Martina Morawietz

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What if: What my digitized Wiesn would look like

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Everybody is looking forward to the Oktoberfest. As a fan of the renowned Wiesn fairground and the Internet of Things (short: IoT), I have combined both. The result is five possibilities for a digital Volksfest: from tent setup to Dirndl purchase.

Illustration woman wearing dirndl in a truck.

Digitized Volksfest: The Internet of Things could make the party really going.

17 large and 21 small tents on an area of 50 football pitches - and Telekom right in the middle: When the Oktoberfest starts on September 21, 2019, my technical service colleagues will have set up the fixed-line network for the six million visitors. Together with sensors and IoT, our networks make things smart. These clever helpers simplify our everyday lives. They fascinate me. And let me keep thinking about innovations: What if such smart things supported a major event like the Oktoberfest? Here are my ideas for logisticians, hosts and visitors. 

The first thing is the infrastructure 

The set-up and taking down of the Wiesn tents is a logistical mammoth task. Every part has to be on site in time. Coordinating the many trucks requires a good overview. Wiesn planners and logisticians perform a masterstroke here. But perhaps a tracking solution could bring even more momentum: With this, logisticians optimize the routes of their vehicles and save unnecessary kilometres. Costs and CO2 emissions can be reduced. 

Good climate in the tent

The tents sometimes are very hot and stuffy. The Internet of Things could bring more comfort and safety into the tent. This would be the solution: Sensors measure temperature, humidity, brightness and CO2 content. If the values rise slightly above the specified limits, the service technician automatically receives an SMS or e-mail. Sensors can also register whether entrances are closed at night or if someone is still in the cool store after work.

Without glass mug no Maß of beer

With a beer consumption of seven million litres, 100 tons of glass are said to break. For such cases, you need stock. But the mugs sometimes arrive damaged on the pallets. My idea is precaution: A clever tracker in pallets detects transport damage at an early stage. The sensor registers shocks, accelerations and also the temperature. It automatically reports any deviations. So you already know on delivery whether the beer mugs have suffered transport damage. Using intelligent pallets, even lost or stolen deliveries can be found quickly.

Getting to the Wiesn by train: on time and in comfort

Just don't get stuck in traffic. Rather take the train and have precise arrival and departure times. The DB Navigator informs travellers about delays and shows alternatives. Thanks to IoT and artificial intelligence, forecasts become better and better virtually overnight. At the moment, the forecasts for long-distance traffic - 30 minutes before the arrival of a train - are 87.5 percent correct.

Dirndl knot left: The lady is single

What am I wearing today? Of course Dirndl and Lederhosen, as appropriate for the Oktoberfest. Millions of visitors dress up in traditional garments every year. But how do I find the right outfit? My idea: digital price tags on the Trachten. They simplify my search. For example, whether Dirndl or leather breeches in another size are in stock. By digitally indicating the location in the intelligent price tag, the seller and I as the customer can find the goods in the shop more quickly. 

Stay tuned: In episode 2 of the Oktoberfest blog, the party really starts. 

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