Deutsche Telekom seeks to attract developers of cloud-based M2M apps

With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.

The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.

With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.

The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.

According to the operator, the portal now includes a procedural model illustrating the various steps of developing an M2M application – from the initial idea through to design and marketing.

“From technical concept to business model, entirely different requirements apply to a smart home solution than to a smart factory M2M solution,”
said Jurgen Hase, the head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center.

Branded DevStarter, the development kit provides all the tools that developers need to get started on M2M, says Hase.

For those developers who already have the necessary hardware, Deutsche Telekom is also launching a DevFlex kit that comes with everything but the Arduino or Cinterion board.

All the sets include SIM cards with six-month M2M data tariffs and private access to Deutsche Telekom’s cloud-based M2M Developer Platform.

Since December 2012, Deutsche Telekom has been letting developers test the M2M Developer Platform on up to ten devices free of charge.

From September, it says it also provide a production environment allowing developers to take advantage of all of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M services, including global marketing of products, solutions and services via the M2M Marketplace and M2M Partner Portal.

The German operator has made M2M a strategic priority and is aiming to generate €1 billion ($1.31 billion) in revenue from so-called intelligent network solutions – including applications in the connected car, telehealth and smart-grid markets – in 2015.

T-Systems, the operator’s IT division, also wants to make €1 billion in revenue from cloud computing services in 2015, up from €400 million in 2012.