IBM, Deutsche Telekom partner to build smarter cities


IBM and Deutsche Telekom are partnering on big data solutions aimed at municipalities looking for smarter, more efficient transportation systems.

The solution relies on pervasive connectivity for things such as traffic lights, trains, buses and other transport vehicles. Think of it as machine-to-machine meets the Internet of things.

The companies will collect and analyze sensor-based data from all these sources to help them better coordinate services and make more efficient use of energy. IBM (NYSE: IBM) will become part of Deutsche Telekom's M2M ecosystem.

Thomas Kiessling, chief product officer at Deutsche Telekom, said that the joint initiative, known as Smarter Cities, gives it the opportunity to work with cities across the globe and offer them valuable end-to-end solutions that help support public welfare, as well as their economic growth in the future.

For more:
- see IBM announcement

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