Deutsche Telekom and IBM unveil smarter-cities initiative

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom and IT giant IBM are to combine their M2M expertise with the aim of creating more sophisticated smart-city services.

The two companies say they want to help cities make “smarter use of heir services through intelligent data capture and analysis”.

Their technology could be used to support a number of city services, they say, including intelligent traffic management, route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction and parking space management.

German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom and IT giant IBM are to combine their M2M expertise with the aim of creating more sophisticated smart-city services.

The two companies say they want to help cities make “smarter use of heir services through intelligent data capture and analysis”.

Their technology could be used to support a number of city services, they say, including intelligent traffic management, route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction and parking space management.

According to a statement from Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), this should help municipalities lower costs through better use of existing infrastructure and improved planning.

It should also improve the quality of life for city residents, says the company.

“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.”

Deutsche Telekom and IBM (Armonk, USA) say they have a common interest in growing the M2M market.

As part of the collaboration, IBM will contribute technology systems able to gather real-time data from various services, applications and device end points, while Deutsche Telekom will provide connectivity for those technologies and M2M services.

IBM claims that its systems allow “massive amounts of big data to be transformed into insight to help cities make the right operational decisions and drive long-term plans”.