Varonis could offer a solution to the question of what companies can do to effectively protect their most precious assets - confidential data - from cyber Gollums.
Varonis Systems has joined the ranks of exhibitors at this year's CEBIT and is showcasing its latest data analysis solutions. Training the spotlight on governance, compliance and classification, the data security specialist is demonstrating how to effectively identify malware and suspicious user activity, find and classify sensitive data and comprehensively manage authorizations.
Thomas Ehrlich, Country Manager at Varonis for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is certain that the introduction of the GDPR on 25 May 2018 is by no means the last word in data security. "Quite the opposite - we're still going to have to deal with data theft, security gaps in processors and malware. Hackers are still going to find a way through security, whether through drive-by infections or social engineering. The question is what companies can do to effectively protect their most precious assets – their confidential data." One of the solutions could be Varonis Edge. This new product analyzes metadata from perimeter devices such as DNS, VPN and web proxies to identify threats like malware, APT intrusion and exfiltration and compares them against what is going on in the main data storage archive. That gives data security officers a more detailed insight, enabling them to pick out correlations, build up a more detailed understanding of attacks and suspicious activities faster, and put appropriate countermeasures in place.
Varonis Systems (Germany) GmbH (81677 Munich, Germany), Hall 15, Stand F65
Contact: Yakov Faitelson
Tel.: +49 89 38037990
Your guide to the right digitization strategy
To identify the key issues when selecting software in the digital age, Trovarit AG - the specialists in business transformation - are taking trade fair visitors on two-hour tours at CEBIT 2018.
In this era of digital revolution, we are having to process an ever-growing mountain of data in an ever-shorter space of time. That's particularly true in areas - from production to marketing and distribution - where the approaches that have been followed for decades are becoming increasingly difficult, or even impossible, to pursue. According to Trovarit, the only way to get ahead is to seek support from state-of-the-art software solutions such as ERP, CRM, MES, ECM, BI and similar. At CEBIT 2018, the company is looking at whether upgrading existing software landscapes with the latest releases is good enough. The alternative would be complete reorganization. For Trovarit, the question is simple - what does it all boil down to when selecting software in the digital age?
Far from claiming it has all the answers, the company is instead organizing free expert tours dedicated to ERP, ECM/DMS and CRM. The tours are being run in collaboration with Prof. Becker GmbH, Schwetz Consulting and the FIR institute at RWTH Aachen University. Lasting around two hours, the tours call at three or four exhibitors, giving them the opportunity to show how their solutions could handle a typical or predetermined digital business process. The scenarios covered range from standard processes to the intelligent networking of production, logistics and customers. The basic idea is to help software users compare the various solutions. For example, ERP suppliers can show how their solution supports the processing of all operational tasks such as processing quotations in sales or distributing finished products.
Trovarit AG (52074 Aachen, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C58
Contact: Brigitte Sontow
Tel.: +49 241 40009-913
The state of play in security - according to the experts
TÜV SÜD and its subsidiary Uniscon are adding an extra dimension to CEBIT 2018 with expert presentations on data security in the age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
The unstoppable digital transformation is leaving no sector untouched and is all-important to the survival of companies of all shapes and sizes. However, for all the opportunities it is bringing there is also a dark side, and organizations must acknowledge the risks and their new obligations, particularly in terms of cyber and data security. After all, it's not just companies that have an interest in keeping data safe - staff and customers need peace of mind, too. That is precisely what Andreas Schweiger, Managing Director of Cyber Security Services at TÜV SÜD, is addressing at CEBIT 2018 in Hannover. Taking to the Cyber Security Expert Stage in Hall 12 at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 13 June, Schweiger is talking about "Cyber security as part of the TÜV SÜD digital transformation" (in German).
Another TÜV SÜD Group subsidiary is also at CEBIT to discuss data security in the era of Industry 4.0 and IoT. Munich-based Uniscon GmbH is at Stand A18 in Hall 12 to showcase its sealed cloud platform as the basis for key safety applications. Dr. Ralf Rieken, COO of Uniscon GmbH is also giving a special presentation at 3.20 p.m. on Thursday 14 June. In his speech entitled "Sealed Platform - ultimate security for your data and applications in a cloud centric world", which he is delivering in English on the Cyber Security Expert Stage in Hall 12, Dr. Rieken will be explaining what the Sealed Platform can do.
Uniscon GmbH (80992 Munich, Germany), Hall 12, Stand A18
Contact: Heidi Atzler
Tel.: +49 89 5791-2935
Are digital twins set to become Germany’s next top model?
