Bizerba is Top Supplier Retail 2020 - for the installation of the Scan&Go solution Supersmart powered by Bizerba at Makro Czech Republic

Bizerba was awarded the Top Supplier Retail 2020 seal by the EHI Retail Institute as part of the reta awards 2020. The reta award went to METRONOM – the tech unit of METRO AG - for the installation of the innovative Scan&Go Loss Prevention System Supersmart powered by Bizerba.

Supersmart powered by Bizerba is an innovative solution for the retail industry that will change the shopping experience. Waiting at the checkout is reduced and the tedious process of putting goods on the conveyor belt is no longer necessary. This is made possible by the use of innovative technologies such as AI and image recognition. For retailers, the system fulfills the dream of reduced loss – with current self-checkout solutions, this is around 4%.

Makro Czech Republic relies on Supersmart powered by Bizerba in seven stores. Customers in these stores use their own smartphone to scan the products. Via an app specially adapted for Makro, the customer has an overview of his purchases at all times. At the checkout at the cash desk a scale checks whether the weight of the purchase matches the scanned shopping basket. In the background, an artificial intelligence works in parallel, comparing the shopping basket with the usual shopping patterns and customer big data, and an image recognition software checks the image taken against the scanned shopping basket. If the validation is successful, payment can be made using common methods. If there is a discrepancy, the customer is discreetly informed that he has probably forgotten to scan something. New here is that the customer is not left alone with the problem but receives concrete suggestions which product might be missing.

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Supersmart powered by Bizerba is available worldwide in different versions and combines the technology of Supersmart – an Israeli start-up in which Bizerba is a shareholder – and the retail know-how and service network of Bizerba. Retailers can operate the solution either with their own handheld devices or via an app on the customer's smartphone – this keeps the investment manageable.

"I am very proud of this award from the EHI, as it shows that we are placing the right topics in the retail sector with our innovative solutions", said Andreas Kraut during the award ceremony.

Yair Cleper, Founder and CEO of Supersmart stated: “This is a great honour for the Supersmart team that Bizerba is the Top supplier Retail for the implementation of our Supersmart solution together with METRONOM at Makro Czech Republic. For me that’s a great award for our solution, too. Our vision of changing the way we shop is happening here and now.

Tudor Andronic, Vice President Retail at Bizerba, says: "The retail sector is facing a revolution. New technologies are increasingly in demand by customers and are gradually finding their way into the markets. At the same time, the willingness of customers to wait is decreasing. We meet this challenge and are convinced that with Supersmart powered by Bizerba we can offer our customers a functioning solution".


Bizerba offers its customers in industry, trade, and logistics a globally unique solutions portfolio of hardware and software around the central value "weight". This portfolio includes products and solutions related to slicing, processing, weighing, cashing, checking, commissioning and labeling. A wide range of services from consulting and service, labels and consumables to leasing complete the portfolio.

Since 1866 Bizerba has made a significant contribution to the developments in the area of weighing technology and today is represented in 120 countries. The customer base includes globally operating companies in trade and industry as well as retailers, bakeries and butcheries. With 4,100 employees worldwide and with its headquarters in Balingen, Germany, Bizerba has been in the same family for five generations. Additional production facilities are located in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, China, Canada and USA. Bizerba also has a global network of sales and service locations.

Anritsu and Samsung Achieve GCF and PTCRB Approval of 5G NR Standalone Mode Test

Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce that its joint collaboration with Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business on 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone mode (SA) has achieved approval of key test scenarios by the Global certification Forum (GCF) and PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB).

2020 02 20 100024As we progress into 2020 and later, a number of operators will be starting trials of SA mode networks leading to commercial deployments. Anritsu, along with Samsung, is proud to be able to help the industry achieve their targets by enabling standard test regimes for devices support NR SA.

These tests are defined by 3GPP TS38.521, TS38.523, and have been verified with Samsung’s 5G New Radio (NR) Exynos modem on Anritsu ME7873NR RF Conformance Test System (TP250) and ME7834NR Protocol Conformance test platform (TP251).

“Anritsu’s test solutions are an essential platform to ensure 5G New Radio performance of our Exynos modem solutions,” said Woonhaing Hur, senior vice president of System LSI protocol development at Samsung Electronics. “Through close collaboration with partners such as Anritsu, we’re able to test and verify 5G standalone registration in detail to optimize our modem’s 5G performance.

