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Deutsche Telekom and DEKRA test 5G for connected mobility

  • The Lausitzring is Europe’s largest independent testbed for connected driving
  • Deutsche Telekom is developing 5G technology for communication between vehicles
  • Ideal environment for car manufacturers to test intelligent mobility across various driving scenarios
Deutsche Telekom and DEKRA test 5G for connected mobility.

Deutsche Telekom and DEKRA test 5G for connected mobility.

In just a few years, cars, traffic signals and street lighting will exchange information via 5G. And these are just three examples for traffic in the future. The systems involved will have to be secure. For this reason, DEKRA and Deutsche Telekom are expanding the facilities at the Lausitzring test- and race-track to include a 5G testbed for smart mobility.

There is a wide variety of scenarios – connected cars and autonomous vehicles will communicate with each other in real time, and also with buildings, the road infrastructure and other road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Navigation information will be precise to the centimeter. In addition to innovative assistance systems, drivers can also use infotainment and other services in the car. This is all based on new connectivity solutions for vehicles. Experts from many different areas work together at the Lausitzring.

It is a place to test intelligent mobility in real situations

This creates the perfect environment for automotive manufacturers and suppliers and communications equipment providers alike. It is a place for them to test intelligent mobility in real situations. The results help in developing technologies and services. Telekom Deutschland will provide the latest 4G and 5G infrastructure for the testbed. Other new technologies also come into play, such as Edge Computing (in which cloud-based computing power ensures real-time communication), Precise Positioning (Driver assistance systems require reliable accuracy in the centimeter range) and C-V2X, the telecommunications standard for communication between vehicles, network infrastructure and road infrastructure.

Wolfgang Linsenmaier, Chairman of the Management Board of DEKRA Automobil GmbH: “The DEKRA Technology Center is Europe’s largest vendor-independent test center for the mobility of the future. The spotlight is on automated and connected driving. We are delighted to have Deutsche Telekom on board as a strategic partner. We are confident this will be beneficial to both sides – but above all for road safety as a whole.”

It is Europe’s largest independent test area

Hagen Rickmann, Director for Business Customers at Telekom Deutschland GmbH: “Mobility is playing an ever greater role in our society. By equipping the Lausitzring with our 5G infrastructure, we and our partner DEKRA are offering industry the perfect testing environment for developing new, future-oriented services. This applies to the requirements on the part of the automotive industry in moving toward autonomous driving, and also to intelligent traffic control as part of smart city projects. Together, we are paving the way toward safe and efficient mobility in the future.”

The DEKRA Technology Center at the Lausitzring already provides the whole range of approval tests for manufacturers. Covering an area of around 545 hectares, it is Europe’s largest independent test area for connected and automated driving. This is an area equivalent to more than 700 football pitches. The roads recreate downtown, country road and highway conditions. There are also special asphalt zones for testing autonomous parking systems.

The industry will be able to use this new facility in the future to test connected functions as well as the enabling systems. As a result, of the entire communication system can be tested, all the way to the car manufacturers’ servers.

About Deutsche Telekom: Company profile

About DEKRA:
DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for more than 90 years. Founded in 1925 in Berlin as Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein e.V., it is today one of the world’s leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a subsidiary of DEKRA e.V. and manages the Group’s operating business. In 2017, DEKRA generated sales totalling more than 3.1 billion Euros. The company currently employs more than 44,000 people in more than 50 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These services range from vehicle inspection and expert appraisals to claims services, industrial and building inspections, safety consultancy, testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work. The vision for the company’s 100th birthday in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe world.

The World’s First 5G NR Interoperability

Multi-vendor interoperability based on 3GPP R15 commercial system moves industry an important step closer to full 5G commercialization


Deutsche Telekom (DT), Intel and Huawei announced they have collaborated to achieve the world’s first 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP R15 Standard with a commercial base station. This successful test, based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and Intel’s third generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform (MTP), is a critical step towards the full commercial launch of Huawei and Intel solutions supporting millions of devices in 2019.

