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How to find the best IoT solutions for business purposes

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The Internet of Things is growing fast. Depending on who you ask, there are expected to be up to 100 billion connected devices
by 2020, ranging from smartphones and tablets to manufacturing equipment and vending machines. Deutsche Telekom aims to support them with the “Business Wall of Fame” contest in order to find the best IoT solutions for their customers.

Increasingly, the things around us – be it machines, vehicles or even buildings – are connected and exchange data. This can help businesses to become more efficient and it also opens the door to many new business opportunities entrepreneurs can seize upon.
Undecided executives now face a growing number of small and midrange enterprises with innovative business solutions. The problem is that executives lack an overview and providers lack the selling power they need if they want to stand out among the multitude of solutions.

Deutsche Telekom aims to change this state of affairs. The company is currently calling on startups and developers in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, and Slovakia to enter their M2M and IoT solutions for this year’s Business Wall of Fame contest.

Advertising campaigns worth up to €30,000 to be won

A community vote on wallofbusiness.com will determine the best IoT solutions. Out of those, an expert jury will select the winning national solution for each market, plus the best international solution.

The best national IoT solutions will have the chance to become Deutsche Telekom’s affiliate and win an advertising campaign worth up to €30.000. Furthermore, the best international solution will be offered a partnership in all eight countries and can reach out to a potential of 10.8 million business customers.

However, not only the participating solutions will have a chance to win big: (Potential) business customers, who engage in the voting process, can also win an advertising campaign worth up to €20,000 Euro.

The schedule at a glance

Interested startups and developers can submit their solution to wallofbusiness.com by May 25. Voting will take place between May 11 and June 22. We will, of course, be presenting the winners to you here on All about M2M.

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Industrial Internet: From the steam engine to the connected factory

With the Internet of Things digitization is setting foot in factory workshops. Business and politics are talking about the fourth industrial revolution or the Industrial Internet. We have summarized the most important technical achievements of previous industrial revolutions in a timeline.

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Industry 4.0 on road show “Wirtschaftswunder 4.0 – Digitization made in Germany” and Hannover Messe Industrie

Wirtschaftswunder 4.0

At the road show “Wirtschaftswunder 4.0 – Digitization made in Germany” Deutsche Telekom showcases various solutions relevant for Industry 4.0. Among them are Profibutler, Strype, the Kumpan scooter with its connected battery, and the connected Dürkopp-Adler sewing machines.
The road show started in Bonn last week. If you want to participate, Catch the road show on one of these dates:

April 14, 2015: T-Forum, Bonn
April 21, 2015: Goldbergwerk Fellbach
April 27-29, 2015: ICC Dresden
May 5-7, 2015: CP Hanau
May 12-13, 2015: HCC Hanover
May 19-21, 2015: Allianzarena Munich
June 9-12, 2015: BorussiaPark Mönchengladbach
June 17-18, 2015: ICS Stuttgart

To give you an impression of the displays, here are some pictures from the expo in Bonn:

Kumpan scooter with connected battery via “Cloud der Dinge”

Kumpan scooter with connected battery via “Cloud der Dinge”

 

Dürkopp Adler sewing machine, connected via “Cloud der Dinge”

Dürkopp Adler sewing machine, connected via “Cloud der Dinge”

On April 13-17, 2015 Hannover Messe Industrie invited exhibitors and visitors under this year’s motto “Integrated Industry – Join the Network.” The Deutsche Telekom booth once again offered visitors several M2M showcases to experience. Secure networks and platforms, ICT transformation and smart services. Several exhibits displayed how the “Cloud der Dinge” realizes IT transformation and shapes the future.

Cloud der Dinge
Visitors who didn’t catch the connected Dürkopp-Adler sewing machine or the Kumpan scooter with its connected battery on CeBIT were also in luck. During the fair these two examples of how the “Cloud der Dinge” connects machines played a central role among the M2M showcases at the booth.

Hannover Messe Industrie

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From the bathroom to the front door: Ordering without a browser thanks to the Internet of Things

Gillette_BoxConsumer goods have so far held something of a niche position in online retailing. Manufacturers and retailers aim to change that. A Procter & Gamble development shows that the Internet of Things may have an important part to play in bringing about this change.

Clothes, books, and consumer electronics have for years been among the sales hits in online trading. The also-rans have been mainly consumer goods such as food or drugstore items. Online retailers and manufacturers now plan to boost demand for these product categories by means of new approaches.

Online retailer Amazon, for example, offers customers a Subscribe & Save facility. With just one order, customers are supplied regularly with consumer and household goods such as fruit, muesli, make-up, or washing-up liquid. Subscription models of this kind often fail to correspond to customers’ actual needs, however, because they assume that everyday life is regular and they have to be canceled when, for example, customers take a vacation.

