Deutsche Telekom and the world’s leading energy provider ista International are cooperating on the collection of water, heating, gas and electricity data using mobile communications technology. Water, heating and power meter readings collected by ista using state-of-the-art radio technology will be sent to a local ista communication unit which then bundles and forwards the data to ista’s servers over Deutsche Telekom’s highly reliable mobile communications network.
As meters no longer have to be read in person, tenants no longer need to stay at home on a specific date. Remote meter reading also provides the basis for other new services, such as ista energy data management.
This service provides users with a monthly analysis of consumption data via an online dashboard as well as in app format, and makes nasty surprises in the utility bill or ancillary costs a thing of the past. “ista’s remote meter readings via mobile communications go a long way toward making consumption data more transparent for tenants, building administrators, and the industry as a whole. We are delighted to have found in Deutsche Telekom a strong international partner for transmitting the data securely over the mobile network,” said Jochen Schein, Chief Operating Officer at ista International GmbH.
For Deutsche Telekom, the partnership is an important step in expanding its growing machine-to-machine (M2M) service portfolio. “M2M has huge benefits. It introduces transparency, ensures that networked devices run smoothly, protects the environment – plus, it reduces energy and maintenance costs,” said Jürgen Hase, Head of the M2M Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom. “With a growing portfolio of solutions, Deutsche Telekom is positioning itself as a full-service provider for M2M communication. We are combining our M2M services and industry expertise with partners such as ista to drive forward the use of sustainable solutions.”