When people hear the name "Deutsche Telekom", most of them first think of phone calls, fast Internet connections and television. But there are many more applications and services that have the "T" inside.
Whether healthcare, energy, automobiles or media, connected homes or innovative online applications – Deutsche Telekom is a multi-product company that offers forward-looking solutions for connected life and work. These solutions benefit both consumers and enterprises in every industry sector, whether small business, medium-sized company or major corporation.
The ID card in your wallet One everyday example: many German citizens carry their new ID cards in their wallets every day. The cards contain a microcomputer with a special operating system that was developed by T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary. The chip stores all the owner's data, such as photo, name and address. The online ID card function makes it possible to manage many government and administrative matters conveniently from their home computers.
Smartphone-based payments Some residents of Baden-Württemberg also have a customer chip card for the local public transportation system in their wallets. The KolibriCard (HummingbirdCard) lets them travel wherever they want to on the route network, without ever having to worry about having exact change. The security solution for this electronic ticket was also developed by the Telekom Group. And in Poland, customers can pay for their supermarket shopping with their smartphones, thanks to Telekom's digital wallet.
Machines communicate with one another The Group's products are a constant companion on the road, as well. If you use an Internet-based assistance system in your car, for example, you need a reliable, full-coverage cellular network. SIM cards installed in the vehicle provide for this. Deutsche Telekom gives motorcyclists excellent security with its high-availability cellular network: if the situation demands it, eCall places an emergency call automatically – the rider is located via GPS. To ensure that the data is delivered reliably and quickly, Deutsche Telekom uses M2M (machine-to-machine communication), which we are enhancing continually.
Keeping track of the big picture Freight forwarders rely on applications by Deutsche Telekom to optimize the capacity of their vehicles and save fuel. The MAN Commercial Vehicle Group is one example. A GPRS solution from T-Systems connects drivers, planners and trucks with one another. Freight forwarders can locate their vehicles at anytime, at the click of the mouse, and can also retrieve data on fuel consumption and average speed, among other information. This enables headquarters staff to monitor vehicle status, optimize transportation routes and avoid empty runs.
The waiting is over The Deutsche Telekom Group's products and services are also very popular in a wide variety of offices. Telekom Innovation Laboratories have developed a browser OS for netbooks, for example, that connects users with the cloud any time, anywhere. The netbooks require no backups, no installation, no maintenance and boot in an ultra-fast 15 seconds. Just like modern technology should be.
Design business processes playfully The DT Group also offers an innovative solution for companies designing their business processes: software from Metasonic, a T-Systems technology partner, lets users design work processes on an interactive "smart" table, review them directly and apply them immediately – from any location.
How Metasonic Touch works
- With Metasonic Touch, processes can be modeled graphically on a large table surface, from the perspective of the respective parties involved, easily using building blocks. Once the involved subjects – persons, computers or machinery – are defined, their behavior is defined through these blocks. A keyboard is used to name the subjects and work steps.
- The modeling units have codes on their undersides, which the integrated camera recognizes automatically.
- When two blocks are pushed together, a link is created between them and projected onto the table surface.
- Once everything has been modeled on the table, the individual work steps of the respective subjects are imported into the Metasonic Suite and compiled to form a process. The software comes from the T-Systems Process Cloud and is billed according to actual use. Since the process is stored in the cloud, the employees of a company can perform their roles in the work processes regardless of their location – even on the road. Existing systems such as SAP and Microsoft can be integrated with the workflow seamlessly.