A vision, a goal and a lot of entrepreneurial spirit

At the beginning of October, the PlanET Biogas Group held the 20th anniversary of the PlanET group. 340 invited guests took part in the biogas company’s festivity in Westphalian Vreden, which offered a varied agenda all around the company headquarters. Together with employees and distinguished companions of the biogas industry the opportunity was taken to look to the past as well as to the future to appreciate the Münster-region success story.

"It is thanks to our employees, suppliers and customers that we are today among the leading international biogas companies," said Jörg Meyer to Strohe in his opening speech. As the founder and managing director of the PlanET group of companies, Jörg Meyer zu Strohe looks back on 20 eventful years, in which the biogas technology was developed and increasingly grew in economic importance. And yet, the enthusiasm for renewable energy and technology is still the driving force, Mr. Meyer zu Strohe continues in his retrospective. The company was founded in 1998 by the engineers Hendrik Becker and Jörg Meyer zu Strohe. A vision slowly began to take shape: the tinkering was done in teen  bedrooms, barns and in the old yard. "The goal: To promote biogas as a renewable energy to protect the climate," said Hendrik Becker. Even today, this guiding principle is reflected in the corporate philosophy. Over the course of just a few years, Hendrik Becker and Jörg Meyer zu Strohe have built up an innovative and internationally competitive company with hundreds of jobs.

An entertaining journey through the history of the company

The guests experienced an exciting and entertaining journey through time, accompanied by many pictures and vivid memories. The varied evening agenda provided for the best entertainment. The apprentices surprised the company founders with a quiz duel and the buffet took the guests on a culinary world tour with international delicacies from all countries with PlanET branches. "We are proud to look back on a history that on the one hand is closely linked to customer orientation, reliability, quality and efficiency and on the other to change and a constant look to the future," said Jörg Meyer zu Strohe.

Donations instead of gifts

Jörg Meyer zu Strohe and Hendrik Becker especially want to thank all the donors who answered the call for donations during the company anniversary. The 7,500 € donation will be used to aid a development project in Kenya that supports schools in slums. All information is available at: https://nyendo-lernen.de/.

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exceet Secure Solutions, NEXIONA and Tech Data Partner to introduce one of the securest gateways in the market

  • exceet Secure Solutions and NEXIONA enter technology partnership
  • Introduction of a highly secure egde gateway
  • Edge gateway includes MIIMETIQ EGDE IoT Platform from NEXIONA to ensure full data control for users.

exceet Secure Solutions, a specialist in large scale cryptography and security technologies and NEXIONA, an IoT middleware software company reached a technology agreement to introduce a highly secure edge gateway aiming at those customers who require the highest levels of security with complete control of their data.

exceet Secure Solutions launched a highly secure gateway running a complete IoT platform from NEXIONA (an adapted version of its MIIMETIQ EDGE) directly on device in Docker containers.

This agreement was possible thanks to the partnership Tech Data Germany has with both parties (exceet Secure Solutions and NEXIONA). As a value add distributor with a new  IoT & Analytics unit Tech Data recommended Nexiona IoT solutions out of a broad portfolio to exceet Secure Solutions.

“With this technology partnership the gateway will be able to manage local data and its connectivity with the corporate network. The gateway used by exceet connect BASE is not only equipped with a managed crypto chip, which allows an almost configuration-free and at the same time secure implementation, but also comes with a complete Docker runtime environment, which makes it especially easy for developers to distribute and maintain their IoT applications. Thus, the MIIMETIQ Edge provided as a Docker Container is an ideal companion for all customers who not only want to have full control over their gateways, but also want to keep the use of the data under control at all times.” says Christian Schmitz, Managing Director of exceet Secure Solutions.

“Data ownership and platform control is a major request in the market. Besides edge computing increasing security on the gateways is a major pain point in IoT environments. That is why this partnership is a real high value adding agreement to benefit customer needs. One of the major reasons why we all agreed in this powerful partnership is that there are already a lot of  customers asking for that specific solution. Our intention is to create an IoT ecosystem that can perfectly match market needs” says Jaume Rey, CEO of NEXIONA.

