Industrial companies & IT providers cooperate to enable IoT business cases

Insights from the MWC19: Apart from the omni-present 5G buzzword (see my colleague’s sobering view on this in another blog post), we got to see an increasing trend towards IT companies, industrial companies and niche experts bundling forces to develop real IoT solutions for new business models.

The event featured live cases as well as newly released software solutions, based on joint investments by industrial companies & IT providers or from companies evolving from tier 1 companies into software, IT and/or platform providers.

For example, German automotive supplier Continental and HPE announced to be developing a joint platform for data monetization for data from connected cars. A similar approach is pursued by Harman, another automotive supplier (acquired by Samsung a few years ago), which is offering contextual services for entertainment and advertisement based on connected car data. Harman also presented a very interesting AI-based, voice-enabled personal assistant for passengers of cruise ships. For me personally, this case is so impressive as it could become an element of a micro-cosmos, in which a “moving city” on the ocean is fully transformed into a “smart city”. Another collaboration example between IT & industry is Microsoft and Daimler’s plan to offer a joint big data platform, eXtollo, to exchange vehicle data and increase the ecosystem around Daimlers’ “Mercedes Me”. In our opinion, this approach is similar to the solution targeted by Continental and HPE.

Another personal highlight of the event was to see the evolving smart security service portfolio (on e.g. connected car, identity management for device management and authorization of individuals) of Giesecke+Devrient, which is another example of an IT player who at first glance might not be considered as such. And Elektrobit (a Continental subsidiary) impresses with its secure over the air software update solutions for vehicles (“German engineering quality”).

Apart from these convincing examples offered by industry players or niche experts, Accenture again demonstrated its strong capabilities in translating business challenges into valuable process-driven IT solutions, e.g. with the connected worker use case for manufacturing presented at the event.

Due to my professional orientation, I was concentrating more on the industrial and automotive use cases shown at the MWC, but please also take a look at my colleagues’ blog post on the topics of 5G and connected devices/platforms.