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Sparkling Test Performance: ZENEC Infotainer Z-E2060 for VW T5

Thorough test conducted by German Car & Hifi magazine (01/2019): ZENEC’s new multimedia system for the VW T5 Multivan and California awarded the „Highlight“ accolade.

Sparkling Test Performance: ZENEC Infotainer Z-E2060 for VW T5

ZENEC Z-E2060: Infotainer for VW T5 tested

The triumphal march of the vehicle-specific ZENEC E>GO Series continues. Specially developed for the VW T5 Multivan and California, the new Infotainer Z-E2060 is another really successful model in the product range of the Swiss multimedia specialist ZENEC. The German Car & HiFi trade magazine has now thoroughly tested the „Bulli Specialist“ in issue 01/2019. „A great entertainment solution for the VW T5“, is the enthusiastic verdict of the trade journalists, awarding the Z-E20160 the „Highlight“ accolade.

PERFECT FIT FOR VW T5 MULTIVAN
As regards vehicle integration the Z-E2060 has already convinced the testers right down the line. ZENEC’s new infotainer integrates not only perfectly in the instrument panel of the latest Bulli, but with its comprehensive features and functionality is also perfectly tailored to the VW T5 – including all electrical connections. „The CAN interface enables communication with the onboard vehicle electronics“, say the journalists of the multimedia device: „functions like steering wheel remote control, parking radar, and climate control are supported by the Z-E2060“.

MULTIMEDIA FOR EXPERTS
With a CD/DVD drive, two USB connections, and the HDMI port the Z-E2060 is optimally equipped with all the multimedia functions, according to the tech journalists. In addition there is the DAB+ tuner for „crystal clear noise-free reception“ of digital radio, as well as many sound tools; for example, the 10-band equalizer and finely adjustable time alignment. „In the test lab the Z-E2060 does not put a foot wrong“, is the verdict of the critical journalists. „Picture quality and sound are also impressive.“

OPTIMAL OPERATION, OPTIMAL PRICING
The journalists agree that the „new“ ZENEC will excite drivers of the Bulli – and not just because of the „attractive“ price. Also the ease of use leaves nothing to be desired for the Car & HiFi testers. „Thanks to the clear menus, hard keys and rotary knobs you soon have the wide range of functions of the Z-E2060 under control. The large 6.5-inch (16.5 cm) capacitive touchscreen is brilliant and reacts promptly at the touch of a finger.“

TWOFOLD NAVIGATION SOLUTION
The Z-E2060 is able to not only use multimedia, but can also be used as a navigation system – SmartLink makes that possible: „This is because the SmartLink function allows the screen content of the smartphone to be mirrored on the ZENEC“, explain the testers. „The apps, including navigation on the mobile phone, can then be controlled from the touchscreen of the ZENEC.“ This is done by simply connecting the Android phone to one of the two USB ports.
But even without SmartLink the ZENEC Infotainer can be upgraded to a navigation device extremely easily. „If you would rather have offline navigation integrated, simply order the Z-EMAP50 software at the same time to turn the ZENEC from a moniceiver into a full-function navitainer“, is the enthusiastic opinion of the testers.

SUMMARY WITH FLYING COLORS
According to the verdict of the tech journalists the Z-E2060 has „mastered the test course with flying colors“. „With the Z-E2060 ZENEC offers the full range of media, communications and navigation features for the popular Bulli VW T5“, states the summary of the well-respected tech journalists. The Z-E2060 is, according to the testers, „a great entertainment solution for the VW T5“.

The brand Zenec stands for pure in-car multimedia. Moniceivers, naviceivers, roof mount and universal monitors sum to a well rounded portfolio of in-car products. Added to that are accessory components like rear view cameras and headphones. All Zenec devices are perfectly compatible with one another.
The Zenec multimedia range is perceived to follow the edge of technology, but also to stand out with an exceptional price/performance value. Yet, quality before quantity is the other important maxim given, Zenec is strictly adhering to.
In 2008, Zenec brought the first E>GO model onto the market, thereby immediately establishing a completely new category of device: the vehicle-specific naviceiver. E>GOs are a perfect fit – visually and technically – in the respective target vehicle, without additional bezels, adapters and hours of installation work. With the new line up 2018 there are E>GOs to fit into over 60 models of vehicle.

