T-Systems pushes for industry-wide digitisation with “Cloud of Things”

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Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems has expanded its connected car platform to the wider industrial landscape at CeBIT, while also drilling down on big data and mobile security.

The operator revealed it was launching two new cloud platforms following trials with operators in what it labeled “the Cloud of Things”.

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T-Systems’ Connected Industry Platform (CIP), which is already used within China Mobile’s connected cars business, has been extended to enterprises across all industries to provide logistics capabilities.

For example, following successful trials it is being used by Hamburg’s port authority to monitor the movement of shipping containers. 

CIP combines hardware, SIM card and a data plan to enable SMEs to connect equipment and monitor their production of goods worldwide when connected to T-Systems’ cloud network.

The platform forms the basis of T-System’s “Industry 4.0” package, which includes a convergence platform for manufacturing technology and IT.

The company said the aim of the package was to digitise the entire manufacturing industry, from development and production to logistics, services, and after-sales.

Meanwhile, T-Systems unveiled a new big data analysis tool that is designed to prevent individuals’ mobile phone numbers being identified.

The system uses anonymised collated mobile data and lets users choose which of their data can be gathered and opt out accordingly.

It has received the backing of Germany’s Federal Data Protection Agency. Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems, said the system “goes beyond the legal requirements and makes [the company] a pioneer for fair and transparent data analysis”. 

Transport authority VAG Nuremberg will use the new model for traffic management in the city, which will determine the flow of traffic through Nuremberg over the course of a day and determine how often different modes of transport are used.

Clemens said: "Ultimately, passengers will benefit from this in terms of better connections and optimised timetables.”

T-Systems also unveiled updates to its Mobile Encryption app to allow secure three-way voice conferencing, as well as added compatibility with private automatic branch exchange (PABX).

The company said the app could now be integrated into fixed lines to enable encrypted calls from an office-based PABX to a mobile phone and vice versa. 

Jürgen Kohr, Head of the Cyber Security at T-Systems, said: “Many companies have a great need for encrypted telephony. With the new connection option for the fixed network and three-party conference call, we are providing these companies with new communication possibilities and are making our solution more attractive.”

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