Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Deutsche Telekom tool targets IoT deployments

Steve Rogerson
February 20, 2019

Deutsche Telekom has launched a scalable online tool that provides technical consultancy and customer on-boarding services for reliable and cost-effective IoT deployments.
Called the IoT Solution Optimizer, it enables businesses around the world to model and optimise the performance of IoT applications in numerous vertical industries such as smart city services, security or asset tracking. The service brings together the hardware, application and network feature elements necessary to assess IoT designs.
Users can either model their own custom design, or try a standard IoT offering off the shelf, all in an easy to follow, step-by-step experience that takes minutes.
“Businesses investing in IoT increasingly look for leadership in a fast-developing, yet still very fragmented industry,” said Ingo Hofacker, senior vice president at Deutsche Telekom. “Deutsche Telekom’s IoT Solution Optimizer is the first service which pairs technical IoT consultancy with a comprehensive shelf. It is extremely easy to use, offering reliable guidance and exceptional choice throughout the process. Our clients can now make fact-based decisions before rolling out their intended IoT solutions, significantly improving time to market, while minimising cost and risk.”
Nowadays, enterprises that want to deploy IoT services on a large scale often perform costly pilots to gauge whether their designs deliver the long operating lives that their business case mandates. With the IoT Solution Optimizer, users can assemble a virtual twin of the product they want to deploy, for example a smart parking service.
They first pick the countries where their smart parking sensors will run, the access technology and the relevant hardware components, such as radio modules and batteries. Then, they specify the behaviour and deployment aspects of the smart parking application, including payload and protocol, power saving features, coverage, and temperature environments.
Once the custom design is finalised, it is used to model reliable results of expected battery life on the selected operator networks. The optimiser also shows what aspects can be optimised to improve economic viability. Performance analyses that would have previously taken industry experts several human-weeks to complete, can now be delivered in just seconds.
The IoT Solutions Optimizer brings together a network of globally recognised IoT players. These include:

  • IoT chipset vendors: Altair Semiconductor, HiSilicon, Mediatek, Samsung Electronics, Sequans
  • IoT module OEMs: Advantech, Fibocom, Foxconn, Gemalto, Lierda, Murata, Neoway, Quectel, Ruijie Networks, Sierra Wireless, SimCom, Telit, Teltonika, U-Blox
  • IoT device suppliers: Compotek, Digi International, Lupus-Electronics, Nedap Mobility, Sercomm, Tekmodul
  • Battery manufacturer: Saft
  • IoT platform with OneM2M service layer: Chordant
  • IoT consultancy, acceleration and prototyping: Detecon, Hub:Raum, Orbit IT-Solutions
  • IoT service provider: Veolia
Deutsche Telekom is ready to integrate additional mobile network operators and suppliers into the service to enrich the IoT experience, bridge the industry’s fragmentation and allow for modelling of device performance in numerous markets across the globe.
The optimiser is available for applications based on NB-IoT, services for which can be analysed and optimised for eight markets with Deutsche Telekom networks: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and USA. Hungary will be included in the coming months. Modelling based on LTE-M will be introduced in Q3 2019.
As part of Deutsche Telekom’s mobile IoT market push, the company has to date rolled out NB-IoT across nine countries in its European footprint as well as the USA. LTE-M is due to be rolled out as of mid-2019 in several of Deutsche Telekom’s European markets. 
The IoT Solutions Optimizer will be demonstrated at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on stand 3M31 in Hall 3. There will be an IoT Solutions Optimizer partner session on Tuesday February 26th from 12.30 to 14.30 on the stand.