CeBIT 2009, 3 to 8 March Hot Topics

CeBIT 2009, 3 to 8 March Hot Topics

04.03.2009: For cool computers: well water keeps computer centre at the right temperature Only a few computer center operators could identify the biggest energy guzzler in computer center and tell you how much energy it really consumes. Their credibility is

For cool computers: well water keeps computer centre at the right temperature

Only a few computer center operators could identify the biggest energy guzzler in computer center and tell you how much energy it really consumes. Their credibility is thus at risk when they want to implement ecological concepts and talk about Green IT. To learn more about a tool that can help efficiently control energy consumption and to pick up some practical advice on reducing energy costs, visit bit GmbH at CeBIT 2009 in Hannover.

Amongst other things, bit will be presenting a new form of computer centre cooling, whereby energy consumption is significantly reduced through the use of a well system. Groundwater at approximately 10 degrees Celsius is obtained from a draw-well and used for cooling the computer center. Afterwards, it is fed back, at approx. 15 degrees Celsius, into a recharge well and hence returned to the groundwater table. This small temperature difference is large enough to supply cold water based air conditioning systems with sufficient cooling power and thus save money. On average, compared with a conventional cold water based air conditioning system, a return on investment will be achieved within two years.

bit GmbH
Lessingstr. 6
63791 Karlstein
Tel.: +49 6188 95 93 0
Fax: +49 6188 95 93 10
Green IT World, Hall 8, East Entrance 3

On-board computer projects information onto the windshield

Information about navigation, traffic jams and road conditions, as well as lane change assistance and warnings regarding the presence of pedestrians or cyclists in the blind spot - with the help of on-board computers, navigation systems, sensors and cameras, motorists now have a whole host of information available to help them have a safe journey. But how can all this information be displayed without distracting the driver's attention from the traffic? Scientists at the Chemnitz University of Technology intend to resolve this question at CeBIT 2009 with their newly developed LED display, which works like a monitor in the lower edge of the windscreen.

The display consists of nine modules, each equipped with 256 light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Each individual LED can display 27 colors and grayscale in eight levels of brightness. Warnings are therefore displayed in the form of symbols. So, for the driver, the warning regarding the presence of a pedestrian, for example, is more tangible because it is easier to gauge the position as the carriageway edges are also displayed at the same time. And the nearer the vehicle gets to the pedestrian, the bigger the warning symbol becomes.

Technische Universität Chemnitz
[Chemnitz University of Technology]
Technische Informatik
[Computer Engineering Department]
Strasse der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Tel.: +49 371 531 31706
Fax: +49 371 531 10009
Hall 9, Stand D04, Partner in: Research for the future

Intelligent infrastructure helps manage massive amounts of data

Global networking produces massive amounts of data and this is a trend that is growing rapidly. Processing and archiving the flow of all this information requires a new, dynamic infrastructure. At CeBIT 2009, IBM will be presenting a range of software products and services designed to solve this problem.

This portfolio includes the IBM "ProtecTIER" solution, a de-duplication appliance that identifies and eliminates redundant data and reduces it to a single version. In addition, the new "XIV" storage system allows fast access to the relevant information for both traditional applications in finance and health care as well as for digital media and Web 2.0 content, even with the current huge growth in data volumes. With the "XIV", customers can significantly reduce the cost of data management. In addition, IBM will be presenting storage solutions with automatic data encryption that enable secure management of information. To this end, IBM provides tape drives, but is now extending this technology to disk systems too.

IBM Deutschland GmbH
Pascalstrasse 100
70548 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 1803 31 32 33
Fax: +49 7032 15 37 77
Hall 2, Stand A10

He who sow bugs can find errors

Obviously, new computer programs have to be tested. But who tests the tests? Scientists at Saarland University do! Or rather, they have developed an appropriate test procedure to do this and they will be presenting it at CeBIT 2009.

The principle of the innovation is as follows: the tool generates errors all day (the kind of errors programmers may make) and then checks whether the test managed to find them. Basically, a good program test should detect all errors. But, if it does not detect the mock errors, then it will also overlook real errors that actually exist.

This is called 'mutation testing'. It was first used 30 years ago but until now its application has been limited to very small programs of a hundred lines or less. The procedure developed by the Saarland University scientists, however, tests programs a thousand times that size - right through to large, commercial Java applications.

Universität des Saarlandes
[Saarland University]
Starterzentrum, Building A11
66123 Saarbrücken
Tel.: +49 681 302 2656
Fax: +49 681 302 4270
Hall 9, Stand B43

Always working to capacity: virtualization techniques optimize computer centers

Virtualization technologies, which allow several applications to be operated together on powerful hardware, increase the energy efficiency of computer centers and therefore make an important contribution to the field of Green IT. OFFIS, the Oldenburg-based Institute for Computer Science, will be demonstrating at CeBIT 2009 how implementation of this technology may look.

Virtualization can resolve the classic conflict whereby in times of high utilization, sufficient computing capacity must be available, but having that amount of computing capacity during low load periods leads to energy wastage. In this respect, dynamic virtualization solutions provide additional potential savings. During preliminary research projects, OFFIS identified algorithms for analyzing and predicting server behavior, for dynamic planning and for evaluating computed solutions. Transferred to commercial products, the findings and concepts of the Oldenburg-based computer scientists may be used in computer centers in the future. More projects are to be carried out in close collaboration with industrial enterprises.

