Deutsche Telekom has put its new IoT network into operation throughout Germany. The innovative machine and sensor network facilitates digitization in a wide range of industries.
It covers 90 percent of Germany’s area and supplies more than 90 percent of the population. The rollout will be completed by the end of 2019.
Network with endless possibilities
The possibilities for the new IoT network are unlimited. Smart parking is already available in more than 50 German cities: with Park and Joy, motorists can easily find a free parking space. Payment is made by app. Deutsche Telekom also developed the connected bike together with the start-up company IoT Venture.
The tracking solution helps owners to locate their e-bikes and S-Pedelecs. The bicycles also automatically call for help when registering a fall. The new network improves fire safety as well: the smoke detector from Lupus Electronics not only alerts the fire department and tenants. It also warns other residents and the administration of the affected building. The remote maintenance function saves time and costs. Likewise, the Smart Data Bin of logistics service provider Rhenus is transmitting via the new network. These intelligent containers detect their fill levels and coordinate their own emptying cycles with the help of a sensor.
“Our machine and sensor network offers an enormous range of applications,” says Kai-Ulrich Deissner, Head of International Technology & Services Delivery, Deutsche Telekom. “Mobility, security or waste management are just a few areas that the new network revolutionizes. It is an important prerequisite for the development of mobile IoT in the years to come.”
Excellent network quality: coverage in cellars and underground garages
Deutsche Telekom’s machine and sensor network is an integral component for the development towards w5G. It uses the NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) radio technology. NB-IoT enables secure IoT applications with reliable data transmission. It makes mobile IoT possible for the mass market.
However, in addition to quantity, network quality is also an important factor: Deutsche Telekom and ista recently conducted the world’s first indoor field test for NB-IoT. It proved that the technology enables data transmission deep in buildings.
NarrowBand IoT also in Europe
Deutsche Telekom introduces NB-IoT roaming in Europe. This will allow customers to easily scale their international mobile IoT offerings in the future. For example, for the logistical monitoring of containers that pass several international borders on their route. As a first step, the national companies in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic support wroaming among each other. Other countries will follow.
Nine European subsidiaries and the USA have introduced NB-IoT so far. The Netherlands completed their nationwide rollout in mid-2017. Austria and Slovakia have been covered nationwide since 2018. The USA as well. In the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Greece, NB-IoT networks are already active in many cities. Nationwide rollout in these markets is expected by the end of 2019.
Interested parties can check the availability of NB-IoT via the online map T-map.