Entertaining, informative and exciting, Germany Edition magazine brings you information about the big topics affecting the country. The current issue deals with Germany, the European Union and Germany's EU Council Presidency. Covering 56 pages, the topics range from the Union's solidarity-based response to the Corona pandemic to digitalization, living and working in the EU, the Green Deal and European foreign and security policy. It concludes with a major portrait of the artist Olafur Eliasson, who created the work Earth Speakr to mark Germany's EU Council Presidency.
The Europe-wide investor network Tech Tour lists eleven German companies in its current selection of the 50 most promising start-ups. We present three of them here along with their successful digital ideas.
Lisbon in Portugal, Ljubljana in Slovenia or the German capital, Berlin – which places in Europe impress you the most, or which do you feel are particularly important? Together, we are going to compile a map of Europe that will make it clear to everyone just what makes our continent so very special. Let us know what your personal Europe looks like! What we want to know from you is:
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 198.178 people have tested to be infected with the Covid 19 virus during the corona pandemic in Germany (as of Juli, 10th).
Cameras and sensors monitor the automated manufacturing process and robots intervene and rectify faults in an emergency. Drones fly through the factory and replenish supplies of material. If the warehouse is empty, software automatically orders more. Workers are nowhere to be seen. This is what the smart factory of the future looks like, and it has already become a reality in some German companies today. Machines, software and robots are linked together through superfast Internet connections. They communicate, learn from one another and identify products with the aid of RFID chips. However, Industry 4.0 is not only about machines manufacturing products autonomously and automatically. The fourth industrial revolution also says farewell to industrial mass production for anonymous customers. Instead individualised individualized products can be made to order in accordance with the customer’s needs. When an order is received at the factory, the software programs the production line. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the systems learn something new every time they process an order. Manufacturing for specific customers rather than the warehouse is cheaper and more ecological. Since most products are becoming increasingly digitaliseddigitized, it is also becoming increasingly rare for a business relationship to end with the sale of a finished product. Instead, hybrid products are being sold including services such as software updates and maintenance. The latest German technology for the smart factory is the digital floor. Equipped with electricity and data cables, it can supply and control the robots. That does away with the need for powerful batteries and complex positioning systems. Manufacturing systems can also be controlled through the floor and production lines modified as required. All the components in the smart factory are connected, flexible and mobile. Only the factory building itself is immovable – for the time being at least.
"We want to advance the digitalization of the economy and society". This was the goal formulated by Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at the launch of the German EU Council Presidency, whose programme focuses on "digital sovereignty as the leitmotif of European digital policy". One aim is that fields of innovation such as artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum technology will "increase our prosperity, protect our security, and preserve our values in fair competition". With regard to data protection among other things, the Federal Government's AI strategy, which was adopted at the end of 2018, already stated that "Europe must not only demonstrate its technological performance and exploit its market strength, but also go on the offensive in promoting its values in order to help shape international rules and set standards in the EU."
"Twenty years ago, I would spend days searching through ten CDs for a scientific paper," says Angelo Pio Rossi, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Jacobs University, Bremen. Today he uses servers and cloud services – also, for example, to store produced geodata and to make it available to others. But when a research project ends, two problems arise, says the planetary scientist: "I can't update the data because that might incur new costs, and my data are not so easy for potential users to find."
As Germany's highest data protection officer, Professor Ulrich Kelber is committed to the best possible protection of personal data also at European level. He took up his post as Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) in January 2019. By then, the European Union's most important instrument for comprehensive data protection had already been in force for several months: the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). It has modernized data protection at the European level and adapted the protection of privacy to new technologies and types of data processing. In an interview, Ulrich Kelber takes stock of two years of the EU-GDPR.