OFFIS - Institut für Informatik
[Institute for Computer Science]
Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg
Tel.: +49 441 9722 280
Fax: +49 441 9722 102
Hall 8, Stand B02

Free Hannover city guide for CeBIT visitors

Marco Polo Interactive has a special treat in store for visitors to CeBIT 2009: the MARCO POLO Hannover CityGuide, which exhibition visitors can download free of charge.

The application contains details of over 700 POIs (points of interest) in and around Hannover in a total of eight categories: 'Top Highlights', 'Sightseeing', 'Food & Drink', 'Shopping', 'In the Evening', 'Art, Culture & Museums', 'Hotels' and 'Fairs & Transport'. The CityGuide can be used anytime and anywhere as an offline application. When used with an iPhone or iPod Touch, it becomes an interactive travel guide: the CityGuide can, for example, search for a suitable hotel and even find a convenient means of transport thanks to its taxi function.

Falk Marco Polo Interactive GmbH
Marco-Polo-Str. 1
73760 Ostfildern
Tel.: +49 1805 463-255
Fax: +49 711 4502-320
Hall 25, Stand D40, Planet Reseller, Room 195

Rugged cell phones are completely out of fashion now, but robust computers are in. At CeBIT 2009, Andres Industries will be presenting its "ruggedized" PDA: the device can survive a fall into water or being dropped from one meter onto concrete, plus it has a fingerprint scanner and a 7-inch touch display.

A GPS navigation system, UMTS, GRPS, Edge, WLAN and Bluetooth are, of course, also on board. The device is intended for use in land surveying, georesearch and forestry - basically anywhere where work is conducted in tough environments. The device also has serial ports for connecting special measuring instruments.

Andres Industries AG
Rheinsberger Str. 77
10115  Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 45803900
Fax: +49 30 45803903
Hall 13, Stand B10

3D display responds to each and every finger cue

Visitors to CeBIT 2009 will be able to experience science-fiction live with the iPoint 3D from the experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI. The main highlight of the 3D display is the ability to communicate with it through simple hand gestures: movement of the elements depicted on the display is contactless and there is no need for 3D glasses or data gloves.

The iPoint 3D is able to respond to finger cues thanks to a recognition device not much larger than a keyboard which can be suspended from the ceiling above the user or fitted in a coffee table. Two built-in cameras detect hands and fingers in real time and transmit the information to a computer. As soon as the user stands in front of the screen and waves his/her hands, the system responds - the system is completely contactless and markerless.

The iPoint 3D is a lot of fun, but in the future the system could be used in more serious scenarios where there can be no contact between the user and the computer, for example in operating theaters. Private use is also a possibility: while you knead dough in the kitchen, you can give a finger command to the iPoint 3D to turn the heat down on the potatoes that are boiling over - no need to get the stove dirty doing it manually!

Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik
[Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications]
Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI
Einsteinufer 37
10587  Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 31002 0
Fax: +49 30 31002 213
Hall 9, Stand B36, Partner in: Fraunhofer group

Smart Metering: intelligent electricity, gas and water meters

To be able to better estimate and therefore optimize the consumption of resources, Alcatel-Lucent will be presenting Smart Metering at CeBIT 2009 - providing intelligent electricity, gas and water meters that are integrated into a networked communication and accounting system.

Digital meters with a bidirectional connection to the energy supplier's IT form the basis of Smart Metering. The connection is permanent and the resulting transparency should benefit the environment as well as all participants in the scheme. For example, individuals could carry out certain tasks, like washing and drying their laundry, during off-peak times. Hence customers could take advantage of the particularly low rates charged during these periods. This in turn would benefit the suppliers too because it gives them the chance to make better use of existing power plant resources in the long term.

Furthermore, this new generation of meters offers other advantages too, including convenient services for consumers  such as sounding an alarm should power consumption exceed a certain threshold within a defined period of time. The Smart Metering solutions are highly scaleable, modular and reliable. The core of the Smart Metering portfolio from Alcatel Lucent is the Open Service Platform (OSP), which operates with a guaranteed availability of 99.999 percent and is currently being used successfully in more than 300 communication networks around the world.

Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG
Lorenzstr. 10
70435 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 821 44049
Fax: +49 711 821 46055
Hall 8, Stand B02

Donut for your dashboard

If in future you would like to keep your satnav device in place but still have a completely unobstructed view through the windshield, just stick a donut on your dashboard. Of course, we do not mean a real American donut, we mean the Dashboard Donut from Adapt-Mobile Ltd. This in-car helper, already hailed a great success in Holland, will celebrate its premiere in Germany at CeBIT 2009.

The Donut can securely hold a cell phone, navigation device or MP3 player in place in any position inside the car. The manufacturer claims another advantage of the Donut, which is shaped just like the sweet American fried treat, is that it does not leave any marks behind, unlike most conventional suction-based systems. The Dashboard Donut is now available here and in all other European countries.

Adapt-Mobile Ltd.
Bolder 1
NL-6582 BZ Huemen
Tel.: +31 2435 73950
Fax: +31 2435 73951
Hall 14, Stand J04


- Andrea Staude-


04.03.2009 / MaP

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