Showtime at the Telekom Design Gallery in Bonn: On November 27th, the finalists of our IoT program with Microsoft presented their solutions to Telekom product managers. Those who convinced the audience here have the best chances that their application will be marketed as part of a Telekom IoT bundle in the future.

Dirk Wesselmann, Head of IoT Portfolio Management, Deutsche Telekom
Dirk Wesselmann, Head of IoT Portfolio Management, Deutsche Telekom

The program with Microsoft is intended to accelerate the development of solutions for the Internet of Things. The integration of the Microsoft platforms offers startups a large-scale development environment.
The interest was correspondingly high: we scouted over 160 teams from all over the world. Eleven teams from Europe and Israel made it to the final round, which started in Krakow in mid-June. The results are impressive: five products are already certified for the IoT platform, another four startups are to follow. Proof of concepts are also already planned.

Here is an overview of promising ideas that are now being further developed and promoted:


The Finnish team has its ear to the ground and uses sensors to provide important information about the condition of the ground, e.g. the fitness of the lawn at Wembley Stadium, London. The wireless sensors transmit data from up to two meters below the ground and measure every 20 minutes. For up to 20 years, they record factors such as humidity, temperature, saltiness and inclination, as well as the movement of structures, almost in real time. The city of Helsinki relies on Soil Scout for the maintenance of plenty of flower pots and beds and expects significant cost savings.


The cleaning costs for buildings are usually higher than the energy costs. Greenbird gets to the root of the problem: battery-operated sensors detect the area in which rooms are used, which allows conclusions to be drawn about pollution. On the basis of daily calculations, the area is actually only cleaned where it is necessary.


Detect damage before it’s too late: BS2 safety systems make the infrastructure of buildings made of concrete smart. Buildings with particularly high loads and correspondingly important functions such as bridges, tunnels, harbor walls or dams can now be monitored by sensors. Batteryless sensors built into the material record data on moisture, instability and corrosion and thus indicate damage inside a structure before it becomes visible. They transmit data via NB-IoT for up to ten years. The first joint project between Deutsche Telekom and BS2: At Düsseldorf Airport, the bridge to the kerosene storage facility transmits its status data via NB-IoT.


Sensefinity offers monitoring and control. Sensors collect, track and analyze data over the Internet of Things. This makes it possible to track and secure goods worldwide in real time. Whether pharmaceutical products, fresh produce or aircraft parts: Sensors measure every physical quantity such as temperature, humidity, pressure, vibration or location. They can send information, but also receive it.

Evja entered the terrace and deployed instantly their solution for condition monitoring quite instantly
Evja entered the terrace and deployed instantly their solution for condition monitoring quite instantly

This journey is by no means over – it is the start of nine new ones! The selected partner are now being fully onboarded to Deutsche Telekoms product plattform and sales channels to be spread to our customers around the globe.

Jakob Flingelli

Jakob Flingelli

Marketing & Communications

– Team Berlin –

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