“The joint effort of Exceet, NEXIONA and Tech Data will make a powerful solution available to all customers with needs of high levels of data control and ownership. I am happy that Tech Data  could initiate this partnership making use of our holistic eco system. This is one of the strengths of Tech Data: connecting Business Partners to the best vendors in order to find state of the art reselling solutions for our partners”, says Peter Bachl, IoT Business Development Manager at Tech Data in Germany.

exceet secure gateways with MIIMETIQ installed will be available from Q1 – 2019

Your direct contact:
Christian Schmitz, Managing Director, Tel.  +49 211 436989 0
Email: info@exceet-secure-solutions.de – www.exceet-secure-solutions.de

About exceet Secure Solutions

exceet Secure Solutions is specialized in secure networking solutions and offers software, hardware, consulting and services. The focus is on IoT solutions and IT security with special expertise in healthcare and industry. The range is supplemented by hardware security modules (HSMs), PKI solutions and products and services for qualified signatures and time stamps, including trust center operation.

About NEXIONA

NEXIONA is a software manufacturer based in Barcelona (Spain) with an office in Oxford (UK).  NEXIONA creates software tools for System Integrators to connect, compose, control and integrate any type of hardware and software to build private IoT platforms (deployed on cloud or on premise).

MIIMETIQ is the IoT technology developed by NEXIONA. Diverse clients such as Arqiva, Ricoh, IBM, Hipra, Delphi, enjoy its flexibility, scalability and security. With an existing, and growing, bank of 120 communication protocols MIIMETIQ can integrate with any type of device or business system via any network. MIIMETIQ thus solves one of the fundamental obstacles encountered by many system integrators; the requirement to connect to a wide variety of ‘things’, collect data from them and use this in meaningful ways to improve business outcomes.

About TECH DATA

Tech Data connects the world with the power of technology. Our end-to-end portfolio of products, services and solutions, highly specialized skills, and expertise in next-generation technologies enable channel partners to bring to market the products and solutions the world needs to connect, grow and advance. Tech Data is ranked No. 83 on the Fortune 500® and has been named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for nine straight years.

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World Energy Day on October 22: Is Germany the European energy-saving champion?

Is Germany the European energy-saving champion? According to a survey by E.ON and KantarEMNID, at least 14 percent of Germans believe so, but the reality is rather different. Of the ten European countries covered in the survey, Romania takes first place with a primary energy consumption of 18,515 kilowatt hours (kWh) per head each year.

Second and third places go to Turkey and Hungary, with an annual consumption of 19,271 and 28,296 kWh, respectively. Those questioned in the survey believed – entirely incorrectly – that these places would go to Denmark (16 percent) and Germany (11 percent).

They also placed Hungary – which in reality comes in third – in last place with just one percent. Only two percent of those surveyed thought that Romania, which actually uses the least energy, was Europe’s energy-saving champion.

All those questioned believed the title should go to a nation in the north of the continent. On average, across all the countries in the survey, 26 percent believe Sweden is the best at saving energy, hence it was placed top in nine out of ten countries among those questioned by E.ON and KantarEMNID – who were therefore entirely wrong. Incidentally, the Danes are the only ones to be firmly convinced – likewise incorrectly – that their own nation takes the title, with a total of 34 percent.

These results are part of the “Living in Europe” study, for which E.ON and KantarEMNID questioned around 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. The energy consumption figures are based on the World Bank’s World Development Indicators (2015), published by the Federal Statistical Office.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by E.ON Group Management and other information currently available to E.ON. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. E.ON SE does not intend, and does not assume any liability whatsoever, to update these forward-looking statements or to align them to future events or developments.

