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Unleash innovation potential with IoT

What a connected mug can tell us about the innovative power of digitalization

December 21 2021Patrick Köhler

IoT: the basis of extraordinary ideas

IoT enables everyday objects to speak to each other: from the digital thermostat in a smart home to a sports armband or even an electric toothbrush, the interconnection of the world around us makes life easier. IoT is the perfect place for innovation because the principle is so easy and the connection between technology and the advantages of this is immediately obvious. But how can you come up with a good idea? 

One principle, many possibilities

Connected Coffee Mug

At the start, there is curiosity: what would happen if our product could not only be used as a commodity but could also actively support the customer in their work environment? An exciting question that quickly led to a very concrete idea for glass manufacturer Rastal – the intelligent beer glass. Equipped with a chip for near field communication (NFC), the glass can transmit information on the type and amount of drinks purchased to a nearby scanner. The barkeeper can then look at the prepared consumer data through the IoT platform from Deutsche Telekom on their computer or another device. A simple idea that can be applied to many use cases. For example, the concept is now going into its next iteration with our connected coffee mug. This means that the NFC chips can not only transmit consumer data to an IoT platform, but also circulate messages between customers. It just takes a smartphone scan for curious users to receive information on promotions or special offers. 

New approaches need freedom

Simple yet effective innovations like connected coffee mugs seem very obvious once we get our hands on a prototype. But the realization of such an idea is usually far from a sure-fire success. Tight schedules, lack of freedom, and fear of failure inhibit creativity and the willingness to experiment in the day-to-day life of many companies. In a current study from the FOM University of Applied Sciences, 69 percent of participants said that time constraints impede innovations in their companies. According to an study by Deloitte, culturally-specific resistance against changes also stands in the way of new ideas in many companies. One thing is clear: innovations don’t come out of thin air – progressive approaches can only thrive in a creative and inspiring environment. Companies need to afford the right amount of freedom for this. 

Set trends in the virtual sphere

With our Innovation Center in Munich, we are offering a central point of contact and platform for developing new ideas to support companies in finding ways to innovate. This is a creative environment, where the industry-specific challenges of our customers are met with the technological skills of T-Systems experts. The goal: focus on new ideas that noticeably promote customer business. We virtualized the Innovation Center on a 1:1 scale to make the offer accessible for as many companies as possible. To this end, T-Systems, together with the start-up "doob group", recreated the rooms virtually, making around 400 3D avatars using data from scans. Customers can therefore participate in interactive online workshops in the most immersive way possible, without having to make an extra trip. 

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Are you looking for new ideas or technical solutions to optimize your business? Then book your place at our Virtual Innovation Center now and develop innovative solutions for your company with the help of our experts.

About the author
Patrick Köhler, Senior Innovation Manager

Patrick Köhler

Senior Innovation Manager, T-Systems International GmbH

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