CeBIT 2016: Is your business ready to embrace the digitisation trend?

The 30th anniversary of the world's largest IT exhibition saw over 3,000 exhibitors present their latest innovations & discuss key trends.

On March 14th 2016, CeBIT, one of the world’s most important IT trade shows, welcomed thousands of exhibitors and IT professionals from around the world to Hannover. The theme during this year’s five-day event was "d!conomy – join – create – succeed”. This aimed to promote the message that humans are the creative driving force behind the digitisation trend.

Based on the general industry consensus that 50 billion devices will be connected to the IoT by 2020, discussions and demonstrations relating to the collection, security, storage and real-time processing of data dominated CeBIT 2016.

Discussing key trends and the real-world applications of IoT

With current data suggesting that only half of companies have addressed the implications of digitisation on their business models, speakers at the show suggested that enterprises need to equip themselves with the relevant tools to overcome future challenges.

"Digitisation is not a fleeting trend that will disappear quickly," explained Oliver Frese, member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG. “Big data, the cloud, mobile, social business, and the Internet of Things already have an incredible impact on the value chains of all business sectors. The way in which they work together creates an unprecedented dynamic in innovation and offers companies [...] big opportunities."

As one of the driving forces of digitisation, Intel showcased many of its revolutionary IoT solutions at the trade show. Attendees were given the chance to view demonstrations and learn about products relating to connectivity, wearables, intelligent data management, workplace transformation and cyber security.

One of the star attractions at the Intel stand was the real vineyard. Known as TracoVino, this smart IoT application was developed by MyOmega and Intel and showed visitors how a network of sensors can be used to collect data directly from grapevines. Intel showcased how relevant metrics such as temperature, air humidity, soil moisture, and light irradiation can be collected and saved directly to the cloud. By allowing wine-makers to view this data in real time on a mobile device, it’s possible to respond to problems such as water stagnation or plant disease faster than ever. Of course this sensor technology can be applied to various other industries from manufacturing through to transportation sectors.

Intel also demonstrated practical applications of its technology in the sports world using a TAG Heuer Connected Watch together with the Track My Golf application. Thanks to the built-in Intel® Atom™ processor, the first Swiss-made smartwatch revealed how golfers can improve their game by viewing distance data, the position of their ball relative to the hole, as well as other game-relevant data on their wrist.

To help deal with the growing challenge of processing data from these smart devices in real-time, Intel presented the Cray Urika-XA hardware system. Built using the Apache Hadoop* and Spark* frameworks, this powerful analytics platform was shown running on high-performance Intel® processors. To showcase the capabilities of the technology, the system was used to process over 1000 tweets per minute and create a detailed analysis of specified information in real time.


6th gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors: more power for the workplace

The latest Intel processor family, which debuted at CeBIT, was developed to provide optimal productivity in managed IT environments. The 6th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family provides up to 2.5 times greater performance* and 3 times the battery life of devices that are 5 years old. CPUs have been integrated into a wide selection of new end devices manufactured by different vendors, contributing significantly to increased user friendliness.

In addition, attendees learned about the benefits of Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors. These provide improved collaboration tools for more efficient, cable-free management of meetings, as well as hardware-based identity protection, which is an important innovation in the area of user authentication. Tom Garrison, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Business Client Platforms Division said:

"By integrating additional improved security features in the hardware, Intel is helping make these new PCs a fundamental part of a company's security solution. This means users can work more securely and productively than ever before.”


Intel® Unite™ is making companies ready for the future

During the trade show, the key topic of workplace transformation was also explored. It was emphasised that companies must implement smart, efficient, and above all, secure solutions for global collaboration in order to stay competitive. For example, modern conference rooms require a high-performance meeting solution that simplifies the integration of mobile devices and guarantees, along with a user-friendly interface, a high level of security.

Intel® Unite™ was extolled as the ideal solution to make workplace transformation as smooth as possible. This intelligent and secure conference room technology connects employees in up to four locations worldwide in real time. It not only makes meetings more effective, but also helps improve teamwork and increase productivity. Thanks to the use of PIN protection, SSL encryption and geofencing, Intel® Unite™ meets modern-day, industry-proven standards, making the exchange of ideas and data especially secure.

Another key technology demonstrated at CeBIT was Intel® Pro Wireless Display (Intel® Pro WiDi), a solution for connecting end devices automatically and without cables to monitors, projectors, or interactive whiteboards. This technology transforms the conference room into a cable-free zone in which employees can share their screens quickly and flexibly with other peripheral devices. Once again, Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors provide the desired and required data protection thanks to multi-factor authentication.

Hardware-based security with Intel® Authenticate

At a time in which more than half of all data leaks start with theft or misuse of user data, Intel also warned that security and data encryption should be a top priority. Attack methods, such as phishing, are becoming increasingly sophisticated and require increased identification data protection. The key message coming out of CeBIT was that businesses can protect themselves from vulnerabilities by using 6th generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors along with multi-factor technologies such as Intel® Authenticate.

For more information on CeBIT, stay tuned for our top takeaways from the show.


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