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Annette Müller-Stellermann

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IoT checked: Deutsche Telekom offering leads the field

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Digitization and security – two topics that will change everything. We can already survey bridges and buildings using drones to schedule predictive maintenance. Despite the lack of statutory regulation or security concepts, now is a good time to embrace digitization.

A view also shared by research and advisory firm ISG. After all, the basic technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT for short) such as cloud, sensors, and secure networks already exist, with more than 70 service providers – including Deutsche Telekom – making up the IoT supplier landscape in Germany.

But you need to do more than simply rolling up your sleeves or dreaming about “data communism” to develop digital business models. The automotive and transportation/logistics sectors show us how it can be done. The automotive industry is focusing on making automobility and the experience of driving safer and more enjoyable with IoT. Applications include smart parking solutions in unfamiliar cities and communication with restaurants where the satnav will notify your arrival time provided you have already booked a table, or the kind of automated emergency call and theft-tracking functions that BMW or Mercedes offer. In the transportation and logistics segments, solutions are already in use for tracking and tracing, and scenarios are being tested for fully automated machinery control, for instance on cargo ships.

In its latest study “ISG Provider Lens - Germany 2018 Internet of Things (I4.0) Platforms, Services & Solutions,” ISG singled out Deutsche Telekom as the leading IoT service provider for consulting and integration in the automotive and logistics sector. According to ISG, Deutsche Telekom’s “extensive expertise in integrating very complex IoT scenarios” drew praise, setting it apart from its rivals “with a broad integration portfolio and highly compelling showcases with leading OEMs.”

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Digitization and the business of data is a “team sport.” For Deutsche Telekom too, whose IoT platform provides customers with access to the huge portfolio of integrated partners. So it is not surprising that ISG ranks Deutsche Telekom among the top three players for IoT platforms in Germany. To mine the new gold – the insights from data for processes and new business models – Deutsche Telekom offers its own applications and partner solutions which support data orchestration and analysis from IoT and other data repositories with more than 150 connectors. A fact that makes Deutsche Telekom a far more compelling player in this environment, ISG concludes.

Small and medium-sized enterprises, which are initially looking to train IoT before stepping out onto the pitch, can use starter kits, which, according to ISG, are highly mature: “Starter kits deliver specific use cases, which customers implement directly to generate added value straightaway.” Deutsche Telekom leads the field in the IoT Starter Kits category. And "thanks to Deutsche Telekom's mobile communications network, sensors can also be installed remotely, " ISG underlines.

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Digitization and security, two topics that Deutsche Telekom has championed. You can find more on Deutsche Telekom’s IoT strategy and solutions in the interview with Ingo Hofacker.

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