T-Systems partners with Roambee to offer asset tracking solution
Deutsche Telekom invested $3.1 million in U.S.-based IoT firm.
Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm T-Systems announced a global “internet of things” partnership with asset tracking specialist Roambee to offer a real-time visibility solution for assets in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Under the partnership, the two companies will deliver an end-to-end solution featuring real-time visibility, tracking, and condition monitoring of shipments and assets in-transit and in-field. Roambee will provide prebuilt software-as-a-service applications that include wireless portable sensor devices, cloud-based software and predictive analytics. The solution will be provided on T-Systems’ platform, which offers access to a global infrastructure of data centers and cloud solutions from its partner ecosystem.
Roambee’s solution includes wireless portable sensor devices called “Bees” and a cloud-based software platform. The Bees and software are said to collect data from enterprise resource planning systems, sensor data and external data streams to deliver machine learning-based predictive analytics designed to improve operational efficiencies, mitigate risk and provide a measurable return on investment.
The partnership follows a $3.1 million investment by DT in Roambee. Founded in 2013, Roambee currently counts more than 100 customers around the world.
Telefonica, Orange co-create new ETSI group for smart cities
French telecom group Orange and Spanish telco Telefónica co-founded a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute industry specification group on context information management for smart applications. Other members of the group include NEC, IoT player Easy Global Market and research and development agency IMec.
The ISG CIM said it will focus on developing specifications for a common context information management application programming interface and harmonized data models in an attempt to to foster openness and interoperability of smart cities, avoiding vendor locking and enabling a stronger ecosystem.
The new group said it will coordinate with other related industry initiatives and standards bodies including ETSI SmartM2M, OneM2M and W3C.