CeBIT 2015: Deutsche Telekom supports digitization of industry

  • "Industry 4.0" package connects industrial equipment
  • German machine tool and equipment manufacturers receive free developer packages for testing
  • M2M in everyday use – from parcels to razor blades

At this year's CeBIT, Deutsche Telekom is launching its Industry 4.0 package, the starter kit for connected industry. It enables SMEs to network their equipment quickly and easily and to monitor their production conditions. The package contains everything a machine needs to go online: hardware, SIM card with data rate plan and access to the "Cloud der Dinge" (Cloud of Things) platform, which records and processes device and sensor data. Deutsche Telekom hosts this platform in high-security data centers in Germany.

With the Industry 4.0 package, manufacturers can control and monitor their machines remotely, as well as reduce maintenance costs. Software updates can be installed remotely, while continuous monitoring of wearing parts can minimize outages or even eliminate them altogether. Like Dürkopp-Adler, for example, which monitors the sewing machines at its factory in Bangladesh from its headquarters in Bielefeld, Germany, and has reduced both machine downtimes and travel by its service technicians as a result.

The package is available with a variety of certified hardware components and can be expanded incrementally. With the Cloud der Dinge, it contains a scalable platform that can manage even large volumes of sensor data, devices and users effortlessly. "With end-to-end packages like the Industry 4.0 package, we want to advance digitization projects among the SME segment," says Dirk Backofen, Head of Marketing (Business Customers) at Telekom Deutschland. "Manufacturing companies, in particular, benefit from the better connection of their machine pools and the business models that arise as a result – for example, with automatic reordering of consumables." Machine tool and equipment manufacturers who want to utilize the Industry 4.0 package can get developer packages from Deutsche Telekom free of charge at CeBIT. With these packages, they can test scenarios and gather experience prior to the rollout. Companies that want to gather more experience can get up to three Industry 4.0 boxes free of charge, to test integration under real conditions.

Supplemental to the Industry 4.0 package, Deutsche Telekom is showing what a fully digitized production line could look like at CeBIT – including personalized customer ordering, just-in-time ordering of the necessary components, manufacturing and delivery of the goods. In addition, several examples and pilot projects with strategic partners examine individual facets of connected industry, such as cross-site production. They include a partnership with the renowned Fraunhofer Institute and semiconductor manufacturer Infineon for secure data communication, which shows how sensitive production data can be exchanged between two German sites through a secure, end-to-end communication channel.

Last but not least, a solution co-developed by Gillette, startup Perfect Shops and Deutsche Telekom shows how the Internet of Things has arrived in our everyday lives: blades for safety razors can be reordered at the touch of a button. Together with DHL, Zalando and Feldsechs, Deutsche Telekom is launching a pilot project called PaketButler – a mobile solution for the convenient delivery of parcels. Other connected everyday apps presented at CeBIT include Strype, the first digital seal with app alarm, and Hausnotruf 2.0, a home emergency call system for the elderly.

Experience our products and services live at CeBIT from March 16-20 at Deutsche Telekom's stand C26 in hall 4. Deutsche Telekom's entire presence at the trade fair is carbon-neutral: All CO2 emissions generated in setting up and operating the stand are offset fully by carbon-reduction projects abroad.

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.