In a delightfully festive pre-Christmas Vienna, T-Mobile Austria played host to the hubraum LTE-M Prototyping program summit. During the event, 18 solution partners who have successfully completed the program (which boasted over 150 participants in total) had the opportunity to present their LTE-M prototypes and use cases to the audience.

The audience was welcomed by T-Mobile Austria’s CTO Rüdiger Köster, and this speech was followed by presentations by Deutsche Telekom and hubraum speakers about LTE-M and its future. Everyone who spoke was united in understanding that LTE-M has the potential to enable novel solutions that contribute valuable additions to existing IoT portfolios. Senior Vice President IoT at Deutsche Telekom Ingo Hofacker explained before the summit: “LTE-M is an exciting 5G-ready technology and a natural extension of Deutsche Telekom’s Mobile IoT strategy”.

Everybody was impressed by the passion and drive of the program participants

“Everybody was impressed by the passion and drive of the program participants”, Johannes Kaumanns summed it up. Jens Olejak was another speaker who praised the solution partners’ extraordinary efforts in demonstrating how LTE-M as “a future-proof alternative to 2G/3G” can foster new business opportunities. As Head of IoT, T-Mobile Netherlands Afzal Mangal put it: „We really see LTE-M as an addition to our IoT network“.

Asked to explain hubraum’s approach to prototyping, Axel Menneking said that young entrepreneurs and Deutsche Telekom are perfectly suited for each other as they “combine the power of external innovation of young companies with the strengths of a large corporation.”

Finalists of the Prototyping Program

Finalists of the Prototyping Program

The program is likely to bear fruit next year already, as Deutsche Telekom together with its NatCos have already formed close ties to several solution partners, including, in some cases, even plans for joint commercial launches in 2019:

Italy-based Enerbrain makes buildings with wasteful energy management setups smarter, healthier and more sustainable with their retrofit solution. Enerbrain has entered into advanced discussions with potential customers. Besides which, they have already set up a trial with T-Mobile Austria on one of their sites, monitoring and steering its climate control units.

Dual Inventive from the Netherlands has developed an attachable device that enables mobile asset tracking of hazardous railroad goods to maximize railway capacity and improve how reliable sending goods via railway is. With the support of T-Systems Netherlands, the company was able to develop a couple of promising leads in Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria’s railway sectors.

Luma (USA) offers real-time shipment monitoring for just $15 with its disposable/recyclable, simple and easy to use one-button tracking solution. Unsurprisingly, this solution generated great interest at the Summit. They are likely to begin a trial with a major US wholesale company focusing on tracking the company’s cold-chain shipments.

The British company Daatrics enjoyed a lot of attention at the summit thanks to its product Neebo. It is under evaluation to launch their miniature wearable for newborns in April 2019 together with Deutsche Telekom Germany. Neebo is also currently being considered to showcase their solution in the T-Gallery (Deutsche Telekom Headquarter, Bonn) which allows its visitors to immerse themselves in the digital and connected world of the future.

Velocate is a Germany-based company offering protection against bike theft.They’re set to present their final product at MWC2019 together with their partners G+D and Sierra Wireless and are also in line to launch with Deutsche Telekom in 2019.

What a great success — we congratulate all our solution partners on their journey in the program and wish them all the best for the next steps! Don’t forget to check out voices from the summit talking on the pioneer spirit of the event in Vienna: