Deutsche Telekom and IBM team up to build smarter cities

Deutsche Telekom and IBM have teamed up to enable cities to make smarter use of their services through intelligent data capture and analysis.IBM’s expertise from thousands of smarter city engagements combined with Deutsche Telekom’s global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) capabilities provide an integrated solutions portfolio that will include M2M solutions and advanced network connectivity.
While IBM will contribute its global smarter cities expertise and deliver technology systems that gather real time data from various services, applications and device end points, Deutsche Telekom will provide cities with pervasive M2M connectivity to these technologies and services, as well as SIM card access management and M2M solutions integration expertise.

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.”

Smart City

M2M technology can report on the status of the system being monitored via the Internet in real-time by using sensors embedded in a wide array of systems serving the public. The smarter collaboration 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 M2M applications security market is expected to show strong growth over the next five years, with global revenues hitting $198 million by 2018, says ABI Research.M2M services have attracted the attention of carriers globally due to the growing security concerns in M2M applications.

The Smarter Cities solutions from Deutsche Telekom and IBM will help municipalities make better use of their existing infrastructure and improve planning of resources. It will drive cost efficiency and enable cities to quickly design and deploy next-generation intelligence systems.  Quality of life will improve as citizens will be able to anticipate traffic delays and bus or train arrivals while travelling, find public parking spots more easily, and gain improved access to a wide array of relevant city information and services.

A few months ago, Equinix announced that Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), a wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom AG, has joined the Equinix Ethernet Exchange.

IBM led the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market in Q3 with 33.1 percent revenue share last year.

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