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First Cobalt Files Technical Report for Iron Creek Cobalt Project

First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; ASX: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF) (the “Company” – http://www.commodity-tv.net/c/search_adv/?v=298244) is pleased to announce the filing of a technical report supporting the maiden resource estimate for its 100% owned Iron Creek Project in Idaho, USA, originally announced September 26, 2018.

Highlights from the Report

  • Inferred mineral resources of 29.6 million tons (26.9 million tonnes) grading 0.11% cobalt equivalent (0.08% cobalt and 0.30% copper) under a base case scenario pit constrained and deeper mineral resource. An alternative underground-only scenario results in 4.9 million tons (4.4 million tonnes) grading 0.30% cobalt equivalent (0.23% cobalt and 0.69% copper)
  • Resource contains 45 million pounds (20,411 tonnes) of cobalt and 175 million pounds (79,379 tonnes) of copper for 62.9 million pounds (28,528 tonnes) of cobalt equivalent
  • Mineralized zones are considered to be open along strike and at depth, with true widths between 10m and 30m
  • Preliminary metallurgical testing concludes that simple flotation methods are applicable, yielding recoveries of 96% for cobalt and 95% for copper in rougher floatation
  • Drilling ongoing for an updated resource estimate planned for early 2019

Trent Mell, President & Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“Our flagship asset in Idaho, USA continues to grow to the east, west and at depth. Primary cobalt deposits are rare worldwide and we have the added benefit of 600 metres of underground development and mining patents across much of our land package. Drilling is ongoing to test mineralization along the strike length from 450 metres to over 900 metres, while also systematically testing depth extensions from 150 metres to over 300 metres. These new drilling results will support an updated resource estimate in early 2019. Unlike most cobalt deposits in North America, cobalt at Iron Creek is associated with pyrite rather than arsenic-bearing minerals, which could offer processing and offtake advantages.

The technical report, entitled "Technical Report and Estimate of Mineral Resources for the Iron Creek Cobalt Project, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA" dated October 15, 2018 and effective September 18, 2018, was prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – "Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects" by Steven J. Ristorcelli, C.P.G., P.G., of Mine Development Associates and Joseph Schlitt, MMSA QP, of McClelland Laboratories Inc., each independent "qualified persons" for the purposes of NI 43-101. A copy of the Technical Report is available under the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at https://www.firstcobalt.com/investors/downloads-and-filings/.

Qualified and Competent Person Statement

Dr. Frank Santaguida, P.Geo., is the Qualified Person who has reviewed and approved this news release. Dr. Santaguida is also a Competent Person (as defined in the JORC Code, 2012 edition) who is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Geologists of Ontario (being a ‘Recognised Professional Organisation’ for the purposes of the ASX Listing Rules). Dr. Santaguida is employed on a full-time basis as Vice President, Exploration for First Cobalt. He has sufficient experience that is relevant to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code. The term “Competent Person” is not recognized by Canadian securities regulatory authorities, and the term is used by the Company with reference to the JORC Code, and to ensure compliance with the ASX Listing Rules and applicable reporting requirements in Australia.

About First Cobalt

First Cobalt a North American pure-play cobalt company with three significant assets: the Iron Creek Project in Idaho, with Inferred mineral resources of 26.9 million tonnes grading 0.11% cobalt equivalent; the Canadian Cobalt Camp exploration project and the only permitted cobalt refinery in North America capable of producing battery materials.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (together, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of terminology such as “plans”, “expects‘, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes” or variations of such words, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance and opportunities to differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements are set forth in the management discussion and analysis and other disclosures of risk factors for First Cobalt, filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although First Cobalt believes that the information and assumptions used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed times frames or at all. Except where required by applicable law, First Cobalt disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Cautionary Note to Investors – Resource Estimates

