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Intelligent Vehicle Door: Continental Continuing to Develop Digital Vehicle Keys

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  • Vehicle doors can be unlocked digitally in emergencies even when the car’s battery is flat
  • No handle, no key: contactless door opener allows design freedom and improves comfort
  • Continental Smart Access (CoSmA): a complete package providing hands-free and digital vehicle access
  • Virtual, unforgeable key opens vehicle

 

Automated driving and mobility solutions such as car-sharing and fleet services call for innovative vehicle access systems, as conventional vehicle keys will cease to be adequate for the mobility concepts of the future. That is why Continental has expanded its Smart Access solution for convenient vehicle access via smartphone to offer drivers a complete package of services. With the technology company’s new emergency unlocking solution, users can gain access to their vehicle even if the car battery is flat – and can do so completely digitally, without having to resort to the mechanical emergency key. In combination with the Continental Smart Access system, the entire door is intelligent, which means that it opens and closes independently. “The intelligent door is a milestone in access technology, as for the first time, we can offer users an all-round package for hands-free and digital operation, from unlocking the car and opening the door to starting the engine. With it, we are enabling an even more convenient and secure driving experience for drivers and offering more design freedom to manufacturers,” explains Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s Body & Security business unit.

Access to the vehicle, even when the battery is dead, thanks to a digital key

Until now when a car battery ran out drivers had to fall back on the mechanical emergency key and a manual door lock to get into their vehicles and open the hood. The emergency unlocking technology from Continental will render this unnecessary in the future. It does so by using buffered energy from the door control unit, which is sufficient to allow the door to be unlocked once more.

This automatic emergency unlocking system is activated by means of NFC technology, such as via a smartphone, which transmits the signal following a successful security check and automatically triggers the unlocking process for the door. This means more convenience for users, as they no longer need a mechanical key, even for emergencies. It also opens up more design freedom for carmakers, as they no longer have to develop a conventional key with a blade and can dispense entirely with the emergency lock in the door. In combination with the automatic door opener, even the entire door handle will become obsolete, which offers more options for the exterior design, whilst simultaneously improving the vehicle’s aerodynamic resistance.

Ensuring that not only the emergency lock but also the entire door handle is surplus to requirements, Continental has integrated an assistant function into the intelligent door. “Electronically controlled doors enable convenient, hands-free operation. Our security and control algorithms make sure that you can open and close the vehicle door securely and easily,” explains Wolf.

How Smart Access and the virtual key work

Smart Access enables convenient vehicle access via a smartphone. The system centers on the virtual key, which is saved to a mobile end device. This key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record, gains access only after successful one-time authentication by the back end, which sends it to the smartphone via a wireless interface. Further communication takes place exclusively between the smartphone and the vehicle.

For this purpose, the system uses multiple Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or NFC transceiver modules, located in the vehicle, to enable the authorized smartphone to be located both from inside and from outside. As soon as an authorized virtual key is detected, the system issues permission to open the vehicle and start the engine. Therefore, there is no longer any need for a mechanical key.

Continental will present the intelligent door at the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main (Hall 5.1, Stand A07/A08) in September.

Source: Continental

Kiroco Manufactures Patented Wearable Tech for Medical Sector

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Kiroco Technology have signed an agreement with Bristol based company Tap2Tag to produce exclusive NFC wearables that have the potential to save lives.

Tap2Tag is leading the field in medical wearables producing a medical alert device that is designed to help first-responders and paramedics gain instant access to critical medical information in an emergency.

Kiroco Technology have designed and manufactured an exclusive NFC bracelet that Tap2Tag are now selling worldwide.

Chris Ford of Tap2Tag said “We approached Kiroco Technology as whilst we offer silicone bracelets to our customers we were looking for a more elegant piece of jewellery that people would want to wear whether just out and about or at a formal event. Also with Kiroco having the relevant patents we knew that we were working with the right people’.

