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Deutsche Telekom eyes Artificial Intelligence to grasp Smart Cities

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shutterstock_124757719Smart city deployments collect data that is analysed vertically, a practice that needs to change if their potential is to be realised, argued Deutsche Telekom board member Claudia Neimat in a blog.

Data gathered from sensors around a city are currently held in a separate pool, characterised as a “landlocked lake” by Neimat, the company’s board member in charge of Technology & Innovation and Europe.

In the future, every city will have multiple digital applications, running concurrently, churning out data. Cities need to develop the capability to view this data horizontally, as well as vertically, she argued.

Neimat suggests operators will need to get to grips with artificial intelligence (AI) if they are to progress with such initiatives.

“The content of such data ‘oceans’ will be so massive, and the relevant analysis so complex, that only artificial intelligence will be able to carry out the relevant data processing and forwarding with the necessary accuracy and speed,” she said.

The Deutsche Telekom executive also updated about a couple of the operator’s own smart city initiatives. In Dubrovnik, the Croatian city, and in Romanian capital Bucharest, the company is testing so-called digitised city centres. The areas concerned include street lighting, safety and parking.

In smart parking, available spaces are being fitted with sensors that tell drivers if they are available. The company described the results as being “impressive”, with less traffic, as well as lower CO2 and particulate emissions. In addition, drivers save time that they would otherwise spend in looking for parking.

Deutsche Telekom is also testing intelligent parking systems in the Italian city of Pisa, which has a resident population of 90,000 and an added population of 30,000 daily commuters – the majority of whom drive into the city every day.

Source: Mobile World Live

Deutsche Telekom CEO calls for regulatory shakeup

Europe needs to see structural change in the regulatory environment in order to reap the full benefits of connectivity and the internet of things, Timotheus Hottges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, claimed this morning.

In a keynote speech, the executive called for “a new arrangement between European regulation, local regulation and the global market” as well as harmonisation of data protection laws across Europe.

Noting that in Europe there are 200 operators compared with four in the US and four in China, Hottges said that “we have in Europe a regulatory environment that is not supportive” as the telecoms industry evolves to meet changing consumer connectivity expectations.

In Germany, for example, operators are not allowed to analyse big data: “So all our private data is going out of the country,” he said.

Hottges also cautioned that the development of the new application ecosystems didn’t appear to be taking place as quickly as in Asia and the US.

However, he acknowledged that operators can only make a limited contribution: “Telecom operators don’t have the DNA to develop these kinds of applications,” he said. “In this new world we build the network, but the service is built by someone else.  We have to share monetisation.”

The Telekom head also recognised that OTT players and operators have a responsibility to make it clear how information is used and how new business models are built on that customer data. “The moment something is ‘free’, you are the product,” he said.

And he also observed that there is a disconnect between the fragmentation inherent in many OTT services and customers’ expectations of a connected lifestyle.

At present there is no interconnection between, say, Skype and Viber, or even between Deutsche Telekom services and OTT offerings. “Customers simply don’t care – they want connectivity of all their services,” he said.

Source: Mobile World Live

Deutsche Telekom offers new M2M solutions for vending machines

Deutsche Telekom offers new M2M solutions for more efficient vending machines

  • Vending machines automatically reorder when low filling level is reached
  • Solutions package monitors current cash inventory and raises alarm on burglary attempts
  • Cashless payment by mobile phone attracts wider customer groups

Deutsche Telekom presented its new M2M commerce solutions at the recent vending machine trade fair  in Cologne, Germany. Deutsche Telekom demonstrated how the innovative solutions  enable vending machine operators to better monitor and operate their sales machines and to convert to cashless payment by mobile phone.

“We offer vending machine manufacturers and operators future-proof solutions based on M2M. With these solutions, they can monitor their equipment, increase their productivity and increase sales. Also cashless payments at the vending machines with an NFC-enabled mobile phone will be possible in the future,” explains Jürgen Hase, Vice President, M2M Competence Center, Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom’s innovative M2M solutions simplify not only the processes, but also have a direct impact on sales and profits. For example, vending machines can automatically reorder when low filling levels are reached, thus enabling the vending machine operator to optimize the refilling process. The solutions package also monitors the current cash inventory and raises alarm if there are any burglary attempts. This results in a considerable reduction in downtime due to faulty machines or empty product shafts.

All existing machines can be upgraded quickly and easily with a corresponding module. The module transfers the collected vending machine data to a Vendon server via a mobile communications connection in Deutsche Telekom’s high-availability network. Vendon is a Deutsche Telekom solutions partner. The data is processed and can then be displayed on the vending machine operator’s PC via web browser or it can be processed further by using corresponding enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

Vending machine operators can also compare the data collected to draw further conclusions in order to optimize locations for example. Measures to promote sales such as price adjustments can be carried out remotely and their impact can be recorded online.

Deutsche Telekom  also demonstrated a further step into the future of mobile payment: Existing vending machines can be upgraded to enable cashless payment using an NFC-capable mobile phone. This means that it will always be possible to buy softdrinks even if you are out of cash, with bonus programs and even social vending (campaigns via social networks such as Facebook or Twitter) being possible in the future as well.

Today, Deutsche Telekom is one of the leading international providers of M2M services as a result of its long-term experience and it sees machine-to-machine technology as a central growth area. For this reason, the company has relied from the outset on an international partner program, which today counts more than 600 companies from 56 countries. Together with partners in lending and banking, Deutsche Telekom is developing solutions in the area of payment for simple and secure payment by mobile phone using NFC technology.

Source: Deutsche Telecom