Company-Contact
Zenec by ACR (engl.)
Denny Krauledat
Bohrtumweg 1
5300 Bad Zurzach
Phone: 0041-56-269 64 47
E-Mail: denny.krauledat@acr.eu
Url: http://www.zenec.com

Press
punctum, Lechner und Peter GbR
Michaela Lechner
Schönstedtstr. 7
12043 Berlin
Phone: 030-61403817
E-Mail: micha@punctum-berlin.de
Url: http://www.punctum-berlin.de

Politics Law Society

ECJ on the protection of geographical indications of origin

ECJ on the protection of geographical indications of origin

ECJ on the protection of geographical indications of origin

As in the case of trade marks, it is similarly possible to protect geographical indications of origin (GIOs). A decision of the ECJ from 19 December 2018 shows that this protection can be extensive (Az.: C-367/17 S).

Consumers may associate GIOs with a certain quality. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that it is therefore possible to protect them in a similar manner to trade marks.

The label „Schwarzwälder Schinken“, i.e. Black Forest ham, is a protected geographical designation. An organization submitted a request to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office to have this protection extended so that Schwarzwälder Schinken can only be sliced and packaged in the Black Forest to ensure its quality. The organization took action against a producer that had its ham produced in the Black Forest but further processed elsewhere. The dispute ultimately came before the ECJ.

The ECJ held that a prohibition on further processing outside of the area covered by a GIO can be justified if this is a necessary and proportionate measure to ensure the quality of the product or guarantee its origin. It went on to state that whether further processing the ham outside of the Black Forest potentially compromises its quality must now be ruled on by Germany“s Bundespatentgericht.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of IP law can offer advice.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/ip-law/trademark-law.html

GRP Rainer www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international full service law firm. The lawyers counsel on corporate and commercial law, business law, tax law, IT law and IP law and distribution law. The law firm advises international companies, corporations, mid-sized businesses and private clients worldwide. GRP Rainer can be found in Berlin Bonn Cologne Duesseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart, Germany and London, UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Politics Law Society

BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

BAG - Employers can claw back bonus payments

The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany“s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.

It is common for employment contracts to include provisions on collectively agreed bonus payments, for instance when employers promise to pay a Christmas bonus. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note, however, that an employee“s entitlement to receive this annual bonus payment can be made conditional on the employment relationship continuing until a cutoff date outside of the reference period for payment in the following year. This position was reaffirmed by the Bundesarbeitsgericht in a ruling from 27 June 2018 (Az.: 10 AZR 290/17).

In the case in question, the employment contract stipulated that the employee was entitled to receive a collectively agreed yearly bonus payment on the 1 December. The contribution was also meant to serve as remuneration for work that had been performed. The contract further stated that the employee was to repay this bonus payment if he or she leaves the employment relationship during the period ending on 31 March of the following year through their own fault or of their own volition. In this case, the employee had terminated the employment relationship in October, in due time for this to take effect from January 2016. His employer paid out the agreed bonus to him on 1 December in the amount of one month“s wages and after the employment relationship was terminated demanded it be repaid. The employee refused to repay the bonus, arguing that the relevant tariff provision was invalid, disproportionately restricted his scope for terminating the employment relationship and breached his fundamental right to choose and pursue a professional activity.

The Bundesarbeitsgericht nonetheless held that the employer was entitled to repayment of the bonus, ruling that such a provision would be considered invalid if it were firmly established as a clause in the general terms and conditions of the employment contract and placed the employee at an undue disadvantage. The BAG clarified that the content of tariff wage agreements incorporated in their entirety into employment contacts, on the other hand, is not subject to this kind of review.

The Court found that the employee“s obligation to repay the amount arose from a provision in a tariff wage agreement concerning a cutoff date and did not violate any superior rule of law. The BAG noted that while the result amounted to a restriction on the employee“s freedom to choose and pursue a professional activity, this restriction was proportionate.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of employment law can advise employers in relation to both individual and collective employment law.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/employment-law.html

GRP Rainer www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international full service law firm. The lawyers counsel on corporate and commercial law, business law, tax law, IT law and IP law and distribution law. The law firm advises international companies, corporations, mid-sized businesses and private clients worldwide. GRP Rainer can be found in Berlin Bonn Cologne Duesseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart, Germany and London, UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Business Economy Finances

HTS Global AG helps to cope with the winter

In some regions of Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as other countries there are tons of snow and there is no end in sight.

The snow masses lead to slipping, on steep driveways you may get the problem of getting stuck in the middle of the hill and can’t drive your car all the way to the top and roofs start to suffer under the heavy snow. This is exactly where the work of HTS Global AG is noticeable. The Swiss company has been producing high quality heating cables for many years to remedy such situations, says Fabian de Soet, Managing Director of HTS Global AG.