Of the design and manufacture, Fiona Cartwright of Kiroco Technology said “Our design had to encompass a unisex market, be durable to withstand being worn 24/7 and have a versatile fit for varying wrist sizes.   Continuing Fiona said “Working with Chris in the medical sector highlights the importance that wearables can have in our lives and we are glad to be working together.”

Having previously appeared on Dragon’s Den, without gaining any backing, Chris has now signed up distribution in a number of countries including Canada, Australia and South Africa and will be looking to provide a choice of more elegant jewellery styles to the market place in the coming months.

Source: Kiroko Technology

Rio de Janeiro launches Gemalto contactless transport ticketing wristband

 Pioneering initiative by RioCard simplifies payments and improves public transportation

Gemalto  the world leader in digital security have announced a collaboration with RioCard, Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation ticketing operator, to implement contactless transport ticket wristbands. When fully implemented, the solution will simplify secure payments and improve convenience ensuring smoother travel in any mode of transportation (bus, ferry, subway and train) for more than 10 million residents[1] and visitors to Brazil’s second largest city.With Brazil and Rio de Janeiro preparing to host the most important sport events in the world, the RioCard contactless transport wristbands are one of the major innovations being introduced to improve the infrastructure in preparation for 500,000 expected foreign visitors[2]. With a simple wave of their wristband near the contactless readers already deployed throughout the city, the solution is expected to increase use of public transportation, transactions speed and simplify travel logistics, building a foundation for simple and secure contactless payments long after the event fanfare concludes.

Gemalto is supplying RioCard with its waterproof Celego Contactless wristband and its Celego Contactless Sticker both embedded with a contactless chip from Gemalto and certified by Visa and MasterCard enabling all the secure functionalities of traditional contactless EMV cards. Contactless transit cards were first adopted by RioCard in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and they are now a part of daily life for millions of users.

“The new RioCard wristbands support our goal to create a more convenient and secure travel experience for all residents and visitors to Rio de Janeiro,” said Cassiano Rusycki, CEO, RioCard. “The success of recent contactless projects with Gemalto, like the Lille project in France and Visa’s wearable wristband in Brazil have motivated this solution which builds a technological legacy enabling streamlined transportation and improved peace of mind for travelers.”  

“Gemalto’s expertise in implementing contactless payment systems has allowed us to stay ahead of the curve in delivering successful wearable and sticker solutions,” said Rodrigo Serna, President for the Americas at Gemalto. “Gemalto has worked with RioCard implementing a pilot program in 2013 that leveraged its NFC SIM card technology, allowing people to use their mobile phones as RioCard contactless transit cards. Together, RioCard and Gemalto are at the forefront of the wearable payment trend which is expected to grow more than six-fold reaching 126 million devices by 2019[3].

[1] http://www.citymayors.com/statistics/largest-cities-population-125.html

[2] http://www.ritz-g5.com/brazil-expects-tourism-boost-from-olympics-2016/

[3] http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25519615

Source: Gemalto

Geantet-Pansiot Vineyard in Bergundy Connects it’s production to the IoT

 

Selinko and NXP Join Forces to Provide an Internet of Things (IoT) Solution for Vintners

The Geantet-Pansiot estate will be the first vineyard in Burgundy to connect its entire production and benefit from IoT authentication, traceability and consumer engagement.

Selinko, the Belgian company specializing in digital authentication of products, has announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, thereby extending its range of secure NFC tags to provide a solution adapted not only for great vintages, but also for all other wine categories.

Patrick Eischen, CEO Selinko: “We’re delighted with this collaboration, which represents a real opportunity for vintners to be able to enter a new digital era and gain easier access to an NFC authentication technology with encryption – a type of solution that was previously only used for great vintages.”

The Geantet-Pansiot estate in Burgundy is paving the way by connecting its entire production, starting with its 2015 vintage.

