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Deutsche Telekom and SAP SE Further Partnership for IoT Real-Time Logistics

By Chrissie Cluney
May 28, 2019

Deutsche Telekom and SAP SE have expanded their partnership. The expansion includes the Internet of Things solutions for real-time logistics.

Companies of all sizes are benefiting from the proliferation of sensors and smart equipment by embracing the IoT for improved customer intimacy, new business models, reduced waste and higher efficiency. SAP SE and Deutsche Telekom are joining forces to deliver a comprehensive, cost-effective solution that will provide connectivity, business application software, device tracking and monitoring and also support services.

“In the complexity of the digital age, customers increasingly seek for comprehensive support to address their business needs — at the device, connectivity, platform and software level,” said Anette Bronder, director, Telekom Security and T-Systems’ Digital Division. “To offer our customers the best, easiest-to-use and most secure solution for every specific need, we constantly expand our IoT partner ecosystem and are excited to extend our collaboration with SAP to the fields of IoT and smart logistics.”

Because of this agreement, Deutsche Telekom will create a portfolio of comprehensive offerings that will include hardware, connectivity, security, monitoring and operational service at one transparent price. The data will be collected and managed by this company. However, the information will be made available to IoT and supply chain management at SAP SE. This includes integration to the enterprise digital core with SAP S/4 HANA.

Both companies plan to create and certify the interfaces between Deutsche Telekom IoT Platforms and SAP Cloud Platform, which are their respective workhorses for IoT-enabled scenarios.

“The offerings provided by Deutsche Telekom are truly complementary to the SAP Leonardo IoT portfolio — SAP’s enterprise-grade offering for digital innovation,” said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, president, IoT & Digital Supply Chain, SAP SE. “We are building on the respective strengths of the two companies to provide our customers with end-to-end solutions that drive enterprise value from ‘things to outcomes.’” 

To ensure the success of the partnership, Deutsche Telekom is utilizing technology from another partner, Roambee Corporation. The plan is intended to serve customers with mobile assets or the need to track or monitor the condition of moving objects in real time.

Roambee Corporation, which DTAG holds an equity stake, was one of the first IoT smart logistics and asset management companies to deliver on-demand real-time visibility, tracking and condition monitoring for goods and assets in transit and in the field. Based on the company’s hardware, monitoring and support services, Deutsche Telekom and Roambee have jointly created an end-to-end solution addressing vehicle tracking, track-and-trace or intra-logistics scenarios.

With Deutsche Telekom acting as a data custodian, the real-time data is collected securely via the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its network partners. Data can be forwarded to the customer’s SAP Leonardo IoT–based solutions running on SAP Cloud Platform to bring the data to life, enabling superior insight and the better management of business processes.


Chrissie Cluney has been a correspondent for IoT Evolution World since 2015. She holds a degree in English with a concentration in writing from the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Edited by Ken Briodagh
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