All about M2M – the Highlights of 2016

From the Cloud of Things to Narrowband IoT: 2016 has been a year full of major events, announcements, interviews and new developments in the Internet of Things. Join us on a journey through the most interesting topics of our ‘All About M2M’ blog.

Events: Showcases in Nuremberg, Hanover and Barcelona

In 2016, Deutsche Telekom joined the most important tech events around the globe. In February, in his keynote at the Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany, our Senior Vice President M2M Dr. Alexander Lautz spoke about Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), a new communication standard for the Internet of Things. At the same fair we showcased an interactive table with different NB-IoT usage scenarios and how M2M works with a connected forklift truck. At the same time in Barcelona, we used our appearance at the Mobile World Congress to announce the foundation of the Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (ngena) together with other major service providers. At the Cebit in Hanover, we launched the Open Telekom Cloud and presented new features for our IoT platform Cloud of Things. And for the Smart City Expo World Congress in November, we returned to Barcelona to show our vision and strategy on the topic of a Smart City with use cases like Smart Parking or Smart Waste.

In another keynote at the M2M World Congress in London Dr. Alexander Lautz presented Telekom’s innovative new pricing model for products related to the Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things: With Value-Based Pricing (VBP) a solution will not be priced by the number of networked devices, but on its added value that it generates for the customer – the financial risk and the financial profit are shared between the provider and the customer. So the concept of value-based pricing is really quite simple: A product costs as much as it’s worth.

Interviews: Talks about partnering, data protection and standards

Exciting and informative interviews with IoT experts are an important part of our blog. ‘All about M2M’ discussed with Dr. Alexander Lautz the role of telcos and IoT industry partners. Professor Dr. Axel Sikora, Board member of the M2M Alliance, talked in his two-part interview about the lack of cross-industry standards for the Internet of Things, which players should be involved in standardization and what role open standards play. With Dr. Volker Lüdemann, Professor of Commercial and Competition Law at the University of Osnabrück, we spoke about Connected Cars, autonomous driving, and the need for a data protection authority.

Connected Car: Technology, functions, and history

Talking about Connected Cars: In several articles we put the focus on the future of the automotive industry. How exactly can a car connect to the Internet? Which functions do motorists really want to use? Find the answers in our blog and follow our timeline of the Connected Car.

Narrowband IoT: A new standard arises

One of the major topics this year was the new communication standard Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). In an overview we explain how it works and present future use cases like Smart Parking, Smart Waste, Smart Metering and Consumer Goods Tracking.

Ready for more? Have fun browsing through other topics like Smart City, cloud and fog, gateways, society issues of the IoT, crowdfunding, user interfaces, design, and Smart Airports.

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