HTS Global AG has long been a leader in the heating cable industry thanks to its excellent quality and unbeatable value for money.

HTS Global AG is constantly working on inventing new heating cables and improving their assortment to offer even greater bandwidth to all its customers, continues Fabian de Soet. Even if the customer is not sure which product is the right one for him, he is always competently and friendly advised by the employees.

The products can be divided in self-regulating heating tapes and constant power heating tapes for industry as well as construction.

The current product catalog as well as the contact details can be found on the website: https://www.hts-global.com/

Über GMC AG

GMC AG mit Hauptsitz in Zug/Schweiz, ist mit zahlreichen Business Centern international in Amerika, Australien, Asien und Europa vertreten. In seinen Business Centern stehen Betriebswirte, Steuerberater, Marketing- und Unternehmensberater den Kunden zur Verfügung, die seit über 20 Jahren in den Bereichen Business Center, Firmengründung und Managementberatung tätig sind.

Contact
GMC Global Management Consultants AG
Rieta Vanessa
Gubelstrasse 12
6300 Zug
Phone: 0041 41 560 77 00
E-Mail: pr@news-channel.ch
Url: http://www.gmc-consultants.ch

Electric Electronics

Galvanic Isolation Secures New 48-volt Electrical Architectures

KDPOF Delivers Optical Connectivity for Battery Management Systems and Integrated Smart Antenna Modules

Galvanic Isolation Secures New 48-volt Electrical Architectures

KDPOF’s optical connectivity provides galvanic isolation for Battery Management Systems and Smart An

KDPOF – leading supplier for gigabit transceivers over POF (Plastic Optical Fiber) – provide their optical connectivity technology in order to secure new 48-volt electrical architectures via the inherent galvanic isolation. „The new 48-volt electrical architecture pushes the envelope in terms of electromagnetic compatibility and safety requirements,“ stated Carlos Pardo, CEO and Co-founder of KDPOF. „New safety precautions are needed, since even a single malfunction between the 48-volt and the 12-volt electrical system will lead to a short circuit, which can damage the entire 12-volt system due to overvoltage.“ Optical connections with POF, such as KDPOF’s innovative Automotive Gigabit Ethernet POF (GEPOF), provide the optimal means to achieve galvanic isolation, providing 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet compatible solutions with enough margin to withstand the harsh automotive environment. Applications such as Battery Management Systems (BMS) and Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) modules profit from the inherent Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) of POF. KDPOF will present their GEPOF technology at the Automotive Ethernet Congress on February 13 and 14, 2019 in Munich, Germany.

48 Volts Generate Need for Galvanic Isolation

The chassis is a common ground potential for all 48-volt ECUs in the car. As the chassis has a non-zero impedance, a significant return current will be conducted through it, and a portion of this return current will find its way through a parallel path: the copper cables“ shielding. „An OEM has stated that the shield of Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) cables can conduct more than 8A of return current due to the 48-volt jump start effect,“ added Carlos Pardo.

In addition, the need for a ubiquitous communications network within the vehicle, and particularly between ECUs belonging to different voltage domains, represents a source of potential hazards. Thus, it imposes the additional requirement of galvanic isolation between the communicating nodes. Any event that could cause the 48-volt to cross into the 12-volt, for example due to line transceivers that don“t provide sufficient galvanic isolation, might destroy the ECUs in the 12-volt domain.

With regulations driving car companies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions further by 2021, a new hybrid architecture concept based on a two-voltage power line (12-/48-volt) is already in the advanced marketing announcements of OEMs and Tier-1. As a further example of this new industry-wide technological trend towards 48V power supply and the handling of it, the German VDA published recommendation 320, which covers electric and electronic components in vehicles for the development of a 48-volt power supply. It defines requirements, test conditions and tests performed on electric, electronic and mechatronic components and systems for use in motor vehicles with a 48-volt on-board power supply.

Battery Management Systems

Galvanic isolation is also necessary between the primary and secondary systems of both ac-dc and dc-dc converters due to the presence of hazardous high voltage (above 25 Vac or 60 Vdc). According to the FMVSS 305 and ECE-R standards, the isolation barrier between the battery and exposed conductive parts should maintain 500 /V before and after a crash impact. „This is a tough requirement that is very hard to reach without a nearly perfect isolation that copper-based networks are unable to ensure,“ added Carlos Pardo. Moreover, the BMS is a very noisy environment and communications are susceptible to disturbance by conducted and radiated RF emissions. Optical communications have been demonstrated to be the most robust regarding EMC.

