Caroline Bergmann


Smart mobility in the city of tomorrow: Telekom shows new solutions at ITS World Congress 2021

  • Smart solutions for more sustainable road traffic and fair urban tolls
  • More safety on bikes, networked convoys, cars that autonomously search for parking spaces
  • 5G, cloud, sensor technology, edge computing and artificial intelligence as pioneers for the mobility of the future
Network of services over a city.

Smart mobility: Telekom presents new solutions at ITS World Congress 2021. © Deutsche Telekom

A bus that always knows the number of free seats it has. A car that quickly finds free parking spaces. And a traffic light assistant that rewards environmentally friendly cyclists with a series of green lights. Modern solutions like these can be seen at this year's ITS World Congress in Hamburg. And not just on the 30,000 square meter congress grounds, but throughout the city. Deutsche Telekom is represented in Hall B5, Booth Number B5.140 with numerous innovations. They are made possible by technologies such as 5G, edge computing, sensor technology, cloud computing and artificial intelligence

Lost time looking for a parking space: Zero seconds

Today, the search for a free parking space accounts for about 30 to 40 percent of inner-city traffic. This not only costs time and nerves ¬– it is also harmful to the environment. Digital helpers can assist in the search. In the Hamburg metropolitan area, Telekom has installed around 1,000 sensors in public parking spaces on the street. They measure whether the parking space is free or occupied. And they provide information about parking frequency. The data collected is analyzed and displayed on a dashboard. Among other things, this shows the city where there is a particular need and when. Important information for further city planning. At least until parking is automated at some point: With Automated Valet Parking, drivers in the future will tell their vehicle where they want to go, let it plan the route, drive to the destination and get out – the car will do the rest on its own.

For the self-driving car to be accident-free on the road, it needs support. Precise positioning is particularly important here to ensure safety. Cloud-based services ensure optimized positioning and navigation. And 5G provides sufficient capacity for a secure connection to the network, with low latency times.

Cycling made fun and safe

People moving through the Hanseatic city on bicycles are also expected to notice decisive changes by 2030. Work on this is already underway on sensor test routes. Telekom is developing collision warning technology together with Continental AG, in a project funded by the German BMVI Ministry of Transport. This is intended to protect particularly vulnerable traffic groups. Using GPS technology, the system calculates in advance whether their paths will cross with other vehicles in the next five seconds. If this is the case, the system sends a warning signal to the user’s smartphone. In addition, the Traffic Light Assistant from T-Systems gives cyclists priority at green lights. The system is based on sensors and an app that provides users with live traffic light information and influences the switching.

Bus & Rail 2.0

Artificial intelligence is increasingly finding its way into buses and trains. Many buses and trains are already equipped with cameras. If these images are analyzed, they provide important information on passenger numbers and seat occupancy. Acute dangerous situations are also detected automatically. Data protection is an important issue here: the technology used does not store any images. The data is analyzed directly in the vehicle. Only the parameters relevant to the analysis are transmitted. This ensures that data privacy and personal rights are protected. Telekom's solutions improve the quality and reliability of public transport. They are a major lever in achieving the sustainability goals in the transport sector.

Smart wave around the port

Innovation ensures that traffic flows better on the way to the port and in the port area. Here, logistics transports are surfing the green wave. They are responsible for about a third of the emissions in the Hanseatic city. By networking the vehicles with each other, their speed can be determined by a lead vehicle. This is equipped with the green wave assistant 5G-GLOSA (Green Light Optimum Speed Advisory) and ensures that green phases are used optimally. Because the trucks have to brake and start up again less frequently, up to 30 percent fewer pollutants are emitted. This can be measured using the T-Systems app Low Carbon Mobility Management (LCMM).

Fair urban tolls

In order to sustainably improve the urban environment, the path to an almost car-free city center is inevitable in the longer term. One milestone on the way there: intelligent urban tolling. Unlike time-based toll systems, which favor frequent drivers and are perceived as unfair by most, the T-Systems solution implements cause-based toll collection and uses smartphone apps or in-vehicle technologies for this purpose. Charges for road use are then based on factors such as distance traveled, length of stay, vehicle type or emission class, and are no longer the same for everyone. In the future, intelligent T-Systems Road User Services will also enable distance-based road usage charges to be levied for trucks in urban areas.

Visit us at our trade fair stand in hall B5, booth number B5.140 and follow our presentations:

SIS 3: Integration of VRU services into C-ITS: experiences from cities
Monday, October 11, 2021, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Messe - B6 - Room 10

SIS 92: 5G/6G – the step further towards smarter connectivity
Monday, October 11, 2021, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Messe - B6 - Room 6

ES 03: Digital evolution or digital revolution?
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Messe - B6 - Room 1

TP 25: Access to in-vehicle data and connectivity resources
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Messe - B6 - Room 8

BP1: Developments with platforms
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Messe - B6 - Room 9

SIS 99: Ubiquitous 5G deployment for CCAM: observations and lessons learnt
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Messe - Marseille 1

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