In accordance with applicable Canadian securities regulatory requirements, all mineral resource estimates of the Company disclosed or incorporated by reference in this news release have been prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), classified in accordance with Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum’s "CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves Definitions and Guidelines" (the "CIM Guidelines"). The Company uses the terms "mineral resources", and "inferred mineral resources". While those terms are recognized by Canadian securities regulatory authorities, they are not recognized by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the SEC does not permit U.S. companies to disclose resources in their filings with the SEC. Pursuant to the CIM Guidelines, mineral resources have a higher degree of uncertainty than mineral reserves as to their existence as well as their economic and legal feasibility. Inferred mineral resources, when compared with measured or indicated mineral resources, have the least certainty as to their existence, however, it is reasonable to expect that the majority of inferred mineral resources could be upgraded to indicated mineral resources with continued exploration. Pursuant to NI 43-101, inferred mineral resources may not form the basis of any economic analysis, including any feasibility study. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of a mineral resource exists, will ever be converted into a mineral reserve, or is or will ever be economically or legally mineable or recovered.

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Immungenetics AG: Last Patient Last Visit (LPLV) reached in first part of the DrainAD Study, a Phase 2 trial for the early diagnosis and causative treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

Immungenetics AG, a German based biopharmaceutical company focusing on novel treatments for unmet medical needs in the field of neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases and aging, announced today that the last study visit of the last patient enrolled (Last Patient’s Last Visit, LPLV) occurred on 06 June 2018 in the first subgroup of DrainAD, a Phase II proof-of-concept study for the early diagnosis and causative therapy of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
The DrainAD study is structured in two parts aiming at the early detection and monitoring of AD by means of a blood test, as well as at developing a novel treatment for altering the course of the disease; a treatment that may halt or even reverse disease progression.
The completed subgroup of fourteen participants (seven patients with newly diagnosed early-to-mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease and seven healthy volunteers) received a daily dosage of 26 mg of the drug thiethylperazine for four consecutive days. The investigation was conducted at the University of Göttingen under supervision of Prof. Jens Wiltfang. More than 150 blood samples were obtained and will be analyzed at five labs under different aspects.
Interim results for the primary endpoints safety and tolerability as well as efflux of amyloid beta peptides after drug administration are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2018. These findings will also serve to decide if a similar exercise with a 52 mg daily regimen is to be undertaken. Additional data mining will deliver further insights later this year.
"This is a significant milestone towards elucidating this novel angle of attack against this devastating disease.", commented Antonio Martinez Arbizu, CEO of Immungenetics. "We would like to thank all trial participants and medical professionals who helped executing step one of DrainAD, and are very much looking forward to share our results in a couple of months."
The new mechanism of action being investigated by DrainAD is the capability of thiethylperazine to activate so called ABC-transporters,  especially ABCC1 at the chosen dosage. ABC-transporters located at the blood-brain barrier are in charge of the export of toxic substances like beta amyloid species (ABeta) from the brain into the blood stream. This was demonstrated by Prof. Jens Pahnke (University of Rostock then, now University of Oslo) in transgenic AD-mice: treated with thiethylperazine, toxic ABeta was reduced by 70% within 25 days (1).
In a second, award winning research paper, Pahnke proved the ABC transporter hypothesis in a non-transgenic early AD mouse model. The article verified recent evidence that sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which counts for more than 98% of all cases, is not caused by an overproduction of the neurotoxic ABeta peptide but by its impaired clearance from the brain and that soluble ABeta species are the main scourge of the disease (2).

Science:
1) Krohn et al. 2011: "Cerebral amyloid-β proteostasis is regulated by the membrane transport protein ABCC1 in mice." J Clin Invest. 2011 Oct 3; 121(10): 3924-3931.
2) Krohn et al. 2015: "Accumulation of murine amyloid-β mimics early Alzheimer’s disease." Brain, 138(Pt8):2370-82.

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Swedish Lorry Parts cuts retrieval times by 66% with the Kardex Remstar Shuttle XP system

Swedish Lorry Parts is one of Sweden’s leading suppliers of spare parts and accessories for Volvo and Scania trucks, buses, and machinery. Parts are now retrieved three times faster thanks to a system solution from Kardex Remstar.