Smart Antenna Modules

Integrated Smart Antenna (ISA) Modules consist of several antennas for signal reception, an Antenna Hub, and an Ethernet connection to the consumers of the antenna signals such as a radio device. If each of the several antennas in a car is routed to its respective ECU with its own cable, the complexity soon becomes unacceptable. The Antenna Hub routes all signals from each antenna to an Ethernet network connected to all receptors of the signals. Gigabit Ethernet over POF is ideally suited for an Ethernet connection due to its natural EMC-free property. „In conventional systems, if the roof is not metallic, or has openings, an immense amount of energy is radiated by the coaxial cable that is coupled back into the ISA. This seriously degrades the ISA performance,“ explained Carlos Pardo. Replacing the coaxial cable with POF completely solves this issue.

About KDPOF

Fabless semiconductor supplier KDPOF provides innovative gigabit and long-reach communications over Plastic Optical Fiber (POF). Making gigabit communication over POF a reality, KDPOF technology supplies 1 Gbps POF links for automotive, industrial, and home networks. Founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, KDPOF offer their technology as either ASSP or IP (Intellectual Property) to be integrated in SoCs (System-on-Chips). The adaptive and efficient system works with a wide range of optoelectronics and low-cost large core optical fibers, thus delivering carmakers low risks, costs and short time-to-market.

Company-Contact
KDPOF
Óscar Ciordia
Ronda de Poniente 14 2ºA
28760 Tres Cantos
Phone: +34 91 8043387
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.kdpof.com

Press
ahlendorf communication
Mandy Ahlendorf
Hermann-Roth-Straße 1
82065 Baierbrunn
Phone: +49 89 41109402
E-Mail: ma@ahlendorf-communication.com
Url: http://www.ahlendorf-communication.com

Automotive Traffic

SmartTOP roof control for BMW 3 Series convertibles enables top operation via One-Touch

The retrofit SmartTOP convertible rooftop control by the manufacturer, Mods4cars, allows for the opening and closing of the convertible top while driving with just a short press of a button for all BMW 3 Series models.

SmartTOP roof control for BMW 3 Series convertibles enables top operation via One-Touch

SmartTOP roof control for BMW 3 Series convertibles

Las Vegas, Nevada – January 10, 2019

SmartTOP rooftop modules by the company, Mods4cars, simplify everyday convertible life with clever comfort and functional enhancements. The retrofit SmartTOP allows owners of BMW 3 Series Cabriolets E46 and E93 rooftop control while driving with just one touch of a button. Thanks to One-Touch, the convertible top opens and closes automatically after a brief tap on the interior button. The impractical continuous pressing down of the button is thereby omitted.

In addition, the product from Mods4cars, also enables the possibility to open and close the convertible top from afar via the vehicles original remote control. „SmartTOP customers can open their convertibles top as they are approaching their vehicle,“ explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow. The vehicle key does not require any changes or programming for this function.

In addition to these two main functions, SmartTOP modules also have individual additional functions: For example, the windows of the BMW 3 Series models can be opened and closed via the remote control. Position of the windows after the tops movement can be programmed to personal preferences. When engaging the reverse gear, the passenger mirror can be set to automatically be folded.

The module allows for complete deactivation as required. Starting and stopping the engine, does not interrupt the current top movement. Furthermore, a standard USB port is integrated in the module. This allows for the configuration on the home PC and the installation of software updates. These updates are made available to customers free of charge.

The SmartTOP convertible top control is retrofitted into the vehicle. For quick and easy installation, the cabriolet module comes with a specially developed plug-and-play cable set. The connection between the vehicles electronics and SmartTOP module is made by simply plugging together. Cable sets in original equipment quality guarantee a 100% accurate fit. Cutting through of cables is not required.

The comfort upgrade is available for BMW 3 series convertibles E46 and E93 from 269.00 Euro + tax.

SmartTOP roof modules are available for BMW models 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Z4 and Mini. The following vehicle brands are also supported: Alfa, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo.

