All the areas where M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) are deployed, which technical innovations lie ahead and which trends are taking shape was the subject of this year’s M2M Forum CEE. On June 9, 45 speakers from 12 countries said what they had to say about M2M at the Tech Gate Vienna. Around 250 people from 40 countries attended the Forum to learn about the latest trends in M2M and to find out how they can best make use of the Internet of Things.
The 5 Subject Blocks at the M2M Forum
T-Mobile Austria was one of the Forum’s lead partners. The mobile network operator supported the platform in order to take M2M forward. Together with its parent company Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile Austria and its partners provide M2M and IoT solutions for many industries and market segments.
Taking IoT and M2M further forward
Just like the partnership with the M2M Forum CEE, the Business Wall of Fame is for T-Mobile Austria a key tool with which to take M2M further forward in Austria. A competition held in eight countries, the Business Wall of Fame shows how varied the uses of M2M and IoT are. You can choose your favorite until June 22.
Nearly every enterprise, regardless of size, can benefit from M2M and IoT. For one, costs can be saved; for another, new products or even entirely new lines of business can be developed.
Solution business corners the largest slice of the cake
The CEOs in the platform debate were all well aware that a larger slice of the IoT cake can be earned with services and integrated solutions. Dr. Alexander Lautz, Senior Vice President, Deutsche Telekom, said: “Connectivity business is not so bad. Today it is the telcos’ main source of revenue and that will continue to be the case for some time to come.”
Logistics industry is one of the drivers of M2M and IoT
Which industries and areas of the economy are important for companies’ current IoT business evidently differs from country to country and depends on their economic structure, Dr. Lautz confirmed. In Germany, he said, the automotive sector and thus connected cars plays a central role. For Deutsche Telekom’s IoT and M2M business logistics, B2B solutions and manufacturing were currently the most important areas. In Hungary Tibor Rékasi, CEO T-Systems Hungary, anticipates stimuli from Smart City business.
‘Partnering’ in demand
Nevertheless, telcos themselves were not able to offer all-inclusive Internet of Things solutions for all the different industries. In the solutions business in particular, cooperation with other firms was indispensable as they had the necessary industry knowhow. Cooperation should not be a major obstacle for telcos, however. “Partnering,” Dr. Lautz said, “is embedded in Deutsche Telekom’s DNA and has been since roaming began.”
This post originally appeared at the T-Mobile Austria Business Blog in German language.
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