At its headquarters in Tumba, near Stockholm, Swedish Lorry Parts stores high-quality machinery parts. They are shipped from there to customers in Sweden and throughout the world. The company is committed to keeping 95 percent of all parts in stock and shipping them on the same day as the order is received. Such prompt delivery times require fast and accurate retrieval operations, which is why Swedish Lorry Parts has opted for Kardex Remstar’s Shuttle XP system. 

Swedish Lorry Parts and Kardex Remstar have maintained a successful partnership for a number of years. The company equipped its workshop with a Shuttle XP unit back in 2009. As demand increased, Swedish Lorry Parts expanded the number of Shuttle XP units in its portfolio to the current level of ten – soon to be twelve. The system’s scalability makes it the ideal solution for growing demands.

The semi-automated storage solution has made it possible to cut retrieval times by 66 %. This consistently high level of precision is guaranteed by the use of "pick-to-light" assistants and Power Pick Global warehouse management software. Another advantage of the Kardex Remstar system is that it considerably reduces the amount of space required, thereby making more room for the growing inventory. At the same time, the integration of the incredibly flexible VLM BOX significantly increases the capacity of the units. In addition, employees benefit from a much improved working environment thanks to the ergonomic retrieval of parts.

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Intelligent feeding solutions / Satisfying the requirements for modern assembly systems

The year 1908 was one of the most historically significant years both for personal motorised transport and for industrial assembly. With the Model T, the Ford Motor Company launched an automobile on the market which could be manufactured for the first time in large numbers at an affordable price. This not only heralded the age of private transport for the masses, but this first assembly line also gave the green light to industrial series production in the automotive industry. Due to advancing rationalisation measures, amongst other things in the form of a comprehensive division of labour, production rose to the point where it was efficient enough to produce up to 9000 vehicles a day.

Since then, despite an enormous increase in output, the basic principle of manual assembly work has essentially remained the same. Product assembly has been revolutionarily influenced by an increase in automation and digitalisation. Today, fully automatic systems can be remotely operated thanks to intelligent, Industry 4.0 capable hardware and software components and are interconnected with correlating systems, linked by feeding technology. An assembly system component can be fed and positioned, whilst at the same time fasteners such as screws or nuts are sorted, correctly positioned, separated and fed directly into the screwdriving tool – and all in the blink of an eye. However, changes in relevance to current or future influencing factors or constantly developing requirements still relentlessly force the industry to come up with new enhancements.

One of the most relevant of these factors is the advancement of miniaturisation. Today, modern processors of just a few square millimetres are equipped with many billions of transistors. Most dirt particles appear huge in comparison to such small structures on the nanometer scale, and depending on the application, can pose a significant risk. For example, even the smallest conductive particles can cause a short circuit in electronic components. Material particles from carbon fibre reinforced plastics are conductive so the use of these new and more efficient materials actually heightens this risk. Therefore, the increased relevance of technical cleanliness goes hand in hand with miniaturisation.

DEPRAG SCHULZ GmbH from Amberg, Germany, is one of the global market leaders in the field of automated screwdriving and feeding technology. Their recipe for long-term success is the continued drive for evolution and innovation, combined with the development of intelligent and efficient system solutions. With this in mind, DEPRAG Schulz GmbH developed their complete CleanFeed concept with specific CleanFeed components to meet the requirements for technical cleanliness in feeding. It includes elements for low abrasion part feeding to minimise the generation of damaging particles from the outset. Low abrasion sword feeders are particularly gentle at sorting, separating and suppling fasteners. Sensors on the device automatically determine the number of strokes necessary so that stroke movement and therefore abrasion is kept to a minimum. Furthermore, hoppers help to keep a consistently low quantity of fasteners in the feeding system because fewer screws mean less contamination. However, because the generation of particles cannot be entirely eliminated, suction systems are also an effective method of creating cleanroom conditions. The DEPRAG “Particle Killer” targets and removes dirt particles before assembly and ejects them through a filter. The DEPRAG SFM-V vacuum screwdriving module on the other hand, uses suction to remove residual dirt directly from the screwdriving tool via additional vacuum sources. As well as modifications to the hardware, particle contamination is also combatted by intelligent adjustments managed by the controller, such as a reduction in speed during bit engagement with the screw head, at the same time averting wear and tear on the tool.

