Deutsche Telekom has collaborated with Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML to set up Telekom Open IoT Labs. The two organizations will work together to test and develop Internet of Things solutions.
The Lab will be particularly targeting manufacturing, logistics and aviation verticals. It will be open to other companies interested in collaborating with Deutsche Telekom and Fraunhofer to develop application-specific IoT prototypes. Telekom Open IoT Labs will thus add an industrial IoT component to Deutsche Telekom’s existing network of R&D facilities.
Professor Dr. Michael ten Hompel, managing director of Fraunhofer IML, said at the launch of the Telekom Open IoT Labs, “The Labs pair two fields of competence that have to be involved, together, in any successful IoT-related digitization. Fraunhofer is providing comprehensive expertise in hardware and applications in IoT environments. And Deutsche Telekom is providing its network expertise, together with IoT and cloud solutions, all of which are key elements for IoT-based digitization.”
The two partners will work jointly with interested companies to identify requirements for IoT solutions and to define these applications. Subsequently, they will create them by developing and producing hardware, software and connectivity prototypes. Efforts will be concentrated on producing solutions that can later be launched for mass-market use.
“At Telekom Open IoT Labs, we will not be pursuing basic research. Instead, we will offer companies specific benefits by solving their problems using IoT solutions,” explained Anette Bronder, head of Digital- and Security Department of Deutsche Telekom. “All the technologies necessary for IoT solutions are in place. Now, we need to find application areas that will offer companies real value, in both the short and long terms.”
Initially, the Deutsche Telekom/Fraunhofer team plans to concentrate on solutions based on NB-IoT technology. That technology is eminently suited for IoT applications in logistics, for example. “The logistics sector is moving very rapidly on digitization. With IoT solutions, companies will be able to achieve high added value, in the short term, in a number of business processes,” Bronder added.
Deutsche Telekom is now offering NB-IoT commercially throughout all of Germany. The same applies to the Netherlands, where there is also a complete-coverage NB-IoT network in place. In other European markets such as Austria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Deutsche Telekom is expanding the existing coverage to additional cities.