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Trendspots: Discover the product innovations of CEBIT - No. 8

The warrior and the waiter. The startup company Richtungwest is showcasing a very "odd couple" of robots at CEBIT 2018. While GANKER specializes in pounding its rivals, cousin PuduBot serves refreshments to guests.

10 Jun. 2018

The warrior and the waiter
The startup company Richtungwest is showcasing a very "odd couple" of robots at CEBIT 2018. While GANKER specializes in pounding its rivals, cousin PuduBot serves refreshments to guests.

You simply can't beat humanoid robots for drawing a crowd, although their resemblance to people is often open to debate. While their stationary, one-armed relations have long since joined the workforce in factory halls all over the world, many humanoid robots remain stuck in their infancy - playing soccer, clambering over hurdles or battling it out with their rivals. GANKER, which the startup Richtungwest is unveiling at CEBIT 2018, is clearly a warrior. However, the importer of entertainment robots from the Far East also has one of the “grown-ups” on board.

PuduBot is a bona fide service robot. What he lacks in human-like features, he more than makes up for with useful abilities, unlike his robot-bashing stablemate. PuduBot can mingle adeptly in crowds, which makes him a dab hand at helping human waiters serve and clear away food and drinks. The manufacturer believes his career prospects extend beyond restaurant work to waiting at corporate events and parties.
Richtungwest Solution Services UG (85521 Ottobrunn, Germany), Hall 26, Stand E36
Contact: Kelly Zhang
Mobile: +49 176 243 462 10

Could this be a solution for Berlin’s faltering new airport project?
The German name 1.Blitz + Donner GmbH means "First Thunder and Lightning", which sure sounds electrifying enough. The WerkerApp that the startup is showcasing at CEBIT 2018 is designed to both fire up productivity and safeguard documentation for construction projects.

The Munich-based startup 1.Blitz + Donner GmbH is in Hannover to showcase the "perfect digital tool" for tradespeople. The team knows all too well from experience how laborious it can be to collect and store construction site data. After focusing initially on documentation, they’re now working flat out on additional key functions to make tradespeople's day-to-day work that bit easier.

The WerkerApp creates a direct link between offices and construction sites to beam conventional log books, reports and time sheets into the digital age. The app is specially designed to cut out repetitive work processes such as copying information from scraps of paper and sorting photos. The idea is to kit users out with a digital means of handling all kinds of tasks, from straightforward approvals right through to complex legal disputes.

As the number of languages spoken on building sites continues to grow, the company even plans to add a translation function in a bid to rule out any awkward misunderstandings. Another planned feature is to address "site measurement and tendering", since the period between measuring a site and actually starting work can often be so long that conditions have changed in the meantime. The WerkerApp therefore aims to make it easier to draw up tenders and enable users to clearly flag up any deviations from the original measurements. Last but not least, the WerkerApp can even take all the trouble out of invoicing. Once this ingenious tool from 1.Blitz + Donner GmbH has documented the construction site so precisely, all it takes is the bush of a button to generate an accurate invoice.
1.Blitz und Donner GmbH (81379 Munich, Germany), Hall 27, Stand A52, (13), scale11 Cloud & Xaas
Contact: Frank Wiedemann
Tel.: +49 89 215 40 190

Trust me - I've learned the ropes!
The PSI stand at CEBIT 2018 is brimming with the Group's latest ERP and MES solutions, not to mention its innovative AI-equipped software that efficiently learns the art of consistent decision-making.

Ever since 1969, the Berlin-based PSI Group has been developing and integrating end-to-end solutions based on its own software products aimed at optimizing energy and material flows for suppliers and throughout industry. At CEBIT 2018, PSI is focusing on ERP and MES solutions along with predictive maintenance. At the neighboring stand in Hall 17, its subsidiary PSI FLS Fuzzy Logik & Neuro Systeme GmbH is showcasing industrial artificial intelligence (AI) methods using Java-based PSI frameworks and the cross-sector optimization software Qualicision.

PSI FLS combines Qualicision optimization software with machine learning, extended Fuzzy Logik and artificial neural network-based learning to create the trade fair premiere Deep Qualicision. This AI-methods-based concept learns efficiently how to set and adjust parameters in a way that enables the most consistent possible decision-making, with the aim of identifying and optimizing efficiency and potential savings. PSI's software solutions have consistently been used to great success, for many years now, to help drive industry forward in the direction of Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence.
PSI Automotive & Industry GmbH (10178 Berlin, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C64 (1)
PSI FLS Fuzzy Logik & Neuro Systeme GmbH (44227 Dortmund, Germany), Hall 17, Stand C64 (12)
Contact: Dolores Schmidt
Tel.: +49 30 2801-2105

Fritz is celebrating its lucky 7 at CEBIT!
Few products have come to dominate the market as completely as the FRITZ!Box has since its debut at CEBIT 2004. At this year's fair, AVM is unveiling its latest incarnation - the FRITZ!OS 7, which is geared toward enhancing smart homes.

