Smart City


Developing the ecosystem of a future city using innovative solutions for a sustainable, digital society.

Smart City at T-Labs

Cities and communities need answers on various challenges like climate and demographic change. Deutsche Telekom sees huge potential in using connectivity of all means, the Internet of Things and other digital tools, to help cities and communities with these problems and enhance the Experiences of life in cities.
T-Labs works on the topic of Smart City in three connected streams. The first stream, innovation, is the engagement in different organizations like the European Innovation Program (EIP), Digital Gipfel, Bitkom and Smart Country. At DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung), the German standardization body, T-Labs contributes to various specifications and fulfills the position of co-chair of Smart City Forum since 2017. In the second stream, integration, the “Smart City Lab”, a global standard based testbed is being developed to shape the future open urban ecosystem. It uses the theoretical input of the innovation stream for the cities and communities of tomorrow. The third stream, implementation, applies the results in city projects like the EU Smart City Lighthouse Project “mySMARTLife” developed in cooperation with the city of Hamburg. This project implements technical solutions for energy & building, fostering mobility on a horizontal ICT platform.

Smart City Lab and ecosystem

The idea of Smart City finds itself at the interconnection of different vertical domains, like energy or mobility, and forms an “ecosystem”. In order to merge these domains, information and telecommunication technologies are required. An open platform provides such digital management support. Based on the work in EIP and DIN, T-Labs created an open “system of systems”, which enables Deutsche Telekom to run solutions on top like data analytics or third party services.
Using the oneM2M standard and a flexible micro-services architecture, the Smart City Lab enables an interoperable test-environment to develop prototypes, use and adapt innovations from blockchain or artificial intelligence and acts as a quick initial service integration facility for start-ups or developers. The Smart City Lab enables cooperation with internal and external partners from cities, various industries and universities, and form a Smart City Innovation Alliance.

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Joachim Schonowski
Joachim Schonowski