A2A – GIGATRONIK SMART WORLD SYMPOSIUM 2017: The digital world needs connected people

On 11 May in the historic ambience of the Classic vintage car factory, around 200 participants discussed the connected, digital future. The 8th GIGATRONIK symposium provided inspiration with its varied lectures, live future visions such as the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus and the concept car Link & Go by AKKA Technologies, as well as an overall concept that aimed at interconnecting the participants from a wide range of industries.

In the historic ambience of the Classic vintage car factory in Neu-Ulm, around 200 participants experienced the smart world of the future. There was the opportunity to test the autonomous electric car "Link & Go" from the Akka Technologies Group.
Dr.-Ing. Edwin Tscheschlok (CEO GIGATRONIK) and Roberto Sacco (CEO AKKA Germany)
The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus gave participants an insight into the vision of a connected and autonomous public transport system of the future.
At the "A2A – GIGATRONIK SMART WORLD SYMPOSIUM" in the Classic vintage car factory in Neu-Ulm, around 200 experts came together to discuss the digitised, connected world.
Numerous exhibits on various subjects in the smart, connected world invited the participants to network in depth.

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It is not enough to simply exchange data between intelligent products and systems in the "connected world". In order to link complete areas of life and business processes with one another, it is essential to connect people. This year's "A2A - GIGATRONIK SMART WORLD SYMPOSIUM", which took place in the Classic vintage car factory in Neu-Ulm, was strategically targeted towards this challenge. The event was aimed at GIGATRONIK customers and business partners, and achieved record attendance levels with around 200 experts from a wide range of industries. Regio TV Ulm also had a look around the event and reported in the "Journal Schwaben".

"The new technologies give all of us the opportunity to connect the world. The future success of the market depends on generating new ideas for business models and consolidating interfaces. For this, A2A is offering an interdisciplinary platform in which experts gain an insight into current projects from various sectors, share experiences with the connected world and network with one another", said Felix Traier, explaining the design content of the symposium. The range of subjects in the lecture programme thus ranged from connected vehicles and smart-home platforms to industrial Internet of Things and the digitisation of machines.  

In 2010, the symposium was launched under the name A2A, standing for "Apps to Automotive", in order words the integration of IT applications into vehicles. Since then, it has been continuously expanded to include subjects covering the connected world, one in which the mobility of the future still plays an important role. This was also demonstrated by the exhibits, such as the autonomous electric car Link & Go by the AKKA Group. At just 3.6 m in length, the space-saving and environmentally-friendly car is aimed at city driving. Its innovative drive and chassis concept makes it so mobile that it can turn on the spot and park in the tightest of spaces, according to Guillaume Tréhard from AKKA Technologies Group. 

The public transport of the future will also be connected and autonomous, like the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with its sophisticated sensor system. Describing one of the advantages of the bus, Arno Prüllage explains that the bus communicates directly with the traffic infrastructure and receives information on the status of traffic lights within a radius of more than 200 m. Based on this data, the vehicle could be driven such that waiting times ahead of red lights could be minimised or even completely avoided. Controlled by sensors, the bus optimally approaches bus stops. Close-up cameras record all variables for the longitudinal and horizontal guidance so that there is a maximum gap of 10 cm between the vehicle and the kerb.

Francesco Prato from Sigfox presented inspiration for the smart world with an overview of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). The telecommunications company wirelessly links objects with minimal power requirements to the Internet. This radio technology allows mobile items to be followed. Added value is created by, for example, simply being able to monitor the temperature or humidity of a delivery and by pinpointing its location at all times. Application fields for the cost-effective technology are, amongst others, in the Industry 4.0, Smart Building Management and Smart Agriculture sectors.

The experience of users in the digital world was the focus of a lecture by Krzysztof Petelenz. Using the Pons dictionary for Amazon Alexa, he explained what a "Skill" is, what the technical limitations are and what future potential there is. The Skill dictionary enables the voice-activated audio device Alexa to translate any words and phrases from German into English and to read them out with mother-tongue precision.

Michael Raschke introduced an efficient analysis tool for the fully automated analysis of the gaze behaviour of, for example, drivers. The eye tracking for drive assistance systems combines the human ability to recognise visual patterns with a computer's skill of searching through vast quantities of data.

Andreas Reich from Audi Electronics Venture focussed on connected, automated driving as being the key technology for smart cities. To ensure the success of integrated mobility, the digitisation of city infrastructure would, however, have to advance. Taking the example of traffic light information linked to the automated start/stop of a car, Andreas Reich highlighted benefits: CO2 emissions would reduce by up to 15 percent in real-life operation, by feeding back to the backend to choose a more favourable route and vice versa, and by feeding back the stationary periods of the vehicles to the traffic management system which actively influences the control of traffic lights.

Florian Rubländer
Corporate Communications