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Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate to Help Build Smarter Cities



      Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate to Help Build Smarter Cities

-- Enhanced services based on real-time information from interconnected
systems and devices

-- Intelligent data capture and analysis to improve sustainability of cities
and quality of life for citizens

PR Newswire

BONN, Germany and ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2013

BONN, Germany and ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Deutsche Telekom
and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today a collaboration to provide an integrated
solutions portfolio that enables cities to make smarter use of their services
through intelligent data capture and analysis. The Smarter Cities solutions
will build on IBM's expertise from thousands of smarter city engagements
combined with Deutsche Telekom's global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) capabilities,
which include M2M solutions integration and advanced network connectivity.

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The M2M communication technology facilitates the automated exchange of
information between terminal equipment such as machines, vehicles and
containers or with a central control center – creating an interconnectivity
often referred to as the "Internet of Things." By using sensors embedded in a
wide array of systems serving the public -- such as a traffic lights, public
transport vehicles or parking spaces -- M2M technology can report on the
status of the system being monitored via the Internet in real-time. Combining
this technology with IBM's Smarter Cities expertise will enable intelligent,
real-time decision-making allowing for services such as intelligent traffic
management, route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction, and parking
space management.

The Smarter Cities solutions from Deutsche Telekom and IBM will notably
benefit municipalities as they deliver significant cost efficiencies through
better use of their existing infrastructure and improved planning of
resources. This will help cities more quickly design and deploy
next-generation intelligence systems that improve sustainability. It will also
improve the quality of life for citizens, who will be able to anticipate
traffic delays and bus or train arrivals when travelling, find public parking
spots more easily, and gain improved access to a wide array of relevant city
information and services, for example.

"M2M is a technology with enormous growth potential as it adds real value to
our daily lives, both in business and privately," said Thomas Kiessling, Chief
Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. "Our joint Smarter Cities
initiative gives us the opportunity to work with cities across the globe and
offer them valuable end-to-end solutions that help support public welfare as
well as their economic growth in the future."

"Cities are asking their trusted providers to deliver new ways to help them
become more innovative. This initiative demonstrates how IBM is working with
clients and partners to find new and sustainable ways to solve pressing client
challenges," said Dr. Michael J Dixon, general manager, IBM Global Smarter
Cities.

The alliance is based on the two firms' strong common interest and
complementary capabilities in growing the M2M end-to-end solutions market. As
part of the collaboration, IBM will contribute its global smarter cities
expertise, as well as deliver technology systems that gather real time data
from various services, applications and device end points, enabling massive
amounts of big data to be transformed into insight to help cities make the
right operational decisions and drive long term plans. Deutsche Telekom, with
a business presence in more than 50 countries worldwide and a well established
global M2M ecosystem, will provide cities with pervasive M2M connectivity to
these technologies and services, as well as SIM card access management and M2M
solutions integration expertise.

To highlight the many potential ways this new technology can be applied,
Deutsche Telekom and IBM will feature a variety of Smarter City demos in the
GSMA Connected City Pavilion (Hall 3, Stand 3B) at the Mobile World Congress
show in Barcelona, February 25-28. The Intelligent Transport and Smarter
Parking demos will showcase how data collected from roads, buses and parking
spots can be leveraged to predict traffic and bus arrival, anticipate delays
and proactively coordinate resources to operate cities' transportation systems
more effectively. Additional Smarter Cities solutions will be available in a
number of areas including transportation, energy, water and public safety. 

About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications
companies with more than 131 million mobile customers, 33 million
fixed-network lines and over 17 million broadband lines (as of September 30,
2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and
IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and
corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in some 50 countries and has
over 230,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.7
billion in the 2011 financial year – over half of it outside Germany (as of
December 31, 2011).

About Deutsche Telekom M2M Competence Center

Machine-to-Machine communication – short M2M – is a strategic priority for
Deutsche Telekom in the coming years. According to the OECD, the number of
connected devices will rise tenfold from 5 billion today to 50 billion by
2020. Deutsche Telekom has positioned itself as a leading provider of
cross-industry M2M solutions and offers its customers in cooperation with
competent partners complete solutions from a single source.

More information at: www.telekom.com/m2m

Deutsche Telekom AG
Corporate Communications
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 181 – 4949
E-mail: media@telekom.de

Media representatives can find further information at www.telekom.com/media
and www.telekom.com/photos

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About IBM
For more information on IBM, visit: www.ibm.com

Media Contacts:
IBM Corp.
Linda Hanson Hunt
914-766-2015
lindah@us.ibm.com

 

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
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