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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Smart Innovation KPI

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) 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.

End of 2019NB-IoT was available in more than 4 500 cities and municipalities in Germany. Deutsche Telekom has rolled out  NB-IoT in 10 countries. In most of them the countrywide rollout is completed: Germany, Greece, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia and the USA. In Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary the rollout will be completed shortly.

Smart Innovation NB-IoT

In the area of e-health, we are highlighting, for the reporting year, two innovative applications that provide added social value, in particular, for our customers and for society: the game Sea Hero Quest gives scientists important insights into the spatial navigation ability of individuals of all ages, within minutes – and thus 150 times faster than with conventional research methods. Gamers thus make a direct contribution to dementia research while having fun. The other e-health solution, iMedOne®,  is a hospital information system. It creates optimal conditions for connected work and supports hospital processes in multiple ways. This means that physicians and nursing staff, for instance, are able to access required data and functions at all times and everywhere. This makes a significant contribution to cost-efficiency and quality improvement. An efficient and fully integrated hospital information system that can be used on mobile devices thus improves the quality of care.

Smart Innovation - eHealth

The goals of preventing traffic jams and reducing CO2 emissions pose major challenges to cities and communities. Digital applications can help cut pollution and save drivers time by improving the flow of traffic. One example of this is the Park and Joy app, which we launched in 2017. The app pinpoints and navigates drivers to free parking spaces. It also enables users to pay for their parking directly and extend the parking time as required on the move. 

In 2019, the app already covered more than 170 000 parking spaces in 100 different towns and cities. An extension ticket free access with the Park and Joy app for around 200 multi-storey car parks is planned for early 2020.

With the developed method, both individual savings potentials for a single user of the application and predicted emission savings for cities and municipalities can be calculated.

Smart Innovations: Park and Joy