The Berlin-based communications specialist AVM is making a double appearance at the new-look CEBIT. The company is welcoming visitors from all over the world under the banner "Hello FRITZ!" both at a large new stand in Hall 13 in d!conomy and also on the outdoor area of the d!campus, where AVM provides great entertainment with table football, drift racer, table pong and the FRITZ! talk program with YouTube stars. Visitors at the CEBIT can compete against Stefanie Schmid, world champion and star of the table football scene, control the Mini Drift Racers via smartphone, simulate the complete driving physics of a real racing car in small format, discover the classic video game in a new look at Table Pong and play the analogue version with cool special features at the only pong table in Germany and last but not least meet the YouTubers "Alex Bexi" and "Techtastisch", who will stream an a FRITZ!-Talk episode live from d!campus with which AVM.

So there's plenty of opportunity, both indoors and out, to experience the "FRITZ! Worlds" live in action and find out all about the latest advances plowed into the new FRITZ!OS. "Conference participants and festival guests alike can explore exciting new ideas for digital homes and offices at our two stands," says Urban Bastert, Head of Communication at AVM. Among other things, the company is demonstrating how the FRITZ!Box can be used to set up a flexible, open wireless hotspot. It’s also revealing the advances that its major update offers smart homes - such as making it easier to integrate third-party smart home solutions. And of course the latest FRITZ!Box models for DSL, cable, glass fiber and LTE are also up for inspection in Hannover. "Our new FRITZ!Box models are ready for the gigabit revolution," Bastert says. "The FRITZ!Box 6591 Cable has just gone into action in Germany’s first DOCSIS 3.1 network in Bochum, while the FRITZ!Box 7590 is set up for supervectoring. This DSL technology, which achieves speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s, is set for nationwide roll-out during the next few months," he explains. Bastert adds that the FRITZ! mesh WiFi system for smart data distribution "has everything covered with its wireless range - from small apartments to multiple office rooms."
AVM Computersysteme Vertriebs GmbH (10559 Berlin, Germany), Hall 13, Stand C94, and open-air site, Stand R54
Contact: Doris Haar
Tel.: +49 30 39976-645
Mobile: +49 173 628 62 17

Turning big data into vast knowledge
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover does more than look after the country's central special collection. Its researchers are working hard on developing new scientifically based analysis methods for coaxing more reliable findings out of big data sources.

In healthcare, manufacturing, or pretty much anywhere that large volumes of data arise - big data tools are being used for analysis and management purposes. However, the complexity of data analysis always presents the risk that these tools might deliver incorrect or misleading results, for instance if data is missing or inaccurate. The Hannover-based German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) is a public law foundation run by the federal state of Lower Saxony, but it is also active in research and, as part of its remit, creates new services. Its key lines of research cover data science, non-textual materials, open science and visual analytics - which brings us back to the challenge in question. On home turf at CEBIT 2018, the TIB is exhibiting a Big Data Integration Framework based on semantic web technologies such as linked data, controlled vocabularies and ontologies. This can be used to generate a knowledge graph that combines both the data and knowledge derived from big data sources.

The big data analyses performed using these knowledge graphs now make it possible to precisely identify meaningful patterns and associations between entities. The TIB’s Big Data Framework is already being used to integrate biomedical and scientific databases, for instance to analyze interactions between medicines and proteins. Examples include the EU-funded research projects "IASIS - Big Data for Precision Medicine" and "BigMedilytics - Big Data for Medical Analytics", which are also being showcased in Hannover. Another project, called "BOOST 4.0 - Big Data for Factories", is examining potential industrial applications. In all of these projects, the TIB's integration framework is being used to transform big data into genuinely useful results that help expand knowledge and simplify decision-making.
German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology (30167 Hannover, Germany), Hall 16, Stand G17
Contact: Maria-Esther Vidal
Tel.: +49 511 762-14690

Not just one, but two and even three steps ahead!
Panaya is stopping off at CEBIT on its Salesforce World Tour 2018 and inviting trailblazing biz app managers, salesforce developers and salesforce admins to help actively shape the "fourth industrial revolution".