Deutsche Telekom and Huawei began cooperation on 5G-network research in 2015 and committed to accelerating the development of the ecosystem. With the benefit of Intel’s 5G NR platforms, the group realized successful IODT tests taking crucial joint steps towards 5G industry maturity.

Using Huawei’s commercial NR base station and the Intel 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform, the three parties have jointly verified the fundamentals of the new 5G 3GPP NR standard, including new synchronization, coding, frame structure, and numerology components underlying the interconnection of the NR-compliant terminal and network.

The test configuration used by Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel is based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard. It also incorporates the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna and beamforming technology enabled by the standard framework.

World’s first 5G NR Interoperability test based on 3GPP R15 commercial system release

Arash Ashouriha, Senior Vice President Technology Innovation of Deutsche Telekom said: ”After delivering leading contributions to the 3GPP’s work on 5G standards, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel moved swiftly to jointly verify implementation progress through standards-based interoperability testing. The success of our test is a significant step on the path to 5G ecosystem maturity and early 5G commercialization.”

Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei’s 5G product line, said, “The success of this testing shows that Huawei and all parties have devoted themselves deeply to the new NR standard. As the standard continues to be updated, Huawei will continue to work with all parties to step up interoperability test and promote the 5G industry maturity process, and to welcome the arrival of the entire industry digitization.”

Asha Keddy, Vice President Client, and General Manager Next Generation Standards, Intel Corporation, said, “Intel has been actively working with leading 5G companies to take advantage of Intel’s unique end-to-end 5G NR technology and to accelerate 5G testing and commercialization based on the latest 5G NR technology. The Intel®

XMM™8000 modem family maturity and time to launch will significantly benefit from this early multi-vendor interoperability progress and the realization of a global 5G NR industry ecosystem, with initial launches in mid-2019 and large-scale scaling in 2020.”

The maturity of the 5G industry is the foundation of 5G NR commercialization. Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei will continue to deepen their cooperation and develop standardized products for the upcoming 5G era.

The first 5G NR standard was successfully completed on December 21, 2017, at the 3GPP TSG RAN meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. All industry partners including operators, equipment vendors and terminal chipset vendors reached agreement to work together to accelerate the 5G NR standard process, and to facilitate the 5G global industrialization process.

Source: Huawei

First NarrowBand IoT service packages launched in Germany

  • Two entry packages available to experience and pilot NB-IoT solutions
  • NB-IoT based smart parking solutions introduced in several German cities
  • Rapid NB-IoT network expansion in Germany and across Europe with nationwide rollout in the Netherlands already accomplished

NB-IoT Germany map

Deutsche Telekom today offers its first NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) service packages in Germany as it rapidly expands the availability of the NB-IoT network across its footprint and sets the scene for its 2020 5G communications standard. The ready-for-sale NB-IoT service packages in Germany consist of two options: NB-IoT Access, a streamlined NB-IoT device connectivity package, as well as NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things, a more comprehensive NB-IoT product connectivity package, which also includes Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud of Things platform.

The NB-IoT Access entry package is available from EUR 199 and includes a 6-month activation of up to 25 SIM-cards with 500 KB per SIM pooled in Germany’s NB-IoT network. As a further optional add-on – a private APN with IPsec-key encryption is available. The NB-IoT Access & Cloud of Things entry package is available from EUR 299 and additionally includes direct access to Deutsche Telekom’s Cloud of Things platform for device and data management. Both packages will enable customers to easily prototype their NB-IoT solutions and pilot them in their markets. A full NB-IoT service pricing is available on request.

“Deutsche Telekom believes that NarrowBand IoT is a radical Innovation in our market paving the road to digitization and our 5G services available from 2020,” says Hagen Rickmann, Head of Business Customer Segment, Telekom Deutschland. “NarrowBand IoT enables ambitious new business models, huge scale and a secure operating environment, which is exactly what our small and medium enterprise customers are looking for today as they increasingly move their business operations online.”

