Achieving more together: international collaboration
How can international corporations put sustainability strategies into practice across borders? Deutsche Telekom employs CR managers for the relevant business segments and national companies to reach this goal. They use the CR Manager Network to regularly share best practices and discuss new challenges, thereby jointly promoting essential CR issues. The central Group Corporate Responsibility (GCR) department is responsible for managing the network. In the year 2021, the CR Manager Network encompassed more than 100 CR Manager from 34 subsidiaries based in 20 countries across the globe.
The participants are regularly invited to virtual meetings and capacity building calls by Group Corporate Responsibility. In 2021, content and likely implications of the EU Green Deal were discussed as well as progress within the #GreenMagenta programs and the new strategic stream "Positive impact on society" defined by the EU segment. Furthermore, the network members could gain insights into issues like Impact measurement and the future of a greener mobility.
For more convenience and a good feeling that everything is in order at home: Deutsche Telekom's Smart Home platform.
The Consumer IoT division has developed the open, cross-manufacturer Smart Home platform and the Magenta SmartHome app. This gives customers the opportunity to combine devices from different companies easily and individually and to control them via app.
In the reporting period, we were able to further increase the number of devices that are compatible with the Smart Home platform. Customers can already choose from several hundred different Smart Home devices: With a Speedport Smart 4, customers now also have the option of using it as a Smart Home gateway. In addition, Magenta SmartHome now supports WLAN LED lamps from the new partner WiZ and the Alcatel GPS tracker, as well as other devices from SONOS, D-Link and Ledvance. In addition, our app now also listens to the word, as voice control is now possible directly in the app.
Magenta SmartHome received the World Smart Home Award 2021 in the category "Smart Home Apps" and impresses with its ease of use and excellent connectivity.
Customers gave the app an average rating of 4.3 (iOS) and 3.9 (Android) out of 5 stars*.
In 2021, the independent test institute AV-TEST GmbH was once again commissioned to test how secure the Smart Home platform and the Magenta SmartHome app are. Once again, the verdict was: very good protection. The next test of the platform by AV-Test GmbH is planned for early 2022.
The Consumer IoT division is also certified according to ISO9001_2015. The certification is updated regularly and covers points such as organisation, management and quality policy, as well as planning and operating processes. The last audit was carried out in the fourth quarter of 2021.
*14th October 2021
Measurable success: Reduced CO2 generation at data centers
We keep our goal of reducing our carbon footprint in mind when planning and operating our data centers. To achieve this goal, we take a two-step approach. It starts with optimizing energy consumption at each data center site and then continues with improving processes throughout the global data center landscape.
The PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) figure is the key indicator for their energy efficiency. Since 2008, we have succeeded in reducing the average PUE factor at the T-Systems data centers in Germany from 1.85 to 1.56.
|Data Center Energy Usage||2017||2018||2019||2020|
|Total energy used in data centers (MWh)||837,265||735,800||647,162||407,741|
|Percentage of renewable energy (of total energy)||41||52||53,5||62,5|
Our aim is to increase the share of renewable energy on a yearly basis. Therefore our reported target is to increase our share in comparison to the previous year.
Every two years we conduct our employee survey in order to obatin feedback from our employees, discover weaknesses, and implement suitable actions to eliminate those weaknesses. The analysis on team level and of other criteria (e.g. function, executives vs. leader vs. employee, gender, age group) support the derivation of fitting concrete improvement actions on all levels. Around 76% of all employees participated in the last employee survey, the share of men and woman - where gender was specified - complies approximately with gender proportion in the group (participation rate man around 67%, women around 32% and for the first time diverse around 1%).
In addition to the employee survey, we also gauge employee satisfaction every six months through a pulse survey. This helps us obtain a current snapshot of the mood at the company and verify whether the introduced actions have been successful. This lets us make quick adjustments if necessary. The pulse survey in November 2020 saw a 77% response rate among the group.
Internet access on planes
Together with satellite company Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom is offering the fastest inflight broadband service for European travelers.
