German companies under (cyber) attack


More than half of all German industrial companies have been the object of industrial espionage, sabotage or data theft in the past two years, according to a study by the country’s high-tech association, Bitkom. The study, which polled senior managers at 1,074 companies, found that car companies are most frequently targeted, followed by the chemical […]

Point of View: Germany needs Industry 4.0

Hilmar Dunker (Photo: Claus Dick)

Industry 4.0 is the new buzzword and rightly so. The term attempts to capture the comprehensive change that is sweeping the global industrial landscape. It’s therefore no exaggeration to use “4.0” to define the fourth industrial revolution that is upon us. But dig a little deeper and get ready to be surprised. Industry 4.0 may […]

automotiveIT Congress: The rising challenge of cyber security

Michael George (Photo: Claus Dick)

A security gap identified in BMW’s ConnectedDrive infotainment system showed clearly that more connectivity also provides more entry points for cyber crime. “Devices and services are more and more interconnected, and create vast amounts of data. But to whom do they belong and are they secure?” asked Michael George, author and former German intelligence agent. […]

automotiveIT Congress: ThyssenKrupp IT undergoing total change

(Photo: Claus Dick)

Information technology is crucial at ThyssenKrupp as the steel and engineering group aims¬†to be a trailblazer for need-based management of services. ThyssenKrupp, which has a sizeable automotive division,¬†is undergoing a total change process that affects¬†working and management processes as well as IT. At the automotiveIT Congress¬†2015¬†two of the main initiators of change talked about the […]

automotiveIT Congress: CIO says VW needs 2 kinds of IT

VW's Hofmann (Photo: Claus Dick)

Volkswagen is on its way to become the world’s largest automaker with more than¬†10 million vehicles sold in 2014. And of course, the executives in Wolfsburg are keen on staying at the forefront of information technology revolution as well. Volkswagen CIO Martin Hofmann underlined this¬†ambition in his speech at¬†the automotiveIT Congress 2015 in Hanover. The […]

3DEXCITE Live! – Munich

New applications of 3D visualization technologies are demonstrated at the annual show (Photo: Arjen Bongard

Dassault Systemes’ 3D Excite unit will host its annual 3d visualization gathering in Munich May 21 and 22. The fair, which is called¬†3DEXCITE¬†Live!,¬†shows the latest trends in software and high-end computer generated imagery for industrial applications. The event marks a continuation of the 3D fair organized each year by RTT. The Munich-based digital imagery specialist […]

Siemens to build industrial cloud platform

Siemens’ Cloud Computing Competence Center combines all of the company’s cloud activities. Its experts are developing new industrial cloud services.

Siemens will build a cloud platform for data-based services, working with business software maker SAP to create a new product for industrial companies. “The establishment of the new cloud platform will make a significant contribution to driving forward the digitalisation of automation,” Siemens Managing Board Member Klaus Helmrich said in a press release. The German […]

BMW: Zipse to become new production boss

Oliver Zipse (Photo: BMW)

Oliver Zipse will become the new production chief at BMW, succeeding Harald Krueger, who will take over as CEO May 13. BMW, in particular, cited the international manufacturing experience¬†Zipse has gathered in his 24 year career at the premium car maker. Zipse, 51, joined BMW as a trainee in 1991 and held positions in development, […]

Acquisition makes NTT 3rd largest European data center provider

NTT operates 130 data centers worldwide, including this one in Thailand(Photo: NTT)

NTT Communications is buying 86.7 pc of Germany’s e-shelter, propelling the Japanese company into third place among data center service providers in Europe. NTT Communications, a division of the NTT telecommunications group, said the acquisition of e-shelter lays the groundwork for further growth in Europe. “We look forward to expanding our share of the European […]

At Audi plant, a new form of human-robot cooperation

Audi plans to use new human-robot cooperation technology at more plants (Photo: Audi)

There’s nothing new about robots building a major part of the car, but Audi has introduced a new process that lets these robots cooperate more directly with human plant workers. The German premium car maker said it has deployed a robot that works hand-in-hand with humans, without a safety barrier in between. The technology enhances […]