Fraunhofer IESE is inviting CEBIT visitors to see for themselves how model-like digital twins help companies achieve virtual integration and validation. The Institute's researchers are showcasing FERAL, a new simulation platform comprising a range of components.
New digital ecosystems are springing up in all walks of life, using software and data to link together pre-existing products and processes. That is all well and good but, as the Fraunhofer-Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) has pointed out, integrating these components and systems still poses a key challenge, as it increasingly has to be done dynamically and on the fly. Naturally, safeguarding and testing are particularly important for automated systems that make safety-relevant decisions and can, in extreme cases, mean the difference between life and death. One pertinent example would be a vehicle platform that can adopt and integrate driving functions dynamically. That is why Fraunhofer IESE is exhibiting FERAL at the Fraunhofer Group Pavilion in Hall 27 at CEBIT 2018. Taking automotive platforms as an example application, Fraunhofer IESE is demonstrating how real and virtual worlds can be linked and how the FERAL simulation framework can be used to thoroughly test individual software functions and their complex interactions. Model autonomous vehicles that visitors can track virtually on a monitor demonstrate how various driving functions can be integrated. Experts call these virtual hardware-in-the-loop tests.
The FERAL solution from Fraunhofer IESE is a simulation platform with various components that supports the integration of even complex, heterogeneous scenarios into a test scenario. It can also be used to systematically check characteristic values in a protected virtual space with the help of digital twins. One example scenario could be ensuring that pedestrian recognition systems work properly or that two functions from different manufacturers work together seamlessly. Since no physical test setups and experiments are needed, costs can be cut and specific situations that only occur rarely in reality or that involve a lot of risk can also be replicated.
Fraunhofer-Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE (67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany), Hall 27, Stand E78
Contact: Claudia Reis
Tel.: +49 631 6800-2296
Everyone needs a backup
Overland-Tandberg, one of the leading brands in data management, backup and archiving solutions is at CEBIT 2018 to exhibit its GDPR-compliant portfolio of disk-based RDX removable disk systems and tape-based LTO solutions.
"Legal obligations to comply with the GDPR, audit-proof archiving and the acute proliferation of malware such as ransomware are pushing the often-neglected topic of data backups to the top of the corporate agenda," says Andreas Arndt, Sales Director for Central & Eastern Europe at Overland-Tandberg. "Our range of solutions specifically addresses these pressing challenges and helps businesses and public bodies with this particular aspect of the digital transformation, which is one of the headline topics at CEBIT 2018." That is why the company is heading to Hannover to showcase its comprehensive portfolio of disk-based RDX removable disk systems and tape-based LTO solutions, such as individual drives, autoloaders, libraries and LTFS appliances.
VMware recently put the RDX systems from Tandberg Data GmbH through their paces in a series of independent tests for ESX/ESXi - and they passed with flying colors. The results from VMware confirm that the USB devices can be fully supported in operation with ESX/ESXi hosts and virtual machines and used for data backup purposes. SMEs in particular benefit from the removable disk systems as a low-cost, long-term storage and archive solution that enables them to rapidly backup and restore data in a robust format. The rugged RDX HDD media are shockproof and designed for archiving periods in excess of ten years. The latest version of the RDX QuikStor individual drive boasts transfer rates of up to 1,188 gigabytes per hour, with each removable disk able to store up to five terabytes - bringing truly top-notch speed and data access rates to SMEs. Companies running larger system environments with virtual and mixed configurations may want to consider the RDX QuikStation appliance. This solution offers an online capacity of up to 40 terabytes and a data throughput of up to 1,000 megabytes per second.
Tandberg Data GmbH (44141 Dortmund, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B75
Contact: Anja Scholl
Tel.: +49 231 5436 227
Digital? Totally normal!
Godesys is bringing a new version of godesys ERP and its innovative virtual workspace technology to CEBIT 2018 in Hannover to show just how normal digital working can be - and which software tools support company-wide change.
As a trade fair, conference and networking event, the new CEBIT 2018 in Hannover aims to offer a 360° perspective of digitization in companies, public authorities and society. Godelef Kühl, the founder and CEO of godesys AG, aims to showcase what his company can do: "The new-look summer CEBIT is drawing near and we're looking forward to really getting our teeth into exciting trends, user experiences and potential solutions. The digital revolution calls for ever-faster, seamless communication between staff, partners and customers. That is precisely what godesys ERP delivers. We don’t just want to give users the tools for tackling current challenges, we also want to provide relaxed and strategic approaches that will help them really embrace digitization and harness its full potential."