“We are proud that Samsung continue to rely on our test solutions.” said Mr. Shinya Ajiro, General Manager of Anritsu’s Mobile Solutions Division. “Our collaboration with Samsung has helped us achieve our important industry milestone in the journey towards 5G NR progress.”

New Radio RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR

ME7873NR is an automated system for 3GPP TS38.521/TS38.533-defined 5G NR RF/RRM tests. It supports both 5G NR SA and NSA modes, when combined with Anritsu’s CATR Anechoic Chamber MA8172A it covers all 5G frequency bands, including FR1 (Sub-6 GHz) and FR2 (mmWave). A flexible system configuration allows customization of the ME7873NR for specific measurement conditions. An easy 5G upgrade path from the LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA is available to create a cost-effective RF test system that meets emerging required test conditions and protects investments made by existing customers.

5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR

The Protocol Conformance test system ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies (RAT). It supports 5G NR in both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA. When combined with Anritsu’s new OTA chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G frequency bands.

About Samsung

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation (, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 3,500 employees in over 90 countries.


RANKED: The Countries Most at Risk of Cyber-Crime

The severity of cyber-breaches has become more and more intense in recent years. As a result, security experts at Specops Software sought to find out which (Western) European countries are the most cyber-insecure for citizens.

2020 02 20 094259To find out, Specops Software calculated which country is most likely to encounter cyber-crimes by analysing the percentage of cloud provider attacks on Azure and the monthly percentage of machines that encountered cryptocurrency mining, malware and ransomware.


The results show the Netherlands is the most vulnerable European country to cyber-crime, with the highest rate of cybercrime. This could be due to the large number of cloud provider incoming attacks (16.28%) to Microsoft Azure in their country.

Next is Bulgaria, who have experienced 17.55% incoming attacks/encounters. In third place is Belarus (10.83%), followed by Ukraine (10.35%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (7.06%).

The United Kingdom rank 17th, due to a high number of cloud related attacks, in comparison to other European countries. 

Ireland are ranked as the least vulnerable country in Europe, where they had the lowest cybercrime encounter rate in every category, except cloud provider attacks – where there is 0.36% recorded incoming attacks on Azure, detected by Azure’s Security Centre.

Cloud attack encounters:

The Netherlands received the highest number of cloud provider incoming attacks, with data stating that 16.28% of Azure accounts have faced breaches. They are followed closely by Bulgaria (11.68%).

Other countries among the highest cloud attack encounters include France (2.73%), United Kingdom (2.02%) and Finland (1.72%).

Cryptocurrency encounters:

On average, Belarus has the highest number of cryptocurrency mining encounters every month, with 0.42% of machines recording the issue.

Next is Ukraine (0.33%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (0.25%) and Bulgaria (0.17%).

The least vulnerable country is Ireland, where only 0.01% of machines encountered cryptocurrency mining. 

The United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Germany and Netherlands are second least likely to encounter cryptocurrency mining, as only 0.02% of machines in each country had.

Malware encounters:

Belarus has the most malware encounters in Europe, with 10.17% of machines in the country encountering them each month on average. 

In second place is Ukraine (9.57%), followed by Bosnia (6.76%), Romania (5.92%) and Bulgaria (5.66%).

The country with the least malware encounters is Ireland, where only 0.7% of machines in the country encountered malware each month on average.

Finland (1.27%), Norway (1.33%), Netherlands (1.33%) and Denmark (1.35%) are among the countries least vulnerable to malware encounters.

Ransomware encounters:

0.09% of machines in Ukraine encountered malware on average every month, making them the most insecure country to malware encounters in Europe. 

Belarus are second most vulnerable, with 0.06% of machines encountering malware, followed by Bosnia (0.05%), Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Greece and Croatia (0.04%).

Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Finland encountered the smallest number of ransomware threats, with only 0.01% of machines facing them each month.

With the risk of cyber-crime high in many European countries, Aimée Ravacon from Specops Software has suggested three distinct tips to reduce your risk of attacks:

“1. Stop re-using passwords. When you reuse your passwords, you are opening yourself up to cyber-crime since attackers use your login information from one site to target another site.

  1. Use multi-factor authentication. Many online services now offer multi-factor authentication, but too few people are taking advantage of this extra security layer. This simple step just takes a minute but can protect you from falling victim.
  2. Don’t click on strange links. Phishing emails are designed to look real and can even appear to come from people you know. But clicking on links in a phishing email can open a backdoor for an attacker.”