Efficiency has always been a vital aspect for the entire supply chain in economical assembly systems. The DEPRAG vibratory spiral feeder eacy feed provides a particularly effective drive concept. Both the controller and drive of this efficient feeder are based on a power supply of 24 V/DC. Using oscillating magnets in the feed bowl, this is sufficient to trigger periodic oscillating motions and attain an energy saving of around 80%. The use of a universal power supply unit allows worldwide application of the device without modifications. Furthermore, the intelligent PFC100 controller allows for customised settings without time-consuming mechanical intervention. If assembly should be automated to the highest degree possible, but quantities do not justify a fully automatic feeding system, then a screw presenter offers an inexpensive, compact and quickly implemented solution. Screw presenters can be modified for different screw sizes with just a few steps, they are gentle on components, can be utilised in handheld or stationary applications and are fully self-sufficient thanks to their integrated controller.

Today, the global market situation is more dynamic than ever. New products reach the market quicker and the capacitive future of products is not always predictable. A lack of empirical data and uncertainties are the norm in quantity planning for the E-mobility sector. These circumstances require the most flexible solutions possible with short reaction times as is the case in hybrid assembly systems with a combination of manual and automated processes. In this way production can be expanded as necessary through the implementation of intelligent manual work stations without sacrificing processing reliability. The operator is taken step by step through the assembly task. Sensor technology activates the correct parameters for each screw position, releases fasteners, notifies the operator of subsequent tasks and evaluates results. The Pick-and-Place procedure guides the operator by picking up the correct fasteners and precisely directing them to the correct screw position. Assembly remains both flexible and reliable. One of the greatest challenges for hybrid assembly systems is the pairing of man and machine who do not always work at the same tempo. The solution is creating buffer zones, using intelligent linear conveyors. This enables larger distances to be bridged as well as controlling part flow. Depending on requirements, the conveyors provide part buffers or separate the part flow. Another measure in attaining highest flexibility is the use of modular system concepts with standardised components. DEPRAG has a comprehensive module portfolio including sensor-controlled screwdrivers, feeding systems, controllers etc., all from a single source. These individual modules are already coordinated with each other, thereby saving time and effort in integration. The high flexibility means that assembly systems can be quickly adapted to the current market situation; counteracting planning uncertainties and quickly reacting to changing requirements.

Henry Ford’s own intelligent and efficient ideas shaped his production so that it was as economical as possible. For ten years, his company produced only black body parts and obligated suppliers to deliver precisely dimensioned wooden shipping containers whose boards were then taken apart to be used in vehicle construction. Such measures may be unthinkable today, however the objective of realising efficient, intelligent system solutions still holds true. Assembly systems are complex, perfectly coordinated interdependent systems comprising of numerous components. A system malfunction in feeding technology can cause a delay to larger parts in the supply chain and thereby create far-reaching financial and organisational consequences. With their widely diversified component portfolio designed to satisfy any requirement, DEPRAG Schulz GmbH provides flexible and reliable options for the realisation of highly profitable assembly systems.

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USU fulfills the requirements for information security in the automotive industry as a TISAX participant

USU fulfills the new exchange and assessment standards for information security in the automotive industry with TISAX (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange). The company has successfully participated in a comprehensive examination procedure conducted by the accredited assessment service provider operational services GmbH. The VDA Information Security Assessment (VDA-ISA) catalog serves as the basis for this. TISAX is a registered trademark and is operated under the aegis of ENX Association, a consortium of European automobile manufacturers, suppliers and associations, commissioned by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) as a neutral authority. The USU result is only available for downloading within the TISAX community via the ENX-Portal.

