The goal of Telekom's T-City concept is to turn the world of tomorrow into reality. We have done so at two locations: in the city of Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance and in the city of Szolnok in central Hungary.
At these "future labs", we have been implementing our ideas for connected life and work in collaboration with administration, academia and business. As part of these projects, we have been working with local initiatives, associations and residents to develop sustainable and innovative applications for key areas of life.
Following a three-year test phase, Deutsche Telekom started to install smart meters for electricity, gas and water in all T-City households in March 2011 in collaboration with the local utility, Technische Werke Friedrichshafen (TWF). Telekom is going to install the infrastructure, transmit the consumption data and prepare it for TWF within a scheduled project period of five years. Deutsche Telekom presented key results from the research project at a roadshow in three major cities in 2011. In Frankfurt and Düsseldorf the company demonstrated how smart grids can be used in areas such as telemedicine and presented energy solutions in Leipzig.
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Since the project launch in 2007, Telekom has realized around 40 projects in the following six areas in T-City Friedrichshafen:
- Learning and research
- Mobility and transport
- Tourism and culture
- Citizens, the City and the State
- Business and work
- Healthcare and support
You can read about these topics and the implemented projects in detail on the T-City website. Since its update in October 2010, T-City Friedrichshafen's website has been hosting new interactive social media applications. For example, users can access new developments and information about T-City in real-time using a Twitter box.
In 2010 Deutsche Telekom initiated the BIGkidscoach project at T-City Friedrichshafen in collaboration with the Institut für Prävention und Nachsorge (PIN, institute for prevention and aftercare) and the BIG health insurance company.
The BIGkidscoach online platform was further developed during the reporting period.
An increasing number of children in Germany do not get enough physical exercise, which often leads to health problems and motor deficits. Because of this, the new BIGkidscoach T-City project was launched in Friedrichshafen in October 2010. The goal of the project is to use different online tools available at www.bigkidscoach.de to motivate children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 18 to do more physical activities and to eat healthier food.
The online platform was developed in collaboration with the health insurance company BIG direkt and the Institut für Prävention und Nachsorge GmbH (IPN). Children and young people can use the platform to analyze their fitness and current physical activity level. The results are used to develop an individual training plan. The children are then encouraged to follow the plan with the help of a 3D animated trainer. Any progress made is documented in their fitness profile and illustrated in a graph. The children also receive tips on how to eat healthy. Teachers and coaches can also use the broad spectrum of tests and exercises offered in their work with young people.
Telekom and the city of Szolnok runs their long-term development project, T-City since 2009. Numerous new projects were initiated at T-City in 2011 including:
- Live broadcasting of sporting and cultural events. These were held in Szolnok's sports arena and broadcast live online and recorded using four IP-based cameras.
- RFID-based access systems for schools: the company began testing an RFID (radio frequency identification) system at an elementary school in Szolnok in early 2009. The system uses electronic IDs to automatically register when students arrive at school and also when they leave the premises. The system's security was further improved in 2010 and 2011 as we launched the school portal and information system; and the e-lunch ticket.
- The technological equipment for the eNOTO town security system for keeping surveillance of the streets was installed. The system can play a key role in the settlement’s public security situation, and improve the subjective perception of security in the population. The equipment is available for 24 hours a day in auto mode, to identify vehicle registration number from any directions.
- Virtual tour guide: The iPhone and Android compatible basic service operating together with a GPS is showing all the important information conveniently and attractively to the client.
- Optimal Energy Management: The Optimal Energy Management System provides a wide range of energy cost savings services - a total load management system or a part of building of the client and the implementation of the energy-saving ideas proposed by team of experts.
- Intelligent City card: The objective is the gradual development of community services that will give mutual benefits for all participants. Personalized cards, which are usable for e-ticketing, city card functions, Loyalty point collecting system, admission, digital signatures.
- Improving media skills for people of all ages: In order to minimize the digital divide that exists in society, Magyar Telekom offers Szolnok residents two programs free of charge. The main goal of these programs is to introduce children and older people to information technology and teach them how to use the Internet.
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