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Cybersecurity: Smart at Home, Smart at Work

Interconnected technologies benefit our everyday: at home, and at the workplace. However, the accompanying risks of the IoT, intelligent automation, and the overriding process of digitization are impossible to eradicate. Whether you operate a Smart Home or a Smart Factory – we draw from real-life cases to assist in fortifying your processes.

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The Curious Case of the Lighter: Do We Take Safety for Granted?

Did you know that 70% of US lighter imports do not conform to safety standards laid out by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)? This has sparked controversy amongst retailers and consumers alike. We ask, “do we take safety for granted in certain areas?” And how about in fields where the greater health risks lie?

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Risk Management: Managers Are Setting the Wrong Priorities

A global survey on risk management revealed a critical trend. Many decision makers are still not taking operational risks seriously enough – threatening the success of their companies. How are managers creating a false sense of security?

Safety Systems on Chip – for the Industry of Tomorrow

At the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Southern Germany, autonomous vehicles dart around the shop floor. They take care of transporting materials all by themselves and support employees wherever they can. This is only possible thanks to chip-based systems that ensure maximum safety. Where established safety controllers were previously too large, the miniature technology finds its place – in sensors, actuators, and medical devices, for example.

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ZVEI Interview: “5G Is the Next Big Step toward Industry 4.0”

In Germany, auctions for 5G frequencies are in full swing. This is especially relevant for private users. But what about 5G in industry? We talked to Gunther Koschnick, Managing Director of the automation division at ZVEI, about this.

Chemical Plant Explosion: What’s the State of Industrial Safety in China?

Last week, 78 people were killed in an explosion at a pesticide plant in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. It was one of the most serious industrial accidents in China in recent years. How do Chinese companies approach industrial safety – and what role does functional safety play?