Your Product and our Network – unprecedented Possibilities
A digital revolution is underway: All around the globe, companies are turning their physical products into smart connected products using the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling them to make their products more sustainable and attract new customers.
This opens up new opportunities.
A better understanding of customer needs via usage data
The possibility to offer a proactive service which solves problems before outages can occur
Digital value-added services that differentiate products from competitors‘ offers
New, digital business models and revenue sources
Telekom offers you everything you need. Connect your physical products with the IoT from a single source – opening up the possibilities of smart connected products in the simplest way imaginable.
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Examples of our satisfied customers
Rhenus Data Office: Smart bins request their own emptying
The logistics service provider Rhenus Data Office has to dispose of companies’ sensitive data properly, but varying fill levels of paper bins make collection difficult to plan. That’s why Rhenus and Deutsche Telekom equipped bins with IoT sensors. If a critical fill level is reached, the responsible dispatcher receives a notification. This enables Rhenus to plan collections more efficiently – no more overflowing bins. The company avoids unnecessary trips and saves fuel, thus contributing to the environment.
LAQA: Intelligent drinking cup eases the burden on nursing staff
Senior citizens often do not drink enough fluids. Checking and documenting fluid intake is therefore a major burden for nursing home staff. That’s why the start-up LAQA GmbH has created a cup with technology from Deutsche Telekom that uses light, sound, and vibration to remind people to drink. It also analyzes drinking behavior and processes this data for staff. By automating documentation and encouraging a more frequent intake of fluids, it takes a lot of pressure off caregivers and naturally improves the health of those being cared for.
Ashes, heat, and dirt: When used in coal-fired power plants, RUD Group conveyor belts work under extreme conditions. The right time to replace chains was previously something where customers could only rely on their intuition. To get an overview of the actual wear, the RUD Group teamed up with Telekom to equip its plants with IoT sensors, enabling them to offer a proactive service. For customers at the power plant, this means that equipment is serviced at exactly the right time. The RUD Group can now optimally plan maintenance personnel and replacement materials.
Ziehl-Abegg manufactures high-quality ventilation and air conditioning systems for factories, farms, or data centers. To better monitor the condition of its fans, the company created the ZAbluegalaxy platform in partnership with the Telekom. The system alerts customers and service technicians at an early stage when certain threshold values are exceeded. Equipment downtime is thus significantly reduced, and unnecessary fan maintenance is avoided. The data also enables Ziehl-Abegg to offer new, innovative service plans in the future.
There are two Possibilities for Connecting your Products
On the one hand, connectivity can be taken into account during the planning stage and be integrated into the product – this variant is known as “embedded”. On the other hand, an existing product can be retrofitted with connectivity features – known as the “retrofit“ variant.
Embedded – connected from the very start
Products that are in development
Development costs are higher, since networking hardware needs to be co-developed
Unrestricted power supply, as the device source can be used
Unrestricted power supply allows for the free choice of mobile network (5G, 4G, LTE, LTE-M, NB-IoT)
Robust, as it is firmly integrated and soldered
Retrofit – subsequently connected
Products that are already on the market
Development costs are lower, as existing networking hardware can be used
Power supply stems mostly from rechargeable batteries that need to be topped up regularly
Rechargeable batteries make energy-efficient mobile networks such as NB-IoT or LTE-M the first choice
Less robust, as hardware is retrofitted
Are you unsure which solution is the right choice for your individual case? Our experts will be happy to advise you!
What are smart connected products and what role does IoT play? Our colleague Hannes Händel explains this and much more in this episode of the digitalization podcast “Digitalization. Made. Simple.“ using real examples from various industries.
Please note: The podcast is only available in German.