How Deutsche Telekom is setting the pace for IoT Embrace

Deutsche Telekom

From trending new topics like artificial intelligence to evergreens of the digital revolution like the wcloud and network buildout – Deutsche Telekom is demonstrating all facets of the wInternet of Things (IoT) from March 20 to 24 at CeBIT 2017.

“We’re actively driving the wInternet of Things into the business world”, says Deutsche Telekom Board of Management member and T-Systems boss, Reinhard Clemens. “The age of realtime has begun: machines based on IoT now demand response times of less than a millisecond. The cornerstones for further successful IoT development are the wcloud, security and networks. Deutsche Telekom has invested billions of euros in all three areas over the years. That’s why I consider the Group to be very well positioned for the new networked world.”

The wCloud: Putting Spotlight on Made in Germany

wCloud solutions are now advancing into the wInternet of Things as well. One indication of their increasing presence is the amount of wcloud-based exhibits at the Deutsche Telekom booth. From supermarket shelves, and bar counters to vegetable boxes and beehives, the wcloud is now well able to transfer data from a huge variety of sensors safely back to T-Systems’ data centers. Once there, the accumulated information can be used by customers for analysis, providing a firm base for both existing and brand new business models.

Thus, the strong demand for data protection is boosting demand for the German wcloud. ” Customers want to use the German wcloud for many reasons. It may be that it’s a reaction to current political events, scandals over eavesdropping or Internet criminality,” Clemens comments. “That’s why Deutsche Telekom has developed a wcloud ecosystem over the years that conforms to Germany’s strict data privacy laws.” That ecosystem now comprises up to 150 partner solutions. The entire Group achieved revenues of about 1.6 billion euros in wcloud business in 2016. That represents an increase of 12 percent, and more than two thirds of that figure is accounted for by T Systems. The business has long achieved its wcloud revenues entirely through its private wcloud sales (specialized solutions provided especially for a single customer).

Smart parking: digital parking space management in Hamburg and Dortmund

Our smart parking exhibit shows just how the wcloud, security and networks interplay with one another in making the IoT capable of realtime operation. Visitors to the trade fair will see a miniature version of the system about to be introduced by the city of Hamburg to simplify the search for parking spaces in the city.

In 2018, motorists in the Hanseatic city should be able to use the new system to find, reserve and pay for vacant parking spaces using an app developed by T-Systems. To facilitate the new system, the city council and its service providers are digitizing a total of 11,000 public parking spaces. On-street sensors will then send information to motorists’ smartphones almost in real time on where vacant parking spaces can be found.

“What makes digitization projects live and breathe is scalability. We intend to offer this smart parking solution all over Germany,” Clemens says, emphasizing the importance of the Smart City project. Numerous city authorities have expressed interest in the new parking solution. Dortmund, Merzig and Moers are already introducing the service.

Security: Machine learning software against Stuxnet & Co

Machine learning software is making advances in the field of security. In any networked system or process, the security of the entire system is always determined by the weakest link in the chain. And the more sophisticated the attacker is, the cleverer the detection and defense systems will have to be. Deutsche Telekom installs alarms in networks capable of identifying anomalies quickly and of responding to them effectively, eliminating malware incursions before they reach their goal.

The Group is now showcasing new security solutions designed to protect industrial control systems – through the use of machine learning. The CeBIT team demonstrates these new defense mechanisms using a model power plant as a sample system. “Using a solution like this, we would have immediately recognized and eliminated the infamous Stuxnet worm years ago,” says Clemens.

Artificial intelligence: IPsoft moves into the House of Clouds

In addition to the sensors now increasingly being used in status monitoring and predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasingly important role in modern business operations. So, just in time for the CeBIT fair, the T-Systems “House of Clouds” has a new arrival: Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm can now offer wIT services backed by artificial intelligence (AI).

IPsoft, a provider of AI solutions is moving the technology platform Amelia into the wcloud. Now a part of the T-Systems portfolio, Amelia speeds up business processes, improves customer service quality and provides round-the-clock (24/7) availability. T-Systems provides advice to customers on the use of AI – in other words, on the implementation of what are referred to as cognitive services. In addition to this, the digital service provider sets up and operates these services. They will be made available in the German wcloud during the course of 2017.

New networks and new partnerships give a boost to the wInternet of Things

With the aim of preparing Deutsche Telekom for the wInternet of Things and for Industry 4.0, the Group has announced a number of important initiatives in time for CeBIT.

1.The rollout of a NarrowBand IoT network in eight European countries. This network provides excellent building penetration and provides coverage in locations usually inaccessible to radio waves, such as basements and underground parking lots.

2. Investments in 5G as a basic precondition for realtime communication: An industrial robot at our booth demonstrates that w5G is capable of providing reliable response times – exactly eight milliseconds, every time. Such cutting-edge network technology is set to come into its own at industrial and business facilities, as well as such complex sites as airports, long before they become part of the daily lives of private consumers. It promises capacities a thousand time greater, transfer speeds ten times faster and ten times shorter latencies than the technology available in today’s networks. With w5G, service providers such as Deutsche Telekom can guarantee their business customers the quality of service they need.

3.Partnership with BT for immediate increase in reach by up to 60 percent

4.Further development of ngena, a worldwide network for IoT applications at the push of a button (often called a software-defined network). With the 15 partners already involved in the initiative, it spans North and South America, Australia and large expanses in Europe, Africa and Asia. Final completion of the network, with 25 partners, is planned for 2018 to 2019.