Smart parking solutions among the first NB-IoT services in Germany

In parallel to the European NB-IoT network rollout and commercial introduction in Germany, Deutsche Telekom already actively works with numerous customers and partners on the implementation of real-live solutions using the innovative technology. Smart parking is one such area: In Hamburg, a smart parking service is being introduced, which provides information about parking spaces to drivers in real time, digitizing up to 11,000 public and private spaces, including parking garages, with the support of Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT technology. Darmstadt, Duisburg, Dortmund, Merzig and Moers will also introduce smart parking solutions in their city centers, enabling citizens to book parking spaces even ahead of time for a worry-free visit. For the parking search in real-time, sensor data transmitted via NB-IoT is being evaluated in combination with information from parking payment machines and other data sources across town to generate reliable probability calculations.

Rapid growth of NB-IoT ecosystem predecessor to 5G future

The commercial introduction of new, standardized and cost-effective NB-IoT services comes on the heels of Deutsche Telekom’s NB-IoT network expansion across its markets. The nationwide rollout in The Netherlands has been finalized at the end of May, making it the first country worldwide to be completely covered by an NB-IoT network with services already being offered to selected customers. The rollout in Germany is progressing well, and other countries within Deutsche Telekom’s footprint, including Greece, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and Croatia are also preparing to introduce NB-IoT. In the US, T-Mobile plans to support NB-IoT from 2018 onwards.

The NB-IoT technology is hailed as the most robust answer to current customer demand for innovative Internet of Things solutions. Its key advantages are the low-cost factor due to low bandwidth demand, good in-building coverage, extremely long battery life of connected devices, as well as its usage of licensed spectrum and approved standardization by 3GPP. As digitization filters into just about all aspects of life, NB-IoT is designed for large-scale use and paves the road to 5G, Deutsche Telekom’s completely new network concept, which integrates fixed and mobile networks.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is making 1.2 million German households smart every year

  • New Speedport Smart router now controls Deutsche Telekom’s German end-customer offer Magenta SmartHome
  • Magenta SmartHome Basic contains many features free of charge
  • New Deutsche Telekom design line for devices with the DECT ULE cordless standard

Speedport Smart

Nearly 13 million consumers trust in Deutsche Telekom’s products and expertise for their telephony and Internet surfing. The German telecommunications service provider now wants to smooth the way for its customers into smart, connected homes – and is integrating Magenta SmartHome features in its Speedport Smart router.

Effective immediately, the routers do not just manage phone calls, Internet and TV; they can also control smart home devices. “We have been a reliable partner to our customers for many years when it comes to telecommunications and entertainment. So it’s only natural to act as partners for security, convenience, and energy conservation, too,” says Niek Jan van Damme, member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management responsible for Germany.

To this end, in addition to Wi-Fi, the Speedport Smart now also supports the DECT ULE cordless standard – enabling the integration of smoke detectors, thermostats, and many other smart devices. Other protocols can be retrofitted via USB port. A USB stick for the ZigBee protocol is already available and a stick for the Homematic IP protocol is scheduled for release in fall 2017. Newly shipped Speedport Smart routers will gain the additional features, and routers already installed by customers will receive a firmware update. “That means we equipped 170,000 households in Germany with a control center for Magenta SmartHome overnight,” explains Henri Vandré, Head of Smart Home at Telekom Deutschland GmbH. “And we will be shipping around 1.2 million additional smart routers every year.”

Free-of-charge look at Magenta SmartHome

Deutsche Telekom is also eliminating other barriers for customers who want to get started with smart home features: the installation of the smart home features in the Speedport Smart routers includes a free version of the company’s SmartHome service, with many basic functions. Undecided customers can test the benefits of Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta SmartHome Basic offering for themselves. “A single sensor on your door or window is all it takes to make your home safer. Together with the Speedport Smart, the free starter package and the Magenta SmartHome app, you can set up an alarm system for your doors and windows quickly and easily,” explains Vandré. “If a sensor-equipped door or window is opened in your absence, an alert is sent to your smartphone.” An upgrade from the free starter version to the full range of features is possible at any time, through the Magenta SmartHome app.

