automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

Cisco sees data-center traffic tripling in 5 years

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Data-center¬†traffic will nearly triple between 2013 and 2018¬†and cloud-based interactions will represent 76 pc of that traffic, according to a study by Cisco. The US-based networking specialist also predicted that, by 2018, half of the world’s population will have residential internet access and 53 pc of them will use some kind of personal cloud storage […]

BMW on track with efforts to reduce energy consumption in plants

In Spartanburg, where BMW builds the X3, more than 80 production facilities and robots have been equipped with smart meters since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

BMW is on track with efforts to lower the amount of energy it needs to build cars, with energy consumption per vehicle dropping 31 percent between 2006 and 2013. By 2020, the Munich-based premium carmaker wants energy expended per vehicle to be down 45 percent from 2006 levels. One significant pillar of the¬†strategy is the […]

In PLM move, Siemens to acquire Camstar

Siemens aims to strengthen its PLM activities (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens plans to acquire Camstar in a bid for leadership in products that help companies digitize all areas of their business. The Germany-based diversified engineering group said its Siemens PLM software division will broaden its portfolio of product development and production automation products through the acquisition of Camstar. The US-based company is a specialist in […]

German R&D platform for smart data innovation launched

The new platform hopes to turn big data into smart data (Photo: KIT)

A German research institute has launched a “Smart Data Innovation Lab” to develop tools to handle large amounts of data. The venture, led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is supported by industrial companies Bayer, Bosch, EnBW, IBM, SAP, Siemens and Software AG. “We will jointly develop new algorithms and instruments to manage large […]

Study: Industry 4.0 mobile apps not meeting requirements

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Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0″ apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users […]

Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s¬†determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]

Inrix, PTV cooperate on smart-city mobility

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PTV and Inrix plan to work together to provide modeling software to address mobility issues in smart cities. PTV, a Germany-based logistics software group, and Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information, said the cooperation will combine PTV’s analytics tools with the traffic data gathered by Inrix. In addition, the two companies will jointly market […]

Report: Software anarchy endangers Industry 4.0

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Failing IT governance is jeopardizing “Industry 4.0,” according to a new report from German IT management consultants Steria Mummert. The study cites uncontrolled growth of software in the area of manufacturing as production facilities are networked. As a result, the consultants say there isn’t enough IT governance to assure the compatibility of corporate data across […]

Cisco: cyber-security threats require high-level attention

Cisco's mid-year report looks at the state of cyber security in the 1st half of 2014 (Photo: Cisco)

As companies look to defend themselves against high-profile digital threats, cyber criminals are exploiting other, less obvious weaknesses in companies’ IT landscape, according to a new report published by Cisco. A focus on well-publicized, high-profile vulnerabilities rather than on “high-impact, common and stealthy threats” increases the risk that cyber criminals will be successful using these […]