A product video can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/loFlscAfqw8

For more Information:
http://www.mods4cars.com

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About Mods4cars:

Mods4cars was founded in 2002 from the idea to add a highly demanded feature to the otherwise almost perfect Porsche Boxster: Comfort One-Touch roof operation while driving at slow speeds. The resulting product offered not only that, but also allowed quick and easy installation by just swapping out a relay box, thus leaving no traces and no permanent changes on the vehicle. The first SmartTOP roof controller was born.

The success of their first products in Germany and Europe prompted them in late 2004 to move operations to the USA, to be able to serve the American market as well as all other English speaking countries such as Australia, UK and South Africa from one central location. Their business has grown to a full-fledged international corporation with an office in Las Vegas and a full line of innovative products as well as distributors and installation partners all over the globe.

Being highly specialized in the development and distribution of aftermarket roof- and comfort controllers since 2002 allows them to offer an unsurpassed level of competence and product quality. Their main goal is optimization of each individual product to a maximum in compatibility, usability and intuitive operation. They put greatest effort into development and quality checks of all their products to achieve this goal and meet all expectations of their customers.

The extraordinary success of their products is also based on the great communication with their customers, which usually already starts for each new product during the development and prototyping phase.

Contact
Mods4cars LLC
Sven Tornow
E. Flamingo Rd #3100 1350
89119 Las Vegas (NV) – USA
Phone: +1-310-9109055
E-Mail: tornow@mods4cars.com
Url: http://www.mods4cars.com

English Press Releases

Yanmar congratulates M&V Veit on the new location

The successful Yanmar dealer expands to Dettenhausen.

Yanmar congratulates M&V Veit on the new location

The new location in Dettenhausen offers space for M&V Veit’s further growth.

Filderstadt, January 9, 2019 – The company M&V Veit Baumaschinen (M&V Veit) has been part of Yanmar“s partner network since 2007. Selling about 130 construction machines per year, M&V Veit is one of the most powerful Yanmar dealers in Germany. At the beginning of 2019, the company will move to Dettenhausen, near Stuttgart. The new location offers about 31,000 square meters and thus new space for growth. Yanmar congratulates the dealer on its expansion.

The high-quality compact Yanmar machines are a set part of the M&V Veit product range. The rental park also includes about 1,000 construction machines as well as equipment, vehicles and hydraulic ramps. Another important part of the company is its service, which makes M&V Veit an excellent provider. Bundling management, warehouse, garage and services at one place will result in short distances thus making the company“s work even more efficient. In order to ensure that the location will perfectly meet the needs of M&V Veit, a new administration building and a garage are being developed. The new location in Dettenhausen is near the previous one and convinces with its good connection to the traffic infrastructure.

Volker Veit, CEO at M&V Veit Baumaschinen, says: „We have been honoured as the best Yanmar service company in Germany for the last three years in a row. We had to expand to further meet the requirements of this award.“

„We congratulate M&V Veit on their move and are happy to have such a great dealer by our side“, affirms Frank Thoss, Regional Director at Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe.

Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe baut und vertreibt kompakte Baumaschinen für den Straßen- und Tiefbau, den Galabau und die Landwirtschaft. Die Produktionsstätten befinden sich in Saint-Dizier, Nordost-Frankreich und in Crailsheim, Baden Württemberg, Deutschland. Die Vertriebszentrale für Europa ist im französischen Bezannes bei Reims. Das Unternehmen verfügt über ein Netz von über 260 Vertragshändlern und Importeuren aus ganz Europa.

Company-Contact
Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe
Anne Chatillon
Rue René Cassin 8
51430 Bezannes
Phone: +33 3 25 55 29 66
E-Mail: anne_chatillon@yanmar.com
Url: http://www.yanmarconstruction.eu

Press
CREAM COMMUNICATION
Anne Bettina Leutner
Schauenburgerstraße 37
20095 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 401 131 010
E-Mail: yanmar@cream-communication.com
Url: http://www.cream-communication.com

Science Research Technology

Fighting hunger in Africa

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports cassava research in Brunswick (Germany)

Since 2014 the cassava research of the Department of Plant Viruses of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Brunswick has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In December 2018 the Senior Program Officer of the Foundation, Dr. Jim Lorenzen, visited the DSMZ plant virus research group, led by Dr. Stephan Winter, in Brunswick (Germany). As part of a project funded by the Gates Foundation with about 900,000 Euro, the researchers succeeded in finding resistances to African viruses in cassava varieties from South America. The viruses trigger a severe root rot, the Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), which leads to complete crop loss. So far, African cassava varieties have little resistance to these viruses, often leading to catastrophic crop failures. „As the disease continues to spread from East Africa to Central and West Africa and threatens the growing in these regions, there is an urgent need to take countermeasures,“ explains Doctor Winter. After extensive trials in the Brunswick research greenhouses, the resistant cassava plants from South America were sent to research stations in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria to cross virus resistance in African varieties. Experiments in South Kivu in Eastern Congo, which were evaluated after one year of field cultivation, proved that virus resistance in South American varieties is maintained in the field.

