One of the big themes at CeBIT this year is connectivity – and here on the stand of Japan’s KDDI we can see all kinds of devices that have network connections to make them work smarter.
But with this sector forecast to grow rapidly, security is also a question – one that the firm is using the encryption technology of smartphones to overcome.
“In the era of IoT [Internet of Things], ten thousand times more different devices will be connected,” Tadashi Onodera, Chairman KDDI, told Euronews. “And in that case the question of cyber security becomes even more important compared to today. At our R&D centre – and here I have a SIM card, which originally was used for mobile phones and smartphones – we have exploited a new security system for the IoT era using this card.”
The connected trend continues in manufacturing too, where Japan’s Fanuc Corporation proposes a system to connect robots and machine tools with artificial intelligence to make them more efficient.
“Even if the capacity of each robot and of each machine tool is getting better, they can only do the amount of work of one single actor,” Yoshiharu Inaba, Chairman and CEO Fanuc corporation told Euronews. “As with humans, meanwhile, if two or three people work together, one plus one equals two, but sometimes three – meaning they are more efficient. It’s the same for robots and machine tools. And so they are connected together, and they produce something as a system, with an efficiency that is two times or three times improved.”
So, mankind and machines are learning together to do more, and better.