The whole world, and with it everyday business life, is undergoing incredibly rapid change right now, spurred on by innovation and new technologies. Things that still seemed pie in the sky only yesterday are suddenly expected as a matter of course just a day later, particularly by customers. To remain successful in such a dynamic environment, you have to go beyond keeping pace with developments and instead actively push them forward, preferably driving right up front! And that’s just what Panaya has in mind with its Release Dynamix (RDx) for - ably assisted by its SFDC Change Delivery Solution to pinpoint key dependencies and system-change impacts early on and resolve pending errors. The company is inviting trailblazing biz app managers, salesforce developers and salesforce admins to take an active role in developing and modifying its system by exploring its RDx for and adding their own input during the company's live demos at the new-look CEBIT in Hannover as part of Panaya's World Tour 2018.

Some 2,000 companies worldwide - including one third of the Fortune 500 - are already using Panaya to quickly implement high-quality changes to their business applications. "It's the major corporations, above all, who are spearheading the digital revolution," explains Stefan Jörissen, the Country Manager at Panaya in charge of the German-speaking region. "There's a lot to be learned from them." RDx equips application managers with the transparency they require to make sound decisions ahead of implementation. The system was designed with both business users and IT in mind to improve collaboration and ensure greater release certainty. To achieve this, the cloud-based Enterprise Agile Delivery Platform delivers detailed summaries of scheduled releases, modifications and affected units, tasks and responsibilities, test plan scoping and continuous risk assessment, and multi-dimensional views of potential risks. "This is vital for conducting salesforce change projects at high speed and ensuring top quality," so Jörissen says.
Panaya Ltd. (4524079 Hod Hasharon, Israel), Hall 9, Stand A01
Contact: Lydia Flögel
Tel.: +49 89 208039 645

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the smartest of them all?
The youngest kids on the block at CEBIT 2018 make some of the regular exhibitors look almost "old guard". Social studies students from the Albert Schweitzer High School in Kaiserslautern are in Hannover to show what their Revelc smart mirror can do - and we don’t mean reveal oldies' wrinkles!

Revelc came about from a German project called JUNIOR that encourages school students to turn business ideas into bona fide companies. The nationwide scheme is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Gesamtmetall (the German Metal and Electrical Industry Employers’ Association), AXA, the Deloitte Foundation, AT&T and Citigroup. The aim is to introduce young people to real-life business and give them a taster of their future careers. The business idea developed by the Revelc team was inspired by the fact that, on average, we spend almost 30 minutes each day looking at our own reflections, which makes mirrors a very firm fixture in everyday life.

"There's more to this than meets the eye!" thought the schoolkids, who then hit upon the smart idea of developing a mirror that displays all sorts of information alongside how you look - such as the time, weather forecast, news, your diary and notes, traffic reports, fuel prices and even emails. What's more, businesses could even tap into the potential for advertising on smart mirrors. The idea is to customize each mirror to suit individual tastes, kicking off with the style of frame. The team of young entrepreneurs is determined to make a success of its Revelc business idea - and where better than CEBIT 2018 to spread the word and make as many hot contacts as possible? Apart from the PR drive for their project, the schoolkids from the Albert Schweitzer High School are on a parallel mission - to drum up as many votes as they can for the "German School Students' Companies Contest".
Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium REVELC (67657 Kaiserslautern, Germany) / School students’ company, part of IW Junior GmbH, Hall 27, Stand E39/4, scale11 Media & AdTech
Contact: Til Geib
Mobile: +49 152 338 334 15

Hannover shows what smart cities are made of!
Ricoh is declaring June the "Month of the Smart City" and running interactive exhibits at four sites around Germany to bring Workplace 4.0 to life. CEBIT 2018 is front and center, hosting the company's glimpse of the future at the Technology Academy from 13 June.

Ricoh Smart City presents seven company case studies, each addressing a key topic in the digital transformation of the working environment, to showcase the future of data security, digital workflows, mobile solutions, co-working, technological innovations, environmental protection and digital consultancy. The real-life examples not only demonstrate how the latest products, solutions and services from Ricoh can be used to create innovative and future-focused working structures, but are also intended to provide inspiration for users' own digitization strategies.