New Telekom devices in the Magenta SmartHome portfolio

Deutsche Telekom is also launching a new portfolio of components for Magenta SmartHome under its own brand. The devices, with their exclusive Telekom design, feature the established, secure DECT ULE cordless standard and include smoke and motion detectors, door and window contacts, and indoor sirens. Other devices, such as a connector plug for outdoors, will be released soon.

Source: Deutsche Telekom

Ericsson initiates 5G motorway project with cross-industry consortium in Germany

  • Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland, Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA) are founding members of the consortium
  • Project supported by The Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure and The Bavarian Road Construction Administration
  • Federal Minister Dobrindt: 5G is a key-technology for automated and connected driving
  • Dedicated 5G test network in the 700-MHz band along the A9 motorway and the high speed rail track between Nuremberg and Greding

Ericsson has today announced the formation of a cross-industry consortium to strengthen 5G research and development in Germany. Members of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium are Ericsson, BMW Group, Deutsche Bahn, all three German mobile network operators -Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone, the TU Dresden 5G Lab Germany, the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the Federal Regulatory Agency (BNetzA). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Bavarian Road Construction Administration support the project.

“5G-ConnectedMobility” creates an infrastructure and a real application environment on a “Digital Test Field Motorway”, above all to carry out tests in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, digitalization of the railway infrastructure and other applications using 5G technology.

For this purpose, “5G-ConnectedMobility” operates within an independent infrastructure, and is not dependent on any commercial network. This means that 5G prototype applications can be installed and tested regularly, in various network configurations, at any time, without restrictions. The dedicated Ericsson 5G mobile network allows live tests of real time applications, even under extreme network loads, and with very high travel speeds at the same time. Test conditions, which are hardly ever found in commercially operated live networks, can be created. In this context, Ericsson has received permission from the the Federal Regulatory Agency to use frequencies from the 700-MHz band, for the area of Nuremberg-Feucht to Greding, and will act as a network operator.

5G connected mobility

Foto: mc-quadrat OHG Berlin | Paula G. Vidal

Stefan Koetz, Chairman of the management board of Ericsson GmbH: “I am pleased that it has been possible to form such a wide cross industry consortium with “5G-ConnectedMobility”. With the members of the telecommunications industry, and the application industry, it will be possible to accelerate 5G research and development beyond Germany, and bring the specific requirements of the various industries in Germany into international 5G standardization activities. This will make Germany stronger in this area.”

Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport: “With the next mobile network standard 5G, we are firing the starting shot for the digital real time era. 5G is a key technology for automated and connected driving, enabling direct data communication between vehicles and infrastructure. “5G-ConnectedMobility” will drive forward technology on the digital test field of motorway. Alongside the high precision radar sensors, which we have installed on the test field, the 5G project is a further milestone on the way to the first fully digitalized and fully networked road.”

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO of Deutsche Telekom AG: “More than with any other previous technology, with 5G, the requirements and concrete use cases of the industry influence the development. The cross-sector collaboration within “5G-ConnectedMobility” will help us to translate the potential regarding extremely short latencies of under a millisecond, high data throughput of more than a Gigabit per second, or the network availability for billions of devices into tailor made offers for our customers.”

Cayetano Carbajo, CTO of Telefónica Deutschland: “This project represents a common effort of distinguished members of the industry to harmonize the requirements of future communications networks with the needs of the automotive industry. Telefónica is supporting this effort, which represents a remarkable opportunity for identifying and developing future applications of both technologies.”

Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Deutschland: “With our high performance networks, we are the leading force for the Internet of Things. Together with the experts from Ericsson and the partners involved, we drive forward the development of new 5G technologies in the newly founded consortium, and bring networked and fully automated cars from the laboratory onto the road.”

