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OTA Connection

An OTA connection for emergencies

Even when a nationwide IP conversion like the one by SIZ Service GmbH is planned and implemented with military precision, no one is immune to failures or disruptions. Total system reliability is not possible. This is why the experts at T­Systems have developed a mobile emergency kit containing a sophisticated package of router, power distributor, SIM card, a specially developed active highpower antenna, antenna extension cable, and IoT tracker. 
Author: Sven Hansel
Photos: Deutsche Telekom
With just a few simple steps the case is ready for use in 6 minutes - and the permanent data connection is up and running.
Even when a nationwide IP conversion like the one by SIZ Service GmbH is planned and implemented with military precision, no one is immune to failures or disruptions. Total system reliability is not possible. This is why the experts at T­Systems have developed a mobile emergency kit containing a sophisticated package of router, power distributor, SIM card, a specially developed active highpower antenna, antenna extension cable, and IoT tracker. ​​​​​​​This makes it possible for a remote location to maintain a secure connection to the company network at all times until the normal connection is reestablished, such as during remodeling or if an excavator gets a little carried away with its notorious bucket at a nearby site and severs a buried line.
The kit is powerful and can reach up to 10 Mbps, allowing th
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e customer to continue to maintain their security requirements in such an emergency. The connection is tunneled in Deutsche Telekom’s IP VPN network, making it immune to hacking. Within the Sparkassen, an organization of savings banks in Germany, 12 of these “over­the­air” (OTA) connections are already in use around the country. This is because the public mandate of the bank, which provides services such as pension payments, simply does not permit prolonged shutdown periods. There is no alternative to a network connection for the nearly 10,000 branches nationwide. The kit is also superbly suited for establishing a powerful, secure network at Christmas markets or other temporary events, including popups. 
A real showstopper is the built­in IoT tracker, which shows in real time where the kit is being used and whether it is functioning smoothly. This is accomplished by the kit transmitting its data to Deutsche Telekom’s completely secure Cloud of Things platform, a web­based analytical system used across numerous industries. The transmitted information on the platform can be visualized on a dashboard. Where is the kit right now? Is it moving to another location? What is the internal temperature of the kit? Is the system possibly at risk? How is the power supply and battery charge? The platform can give reliable answers to these types of questions, allowing potential hazards to be detected in advance, making the emergency kit that much more reliable. A powerful emergency solution that is much more than just that.