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2022 Corporate Responsibility Report

Smart Innovation

In this section, we will introduce some “Smart Innovation” solutions. The associated business models are based on the most advanced technology and provide an immediate value-add for our customers. At the same time, these solutions are also making an ecological and/or social contribution to society.

We are, for example, utilizing future-oriented and widely available technologies to make cities viable for the future and to develop solutions for social challenges. For this, we are relying on innovative NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT img) technology, with which we are paving the way for the Internet of Things img. NB-IoT devices have a large operating range and long battery service lives. Consequently, this technology provides the basis for many innovative uses that are both cost- and energy efficient. Particularly useful areas of application for NB-IoT are, for instance, smart parking, smart cities, smart meters, as well as transport and logistics solutions. One example is the networking of irrigation systems.

For example, we have entered into close cooperation with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the area of urban mobility. At the ITS 2021 transportation and logistics congress, we jointly presented solutions for improved mobility in road traffic - for example, to measure and display available parking spaces using sensors and intelligent dashboards. Another technology enables mobility stations and trucks in the Port of Hamburg to be networked and smartly controlled. These innovations go a long way toward optimizing traffic. Similar projects are also being developed in other cities, for example in Pforzheim.

NB-IoT and LTE-M are available in all cities and towns in Germany. Deutsche Telekom currently offers NB-IoT in 28 countries and LTE-M, which was only launched in Germany in 2020, is now available in 23 countries. NB-IoT and LTE-M roaming is available to our customers across the entire footprint.

Smart Innovation NB-IoT