Professor Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Frank H. P. Fitzek, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks, 5G Lab Germany, TU Dresden: “The TU Dresden sees a great opportunity in this project, to test the previously developed technologies of the 5G Lab Germany, with important partners in the field. Connected cars will significantly increase safety in traffic but also require new technologies for the dynamic networks of the future. Due to the existing excellent cooperation with Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, we are confident of being able to provide the first practical results soon.”

The test track consists of several construction sections on the “Digital Test Field Motorway” in an area of around 30 km between the junctions of Nuremberg-Feucht and Greding, in which the A9 federal motorway and the high speed train route Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich run in parallel, and are covered by the built up test network at the same time. The infrastructure is already completed in the first partial sections, meaning that live tests can begin immediately.

For the mobile network infrastructure, sites of the Motorway Directorate North Bavaria (ABDN) being the local roads authority, Deutsche Bahn and the mobile network operators – Telefónica Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are being used. The connection occurs via a glass fibre infrastructure of the local roads authority and Deutsche Bahn. The concentration point of the network is located in an equipment container equipped by Ericsson, which has been installed on the premises of the motorway maintenance agency in Greding. The core network will be operated from Ericsson’s ICT Development Center Eurolab near Aachen, which supervises Ericsson’s “5G for Germany” program amongst other things. The connection to this core network will be carried out via Vodafone’s “Interconnect Access” of the ABDN.

The intention is to discuss the knowledge, perspectives and recommendations gained from this partnership and the technology, services and operating suggestions from the technical work packages of the project in an “Alignment Forum” of the members involved, and further develop them with the focus being on integration into international 5G standardization activities. In this context, the various project participants will draw on their membership in international bodies.

Within the scope of “5G-ConnectedMobility” in particular, use cases of associated vehicle applications, for vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, for new methods of traffic information provision in real time and cross manufacturer traffic control for automated vehicles, are currently planned.

The “Digital Test Field Motorway” was set up by the The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, together with the Free State of Bavaria, the German Association of the Automotive Industry and the Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) on the A9 motorway in Bavaria where the automotive sector, digital economy and research institutions can test out pioneering systems and technologies under real conditions.

Source: Ericsson

Deutsche Telekom Launch Cloud-of-Things Starter Kit at Hannover Messe


Hannover Messe 2016: Deutsche Telekom presents plug-and-play digitization package

  • “Cloud of Things Starter Kit” provides entry-level digitization solution
  • Package comprises hardware including sensors, SIM card, data rate plan and data processing
  • No integration overhead and simple installation

At the HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Deutsche Telekom will be presenting a new “Cloud of Things Starter Kit” that provides a simple entry-level digitization solution. It enables companies of any size to monitor their machinery remotely without any time-consuming installation. Whether construction machinery, transport box or refrigerated truck: The combination of ready-to-run device and service from the cloud facilitates machinery and device monitoring.

To provide rapid access to the Internet of Things, the Starter Kit includes hardware in the form of a gateway and various sensors, a SIM card, the compatible data rate plan as well as access to the “Cloud of Things.” This IoT platform run by Deutsche Telekom in a secure German data center processes the received data, which customers can then access via an online portal.

Sensors measure a series of values such as GPS data, temperature and humidity, which are then transferred to the Cloud of Things. Here various algorithms process the measured data to provide information, which can then be visualized. In this way, threshold values, for instance, can be defined for certain statuses of machinery and devices. If a value exceeds the defined threshold, the customer receives a warning and can immediately take remedial action.

“With the Cloud of Things Starter Kit our customers can, among other things, network machinery, devices or vehicles without a major integration overhead and also monitor these remotely,” says Hagen Rickmann, Director for Business Customers at Telekom Deutschland. “Companies can try out and test the solution at an affordable price before they migrate large parts of their production and can even leverage the garnered insights to develop new business models which allow them to set themselves apart from the competition.”

