From connected car parks to smart suitcases:  Deutsche Telekom presents M2M solutions at CeBIT

  • Deutsche Telekom shows solutions to locate anything from containers to house keys
  • Vehicle tracking – real-time solution for vehicle fleets optimizes performance and customer service
  • Bag2Go – the smart suitcase from T-Systems, Airbus and RIMOWA

Our world is getting ever more connected – this is evident at Deutsche Telekom's CeBIT stand this year. Ship containers, solar modules, delivery services, cars, car washes, parking lots, streetlights, combine harvesters – and even suitcases – join forces not only on the stand but also in the Internet of Things (IoT). At the heart of all these solutions is the machine-to-machine communication (M2M), the automatic data exchange between connected objects, and between objects and control centers.

"Deutsche Telekom identified early on M2M and the Internet of Things as central growth areas, and it is now one of the leading international providers in this field," explains Dr. Thomas Kiessling, Deutsche Telekom's Chief Product & Innovation Officer. "Our strategy of open ecosystems successfully combines our platform expertise with our partners' vertical strengths. This enables us to help shape not only the present but also the future of this dynamic market."

Universal tracking solutions

Bag2Go – the smart suitcase from T-Systems, Airbus and RIMOWA – brings a new dimension of convenience to travel. Via an app, a traveler can check the location of his suitcase at any time, regardless of where in the world it happens to be (except when it is in flight). Bag2Go also looks after the contents: in the interest of added security, the traveler is immediately informed whenever the suitcase is opened.

Locca, an Austrian start-up company, is also looking at location, but in slightly different contexts. The company builds universally applicable location-finding solutions that can be used to find just about anything quickly and easily, from wandering pets, misplaced keys, to "borrowed" bicycles and stolen cars.

For small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), Deutsche Telekom is presenting an end-to-end solution for real-time, global tracking of vehicle fleets. With this new solution, dispatchers can optimize routing and considerably reduce the number of empty trips. It enables transport and logistics companies to act and react more quickly and more flexibly, to define and meet more precise times of delivery and to serve customers' needs more effectively, improving service quality, customer satisfaction and ultimately competitiveness. Customers can book the solution as a complete package, including all necessary hardware and software and with reliable connectivity for a fixed price, making high investment costs are a thing of the past.

Innovative tracking solutions are also effectively used during container transports. When end customers receive damaged solar modules, for example, in most cases the fault has not occurred during the production process. About 80 percent of the modules are damaged during transport or installation. This shows that conventional tracking solutions are no longer sufficient. Deutsche Telekom has addressed this problem with an M2M solution that tracks a container's position as well as the condition of its goods. Suppliers who can monitor their entire supply chains – and are thus able to pinpoint responsibility for damages – will have a decisive advantage in their business.

Smart city

In big cities, drivers searching for a parking space cause an estimated 30 percent of the overall traffic. This could soon be a thing of the past. With the proposed solution for parking and mobility management from Deutsche Telekom, drivers will be guided to an available parking space via the app. Sensors on the parking spaces check whether they are vacant or occupied and forward this information to the app..

Street lighting can also be managed more efficiently via M2M solutions. With an intelligent light management system, a city can monitor all of its street lights and immediately detect (and repair) any malfunctions. This enables a reduction of power costs by up to 70 percent and maintenance costs by up to 10 percent.

Smooth, reliable production

The combination of M2M communication with big data facilitates failure-free operations in the industrial sector. In cooperation with its partner Empolis, T-Systems showcases a LEGO®-Technic model with a sensor-guided robotic arm that sorts parts. The system's sensors gather data from up to 1,000 data points per second, which is analyzed in the big data cloud. The analysis predicts errors and malfunctions and thus is able to trigger preventive maintenance and reduce unplanned downtime.

Experience our M2M solutions live at CeBIT, from March 10 to 14, at Deutsche Telekom's stand C26 in hall 4.

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About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 142 million mobile customers, 31 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2013). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has approximately 229,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 60,1 billion in the 2013 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany.

Published Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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