Just under a year after announcing the adoption of Selinko technology for its great vintages, Fabien Geantet, owner of the highly respected Geantet-Pansiot estate in Gevrey-Chambertin, has announced his intention to extend his collaboration and protect his entire production by equipping each bottle with a unique, secure NFC tag from NXP, which can be authenticated using the Selinko mobile app.

Fabien Geantet:
“As a passionate winemaker, I feel it is essential to be able to continuously guarantee to my consumers and my customers a level of expertise and quality worthy of a genuine Geantet-Pansiot wine,”said Fabien Geantet. “I was very quickly convinced by the strength of the Selinko platform’s multi-service approach, which meets all of my needs with a single technology”.

A single technology, three benefits
Selinko platform combined with NXP’s MIFARE Ultralight® C chip will enable the estate to safeguard its distribution network in order to protect its wines from counterfeiting, combat gray markets and also to communicate with its customers directly and in a targeted manner. The customers, for their part, will be able to authenticate their bottle and obtain information about the wine (vintage, production, serving temperature, storage, etc.) and the estate, simply by tapping the back label with their NFC smartphone.

According to Sylvia Kaiser-Kershaw, NXP Global Segment Marketing RFID-NFC Smart Consumer Products:
“Selinko offers an innovative and comprehensive solution, well-known in the wines and spirits market.”

“By combining the expertise and innovation of our two companies, we can work together to raise awareness and increase take-up of digital authentication technologies in the wine industry, in order to improve the level of protection compared to existing technologies and to reconnect winegrowers to their customers, in a world that is increasingly becoming connected, mobile and shared”.

By tagging its bottles, Geantet – Pansiot is also accessing a unique gray-market detection system involving the distribution network and the customers.
The sale of bottles outside their established markets can now be countered thanks to Selinko’s solution. This solution, which engages the distribution network and the end consumer at the same time using one and the same technology, does not require any particular investment (apart from an NFC-enabled smartphone), or any specific technical expertise.

It enables each bottle to be uniformly traced as far as the end customer. Each bottle is initially assigned to a distributor, importer or final customer and to a geographic area dependent thereon. Deviations can be detected and flagged up to the vintner via an online platform (Brand Manager). Armed with a simple expert app available on an NFC smartphone, those involved in the Geantet-Pansiot distribution chain will be invited to identify themselves and scan the bottles to ensure proper delivery to their final destination. They will also benefit from useful information about the wines and the estate. The end consumer, by scanning the bottle, will be the final link in this chain of traceability. Unlike the technologies often used in this area, using a unique tag for each bottle with an encryption system offers a far more reliable alternative in which the risk of duplication is greatly reduced, and does not require any particular expertise on the part of the consumer or the distributor when it comes to identifying a visual marking as being original or fake.

The connected Geantet-Pansiot bottles will be on sale at the beginning of 2017.
Source: IOT Business News

NFC Transit Card The Smart Way For Payments On Singapore’s Transport System

Is Apple Pay mobile wallet secure?

Apple has unveiled a new mobile wallet system called Apple Pay, which uses NFC for contactless payments. Sophie Curtis examines its security features.

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One of the most notable aspects of Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement last night was the launch of the company’s mobile wallet, Apple Pay.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus thanks to an in-built near-field communication (NFC) chip – similar to those used in Oyster cards and contactless credit and debit cards in the UK.

iPhone owners in the US will be able to use this chip, together with the iPhone’s Touch ID, to make secure payments by simply touching their iPhone to a terminal in a shop.

Apple Pay will also work with the Apple Watch, which is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. This means that even customers who are not ready to upgrade to Apple’s latest iPhone will be able to take advantage of Apple Pay.

During the company’s launch event, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, stressed that security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay.

“When you’re using Apple Pay in a store, restaurant or other merchant, cashiers will no longer see your name, credit card number or security code, helping to reduce the potential for fraud,” he said.

“Apple doesn’t collect your purchase history, so we don’t know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it. And if your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can use Find My iPhone to quickly suspend payments from that device.”