T-Systems and Telekom Deutschland Sales will market the Cloud of Things Starter Kit to corporate customers and small and medium-sized enterprises in the course of the summer.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has around 225,200 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of 69.2 billion euros in the 2015 financial year – around 64 percent of it outside Germany.

About T-Systems
As one of the leading global ICT service providers, T-Systems supplies integrated solutions for business customers. These are based on global offerings in fixed-network and mobile communications, highly secure data centers, a unique cloud infrastructure built around standardized platforms and global partnerships, and top security in line with the strictest German data protection regulations, as demanded by our customers. With a footprint in more than 20 countries, 46,000 employees, and external revenue of 7.1 billion euros (2015), T-Systems is the ideal partner for digital transformation. Alongside traditional ICT services, T-Systems‘ portfolio also offers cloud access, custom infrastructure, and platforms and software from the cloud, alongside innovation projects in future business areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and Industry 4.0.

Parking made easy: Smarter parking project in Pisa kicks off

The lengthy search for a free parking spot will soon be a thing of the past in the Italian city of Pisa: Today marks the launch of a smart city pilot project to test an intelligent parking system and analyze historical traffic data via a big data service. The system will help motorists in Pisa to find a free parking space easier and quicker than before, as well as pay for it via their smart phone.

The city of Pisa has joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and its partner firm Kiunsys to install the new smart city service on Piazza Carrara, located directly on the banks of the river Arno. Sensors on the floor of each parking spot detect whether they are free or occupied. Several data units collect the information and send it over the mobile network to the city’s server infrastructure. The information is then displayed on indication panels which guide drivers to a free space. The solution is also integrated in Pisa’s existing Tap&Park app which drivers can choose to download to take them directly to a free parking space and even pay for it via the app.

“The new parking system integrates seamlessly into our intelligent transport system (ITS),” says the mayor of Pisa, Marco Filippeschi. “It eases the flow of traffic and helps to cut CO2 emissions.”

Pisa has been working rigorously for many years to implement a smart mobility policy as part of its Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Filippeschi underscores its importance, saying that: “the pilot project is a big stride for Pisa towards improving its traffic situation over the long term. Indeed, drivers looking for a parking space make up some 30 percent of inner-city traffic. So the easier it is for them to find a spot, the less traffic there will be.” Pisa is not only one of the main tourist destinations of Italy, but also an important university and public services city with three universities, an important hospital at European level and the main airport of Tuscany. Pisa attracts around 90.000 vehicles per day on its roads.

“We firmly believe that the right way to becoming a smart city is to have open standards and take a collaborative approach,” says Jürgen Hase, Vice President, Machine-to-Machine at Deutsche Telekom. “That’s why we are particularly pleased to be part of this joint project with our partner company Kiunsys and the City of Pisa – a leading member of the European ITS standardization network POSSE.”

Pisa has already been using a range of modules from Deutsche Telekom’s partner company Kiunsys for several years. These include the Tap&Park app for mobile payment of parking charges, 30,000 RFID parking badges – known as “PisaPass” – and INeS Cloud management software. “The modular solution can digitally map all processes relating to parking facility management and traffic in the city,” says Tiziano Di Sciullo, Sales Manager at Kiunsys.

As a result, Pisa has already been collecting traffic-related data over the past few years which will now be analysed as part of the pilot project. The partners hope to gain a deeper insight into how the traffic infrastructure is used, which will benefit traffic planning in future.


Opportunities and challenges for the connected City


Machine-to-machine communication (M2M) has reached city life. As the mainstay of the Internet of Things and the basic technology behind Smart City solutions M2M is connecting more and more areas of municipal infrastructure, from parking spaces via streetlights to garbage cans. But how do citizens, authorities, and private enterprises benefit and what opportunities arise for the M2M industry as a result of smarter cities? Let’s take a look at the opportunities and challenges for the connected city.

