Sensor Connect – Your jump-start for IoT solutions

Whether it's the operating temperature of a machine or the CO2 level in a room: iot sensors provide valuable data, enabling you to design business processes more efficiently. Our Sensor Connect Technology offers you a versatile sensor toolkit for IoT beginners. Our hardware packages, consisting of one or more measuring devices combined with a cellular connection, our cloud platform and our service, will help you get started immediately without the need to lay data cables or program software. Never has it been easier to integrate sensor technology and data analysis into your business model!

Sensor Connect – Your jump-start for IoT solutions



1. The heart of Sensor Connect is the io-key. Connect it to the power supply – we will provide a suitable network adapter if required.


2. Connect the sensor to the io-key. Sensor Connect offers you a selection of over 10,000 measuring devices from different manufacturers and in a wide range of application areas.


3. The io-key establishes a mobile connection (NB-IoT, LTE-M and 2G) to our Cloud of Things. You can log in via a browser using your credentials. Here, you can analyse your data and define further actions.


4. Your sensor is ready for use. You can now specify any action you wish – for example, notifying a technician when the level in a tank drops below a certain level.

That's included in your hardware package


io-key
The io-key automatically establishes a connection via mobile communication standards (NB-IoT, LTE-M and 2G). The device communicates with sensors via the open IO-Link standard, regardless of the manufacturer.

Sensors
We offer a portfolio of over 10,000 sensors from more than 200 manufacturers. These are compatible with IO-Link and encompass the areas of process automation, position monitoring and motion control.

Sensor Connect Service Package
Our bundle includes mobile communications, our Cloud of Things platform for data preparation and API connections, an IO-Link license, and our experts’ services.

Your hardware package consists of IO-Key, sensors and Sensor Connect Service Package.
Your hardware package consists of IO-Key, sensors and Sensor Connect Service Package.


io-key
The io-key automatically establishes a connection via mobile communication standards (NB-IoT, LTE-M and 2G). The device communicates with sensors via the open IO-Link standard, regardless of the manufacturer.

Sensors
We offer a portfolio of over 10,000 sensors from more than 200 manufacturers. These are compatible with IO-Link and encompass the areas of process automation, position monitoring and motion control.

Sensor Connect Service Package
Our bundle includes mobile communications, our Cloud of Things platform for data preparation and API connections, an IO-Link license, and our experts’ services.

Our hardware packages


See our suggested packages for some of the most common use cases below.

Hardware package Logistics

Logistics

Challenge: 
Time is lost when the height of a pallet stack has to be measured with a folding rule.

Solution: 
A distance sensor determines the exact height of the stack from the warehouse ceiling.

402.14  Details

Hardware package Retail

Retail

Challenge: 
Under- or over-deliveries occur due to lack of information on real consumption.

Solution
Filling level sensors constantly provide information about the outflow of goods.

490.54  Details

Hardware package Healthcare

Healthcare

Challenge
For deliveries of vaccines, the cooling chain must not be interrupted.

Solution: 
Sensors record temperatures and alert in case of any deviations.

389.75  Details

Hardware package Agriculture

Agriculture

Challenge
Farmers lose time when they have to check the level of water silos.
 

Solution
Level sensors wirelessly transmit the water level of livestock feeders.

370.94  Details

Hardware package Vending machines

Vending machines

Challenge
Vandalism makes regular and time-consuming inspection trips necessary.
 

Solution
Vibration sensors report vandalism when it happens in real time.

473.44  Details

Hardware package Industry

Industry

Challenge
When the transport of fluids in pipes is blocked, the entire production process shus down.

Solution
Flow sensors monitor pipes and report malfunctions at an early stage.

486.95  Details

Your use case is not listed?

With our IoT online configurator, you can put together individual IoT solutions using more than 10,000 sensors from a wide range of application areas – with just a few simple clicks.
 

Discover our online configurator and start your IoT projects quickly and easily

Sensor Connect makes digitising your business easy

Wireless installation

Wireless installation
Our IoT sensors transmit their data primarily via the NB-IoT mobile network standard, which is highly accessible, even in buildings and basement vaults. Laying data cables is therefore not necessary.

Get started without programming

Get started without programming
You can operate Sensor Connect completely autonomously from your IT infrastructure – no need to adapt your existing solutions. However, integration is possible at any time via standardised API interfaces.

Easily expand at any time

Easily expand at any time
Sensor Connect is based on the open standard IO-Link. This design provides you with an ecosystem of products from over 200 manufacturers. You can use any of these sensors with Sensor Connect without any adjustments.

Have access to the best service

Have access to the best service
Deutsche Telekom's highly secure and reliable data infrastructure is ready for you. We are particularly proud of the experience our IoT experts offer. They support you in every phase of your project.

User management with the Cloud of Things: manage, monitor and control applications and networked devices.

Our IoT platform gives you new insights from your data

The Cloud of Things, our IoT platform, evaluates the data generated by Sensor Connect in real time. This versatile interface provides you with powerful analysis tools via a personalised web portal. You have a complete overview of your measured values at all times. Cloud of Things is available out-of-the-box without any programming and installation effort – simply connect devices, configure your individual dashboard, and get started.
 

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Frequently asked questions

What are IoT sensors?

Sensors play a crucial role in creating IoT applications. They collect measurements such as the temperature, the level in a tank, or chemical values. By analysing these data, companies gain the possibility to make products, services or entire industrial sectors "smart" and digital. As a result, you can increase the efficiency of almost any value chain. One example of an application of IoT sensors is predictive maintenance: in this case, they collect data such as temperature, pressure or vibration from a plant or machine. An artificial intelligence can then use these values to determine whether a particular component is about to fail – even before any damage occurs. Sensor Connect also allows yout to retrofit sensors in existing plants where an IoT connection was not originally planned.

What is IO-Link?

IO-Link is a simple communication protocol that is used to connect sensors to a fieldbus, the Industrial Ethernet or the cloud, for example. You can compare IO-Link with USB, the familiar communication protocol that connects such accessories as a mouse or keyboard to a computer. IO-Link is the protocol's brand name. Its technical name is SDCI (Single-drop digital communication interface for small sensors and actuators), and it is described in the European standard EN 61131.

What is the io-key?

The io-key is a small device that serves as a gateway to transfer sensor data to the cloud via plug & play. For this purpose, it is equipped with a SIM that can be used to send data directly via mobile communications. It relies on the NB-IoT and LTE-M radio standards, which have very good building penetration and thus enable uninterrupted data transfer even from inside buildings and vaulted cellars. If the io-key is installed in a location where the NB-IoT and LTE-M network is not available, it falls back on 2G as a backup solution.

The io-key allows you to install multiple sensors without any development effort or connection to a corporate network. You can view, analyse and manage your data online via a web interface. Installing the io-key requires only a 24V DC power connection and suitable IO-Link-capable sensors.

The io-key recognises the sensors automatically, regardless of type or manufacturer. Our growing portfolio includes more than 10,000 sensors from over 200 manufacturers. The device also has an IP 65-rated housing that protects it from dust and water.

How do I find the right sensors for my application?

Use our online configurator to select your own IoT solution by use case and assemble it with just a few clicks. The configurator provides you with more than 10,000 sensors from many application areas. All modules are guaranteed to be compatible with each other and can be individually combined via plug & play. Find the online configurator here.

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