New, disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things call for secure and stable IT infrastructures.
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The Internet of Things calls for super-fast data transmission. And that, in turn, calls for secure, stable ICT infrastructure. Enterprises with both can be confident of that all-important competitive advantage. And cloud technologies are often the way to achieve it. The following examples, drawn from a host of industries, illustrate the benefits.
Author: Peter Gaide und Constanze Raidt
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It’s a sunny Tuesday morning in a city center, one day in the not-too-distant future. We hear a gentle buzzing sound that gradually increases in volume. An electric delivery truck comes into view, and parks in front of a house. It emits no local emissions, enabling urban areas – so often plagued by smog and particulates – to breathe a little easier.
Im Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0 werden Echtzeit-Informationen zum Wettbewerbsfaktor.
Intelligent transport and logistics: future transportation.
But that’s not all. An on-board SIM card transmits important position, vehicle and battery status information to a control center. This is used for fleet monitoring, diagnostics and scheduling. Moreover, powerful analysis tools, and the corresponding insights, allow the logistics company to streamline maintenance planning and fleet management. Routes can be planned and tweaked extremely dynamically, based on the ever-changing ebb and flow of traffic, and the most fuel-efficient driving style – and the preferences of the customer waiting for their parcel.
This is not yet reality, but it is well within our grasp. Step by step, smart logistics solutions are gaining serious traction. Success hinges on establishing a cloud-based platform that supports vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-x communications. This will supply the information needed to manage traffic and goods flows more effectively – so that one day, cities won’t even need stop lights. Time is a critical factor: intelligent traffic management needs data to be transmitted and analyzed in the blink of an eye. None of this is possible without a well-engineered, stable and secure ICT infrastructure. And this is not just true of traffic management. As the Internet of Things evolves, it will pervade many areas of our lives. As Anette Bronder, Director of the Digital Division (DD) at T-Systems, predicts, “In the future, the only option will be to connect and digitize value chains – both within and beyond enterprise boundaries.” To make this happen, Bronder believes that “connectivity and the cloud are essential, as a platform for real-time data processing. To my mind, these are the true drivers of digitization. Businesses that fail to digitize will quickly lose ground to their rivals; digitization is the only way to implement new business models.”
The high-speed automated exchange of information between machines, objects, databases and people is well underway. IDC’s IT market research analysts estimate that, by 2020, some 30 billion devices worldwide will be connected to the Internet – almost seven times as many as today. And network component specialists Cisco believe that around 180 billion mobile applications will have been downloaded in 2015. The sheer quantity of devices, applications and data underscores the pivotal role of connectivity and cloud computing. As Patrick Molck-Ude, Director of the Telecommunications (TC) Division at T-Systems, explains, “That is why we have been investing in network platforms, network infrastructure and security for many years. This combination provides a solid basis for digitization.”
The Internet of Things is accelerating and revolutionizing the way we live and work, one innovation at a time. And sometimes, it makes its mark in unexpected ways and places.

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