Deutsche Telekom's enterprise arm has won a deal to supply IoT services to a Germany-based compressed air systems manufacturer.
The operator has added SIM cards and sensors to 400 technical service cases that Kaeser Kompressoren technicians use for their work.
Kaeser technicians hook up the cases, which contain measuring equipment, to compressed air systems to perform an on-site analysis over a period of at least 10 days.
Oliver Pschirrer, Head of Technical Service at Kaeser Kompressoren, said the cases could be difficult to pinpoint or go missing altogether due to the length of time they are in the field.
"The losses were very costly for us and the cases difficult to replace,” he added.
The cases now communicate their location to T-Systems’ IoT platform at regular intervals.
The platform also enables Kaeser to monitor the cases’ battery status to ensure only ones with fully charged measuring equipment are used.
The operator is also supplying security services as part of the deal, financial details of which were not disclosed.
The two companies said they planned to expand the partnership further, by connecting individual machines to the cloud.
Anette Bronder, Director at T-Systems and responsible for Deutsche Telekom's digital business, said: "Together with Kaeser we are demonstrating just how quickly and easily digitization can become a reality in industry.
“The connected carrying cases simplify the daily work of sales and service staff and save costs in addition."
T-Systems saw revenues fall 2.9 percent last year to €6.5 billion.