The company added that credit and debit card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple’s servers. Instead, a unique “device account number” is assigned, encrypted and stored in the secure element on the iPhone or Apple Watch.

Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique number, and instead of using the security code from the back of your card, Apple Pay creates a “dynamic security code” to securely validate each transaction.

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This all sounds very reassuring, and security experts have praised the feature, claiming it as a “huge win for credit card security” – particularly in the United States, where most people still use payment cards with magnetic stripes.

“This is really a great way for Apple to push a much more secure payment authentication process out to the masses,” said Tom Pageler, chief information security officer at DocuSign.

“It appears that users will synchronise Apple Pay with their credit cards through their iTunes account, which is linked to their device. The data provided to the merchant won’t be card data, but some type of dynamic data that can only be used once.

“This will be a much safer transaction for consumers and merchants because the data is created for a one-time transaction-specific use case. The large data breaches we’ve heard about recently at Home Depot andTarget would not be able to occur again because transactions don’t produce reusable data.”

Mark Bower, vice president of product management at Voltage Security, also praised the new system, claiming that Apple has shone a light on the need for the payment world to move on from vulnerable static credit card numbers and magnetic stripes to protected versions of data.

“Through the use of this data-centric security strategy, Apple Pay reduces risk of data breaches and credit card theft where it is supported,” he said.

However, Tobias Schreyer, co-founder and chief commercial officer at the PPRO Group, said that security is still an issue that consumers need to be aware of – especially considering the considerable amount of loss and theft associated with mobile devices, and the increase in targeted attacks.

“This development increases the need for biometrics as a confirmation process, providing customers with an easier, more efficient experience which they’ve come to expect, and which will be a major change within the industry,” said Schreyer.

Graham Hann, partner at international law firm Taylor Wessing, also said that security of payment data will remain a key concern among consumers, and statistics suggesting that iPhones are the most stolen handset might hinder take-up slightly.

Interestingly, by allowing iPhone 5 and 5c owners to use Apple Pay via the Watch, Apple will potentially be allowing users to make payments without any biometric identification, as neither of these devices have Touch ID.

However, it is thought that the value of transactions which are carried out without the fingerprint reader will be limited – just as contactless card payments in the UK are limited to under £15.

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Other security experts have questioned the reliability of the fingerprint scanner. Adam Smith, director at Piccadilly Group, said: “Many consumer grade fingerprint scanners are less than infallible – so we’ll have to see how good Apple’s scanner is in practice.”

Dmitry Bestuzhev, Director of the Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team Latin America, also pointed out that the Touch ID on the doesn’t always work properly – for example, if your fingers are wet – which is why Apple also allows customers to input a PIN. “This shortcut scheme can abused by cybercriminals while authorising payments,” he said.

Tim Erlin, director of IT risk and security strategy at Tripwire, said that NFC isn’t as well tested from a security perspective as the more common wireless technologies.

“If the Apple Watch takes off in the market, it will quickly become an interesting target for attackers. We may see the rise of the modern day pickpocket. After all, attackers follow the money, so if Apple puts your money ‘on’ a watch , it suddenly becomes a very interesting target.”

However, Mark Prior-Egerton, solutions marketing manager at The Logic Group, said that a lot has been done to allay security concerns about NFC in recent years, since the launch of other mobile wallet solutions such as the Google Wallet and PayPal apps.

“The move towards host card emulation, (a technology that emulates a payment card on a mobile device using only software), for instance, has negated the common fear of ‘what happens if I lose my phone?’ This will help reassure consumers as they move to this new way of payments,” he said.

It is likely that the true security implications of Apple Pay will only become clear once iPhone 6 has launched – until then, the industry can only really guess at the potential pitfalls.

However, Apple has made it clear that the security of its mobile wallet is a top priority, and with buy-in from American Express, MasterCard and Visa, as well as many of the most popular US banks, the industry has a huge vested interest in making it work.

