Deutsche Telekom’s narrowband IoT network supports smart tech in Germany

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A Narrowband IoT network from Deutsche Telekom connects to parking, biking and safety apps through most of Germany.
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Germany has grown smarter with a new IoT network created by Deutsche Telekom (DT).  The rollout now reaches 90% of Germany’s area, covering 90% of the population.

The network supports smart parking in 50 German cities with a Park and Joy app that allows payments through the app. The carrier also developed the connected bike, with a startup called IoT Venure.  Even fire safety is improved with a Lupus Electronics smoke detector that alerts tenants and the fire department in emergencies. 

Also, about 1,000 intelligent document bins are connected to the network.  Sensors know when the bins are filled with documents and help coordinate emptying.  DT worked with a logistics company, Rhenus, on the system, along with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistic IML.

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About 100,000 devices should be launched by the end of 2019.

DT uses a NarrowBand IoT network to transfer measurement data to the cloud.  Following testing, the carrier has proven that NB-IoT will provide data transmissions deep into buildings, where previously walls interrupted signals.

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