South American cassava plants as a solution for Africa
„The selected variants grow in Africa, retain their viral resistance to CBSD and remain healthy,“ says Dr. Stephan Winter, the world’s leading cassava virus researcher. In Brunswick, Dr. Jim Lorenzen and Dr. Stephan Winter discussed other research projects that, in addition to basic research on the resistance characterization of South American breeding lines, would primarily involve them directly in the breeding work of African partners. This would to make the new research results concretely applicable in Africa in the fight against hunger. „After twelve months of field cultivation, the South American cassava seedlings show excellent resistance characteristics. However, there is still a need for research when it comes to establishing the plants in different growing regions, but the first steps towards resistant cassava plants in Africa have been taken,“ Dr. Winter summarises the current situation.

Cassava as a food plant
Cassava, also known as manioc, is mainly known in this country as tapioca, the starch extracted from the manioc root. It is the most important food plant in sub-Saharan Africa and often the only daily meal for the poor. Cassava cultivation is repeatedly threatened by viral diseases. For some years now, a viral disease has been spreading from the coastal regions of East Africa. It is caused by novel Cassava Brown Streak viruses and destroys the root. The plants perish, the tuber harvest fails and threatening bottlenecks in food supplies repeatedly occur in African countries, especially in Uganda and Tanzania. The further spread of the disease, especially westward, represents an enormous threat potential for the people of countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria, where cassava is of outstanding importance in agricultural production and nutrition. Since Dr. Winter became head of the DSMZ Department of Plant Viruses in 1995, viruses of tropical and subtropical plants have been an important field of research in Brunswick. The research team of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH aims at the rapid detection of viral diseases in plants in order to effectively combat epidemics and to explore ways of effectively controlling viral diseases.

Das Leibniz-Institut DSMZ – Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen ist die weltweit vielfältigste Sammlung für biologischen Ressourcen (Bakterien, Archaea, Protisten, Hefen, Pilze, Bakteriophagen, Pflanzenviren, genomische bakterielle DNA sowie menschliche und tierische Zellkulturen). An der DSMZ werden Mikroorganismen sowie Zellkulturen gesammelt, erforscht und archiviert. Als Einrichtung der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft ist die DSMZ mit ihren umfangreichen wissenschaftlichen Services und biologischen Ressourcen seit 1969 globaler Partner für Forschung, Wissenschaft und Industrie. Die DSMZ ist die erste registrierte Sammlung Europas (Verordnung (EU) Nr. 511/2014) und nach Qualitätsstandard ISO 9001:2015 zertifiziert. Als Patenthinterlegungsstelle bietet sie die bundesweit einzige Möglichkeit, biologisches Material nach den Anforderungen des Budapester Vertrags zu hinterlegen. Neben dem wissenschaftlichen Service bildet die Forschung das zweite Standbein der DSMZ. Das Institut mit Sitz auf dem Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd beherbergt mehr als 66.500 Kulturen sowie Biomaterialien und hat 198 Mitarbeiter. www.dsmz.de

Contact
Leibnitz-Institut DSMZ Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen
Sven-David Müller
Inhoffenstraße 7 B
38124 Braunschweig
Phone: 0531-5312616300
E-Mail: sven.david.mueller@dsmz.de
Url: http://www.dsmz.de

Electric Electronics

Gigabit data logger for high-speed and ADAS applications

Validation of intelligent radar sensors improves the safety of autonomous driving

Gigabit data logger for high-speed and ADAS applications

Real traffic situations can be stored and replicated repeatedly in the laboratory. (Source: embedded brains GmbH)

For the development and validation of systems for autonomous vehicle management, real traffic scenarios are usually simulated and tested in the laboratory. Since pre-processing is carried out directly in the sensor front end with modern radar sensors, this can result in a serious gap in coverage during the testing and validation of object detection. In addition, the optimization of algorithms for testing in real traffic is very complex and seldom reliable.