The European Aviation Network (EAN) has been developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom in partnership with leading European companies such as Thales, Nokia, Airbus, Cobham and Eclipse Technics. It marks a paradigm shift in the airline passenger experience, with incomparable speeds, uninterrupted coverage and significantly lower latency than any other inflight Wi-Fi network in the continent.
The award-winning connectivity solution has been available to over 20 million passengers to date, travelling on more than 200,000 flights throughout Europe, covering key destinations such as London, Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva and Rome. It is currently available with British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, which are all part of International Airlines Group (IAG).
Digital health care system: Deutsche Telekom as a project partner
We are helping shape the digital health care system with numerous pilot projects.
• We are involved as a project partner in developing a solution for antibiotic treatment consultation at the St. Georg Hospital in Leipzig. The primary goal is to enable fast, secure data exchange between doctors, patients, and health insurers. The State of Saxony sponsored the project with over 1.2 million euros at the beginning of 2017. It will initially run until mid-2019.
• The main objective of the “Psychological Trauma Telehealth Network for Saxony (Tele-NePS)” project is to sustainably improve the integrated treatment chain for post-traumatic stress disorders. The goal is to enable those affected to access the treatment network, make expertise universally available, and guarantee cross-institution documentation and coordination. The EU and the State of Saxony will be funding the project, which will run until 2020, with 1.4 million euros.
• Under the auspices of a 10-year partnership, we are helping Kliniken Essen-Mitte (KEM) to drive forward the digitalization of its hospitals. By January 1, 2019, we had replaced the existing hospital information system with our iMedOne solution at two of the clinic’s locations.
Implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation
After being enacted in May 2016, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a binding effect since May 25, 2018. Deutsche Telekom implemented the requirements contained therein in a three-stage, EU-wide project:
- Preparation: Group Privacy drew up a set of standardized rules, known as Binding Interpretations, that apply to the entire Group. They were developed in collaboration with the national companies. The Binding Interpretations include specific recommendations and best practice examples to implement the EU regulation.
- Implementation: From January 2017 to May 25, 2018, the new requirements based on the Binding Interpretations were introduced throughout the Group. This involved checking and, where necessary, adjusting all the IT systems. All employees were made aware of the General Data Protection Regulation, and more than 10,000 experts received intensive training.
- Evaluation: The implementation period was followed by a review phase during which all affected Group entities were asked whether they had put all relevant requirements into action. In addition to this, GDPR compliance was randomly inspected at 28 companies.
Digital health care system: Our solutions
In addition to customer projects, we are also developing our own solutions for digital health care.
Our telehealth platform is being used by increasing numbers of participants in Germany. The platform is based on the first Europe-wide open, trans-regional network, East Saxony CCS Telehealth (THOS). It allows patients, doctors, hospitals, nursing staff, pharmacies, and health insurers in a given region to exchange information over a specially encrypted data network. In April 2018, we presented the new “Teleneurologie Parkinson” application at the world’s largest health care IT trade fair ConhIT: In addition to the family doctor or neurologist, the new solution also allows patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease to consult with a teleneurologist.
Our Telekom Healthcare Cloud (THC) provides health professionals with a reliable and simple path toward the digital transformation of their work structures. One of our customers in this area is Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding (GNH). We support the group of hospitals by providing our cloud for its daily work.
Digital Solutions: AUTOPILOT – autonomous driving services to boost efficiency
The EU’s AUTOPILOT project is trialing services of this kind on the market, including self-driving vehicles in local public transportation, self-parking cars, and real-time car sharing. Such solutions are particularly efficient and environmentally friendly, resulting in an estimated 10 percent fewer CO2 emissions compared to conventional driving practices. The project launched in 2017 and will run until 2019. Thereafter the services will be incorporated into regular operations. T-Systems is the project partner of AUTOPILOT and supports analyses on the feasibility and market launch of the new services. The project has successfully been finalized in 2019, a follow-up project has already been won and the work has been started.
Digital Solutions: Connected Car – preventing traffic jams with connected cars
T-Systems has been developing and operating Daimler’s Connected Car platform (Daimler vehicle backend) worldwide since 2013. The platform is the technical basis for the Live Traffic service, which provides drivers with real-time traffic information, Live Traffic prevents about 30 percent of traffic jams per vehicle. This means the approximately 12 million vehicles equipped with Live Traffic consumed about 13 million liters less fuel. This translates into CO2 savings of around 32,500 metric tons.