Looking for somewhere to park in the historic city center of Pisa, Italy? In future you will no longer have to cruise for ages around the narrow streets. Motorists will merely open the Tap & Park app and input a destination area. The app will then pilot them on the shortest route to a free parking space. This service is based on a sensor-assisted parking guidance system that Pisa is introducing jointly with Deutsche Telekom. In the pilot project, the partners are equipping 75 parking spaces on the Piazza Carrara by the banks of the Arno with sensors. Three mobile network gateways collect the sensor data and transmit it to the municipal IT infrastructure, the indicator boards and the drivers’ app. The city receives accurate statistics about the utilization of parking lots and motorists are spared the tiresome and at times very time-consuming search for a parking space.

Drivers for Smart City Solutions

The parking lot management solution that is used in Pisa is one example among many. Cities all over the world are trying out M2M solutions. Analysts forecast brilliant market prospects for M2M providers. Machina Research, for example, forecasts over 747 million M2M connections and revenues totaling USD29.2 billion by 2022 for the Smart City & Public Transportation segment. Traffic management, including the parking guidance system that is being trialed in Pisa, will account for 49 percent of this total.

Societal, economic and technological factors account for the rising demand for Smart City solutions. The world’s cities are growing. According to the UN, around 3.6 billion people lived in cities in 2011. By 2050, this number is expected to increase to 6.25 billion, or 67.2 percent of the world’s population. At the same time cities are smothered in smog. They account for up to 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions yet for only two percent of its surface area. In March 2014, Paris imposed traffic bans for the first time in 17 years. Nearly every area of municipal infrastructure is confronted by statutory requirements intended to ensure more urban areas in the long term.

Further drivers are advances in sensor technology, falling prices of M2M modules, and new business models. Until recently a Smart City solution required heavy investment in hardware and IT infrastructure. Today OPEX-based offerings are coming onto the market. Cities book Smart City solutions as an all-inclusive service for a monthly fee that includes hardware, administrative software, connection costs and support. Instead of high procurement costs, they have only the running costs to pay, which makes cost calculation much easier. Cities are now able to weigh up and carefully compare the costs and benefits of Smart City solutions.

Orderly City traffic

Parking lot management is an example of the benefits to be gained from a smartly located network of sensors. Sensors attached to the parking spaces first sense, by ultrasound, whether a space is in use or vacant. On its own this information is of little use, but as soon as sensor data for several parking spaces is merged, evaluated and passed on, an overview of the city’s parking situation is gained. The city’s ecological balance sheet certainly benefits. Experts estimate that around 30 per cent of inner-city traffic consists of motorists are looking for somewhere to park. In New York this figure is said to be 45 per cent – a figure that could soon be reduced by sensor-assisted parking guidance systems.

Along with parking guidance systems, Smart City solutions that focus on mobility management are also on the market. The RFID Mobility Passes from Deutsche Telekom’s partner Kiunsys have been in use in Pisa for five years. Instead of paper parking permits residents, taxi drivers and suppliers receive an RFID chip. For Pisa, the administrative outlay is lower and for motorists too the new system is more comfortable. They still have permits even when they re-register at a new address or apply for a permit renewal.

Evaluation of mobility data is another focal point of collaboration between Pisa and Deutsche Telekom. In the past, the city collected data but did not evaluate it to any great extent. A Deutsche Telekom Big Data service is now about to change that. Over an initial six months, the service will analyse all of the historical data and all of the new, incoming traffic data. The resulting findings are to be incorporated in the city’s municipal and traffic planning, to help improve traffic flow and reduce carbon dioxide emissions as envisioned by Pisa’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

From connected street lighting to the multifunctional network

A further approach to reducing municipal energy consumption involves street lighting. Lighting for streets and parks at night accounts for over 40 per cent of municipal energy costs. Directives have already been enacted to require street lighting to use less energy. The EU regulation EC 245/2009 requires around 100 million street lamps to be replaced within the European Union by 2015. This is an opportunity for cities and local authorities to both use more efficient lighting and implement control systems.