Version 5.6 Release 4 of godesys ERP is being unveiled in Hannover, and is the company's next step in its own consistent approach to the end-to-end design, management, measurement and automation of digital business processes. Available from this summer, Release 4 features an uncluttered user interface with clear color coding and icons that make it easier to use and therefore help companies drive forward their own digital transformation. The new release is also the first version to support the new virtual workspace technology from godesys AG. Users are free to choose whether they want to use their ERP installation as a Windows-based app or via any HTML5 browser. That makes the ERP system a cross-browser/cross-device application that can be used on a desktop PC, mobile device or via the Internet, thus offering a seamless and productive user experience without requiring browser plugins or an expensive VDI solution. The godesys virtual workspace is available to cloud customers from July 2018 at no extra cost and will likely be available to on-premises customers from early 2019.
godesys AG (55129 Mainz, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C64 (2)
Contact: Magdalena Gajewski
Tel.: +49 6131 959770
Gatekeeper to the cloud
In spite of their efficiency and cost benefits, lots of companies still steer clear of cloud services due to concerns about security. To help protect the sensitive interfaces between the cloud and the Internet from attacks, genua is exhibiting a new solution at CEBIT 2018 - the virtual Cloud Security Gateway.
Part of the Bundesdruckerei Group, genua GmbH is a seasoned expert in all things related to IT security. The company offers a huge range of solutions that helps to safeguard sensitive interfaces in public sector and industrial environments, network highly critical infrastructures, reliably encrypt data communication via the Internet, implement remote maintenance systems and provide remote access solutions for mobile workers and home offices. Developed and produced exclusively in Germany, all solutions are regularly certified, with permits issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) offering additional evidence of high product quality. The virtual Cloud Security Gateway genua is bringing to CEBIT is a new security solution for using the cloud.
The virtual Cloud Security Gateway checks the data it receives before “depositing” it in the cloud, which helps to identify and block harmful malware and undesired content. Unlike other security solutions, such as packet filters and next-generation firewalls, which are either unable to analyze content or only carry out spot checks, the Cloud Security Gateway conducts particularly thorough content checks. Because it is designed as a virtual system, the gateway can also be run in as many instances as necessary to suit performance requirements. Additional instances are configured automatically via the cloud platform. Alongside the virtual Cloud Security Gateway, genua is also exhibiting solutions designed to provide secure remote maintenance applications for production machinery. This particular approach is being demonstrated with the help of soccer-playing humanoid robots on the joint stand with the Bundesdruckerei.
genua GmbH (85551 Kirchheim, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B24
Contact: Madelaine Rottmann
Telefon: +49 89 991950-0
The next big (little) thing in electromobility?
PLEV Technologies GmbH, a startup founded in Cologne in 2018, is developing "Steereon", the world's first eScooter with all-wheel steering. Extremely maneuverable and approved for road use, it makes the perfect short-range travel solution - and is a whole lot of fun, too.
It's widely accepted that electromobility will ultimately put paid to fossil fuel drives. It seems there is more to eMobility than just that, however, as the concept of using electric power to get from A to B is increasingly inspiring entirely new concepts, with successful approaches being taken all the way to series production. Elon Musk and his Teslas and Hyperloops were only the beginning, and the stylish electric scooters from Xiaomi are anything but the last word in eMobility development. Take a small startup in Cologne, for example - a company that emerged from the innovation hotbed that is Germany's higher education sector and is bringing the first ever eScooter with all-wheel steering to the world’s roads. PLEV Technologies GmbH is now finally unveiling its cherished product to the public - at CEBIT 2018.
The idea for the "Steereon”" eScooter was dreamt up in 2015 and has since blossomed into a concept that ticks all the boxes when it comes to short-range travel. Thanks to patented all-wheel steering, "Steereon" is incredibly agile and its light and foldable construction makes it easy to transport. The scooter’s powerful motor and long-lasting battery are set to ensure a fun ride and impressive range at more than reasonable running costs. What's more, "Steereon" has something that lots of other more exotic solutions have so far lacked - the all-important approval for road use under Germany’s road traffic licensing laws (StVZO). If you like the sound of all that, then you don't have too long to wait - the first "Steereons" should be coming to a road near you in 2019. But of course, you can get a good look at this impressive new eMobility solution much earlier - in June 2018 at CEBIT.
PLEV Technologies GmbH (51105 Cologne, Germany), Hall 12, Stand B43
Contact: Felix Vreden
Tel: +49 221 82754258
Mobile: +49 172 6906803
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