Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate to Help Build Smarter Cities

Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:00am EST

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-- Enhanced services based on real-time information from interconnected systems
and devices
BONN,  Germany  and  ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche
Telekom and IBM (NYSE:  IBM) announced today a collaboration to provide an
integrated solutions portfolio that enables cities to make smarter use of their
services through intelligent data capture and analysis. The Smarter Cities
solutions will build on IBM's expertise from thousands of smarter city
engagements combined with Deutsche Telekom's global Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
capabilities, which include M2M solutions integration and advanced network
connectivity.  

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The M2M communication technology facilitates the automated exchange of
information between terminal equipment such as machines, vehicles and containers
or with a central control center - creating an interconnectivity often referred
to as the "Internet of Things." By using sensors embedded in a wide array of
systems serving the public -- such as a traffic lights, public transport
vehicles or parking spaces -- M2M technology can report on the status of the
system being monitored via the Internet in real-time. Combining this technology
with IBM's Smarter Cities expertise will enable intelligent, real-time
decision-making allowing for services such as intelligent traffic management,
route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction, and parking space
management.  

The Smarter Cities solutions from Deutsche Telekom and IBM will notably benefit
municipalities as they deliver significant cost efficiencies through better use
of their existing infrastructure and improved planning of resources. This will
help cities more quickly design and deploy next-generation intelligence systems
that improve sustainability. It will also improve the quality of life for
citizens, who will be able to anticipate traffic delays and bus or train
arrivals when travelling, find public parking spots more easily, and gain
improved access to a wide array of relevant city information and services, for
example.

"M2M is a technology with enormous growth potential as it adds real value to our
daily lives, both in business and privately," said  Thomas Kiessling, Chief
Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. "Our joint Smarter Cities
initiative gives us the opportunity to work with cities across the globe and
offer them valuable end-to-end solutions that help support public welfare as
well as their economic growth in the future."

"Cities are asking their trusted providers to deliver new ways to help them
become more innovative. This initiative demonstrates how IBM is working with
clients and partners to find new and sustainable ways to solve pressing client
challenges," said Dr. Michael J Dixon, general manager, IBM Global Smarter
Cities.  

The alliance is based on the two firms' strong common interest and complementary
capabilities in growing the M2M end-to-end solutions market. As part of the
collaboration, IBM will contribute its global smarter cities expertise, as well
as deliver technology systems that gather real time data from various services,
applications and device end points, enabling massive amounts of big data to be
transformed into insight to help cities make the right operational decisions and
drive long term plans. Deutsche Telekom, with a business presence in more than
50 countries worldwide and a well established global M2M ecosystem, will provide
cities with pervasive M2M connectivity to these technologies and services, as
well as SIM card access management and M2M solutions integration expertise.

To highlight the many potential ways this new technology can be applied,
Deutsche Telekom and IBM will feature a variety of Smarter City demos in the
GSMA Connected City Pavilion (Hall 3, Stand 3B) at the Mobile World Congress
show in  Barcelona,  February 25-28. The Intelligent Transport and Smarter
Parking demos will showcase how data collected from roads, buses and parking
spots can be leveraged to predict traffic and bus arrival, anticipate delays and
proactively coordinate resources to operate cities' transportation systems more
effectively. Additional Smarter Cities solutions will be available in a number
of areas including transportation, energy, water and public safety.   

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications
companies with more than 131 million mobile customers, 33 million fixed-network
lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of  September 30, 2012). The Group
provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and
services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers.
Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has over 230,000 employees
worldwide. The Group generated revenue of  EUR 58.7 billion  in the 2011
financial year - over half of it outside  Germany  (as of  December 31, 2011).



About Deutsche Telekom M2M Competence Center

Machine-to-Machine communication - short M2M - is a strategic priority for
Deutsche Telekom in the coming years. According to the OECD, the number of
connected devices will rise tenfold from 5 billion today to 50 billion by 2020.
Deutsche Telekom has positioned itself as a leading provider of cross-industry
M2M solutions and offers its customers in cooperation with competent partners
complete solutions from a single source.

More information at:  www.telekom.com/m2m

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