- Cellular location specialist and DT IoT partner Polte flagged successful initial trials, to be built into commercial pilots with “several” DT customers.
- German NB‑IoT network to be used in the next phase of testing as DT IoT expands its IoT Solution Optimizer proposition.
Deutsche Telekom (DT) partnered cellular location specialist Polte to run “large‑scale” pilots of the Polte Location application programming interface (API), following successful initial trials.
DT aims to use the API to bolster its Internet of Things (IoT) asset tracking proposition, part of the IoT Solution Optimizer platform it provides.
The partnership sees Polte’s 4G‑ and 5G‑enabled solution leveraged to improve DT IoT’s global positioning accuracy, using Polte’s patented Cloud Location over Cellular (C‑LoC) technology.
Initial testing was deemed a “success”, and customer pilots are expected to begin in April 2021. It means the Polte Location solution is in a “commercial validation” phase, with “several prominent DT IoT customers” signed up to participate in the next phase.
Though these participating customers remain unnamed, the trials will initially be limited to Germany, running on Cat‑M and Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT) networks in the country. An anticipated time to commercialisation has not been estimated, and is dependent on these “large‑scale” customer pilots.
Jens Olejak, Head of New Access Technologies at DT IoT, said the expanded Polte partnership will enable the unit to deliver “universal asset visibility without the need for incremental infrastructure”.
Polte was added to DT’s IoT Solution Optimizer in early‑2020, a year after the launch of the “Swiss army knife for IoT applications”. It sits alongside Skyhook and Sony Semiconductor Solutions as DT’s positioning and location services partners (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #81 and #92).