Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Deutsche Telekom hub brings clarity to IoT

Steve Rogerson
January 24, 2019



Deutsche Telekom says its Connected Things Hub is bringing clarity to the IoT. The hub supports companies in storing, processing, analysing and visualising data.
 
Connected sensors involved in tasks such as monitoring cold chains, optimisation of finding and managing parking spaces, and tracking vehicles collect enormous quantities of data, in real time. The hub, a cloud-based platform for the IoT that is built with Microsoft Azure, provides open, standardised interfaces and scalability.
 
It conforms to IT security standards and the EU's GDPR rules. And, thanks to its flexibility, the hub is easy to integrate in existing IT systems. It was developed with Deutsche Telekom’s partner Axonize. With it, companies can develop and implement IoT pilot projects in days.
 
Braunschweiger Zuführtechnik has become one of the first companies to opt for using the hub. With the platform, the company, which specialises in sorting and conveying and feeding machinery, especially customised systems, can automatically analyse sensor data from its production machines and use it for predictive maintenance. The company's plans call for millions of measurements to be analysed via the platform. This will reduce production disruptions for its customers.
 
"With Deutsche Telekom's Connected Things Hub, we can eliminate problems before they occur," said Claas Curland, chief executive officer of Braunschweiger Zuführtechnik. “This will give us a significant competitive advantage. We will be able to identify any machinery components that are at risk of failure, and then carry out targeted, timely, preventive maintenance. What's more, we will be able to order required parts just in time, without having to keep them constantly in stock."
 
The hub, which is offered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), can be accessed via all established browsers, and on both PCs and mobile devices.
 
"With Connected Things Hub, we can implement IoT very quickly, with low initial investments," said Ingo Hofacker, who is responsible for IoT business at Deutsche Telekom. “Simple, modular, turnkey functions and services speed integration of terminal devices and applications.”
 
He said that companies paid only for their actual use, and they profited from fast set-up and integration, thanks to preconfigured elements and services.
 
The hub is compatible with a wide range of terminal devices, including RFID chips, smartphones, industrial IoT boxes and special single-board computers such as Raspberry Pi. The system's connectivity provides comparable versatility. In addition to being compatible with Bluetooth, OPC-UA (an Industry 4.0 protocol) and Industrial Ethernet, the system is interoperable with mobile networks and Deutsche Telekom's NB-IoT machine and sensor network. Dashboard functionality is provided for the definition of rules and alerts.