Deutsche Bahn and Telekom cooperate on the transport of the future

Jun 05, 2012

  • Partnership for more flexible travel
  • Comprehensive mobility concept begins testing
  • Travel planning via cell phone

Within the context of the planned expansion of its car-sharing portfolio, Deutsche Bahn wishes to cooperate closely with Deutsche Telekom. Telekom’s "Networked Car" Group business area and DB Rent GmbH have agreed a strategic technological partnership for electro-mobility, car-sharing and fleet management. The aim is closer networking of trains, cars and energy systems. For customers, travel planning will therefore be more versatile, convenient and flexible via cell phone in the future. In addition, with the help of modern communication, passenger transport is to become more environmentally friendly.

With its mobile communications technology, Deutsche Telekom already ensures the secure transfer of data to and from Deutsche Bahn's car-sharing vehicles in pilot projects. Furthermore, additional telematics services will be made available for the car-sharing system in future as part of the partnership. They include, for example, finding, booking and opening vehicles using a cell phone. However, mobility concepts covering various modes of transport are also to be tested. This involves effectively linking railways and roads. "The future of mobility lies in the intelligent networking of modes of transport. By providing a system which links all offers together, intermodal travel will be possible very soon," emphasizes Dr. Andreas Knie, Area Manager for Intermodal Services and Business Development at DB Rent GmbH.

Horst Leonberger, head of the "Networked Car" Group business area of Deutsche Telekom, adds: "Deutsche Telekom connects the world of mobile communications with cars and trains. This supports customers with their individual travel planning and allows the fleet operator to create new mobility offers." Here, Deutsche Telekom falls back on its wide-ranging know-how of telematics systems. This includes integrating vehicles in the Internet and including them in the company processes of car manufacturers, fleet operators and mobility service providers.

Deutsche Bahn and Telekom have already begun an initial pilot of electric vehicles linked to three networks in Friedrichshafen by Lake Constance. Here it is demonstrated how cars, trains and energy systems can be effectively linked to each other. Cars can be rented spontaneously using a special cell-phone app. The car transfers data such as the range and power level via mobile communications to the lessee’s smartphone. An intelligent meter in the charging station records the charging energy and creates the preconditions for, e.g., refueling with regenerative energy.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, almost 34 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (as of march 31, 2012). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year - more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).

About T-Systems
Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 48,200 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise and ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around EUR 9.2 billion in the 2011 financial year.

About DB Fuhrpark
With around 2,500 cars in 140 cities, the market leader, "Flinkster - Mein Carsharing", has the widest spread car-sharing network in Germany. It covers 800 stations, including all of the largest ICE train stations. An additional 2,000 vehicles can be booked in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Global booking is also possible. Around 190,000 customers are registered with Flinkster.

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