Up to six Fraunhofer IML scientists and three IoT experts from Deutsche Telekom plan to develop IoT applications in the labs and bring them to market maturity. They are focusing on processes in the manufacturing industry as well as in the logistics and aviation industries. As an example of applications that are to be developed there, Professor Michael ten Hompel , CEO of Fraunhofer IML, mentions a service button, developed jointly with Würth Industrie Service, which can be used to automate the re-ordering of C parts such as screws and nuts.
The focus of the development center is on the radio technology Narrowband IoT. This technology is already available throughout the whole of Germany and the Netherlands , and other European countries are expected to follow suit in the foreseeable future. As NB IoT is designed for mass use, solutions developed using this technology offer virtually unlimited scalability.