Report: Deutsche Telekom, IBM team for smarter-cities initiative

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

As reported by TelecomEngine, Germany's Deutsche Telekom and IBM have announced an initiative 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," said the report. The companies say their combined technology could be used to support a number of municipal services, including intelligent traffic flow management, transportation route optimization, bus or train arrival prediction, and parking space management.

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.

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According to a statement from Deutsche Telekom, the initiative with IBM 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, said the company.

“M2M is a technology with enormous growth potential as it adds real value to our daily lives, both in business and privately," commented 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."

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