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March 18, 2015

10 enterprise take-aways from CeBIT 2015

Industry 4.0, pay-with-your-face tech, SecuTABLET - the list goes on. CBR rounds up the key announcements made at this year's CeBIT show.

By James Nunns

1. Industry 4.0 the end of the analogue world

One of the key themes of CeBit 2015 has been the realisation of Industry 4.0, which is seen as the new business revolution. Huawei and SAP are one of the key collaborators, while other companies such as Deutsche Telekom have also been speaking on the subject.

The idea is to focus on developing networks, connectivity, platforms and integration in order to produce a standardised end-to-end product chain.

The driving forces behind the concept are that of IoT and Big Data.

2. Huawei partnerships

Huawei has been busy over the past few months with a number of product announcements and development partnerships.

At CeBit the company has established a technical collaboration between with SAP to expand technical work and advanced research on the IoT market, with the purpose of provide new products to the market.

The Chinese company has also announced a partnership with Deutsche Telekom which is based around the IoT and Cloud space. The partners are expected to collaborate on new software and hardware as well as on projects to migrate traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud.

3. ZTE increases overseas channel partners

The Chinese and IT telecom network vendor has announced plans to significantly increase its overseas channel partners. The company currently has just over 500 partners and has stated plans to increase that to over 1,000 in 2015.

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The company is focusing on digital communications and has stated that the aim is to improve the competitiveness among end users via the display of a diversified overseas channel.

4. Samsung

Samsung has unveiled a dedicated business brand that is designed to unify the enterprise-level products and services.

The new arm of Samsung will work on a dedicated platform for enterprise software and technology. It is expected that one of the products will be the company’s KNOX security and enterprise mobility management system.

5. Huawei eLTE Broadband Trunking

Among Huawei’s many announcements was the eLTE Broadband Trunking. This is part of the firm’s push to enable interconnectivity among industries and smart cities.

The technology is based on 4G and supports voice, data and video over various bands. This includes 3.5GHz, which is a new for this technology which is typically supported at 2.3GHz and lower.

6. Alibaba pay with your face technology

The new e-payment technology is a system which uses facial recognition as an e-signature to be able to pay for items using the camera on your phone.

The technology is another innovation that companies are pushing to be used to replace standard passwords and to make payments and signatures easier and more secure.

7. Securesmart/Blackberry Tablet

Blackberry launched its new tablet through its subsidiary Securesmart and IBM. The tablet is based on Samsung’s Tab S 10.5 but buyers can expect a tablet which offers high levels of security.

The SecuTABLET uses the SecuSUITE for the Blackberry 10 portfolio and can be integrated into existing SecuSUITE infrastructures.
The tablet is aimed at government personnel and enterprise users that require high levels of security on their devices.

8. Visio.M Automotive Service Bus

The Automotive Service Bus is aimed at simplifying the complexity of the many different systems which operate in your car. Scientists at the Technical University Munchen have developed the open source system which is structured in two layers.

One layer deals with the comfort functions and the communications between systems, and the other layer deals with driver functions and the internet. To make the system secure, the components only have read access to vehicle data.

9. ASRock motherboards

The motherboard which made its debut at CeBit offers connectivity for USB 3.1, which means that they will be able to support the next generation of mobile devices.

The company has also released a Mini ITX board, which isn’t that much bigger than a phone, and features Super Alloy with Premium 60A Power Chokes, Premium Memory Alloy Chokes and Fairchild Dual Cool DRMOS.

The board also fully supports Intel Corei7 and Xeon 18 Core Processors for the 2011-13 Socket. It supports DDR4 memory which runs at 3000+.

10. Xiaomi expansion plans

The company has announced that it is looking to expand its selling market past China and into Europe and other markets.

Chief Executive Officer Lei Jun, said: "We are in a position to go on the international market with smartphones and smart-home products. In the future we will come to Germany, we will come to Europe and other regions in the world."

The company has also announced an expansion to its portfolio with investment in one hundred emerging technology companies.

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