The DP²4R Gigabit data logger collects raw radar signals between the sensor and preprocessing. The stored signals can then be fed back via the same interface. This allows real traffic situations to be replicated repeatedly in the laboratory and to optimize the processing chain of radar signals. The testing and validation of radar signal processing can be moved from the road to the laboratory. This saves time and allows the reliability of the data processing to be documented.

The special approach of the DP²4R data logger is to read raw data by means of a data head directly coupled to the radar sensor, store it and later feed it back in the laboratory. This requires a high data rate of more than 300Mbit/s per sensor, which is why these data can not be transferred via the system bus.

For practical aspects of data analysis, apart from raw sensor data, other context-specific data like pictures from a camera and GPS position data can be recorded with synchronous precision.

The so-called „head unit“ is based on a standardized unit which is specifically tailored to each sensor in order to enable safe and interference-free signal scanning as well as re-injection of the raw data. The sampled information is transmitted together with a time stamp via an internal interface to the central unit.

The central unit consists of a car PC with a special insert card. Up to four head units with a cable length of 7m can be connected to it. An even larger number of head units can be connected via a second or third card slot.

For data storage, there are several „hot-plugged“ SSD drives, which can be used to record data of any length by changing the media during recording. Other arrangements of storage media, such as aggregated RAID systems, can also be easily implemented. The entire hardware has been designed for the environmental conditions within the vehicle.

The system is controlled via Ethernet with a machine-readable xhtml interface or a web browser. The external data transfer is carried out via Gigabit Ethernet or through media change.

The concept has been designed for future extension with additional sensors with a larger number of antennas and higher radar frequency.

Technical specifications

> DP²4R Head-Unit Hardware, specifically adapted to the respective radar sensor
> Flexibly customizable for almost any type of processor
> DP²4R Controller hardware and OS based on standard components
> 1 to 4 head units can be recorded at the same time
> 320 Mbit/s recording rate per head unit
> Data recording without interference with the radar function
> Camera and GPS data, and more. Can be recorded synchronously
> 2TB storage capacity (> 2 hours), expandable by removable drives
> 9-32 V power supply
> Resistant to environmental conditions in the vehicle
> Controller based on Linux with hmtl/xhtml interface

About the embedded brains GmbH

embedded brains GmbH, with head office near Munich, is an owner-operated German company that specializes in customized software and hardware development for high-performance single and multicore systems. The company was founded in 2005 by the electrical engineers Peter Rasmussen and Thomas Doerfler. Both have more than 20 years of experience and technical expertise in systems development, primarily in the fields of automotive technology, telecommunications and industrial automation, and worked previously as consultants and employees for Dornier, Eurocopter, Siemens, Alcatel Siemens, Thomson, Telenorma and Hilf Microcomputer-Consulting.

The managing directors and their development team advise and support companies from different sectors over the entire development process and with the help of partner companies also deal with series production and fabrication after the completion of prototype development. E&K Automation, Bang & Olufsen, Fraunhofer ESK and Fraunhofer ITWM, Tyco Electronics, MAN Diesel & Turbo as well as Bosch Rexroth AG, among others, are the customers of embedded brains. www.embedded-brains.de

Company-Contact
embedded brains GmbH
Thomas Dörfler
Dornierstr. 4
82178 Puchheim
Phone: 49 (0)89-18 94741-00
E-Mail: info@embedded-brains.de
Url: http://www.embedded-brains.de

Press
Lermann Public Relations
Sylvia Lermann
Enzianstr. 2c
85591 Vaterstetten
Phone: +49 (0)8106-300 899
E-Mail: sylvia@lermann-pr.com
Url: http://www.lermann-pr.com

Computer Information Telecommunications

Get Labeling Right with Industry 4.0-Connectivity

Get Labeling Right with Industry 4.0-Connectivity

Industry 4.0 connectivity combats that by enabling networked labeling (Source: j-mel_fotolia.com)

When wrong information is printed on labels, labeling can be a pain in the neck. Industry 4.0 connectivity combats that by enabling networked labeling. Don’t get into a frenzy about your labeling problems. Solve them once and for all by connecting your data streams to your labeling systems. Regardless of your industry, get rid of your media gaps and make your labeling tasks foolproof. With an OPC UA-based client data hub networked labeling can become a breeze.

