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Silicon Saxony: Saxony's hightech network is driving the development of the "Internet of Things

Robert Panholzer, Atlassian, Channel Manager DACH gave a keynote about "A story about successful mistakes and a permanent culture of innovation"
Robert Panholzer, Atlassian, Channel Manager DACH gave a keynote about "A story about successful mistakes and a permanent culture of innovation"

"Hardware. Software. Connectivity", this is the motto of the 13th Silicon Saxony Day on 29 May 2018 in Dresden. At this year's Silicon Saxony e. V. meeting of experts, around 300 participants from industry, business and science will exchange views on new applications for the Internet of Things. The current 337 members of the Saxon industry association Silicon Saxony e. V. are the drivers of this development. One result of this focus is the newly founded working group "Smart Systems & Internet of Things" in Silicon Saxony e. V. and the founding of Smart Systems Hub GmbH.

The "Internet of Things" is based on intelligent systems and applications consisting of state-of-the-art microchips, the latest sensor technology, software, and 5G mobile radio, all of which can be found at Europe's leading semiconductor location. Such "IoT" systems are increasingly changing industrial production and connecting more and more areas of life for many people.

The members of the Saxon industry association Silicon Saxony e.V. are the drivers of this development. "The future of Silicon Saxony are technologies and applications for the Internet of Things," says Heinz Martin Esser, CEO of Silicon Saxony e.V. "To this end, we and our members are pooling our competencies and concentrating on concrete IT activities and projects," explains Esser. The result of this focus is the newly founded working group "Smart Systems & Internet of Things" in Silicon Saxony e. V. and the founding of Smart Systems Hub GmbH.

"Smart Systems Hub Dresden - Enabling IoT" now operational
"With the foundation of Smart Systems Hub GmbH, we have completed a large part of the important preparatory work and are laying the foundation for concrete industrial IoT projects," says Frank Bösenberg, Managing Director of Silicon Saxony Management GmbH and one of three current interim Managing Directors of Smart Systems Hub GmbH. In addition to Silicon Saxony Management GmbH, HighTech Startbahn GmbH and 5G Lab GmbH are co-partners in the new company. The search for a management board is currently underway.

In the meantime, Frank Bösenberg (Silicon Saxony Management GmbH), Dr. Patrick Grosa (HighTech Startbahn GmbH) and Dr. Rico Radeke (5G Lab GmbH) are managing the business of Smart Systems Hub GmbH. The Dresden Digital Hub "Smart Systems Hub Dresden - Enabling IoT" links startups, SMEs and industry with research and science facilities with the aim of developing IoT platforms for various areas of technology and industries. At the same time, it connects different application industries and hubs to form an internationally cutting-edge IoT ecosystem. The Digital Hub Dresden is part of the Digital Hub Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and one of 16 national locations of competence that are driving the digitization of Germany as an industrial nation. In recent months, the "Smart Systems Hub Dresden" has been managed by an initial team of players from business, science and politics.

"We would like to express our sincere thanks to a large number of competent supporters who have conceived the Dresdner Digital Hub and decisively pushed it forward with their commitment. These include BITKOM e.V., T-Systems Multimedia Solutions, Globalfoundries, Infineon Technologies Dresden, SAP, the Technical University of Dresden, the Saxon State Chancellery, the Saxon Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport, the Office for Economic Development of the state capital Dresden and other medium-sized companies from Silicon Saxony," explains Frank Bösenberg.

13.  Silicon Saxony Day 2018 presents digital pioneers for the "Internet of Things"
Together with electronics engineers, software developers, radio experts and sensor specialists, speakers and visitors from Germany and abroad will be discussing which technologies, applications and business models can be used to shape the future of the "Internet of Things" (IoT). The program includes expert panels on entrepreneurship in the digital world, the path from sensor to "intelligent system", and on digital applications for the agriculture of the future.

Presentations on the current plans of the German and European semiconductor industry will form a focal point. Under the title "Roadmap and Challenges of Semiconductor Industry", the Robert Bosch Semiconductor Manufacturing Dresden GmbH, among others, will present its plans for the new 12-inch wafer production in Dresden. Bosch is relying on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the construction of the new factory. AI improves capacity, quality and efficiency, and supports results with the shortest cycle times, highest productivity, fastest learning, and more stable processes. "In connection with Infineon's recent decision to build a new development center focusing on artificial intelligence, the Saxon IoT ecosystem will be enriched by another key technological competence," says Heinz Martin Esser. At the beginning of May 2018, the German semiconductor group Infineon announced a new center for the development of new products and solutions for automotive and power electronics as well as of artificial intelligence, with around 100 new employees.

A milestone for the Saxon innovation ecosystem is the new large-scale research project "National 5G Energy Hub". In cooperation with the RWTH Aachen University, selected industrial partners and researchers from the fields of mechanical engineering as well as electrical engineering and communications technology at Dresden Technical University, work is being carried out on making the 5G mobile standard usable for applications in energy technology, with special emphasis on energy technology for buildings. "The National 5G Energy Hub will develop software and hardware to enable communication from energy applications to higher-level system components. The project is an excellent example of how Internet of Things technologies can make energy management systems in cities and communities smarter and more efficient for the benefit of their citizens," says Dr. Robert Franke, Head of Department for Economic Development in the state capital Dresden and member of the extended board of Silicon Saxony e.V.

More information about the 13th Silicon Saxony Day "Hardware. Software. Connectivity":
www.silicon-saxony.de/silicon-saxony-day/ 
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Further international events in Dresden:

www.silicon-saxony.de/dresden2018

About SILICON SAXONY e. V .:
Silicon Saxony e. V. is the largest industrial association for micro- and nanoelectronics, software, smart systems and applications in Europe. The association was founded in December 2000 as a network of the semiconductor, electronics and microsystems industry. It connects manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, universities, research institutes and public institutions in Saxony. The 337 member companies, which generate sales of more than 4.5 billion euros per year, currently employ around 20,000 people.
www.siliconsaxony.de/en

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