"There's a lot of talk about digital working methods, but not much is being done - particularly in SMEs," Ricoh Deutschland's CEO Niculae Cantuniar points out. "However, there is mounting pressure to act. There's no longer any denying that digitization has turned into the decisive, indeed crucial, factor for companies’ competitiveness and future survival. Our Workstyle Innovation Summit is designed to help companies cut through the often very dense jungle of digitization topics, work out what needs to be done, and identify the most important steps and investments." Ingo Wittrock, Head of Marketing at Ricoh Deutschland, highlights the status of the new-look CEBIT in this context: “CEBIT's new structure, with its keen focus on innovation and digitization, fits hand in glove with our Workstyle Innovation Summit, which combines a clear insight into the digital working environment with a forum for discussing the cutting-edge trends in digitization. Our eminent keynote speakers will provide plenty of stimulus to set the ball rolling." For example, Christian Bredlow, the founder and CEO of Digital Mindset GmbH, will be sharing his thoughts on the theory that "Digitization is like music" and Björn Stecher from Initiative D21 will also be on hand to talk about the "Digital index in German society 2018" at CEBIT 2018.
Ricoh Deutschland GmbH (30179 Hannover, Germany), Technology Academy (Pavilion 36), WORKSTLYE INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018, 13 June 2018
Contact: Mario Di Santolo
Tel.: + 49 511 6742-2940
Mobile: +49 151 171 503 89

Back on course for the future
In its role as an IBM Business Partner, SVA is one of the leading system integrators for data center infrastructures. At CEBIT 2018, the SVA experts are bringing their slogan "IT Back on Track" to life in a high-paced interactive demo showcase.

SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH, based in Wiesbaden, Germany, is the biggest IBM Business Partner in Europe and one of the leading system integrators in the field of data center infrastructure. The company currently employs more than 850 staff at 16 sites throughout Germany, including experienced experts and skillful co-promoters. An elite team is attending CEBIT 2018 to bring the slogan "IT Back on Track" to life at its interactive demo of how to use state-of-the-art IT solutions to break down invisible walls and pave the way for a high-availability future.

SVA is plowing its key expertise into helping companies unlock the door to higher speeds and secure mobility via an innovative private cloud that offers the same benefits as a public version. As a system integrator for the latest business models in all kinds of data centers, SVA views multi-cloud management as a return to traditional IT, but with far greater speeds and adaptability. Anyone keen to learn what this means in real terms should make a beeline for the IBM Pavilion at CEBIT, where the SVA team of experts will be more than happy to demonstrate.
SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH (65205 Wiesbaden, Germany), Pavilion P35
Contact: Natalie Piontek
Tel.: +49 6122 536 345

Daily comings and goings - the flexible, intuitive and secure way
PCS is teaming up with five software partners at CEBIT 2018 to present a host of solution scenarios for Workplace 4.0 and physical security.

Flexible, dynamic working hours and patterns have become a key component of our work-life balance these days - even more so for the digital natives just starting out in their career. So employers would be well advised to take the "flexibility factor" very seriously and seek cutting-edge workforce management solutions - which is precisely what PCS Systemtechnik and its five software partners are showcasing at CEBIT in Hannover. The attendance times logged by the INTUS terminals form the basis, providing the overview of hours worked, smart personnel deployment and planning that enable employees' preferred hours to be matched with operational requirements. The latest applications, such as from ZMI GmbH, aim to improve occupational health by putting an end to the constant contactability of staff using ideas such as disabling company push notifications at certain times.

Digital natives are also used to being surrounded by the kind of intuitive hardware that makes their lives easier wherever they go. Take the time-logging technology that forms the bedrock for Workplace 4.0, for example, as provided by the innovative INTUS 5600 touchscreen terminal. Functions are easy to customize using a keyboard template that can be styled to suit the company's corporate identity. The screens are easy to read, even in strong light, thanks to their micro-etched antireflective surface, so they can be placed just about anywhere. Standard working hours can be set and evaluated on the INTUS terminal, for example within the overarching SAP system.

PCS is also highlighting IT security at this year's CEBIT, an issue right up high on any self-respecting company's agenda. Efforts to protect sensitive data have to go beyond the obvious digital networking to include physical access controls for the company's data center. The weakest link in any security technology has always been, and will remain, the human element. This makes a convenient, tamper-proof and highly usable form of access control imperative - aka biometric hand vein recognition! Visitors to CEBIT can find out how PCS uses smart ID technology to combine biometry and RFID access readers to create just such an innovative access system.
PCS Systemtechnik GmbH (81539 Munich, Germany), Hall 17, Stand B40
Contact: Ute Hajek
Tel.: +49 89 68004-253

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