Once street lamps are connected, the city can access them remotely. Most solutions are based on the gateway model, which is similar to the solution for parking lot management. A networked device fitted to all street lamps checks their status and receives control instructions such as to switch the lamp on or off or to dim it. The devices in the lamps communicate in turn with gateways which are connected by the mobile network to the municipal server infrastructure.

powered vehicles. hungry applications such as traffic monitoring or hotspots can be operated via the multifunctional network.

To manage street lighting and other applications a Cloud-based Web portal is used. This enables the authorities to check the status of all lamps remotely and to program their lighting behaviour. Cycles can be set up, for example, during which lamps are switched on or off. In addition to timing, they can be based on other information such as data supplied by brightness sensors. In twilight, for example, the lamps are brightened gradually in accordance with what is left of the natural light.

The Smart Stadium

Machine-to-machine communication makes not only municipal infrastructure but also event venues smarter. IBM and Deutsche Telekom offer a connected overall concept for stadiums. It simplifies all of the event management’s tasks – from standard instructions for incidents to the management of concessions. At the same time, the system reduces the stadium’s energy consumption and offers fans a more intensive match experience. Here too the approach is based on integrating and evaluating data from different sources, which can include sensor data from people counters, video analyses, and weather and traffic data.

On the basis of this data, the system makes decisions by itself and optimises the ongoing operation. Guidance systems manage the flow of visitors, thereby ensuring shorter waiting times at ticket counters, soft drink stands and sausage stalls. The Smart Stadium also opens up new services for the fans. Information boards and fan apps ply them with additional information about the match and others taking place at the same time.

Just as the Smart Stadium is already bringing together information from totally different areas, from the ticket counter to the refrigerator for VIPs, cities are increasingly networking their entire infrastructure. One of the greatest challenges is to connect the individual pieces of the puzzle. Silos must be avoided. Just as Smart City solutions bring different areas together, different players must be able to take part: citizens, authorities and private enterprises.


By Jürgen Hase, Vice President of M2M Competence Center at Deutsche Telekom

Carmakers compete in M2M services

 Carmakers are working to outdo each other in the connected services they offer in vehicles. Connected safety systems, infotainment, and communications all have a place in today’s cars. But a new solution wants to allow car dealers to offer connected-car systems directly to customers, no matter what type of car they are buying.

Deutsche Telekom, www.telekom.com, has teamed up with telematics company Un-Blinking Technologies, www.un-blinking.com, to create a system based on the iCar platform. Designed to be vendor-independent, the M2M solution is geared toward cars in the U.S. and equips vehicles with a host of connected functions.

The solution is meant to benefit both dealers and customers. Car owners could use iCar to access vehicle data such as fuel consumption and car location. Owners view the information using a mobile app or a Web portal. One feature, called Eco-Drive, evaluates driving behavior and gives the driver feedback on how to conserve fuel.

Location data enables features like geo-fencing, which can alert owners if a car leaves a preset zone. In case of theft, tracking technology can locate the vehicle. Connected safety features include roadside assistance and notifications of maintenance work that needs to be completed.

On the dealer side of the equation, iCar provides the seller with the opportunity to offer value-added services. The system provides information such as oil change reminders that create a link between the dealer and the customer. This active relationship between the two parties can prove beneficial for dealers.

Un-Blinking Technologies provides the iCar platform, while Deutsche Telekom supplies telemetry hardware for the vehicles, SIM cards, and data connectivity. iCar is available with Android and iPhone apps, and a Web portal.

According to the companies, the Barrier Motors automotive group in Bellevue, Wash., is using the iCar technology in 1,500 cars as part of the system’s initial launch. Soon, Deutsche Telekom and Un-Blinking say they plan to introduce iCar in 300 additional dealerships in the U.S.

The iCar system gives dealers a way to provide connected services without having to lean on a manufacturer. While it seems certain connected-vehicle services are here to stay, the question of who will supply them is still open.

Source: Connected World

Data transmission over the mobile network: Deutsche Telekom partners with Ista

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.”

Source: Ista