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New Ubimax solution enables go-live of vision picking with smart glasses in under one hour

As the world's first provider of industrial augmented reality (AR) solutions, Ubimax now offers companies FastTrack Vision Picking, a vision picking template that is configured and ready for productive use in the warehouse in less than an hour. This solution is available for purchase or as a rental option including selected smart glasses and services. By offering the award-winning Ubimax Frontline platform even without initial investments, customers of all sizes benefit from the fast and risk-free implementation of this technology.

Today, Ubimax, the world's leading provider of industrial AR solutions for wearable computing, introduces its new FastTrack template for the implementation of vision picking technology in order picking and sequencing processes. FastTrack Vision Picking is aimed at companies that want to use industry-proven AR solutions productively in their warehouse.

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The new template includes a ready-made AR workflow for single and multi-order picking, sequencing, and kit building. For the first time, customers can now flexibly configure many features in-house. For example, with just a few clicks the product confirmation can be defined to be carried out by a scan with the smart glasses’ camera, with an external scanner, by wristband RFID reader, by voice input or not at all. The confirmation modality of the correct put location can also be selected, as well as its visual depiction either graphically or textually.

With the help of the Frontline Creator, an integrated AR authoring tool, tasks and workflows can easily be created and adapted to individual needs. As a result, the technology is much easier and faster to use for many companies since extensive pre-project phases are no longer necessary. Other advantages include increased added value through the adoption of best practices, reduced project risks, go-live within a few days of signing the quotation, and planning security through fixed time schedules and budgets.

The possible combination of FastTrack Vision Picking with the Ubimax XaaS rental model provides the opportunity to rent all the necessary smart glasses, software licenses, best practice workflows, and relevant services. This enables companies to implement the patented Ubimax vision picking solution without any upfront investment. By avoiding the initial investment, higher savings than costs are realized from the very first day of use.

Jan Junker, Ubimax CCO, adds: "With this new possibility of using vision picking productively in a warehouse in under one hour with real data, we are revolutionizing the way of implementing projects of this kind. Employees can now start using vision picking technology immediately and under real conditions. Adjustments and optimizations can be executed while the solution is up and running and companies can directly measure and review results - instead of spending weeks or months in the test phase."

Ubimax Inc.

Ubimax is the leading provider of fully integrated industrial augmented reality (AR) solutions. The solution platform Ubimax Frontline improves manual work processes across industries along the entire value chain on the basis of the latest wearable computing technologies. The solutions are designed to consciously empower the human worker in an increasingly digitized working environment.

The Ubimax Frontline solutions have received numerous awards, including the Auggie Award for "Best Enterprise Solution", the MHI Award for "Best IT Innovation" and the Automotive Logistics Award. ABI Research calls Ubimax the world's leading company for industrial wearables and augmented reality solutions.

In addition to three locations in Germany, Ubimax has subsidiaries in the USA and Mexico. With more than ten years of industry experience and a remarkable track record in wearable computing, augmented reality, mixed reality, and sensor systems, Ubimax is leading the way. Ubimax today serves more than 400 customers worldwide and continues to grow.

Global technology industry M&A deals total $17.03bn in December 2019

Total technology industry M&A deals in December 2019 worth $17.03bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

The value marked a decrease of 44.7% over the previous month and a drop of 35.8% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $26.51bn.

2017 04 20 114457Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $5.99bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $5.95bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for technology industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in December 2019 was the US with 152 deals, followed by the UK with 42 and Canada with 22.

In 2019, as of the end of December 2019, technology M&A deals worth $319.79bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 23.6% year on year.

Technology industry M&A deals in December 2019: Top deals

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 63.6% of the overall value during December 2019.

The combined value of the top five technology M&A deals stood at $10.83bn, against the overall value of $17.03bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry deals of December 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

  1. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ $3.56bn asset transaction with Reliance Industrial Investments and
  2. The $2.6bn acquisition of Cincinnati Bell by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  3. Intel’s $2bn acquisition of Habana Labs
  4. The $1.65bn acquisition of Dynetics by Leidos Holdings
  5. TELUS International’s acquisition of Competence Call Center for $1.01bn.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and exclude all terminated and rumored deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis, and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, technology, energy, financial and professional services sectors.