Internet of Things: Standards benefit everybody

Insights and specific applications at the 2nd IoT Congress of Austrian Standards

Vienna (AS prm, 04.10.2018)
WKÖ's Secretary General Karlheinz Kopf with Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Director of Austrian Standards

WKÖ's Secretary General Karlheinz Kopf with Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Director of Austrian Standards

"Standards support enterprises in the efficient use of new technologies." With these words and a review of Austria's position in international IT rankings, Karlheinz Kopf, Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) opened the fully booked 2nd IoT Congress hosted by Austrian Standards on Wednesday, 3 October. According to Kopf, standardization was a must especially in fields such as the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industry 4.0 in order to find interfaces and integrate all partners.

More than 100 decision-makers, technology, data protection and security experts as well as marketing specialists attended the event at the Austria Standards Meeting Center in Vienna. Renowned experts gave talks on topics such as smart city, smart country, smart traffic, decentralization, security, safety and privacy and presented new business models. The varied and packed programme was moderated by Prof. Dr. Manfred Wöhrl, Vice-President of Digital Society Austria.

With regard to the Internet of Things, Austrian Standards Director Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha explained that a common language had to be found and suitable interfaces and services had to be defined. Furthermore, she stressed: "Standards can play a critical role here." Therefore, the objective of the IoT Congress was to offer the different market participants a platform for discussing strategies, exchanging ideas and learning from each other.

IoT changes collaboration

The future collaboration of humans and machines was described by Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fidler of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. The smart engineering specialist stated in his presentation that today five times as many things as people living on the Earth already communicated with each other. The "brave smart world" was a socio-technical system made up of the interacting elements of people, organization and technology. Accordingly, human-machine collaboration would lead to new working time arrangements, new hierarchies and co-operation models for employees and enterprises according to Fidler.

5G drives development

The two Hutchison 3 Austria managers Stefan Müllner and Matthias Baldermann painted a picture of the digital city of the future and the services offered by the forthcoming 5G mobile network standard. While Müllner reported on the development perspectives of smart cities, Baldermann focused on the technological aspects of 5G.

In technical terms, the new standard was a quantum leap according to the CTO of the mobile telephony provider which also was the lead partner of the 2nd IoT Congress. Combined with new frequency bands, network slicing, the virtualization of network functions and a latency of close to one millisecond, the radically new transmission technology would dramatically change the entire ecosystem and catalyze the development of the Internet of Things.

Everything goes smart

Dr. Julia Girardi-Hoog of Vienna's Urban Renewal Department and Mag. Gabriela Hinterberger of the Machinery Ring Austria explained how urban and rural areas will go smart in future. Mag. Dr. Felix Piazolo of the University of Innsbruck presented recent studies on smarter living for the elderly and Ing. Ronny Siegl of Diehl Metering described how smart metering could support utilities in improving their services. His conclusion: "Everything that can be measured can also be improved."

Of drones and biscuits

The triad of privacy, safety and security was covered by Christian Sageder of the security firm ÖWD and Derk Fischer of the management consultancy Price Waterhouse Coopers. While Sageder presented the drone detection system of his company, Fischer stressed how important it was to manage the vulnerability of industrial control systems and illustrated this vividly by the example of a hacked biscuit factory.

Smart traffic and decentralization

In the afternoon, several practice-oriented sessions were dedicated to the themes of smart traffic, decentralization, legal aspects and new business models. They provided insights into the digital infrastructure of the Austrian motorway network (Ing. Mag. Bernd Dattler, ASFINAG Maut Service GmbH), discussed automated and autonomous driving by means of 5G (Matthias Eder, Nokia Austria) and explained the challenges of the fully automated operation of the new Viennese U5 underground line (Sebastian Czylok, BSc, Wiener Linien). Under the heading of decentralization, fog computing and Industry 4.0 were examined (Dr. Stefan Schulte, TU Wien), decentralized business models were presented, illustrated by the example of blockchains (Mag. Katarzyna Ciupa, Bitcoin Austria), and Dipl.-Ing. Günter Obiltschnig (macchina.io) explained what edge and fog computing meant in practice.

Legal aspects and new business models

In the legal session, HR Mag. Georg Lechner of the Austrian Data Protection Authority summarized the first experiences made with the General Data Protection Regulation in practice. Legal aspects were also discussed by Ing. Mag. Dr. Christof Tschohl (Research Institute AG; "Employee monitoring by IoT") and Univ.Ass. Mag. Ziga Skorjanc (University of Vienna; "IoT: Who owns the data?"). Finally, Franz Thelsen and Martin Schmid, MSc MA of IoT Austria presented changing new business models, Reinhard Lanner of the Austrian National Tourist Office spoke about 360° tourism, and Johannes Landschauer of Rockwell Austria described a flexible analysis solution in a digital production environment.

3rd IoT Congress on 23 October 2019

Each thematic session was followed by a moderated panel discussion with the active involvement of the Congress participants. At the end of the event, Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Löwenstein (Lion Enterprises) presented the freely programmable robot Pepper Milli who politely thanked for the event and invited the attendees to the 3rd IoT Congress to be held on 23 October 2019 at Austrian Standards in Vienna.

The 2nd IoT Congress was supported by the lead partner Hutchison 3 Austria, the media partner futurezone.at and the main partners Diehl Metering, ÖWD, PWC, Rockwell Automation and Sens as well as many other partners.

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