The Internet of Things
Machines and products are constantly becoming smarter. The technologies that make these developments possible are bundled under the term Internet of Things, or IoT.
IoT can help ideally coordinate the processes of various devices, vehicles, and entire industrial facilities. This increases industrial productivity and ensures efficient logistics, thus helping reduce energy consumption and conserve resources.
We also support the German federal government’s Industry 4.0 initiative through our involvement in IoT. The initiative’s objective is to maintain Germany’s competitive edge in the technology sector.
Supporting start-ups: Creating space for ideas
As the leading startup program of Deutsche Telekom, the telcotech incubator hubraum connects external startups with business units in our group to jointly offer innovative products for our private and business customers. In addition, hubraum offers startups early-stage financing from their own investment fund and targeted innovation programs with a view to the strategic growth areas and technologies of Deutsche Telekom.
Since the founding of hubraum in 2012, hubraum has built up a strategic investment portfolio of over 25 companies and closely collaborated with over 300 start-ups from Europe and Israel in areas such as Future Connectivity (e.g. 5G, Edge Cloud, AI, NBIoT), Connected Life and Work (e.g. smart home, AR/VR, industrial IoT) and the "Next Next" (e.g. blockchain). The hubraum Campus in Berlin has been expanded with one of the first 5G networks in Europe and edge cloud infrastructure. In addition to co-working office space and mentoring, startups can now also have exclusive access to Deutsche Telekom's networks, product platforms and test data to accelerate their business development.
In 2019, 16 projects from our Edge and 5G prototyping programs were implemented on the new infrastructure. These will be continued in 2020.
In the same period, five projects of the consumer IoT eSIM program have been implemented. They will be marketed in 2020 as products of the national companies of DT.
• For 2020, hubraum has announced the Tech Award: Sustainability in 5G Challenge. With this, hubraum starts to make the ecosystem a more environmentally-friendly place by meeting 5G’s increased demand for energy sustainably — with the help of cocreation.
• Neebo, a start-up from Great Britain and participant of the hubraum Consumer IoT eSIM program, has developed a sensor wristband for babies. It allows the child’s vital signs, such as breathing and pulse, to be monitored via smartphone.
• Safety is one of the main reasons why driver assistants and systems for autonomous driving are constantly being improved. For these assistance systems (e.g. video, 3D point clouds and telematic) to function properly, a lot of sensor data is required. The startup Teraki - a hubraum investment - is developing software that significantly reduces the energy consumption that arises when processing these sensor data.
IoT: Roambee – “bees” make the logistics chain transparent
Since the beginning of 2017, we have offered businesses a solution for tracking and locating deliveries and assets and for monitoring the status of goods: Shipment & Asset Monitoring powered by Roambee. A “bee” equipped with sensors is attached to the consignment to record information such as temperature, humidity, light, and movement and store this information in the cloud. The bee measures all information in in defined timeframes. A web portal gives users anytime access to a full overview including the device status, location, and details on deliveries and assets.
All-round security for life in the digital world
Since the the Computerhilfe Plus service launch in 2016, the demand for support in matters related to digital security has continued to grow. That’s why we introduced the Digital Schutzpaket (Digital Protection Package) in 2018 and added the Digital Schutzpaket Business (Business Digital Protection Package) to this product at the end of 2019. The Digital Protection Package combines all relevant security services in one product and offers a central point of contact for all topics related to home networks and Wi-Fi, internet, and social media. A service number provides access to Deutsche Telekom experts for support on protecting the home network from external attacks, or help on the secure use of the internet, social networks, and passwords. In the event of data loss, we look after recovering files where possible. Other service components include financial protection from fraudulent use of bank details, fraud in private online trading, and protection and effective countermeasures against cyberbullying or insults on the internet. For business customers, reputation protection is also included, which supports the deletion of unstable negative ratings and provides tips on maintaining online reputation. ID-Alarm helps customers protect their digital identity and alerts them when stolen login data is found.