Connected labeling systems ensure uninterrupted data streams – and that’s important for labeling tasks in manufacturing, food and beverage production as well as for labeling systems used in pharma plants and even for correct marking of construction parts. Networked labeling helps get the needed information onto your labels while also ensuring uninterrupted data flow. Networked, seamless, digitized. Parallel as well as simultaneous and in-synch data flow are the main characteristics of modern Industry 4.0 connectivity. If media gaps cause data interruptions, you might well end up with incorrect product codes or wrong information on the labels. And that might cause expensive recalls and possibly even fines. With the right code and meta data on labels and packaging of food items, manufacturing or construction parts, identification is easy and all necessary data can be read out when addressing the respective ID. When you look around in the supermarket, you see a wide variety of food packaging. The information contained on each package needs to be correct. If you get it wrong, you have to throw the whole lot out or repackage it all. That’s expensive.

Consequently, it is much easier to stay well informed and to get full data-control if systems are interconnected and can be managed as a whole and in a partly or fully centralized manner. Networked labeling can be established via the OPC Router (www.opc-router.com) as OPC UA client. The industrial software provided by inray in Germany offers plug-ins for M2M-communication and networked communication between various systems, machines and devices – including printers and labeling systems. Not only big corporations but also small to mid-size companies can benefit from affordable Industry 4.0 solutions made possible with the OPC Router

Connected labeling systems help stay compliant with legal obligations more easily – and that’s important both for national and international trade activities that require correct labeling of all devices, parts and packages. Rules and regulations, as specified e.g. in EU legislations, U.S. Government Regulations or UN regulations, differ in certain details. This is why products need to be labeled differently for different regional markets in order to comply with rules and regulations of the target trade country or region. These labeling differences need to be easily manageable, which is why information has to be processed for quick output of the correct labels for every country and region in the world. Labeling tasks can be very challenging: The layout has to be correct, all obligational data fields need to be on the forms and the print output has to be just right. Object identification systems like RFID devices and RFID transponders, barcode scanners and other Auto ID-ready devices are put to use in order to retrieve that main product ID – and with it all kinds of associated information. The product itself, its packaging, labeling and its documentation need to be consistent. Industry 4.0 connectivity ensures that interconnected systems can update data and information between each other continuously, to keep all information completely in synch, regardless of where the information or data is stored, managed or processed. Consequently, it is much easier to comply with legal obligations in regard to your labeling output if you can trust your own data at all times, and if information flows between business units, production and warehouse management are seamless and up-to-date. With inray’s OPC Router information flows from anywhere to everywhere: Seamless, continuous and fast.

Connected labeling systems help establish best possible digital processes in production – and that’s important in order to put in place the very best and technologically advanced digital process control systems that will also result in better information management for labeling systems and interconnected warehouse management systems. Thus, production information can be exchanged with a wide range of other systems outside the production or manufacturing halls, making data all the more useful to human beings working in various positions along the product value chain with their very specific set of responsibilities and skills. Even small batch size labeling can be carried out much more easily. Companies who would like to interconnect their standard labeling and printing machines as well as multi-format labeling systems and tamper-evident labeling systems with their respective ERP-systems and production management systems, can do so by using the OPC UA protocol via a specified industrial software that functions as OPC UA client. For instance, the German manufacturer Herma has successfully automated its entire production communication by utilizing industrial software developed by inray. Their specific need: Herma needed to connect various programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with its SAP ERP and wanted to improve system connectivity and automation processes of their manufacturing plants. One of the main advantages of switching to networked labeling was the ability to transform production into fully action-controlled production processes. Altogether 14 machines were made Industry 4.0-ready by enabling full PLC-to-SAP communication and by then enabling SAP-to-printing communication.

More information on how Herma implemented networked labeling making use of the OPC UA protocol via the OPC Router, is available here: https://www.opc-router.com/herma-automates-product-communication-with-inray/

As one of the leading specialists for industrial software in Germany and Europe, inray offers a variety of Industry 4.0-ready solutions for a wide range of digital data management requirements pertaining to both operational technologies (OT) as well as enterprise information and digital automation technologies across manufacturing industries. As experts for data communication, especially in the area of digital network automation, the scope of inray’s industrial software solutions is manifold. With the OPC Router inray offers enterprise-wide connectivity to both large enterprises and SMEs. The OPC Router is a powerful data hub that makes centralized data management much easier because it makes it Industry 4.0-ready. As developer of industry-focused and custom-made software solutions for factory applications, MES/SCADA, LIMS and MDE/BDE-systems as well as for PDC/MDC projects, inray servers manufacturers who trade worldwide.

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Sören Rose
Holstenstraße 40
25560 Schenefeld
Phone: +49 4892/89008-0
E-Mail: redaktion@inray.de
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