From product to Point of Sale

Razor manufacturer Gillette has adopted a different approach. With the Gillette Perfect Shave box, users order razor blades on demand. Along with the holder for the razor the box has an “Order” button. When blades are running low, you just press the button to order more.

P&G subsidiary Gillette developed the concept in collaboration with the eCommerce startup Perfect Shops and Telekom. Together the partners successfully presented the Gillette Box on this year’s CeBIT. Users must first register – themselves and the device. When they then press the order button a GSM wireless module and SIM card in the box place the order, making the product a mobile Point of Sale (PoS). To prevent inadvertent orders, the customer receives an order confirmation e-mail. Click on the link and your blades will be shipped.

An Internet of Things pioneer

It comes as no surprise to industry insiders that P&G has entered the fray on the Internet of Things. Kevin Ashton, a former employee of the consumer goods group, is considered to have coined the concept, which he describes in a June 2009 RFID Journal article.

But the Internet of Things should be much more than optimizing the supply chain. That was demonstrated, for example, by the early telematics applications of Deutsche Telekom around the same time. Today, every conceivable object and location is going to be connected to the Internet.

That opens up entirely new opportunities for online retailers. If the customers’ things are already connected with the Internet customers no longer need to scroll their way around websites and online shops and fill out forms. The products themselves are the PoS and can be ordered directly by pressing a button. Tradesmen can order nails straight from their toolboxes and cooks can order fresh vegetables from their stores by pressing a button.

From order to delivery

When Ashton gave his presentation in 1999 the typical supply chain ran from the production site to retail stores. Today it runs increasingly often to the consumer’s front door. To ensure that razor blades and other deliveries reach the recipient even if he is not at home, Telekom has developed with DHL and feldsechs the PaketButler, a simple mobile parcel acceptance solution. It will be launched in the course of the year.

This is how it works: If you are expecting a parcel delivery you fix the PaketButler on your front door. The delivery agent puts the delivery into the device and closes it securely. In the future, the PaketButler will also be able to handle returns. Put the parcel into it, close the device, and order it to be collected.

The extent to which solutions of this kind expedite eCommerce remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that with the Internet of Things a new era is about to begin for eCommerce.

If you are located in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, you currently have the opportunity to be one of the first users. The German tech magazine Computer Bild is looking for early adopters.

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Happy Internet of Things Day!

M2M-in-Daily-LifeM2M and the Internet of Things are omnipresent in our daily lives. Reason enough to take a closer look at the subject. We have compiled an overview from our best blog articles.

There are days for nearly everything nowadays – jogging pants, allergies, penguins, towels, even beer –, so why not an Internet of Things Day?
It is five years since Postscapes and the IoT Council first proclaimed the international Internet of Things Day. They called on IoT enthusiasts around the world to organize small meetings on the subject on April 9. Here is what they say on the website:

The day is designed as an open invitation to the global #IoT Community to join a Meetup, host a hackathon, or just share a beer or coffee with a friend or fellow collaborator focused around the Internet of Things and its implications.

 

These smaller and larger events around the Internet of Things are now being held for the fifth time. We have taken IoT Day as an opportunity to compile for you a small dossier from our best blog articles about the Internet of Things:

How long has the Internet of Things been around?

You will find in our timeline a brief historical delineation of the Internet of Things. It provides an overview of key milestones like the development of the Gauss-Weber telegraph or the launch of the TCP/IP protocol suite and the influence of interesting contemporaries, including Alan Turing, Marshall McLuhan, and Kevin Ashton.

The five TED Talks we presented to you a few months ago venture, in contrast, to take a look at the future. They included a lecture by the economist Marco Annunziata in which he outlines the Industrial Internet. When intelligent machines, advanced analytical methods and creativity join forces, enterprises benefit, for example, from improvements in machine maintenance. We describe what that means in the article How M2M is Changing Machine Maintenance.

Developers experiment with connected things

Along with enterprises, the driving forces behind the Internet of Things include the maker movement. More and more makers are trying out connected ideas of their own using small, single-board computers like Raspberry Pi. Dutchman Michael Teeuw has connected his mirror with the Internet in this way, for example. We present his project in the article Three Things that Raspberry Pi Puts on the Net.
At times the creativity of the makers unearths curious ideas such as the #OktoberfestOfThings project. In our blog article about it you can read about how two hackers are working on hanging beer tankards around the global data network. Their project has been under way for two years and is taking shape in increasingly specific ways.

From gadgetry to innovation

Our interview with Kai Kreuzer shows that tinkering around in the cellar can lead to more than mere gadgets. As a 12-year-old the developer evangelist Kreuzer was already working on switchable power outlets. He went on to found the open source project openHAB on the basis of which he continues to this day, now at Deutsche Telekom, to take the QIVICON Smart Home platform further forward.

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