 

Source: Telegraph Technology

University of Sheffield helps develop first mobile-connected smart city ranking

University experts help create first mobile-connected smart city ranking

  •  Experts help develop the first ever global mobile-connected smart city ranking
  •  Smart cities will use communication technologies including mobile networks to advance city life
  •  A recent report by BIS values smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by 2020

A computer generated image of a futuristic smart city

A global initiative to encourage the world’s leading cities to become ‘smart’ has received a significant boost from information specialists at the University of Sheffield, who have helped develop the first global smart city ranking.

Mobile-connected smart cities is a concept being led by GSMA, the association of mobile operators and related companies, to help major urban centres around the world utilise information and communication technologies to improve the lives and well-being of their citizens.

It’s their vision that ‘smart cities’ will use advances in communication technologies including mobile networks to provide citizens with better access to information about city services, move around easily, and improve the efficiency of city operations.

By taking advantage of existing ICT infrastructures, and utilising the innovations that are currently taking place in the sector, the smart cities initiative also presents the opportunity for major urban centres to enhance security, fuel economic activity and increase their resilience to natural disasters.

Dr G.C. Alex Peng from the University of Sheffield’s Information School, said: “A future smart city will contain a series of highly innovative and intelligent technologies that will affect every single aspect of our lives, ranging from home facilities, to transportation, to education, to healthcare, to energy and many more.”

At the moment the concept of a smart city is increasingly topical across the globe with no clear benchmarks or common agreement of what a smart city is and how it can be measured. In light of this, Dr Peng and his interdisciplinary research team (involving also Professor Tim O’Farrell and Dr Mariam Kiran) from the University of Sheffield, are working with GSMA to help them develop a common index for measuring smart cities, the first global smart city ranking available.

Dr Peng added: “The GSMA initially developed a common set of 31 indicators for measuring economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile connected smart cities. In Sheffield, we’ve been helping the GSMA to enhance their Smart Cities Index by collecting opinions from global experts in these fields to determine the weights of the 31 indicators.

“In addition, we produced a calculation model to normalise and aggregate the datasets associated with the 31 indicators in order to produce an overall Smart Cities Index.”

Some further data research work still needs to be done in order to produce the final Smart Cities Index, however Dr Peng and his team have already identified some important conclusions on how ‘smart’ some of the world’s leading cities are becoming.

“All of the 11 smart cities involved in the analysis have their own strengths, for example Barcelona is doing particularly well in deploying NFC Point-of-sale devices and smart video surveillance; Shanghai is very strong in smart surveillance and city-sponsored mobile apps; Dubai has a well-balanced development in different smart city aspects including city-sponsored mobile-app, mobile broadband, and smart meters deployed in households.”

The Sheffield team’s analysis shows that although no city can be classed as being truly ‘smart’ at the moment, some promising developments have been achieved at this early stage and many new projects have been initiated in different cities.

“We expect that the global rankings and performance of smart cities will change rapidly over the next few years. For large cities with high populations and large geographical sizes, it requires more investment in infrastructure and related ICT facilities to make the city smart, whereas smartness may be more easily achieved in smaller cities,” added Dr Peng.

A recent report by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills published in October 2013 values the smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by 2020, with the UK expected to receive a 10 per cent share.

Dr Peng said: “Overall, it will be interesting to investigate the current smartness of cities by creating the index, while also exploring the potential business opportunity and market size of smart cities. A city with high smartness may not necessarily have high market potential, and vice-versa. Our next piece of work here in Sheffield is to work with the GSMA to measure and estimate the market size of 11 smart cites across the world.”

The current Smart Cities Index can be viewed at: http://smartcitiesindex.gsma.com/smart-cities/ and contains smart city profiles for 11 of the world’s leading cities; San Francisco, New York, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Helsinki, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul.