The TISAX model specifies how the increasingly interconnected automobile manufacturers, including the ecosystem of their partner companies and suppliers, can exchange information within their IT systems in a secure and standardized manner. Maturity and requirement levels are defined for different areas such as information security, involvement of third-parties and data or prototype protection. In addition to technical measures, the implementation also requires processes such as risk management and documentation.

“Confidentiality, availability and the integrity of information are of the utmost importance for USU. Therefore, as a TISAX participant, we orient ourselves towards the criteria specified in the TISAX assessment catalog, for the purpose of fulfilling these exchange and assessment standards. This absolutely represents a competitive advantage, as adherence to information security standards is becoming an increasingly important criterion in terms of the awarding of contracts for our customers from the automotive, pharmaceutical and finance industry. TISAX has evolved into a decisive instrument for ensuring a secure means of working with each other,” explains Sven Kolb, Managing Director of USU GmbH.

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How telcos can play a central role in the $15 billion AI market

There is an ongoing AI (r)evolution as improved machine learning techniques, which form the most commercially important subset of AI technology, are enabling companies to discover and operationalise previously hidden insights. Increasing data availability and higher processing power are facilitating this evolution, allowing better methods to be used on more data at lower cost. Telecoms operators are well positioned to take advantage of this revolution by optimising their own business activities and acting as “technical” AI platform enablers for other industries, which are expected to spend ~$15bn annually on AI business operations by 2021.

These are the key findings of a new white paper published by Solon Management Consulting, showing the enormous potential for telecommunication operators to play a central role in the AI market.

Mirko René Gramatke, Managing Director at Solon and leader of the firm’s ‘tech-enabled business innovation activities’, says: “Given the challenges of diversifying away from the telecom business, we suggest an incremental approach that allows telcos to grow their AI capabilities without committing excessive capital. Implementing changes that can bring in significant margin expansion does not take a long time as they rely on assets that already exist in successful telecoms operators: data availability, analytics know-how, a strong sales organisation and a results-driven management.”

The authors outline the initial steps to take for telecoms operators to claim their share in this strongly growing market and describe four high priority use cases for AI-based network roll-out planning, customer focused network optimisation, marketing optimisation, AI/advanced analytics guided sales steering.

The white paper “How telcos can play a central role in the $15 billion AI market starting with 4 key use cases” is available to download in English: www.solonstrategy.com.

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How telcos can play a central role in the $15 billion AI market

There is an ongoing AI (r)evolution as improved machine learning techniques, which form the most commercially important subset of AI technology, are enabling companies to discover and operationalise previously hidden insights. Increasing data availability and higher processing power are facilitating this evolution, allowing better methods to be used on more data at lower cost. Telecoms operators are well positioned to take advantage of this revolution by optimising their own business activities and acting as “technical” AI platform enablers for other industries, which are expected to spend ~$15bn annually on AI business operations by 2021.

These are the key findings of a new white paper published by Solon Management Consulting, showing the enormous potential for telecommunication operators to play a central role in the AI market.

Mirko René Gramatke, Managing Director at Solon and leader of the firm’s ‘tech-enabled business innovation activities’, says: “Given the challenges of diversifying away from the telecom business, we suggest an incremental approach that allows telcos to grow their AI capabilities without committing excessive capital. Implementing changes that can bring in significant margin expansion does not take a long time as they rely on assets that already exist in successful telecoms operators: data availability, analytics know-how, a strong sales organisation and a results-driven management.”

The authors outline the initial steps to take for telecoms operators to claim their share in this strongly growing market and describe four high priority use cases for AI-based network roll-out planning, customer focused network optimisation, marketing optimisation, AI/advanced analytics guided sales steering.

The white paper “How telcos can play a central role in the $15 billion AI market starting with 4 key use cases” is available to download in English: www.solonstrategy.com.

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