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Deutsche Telekom partners GE, launches IoT ecosystem

William Payne
April 27, 2016
 
Deutsche Telekom has announced a series of new platforms, partners and packages for the Internet of Things, marking the German telecom operator’s push into the IoT ecosystem. The company’s partners in IoT include GE, Microsoft, SAP and Huawei.

To help customers get a quick start in the Industrial Internet, Deutsche Telekom has announced its "Cloud of Things Starter Kit". The kit contains software and sensors for gathering data, a SIM card with a particular data rate for data transmission as well as access to a specialized Deutsche Telekom cloud platform for data processing.

According to Deutsche Telekom, the kit can be used to monitor the temperature of a machine, for example, or the movements of a construction machine in real time. Customers can easily used and installed this service. The price structure consists of a basic price plus usage-dependent charges.

To help develop the underlying IoT platform, Deutsche Telekom is teaming up with market leaders like Microsoft, Cisco, Huawei and SAP, who have a particular focus on special platforms for the Industrial Internet.

Deutsche Telekom is partnering with GE to offer GE Digital’s industrial data platform Predix. The two partners are aiming to offer one-stop shopping for digital innovation in industries such as manufacturing, transport, energy and health. The alliance is set to begin during the summer of 2016.

"The task is now to move services for digitization out of the laboratory into real-life practice," according to Anette Bronder, Director at Deutsche Telekom’s business customer arm T Systems. She has been responsible for the Digital Division of the Group for nine months.

"Nobody is capable of mastering the Internet of Things on their own. That's why we are investing in an ecosystem of platforms, partners and products to put us in a position to offer our business customers a full IoT end-to-end solution quickly and easily, " said Ms. Bronder.