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

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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.

T-Systems develops retrofit telematics-based diagnostics

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T-Systems has developed a retrofit kit for cars which transmits vehicle status data to the driver’s smartphone as well as to his car dealer. Dealers can therefore contact individual car drivers when an incident occurs, offer them a more individual service and, at the same time, differentiate themselves from other auto shops. The solution is designed above all for connectivity in three to eight-year-old cars. A test with auto dealers is already underway, with the product scheduled for availability in several brands in the second quarter of 2014.

To establish the connection between his vehicle and smartphone, the car driver plugs a matchbox-size adapter into the socket of the on-board diagnostics system (OBD2) in the footwell of the vehicle. The adapter transmits data such as mileage, battery voltage and brake status via Bluetooth to the driver’s smartphone. An app then shows the driver the status of his car at any time.

Easy integration into dealer systems

The app sends the data daily per mobile line to a T-Systems server, which analyzes the information and transmits relevant results to the dealer systems. The auto shop then uses the app’s message function to make the car owner offers tailored precisely to the vehicle and its current status. If a vehicle is due for service or if the retrofit solution reports an error, the dealer is informed immediately through the direct channel. The auto shop then suggests a date for vehicle servicing or sends initial information about the error to the customer’s smartphone.

“We do not plan to enter the market for diagnostics devices that monitor vehicles but are focusing on an end-to-end solution that puts dealers closer to their customers and improves the quality of service,” confirms Horst Leonberger, head of Deutsche Telekom’s Connected Car unit.

The retrofit pack can be seamlessly integrated in dealers’ existing customer relationship management systems (CRM), auto shop planning and process management. CustomerOne, T-Systems’ CRM software developed especially for car dealerships, is already compatible with the solution.

T-Systems demonstrated the OBD2 solution in a Mercedes-Benz A-Class car at CeBIT.

Source: T-Systems