Deutsche Telekom launches cloud-based M2M service for machinery operators

Deutsche Telekom is launching a new cloud-based service allowing companies to manage and monitor M2M devices with greater ease.

The service appears aimed primarily at helping machinery operators to track the performance of their equipment – allowing sensor data to be processed using ERP or other systems.

The company said its new M2M Device-to-Cloud (D2C) service would be demonstrated at the forthcoming Embedded World trade fair in Nuremberg, at the end of February, and that it would also introduce a certification program at the same time – allowing hardware manufacturers to ensure their devices are compatible with the D2C platform.

“With our M2M Device Cloud, machinery operators can now monitor and manage their machines even easier with M2M,” said Jurgen Hase, the head of Deutsche Telekom’s (Bonn, Germany) M2M competence center.

Customers using the service can be alerted to problems via email, and it also allows them to update operating software installed on machines through the cloud.

“Our new M2M Device Cloud offering will speed up the development and market launch of M2M solutions, and also simplify management of networked devices,” said Hase.

Deutsche Telekom said the platform is highly scalable and would support an unlimited number of devices and users.

It is offering a premium version, including 2,000MB of storage space, as well as a free-of-charge test version with limited functionality.

The operator said that developers of M2M solutions would also benefit from the cloud service, which allows prototyping kits – such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi – to be integrated, tested and operated on the platform easily.

Deutsche Telekom is to offer the M2M D2C-ready program to module makers and distributors to ensure there is compatibility between M2M hardware and the platform.

It claims this certificate will give a competitive advantage to module makers in the market for remote monitoring, because developers and designers give preference to modules that can be integrated quickly and easily using cloud-based platforms.

The certification process includes the development and acceptance of a software agent, which translates device information into the platform.