Source: University of Sheffield

Gemalto wins Pan-European Award of Excellence for enabling NFC Smart Cities

Gemalto has annonced that the Smart Urban Spaces (SUS) project has won the Information Technology for European Advancement Award of Excellence for enabling contactless smart cities through the rollout of NFC context-based services. This project is part of EUREKA, a pan-European initiative uniting 38 member countries with the shared goal to support companies and research institutes in transnational R&D projects. The project was developed by a Gemalto-led consortium of 20+ partners from all over Europe and aims at introducing interoperable e-city services based on the latest mobile technologies and ubiquitous mobile computing techniques. 
  
Smart Urban Spaces provides software building blocks and service management platforms for urban applications such as public transportation, day care, smart billboards, event information and taxi fare payment. Some 35 NFC pilot applications have been developed across 11 cities members of the consortium including Bilbao, Caen, Helsinki, Oulu, Sevilla and Valencia. As an example, the city of Caen is using Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) service for its NFC mobile ticketing program launched in June 2013.
 
Gemalto is honored to be at the heart of the Smart Urban Spaces project and contributing its expertise in securing contactless applications and servicing platforms,” commented Philippe Cambriel, Gemalto President for Europe, Mediterranean and CIS. “SUS brings together top-tier industrial players, small and medium-sized enterprises, academics and user organizations from all countries to put Europe at the forefront of developing digital cities of the future. Gemalto provides in particular the trust environment that enables those various stakeholders to plug into the SUS infrastructure to quickly deploy a broad range of innovative NFC services, while ensuring that end users’ digital identities are protected.”
 
The SUS project has been sponsored by the Public Authorities of Finland, France and Spain
Partners include: AICIA, Applicam, Avanzis, Bonwal, CBT, CEV Group, City of Bilbao, City of Caen, City of Gijon, City of Helsinki, City of Oulu, City of Paterna, City of Pobla de Vallbona, City of Saint-Lô, City of Seville, City of Valencia, CreativIT, ESI Tecnalia, Euskatel, Fara, Forum Virium, Gemalto, Intelligéré, NXP Semiconductors FR, Okode, Palma Tools, Province of Guizpuzcoa, Telvent/ARCE, Thales, Top-Tunniste, Uni of Bordeaux 1 (LABRI), Uni of Caen (PRINT), Visual Tools, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and WhileOnTheMove.
 
Source: Gemalto

Track4Services launches innovative Taxi Wi-Fi service with Vodafone M2M

Track4Services needed to find a reliable way to connect London taxis to its new sponsored Wi-Fi service. It also needed to make sure the service would be commercially viable.

Business Need:

Track4Services is a mobile communications specialist at the forefront of the revolution in Smart Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC). After developing an idea for a sponsored Wi-Fi service in taxis, it needed to find a reliable and commercially effective way to deliver data connectivity to vehicles within London, the city chosen for the launch.

Solution:

Track4Services has worked with Vodafone to launch a taxi Wi-Fi service that connects to the internet via Vodafone’s reliable and fast 3G network, enabling it to sell a robust proposition to potential advertisers. Track4Services is also introducing a 4G service that will help it to further expand its business.

Business benefits:

    • Fast and reliable 3G connectivity attracts sponsors including Microsoft and major film distributors
    • Content is held locally in the vehicle which gives a fast and reliable content delivery
    • Live streaming of stats allows sponsors to see who is using the service and on which devices
    • Service launched with appropriate content control and sound commercial model following detailed trial by Vodafone engineers
    • Successful ongoing 4G trial enables Track4Services to plan new services for different environments, including a sponsored Wi-Fi service for rail providers
We’ve gone for the best in everything. As well as the world’s leading mobile data network, our solution is built on our own high-spec router manufactured in Switzerland, our own bespoke software, the highest quality antennas – and we’ve tested everything in a facility usually reserved for military systems.

Derek Greene, CEO, Track4Services

Source: Vodafone M2M

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