Deutsche Telekom has launched a smart parking project in the Italian city of Pisa and a cloud-based mobile security product for enterprise customers.
The city of Pisa has joined forces with the Germany-based operator and tech company Kiunsys to test an intelligent parking system.
Sensors on the floor of each parking spot at the Piazza Carrara detect whether they are free or occupied.
Data units collect the information and send it over the mobile network to the city's server infrastructure. The information is then displayed on indication panels, which guide drivers to a free space.
The solution is also integrated in Pisa’s existing Tap&Park app that drivers can download to take them directly to a free parking space and pay for it.
Marco Filippeschi, the Mayor of Pisa, said the system will ease the flow of traffic and helps to cut CO2 emissions.
The city has around 90,000 cars on its streets every day and has been collecting traffic-related data over the past few years.
This data will now be analysed as part of the pilot project.
As a result, all three partners said they hope to gain a deeper insight into how the traffic infrastructure is used, which will benefit traffic planning in future.
Meanwhile, the operator’s enterprise arm launched Corporate Security Hub – a cloud-based service designed to keep smartphones and tablets clean by filtering out malware from the internet before it can reach them.
The new service lets each company decide individually which protective measures they want to implement: they can choose which source and destination addresses they want to allow or block in Internet traffic.
They can also decide which ports they wish to accept and which known botnets to block.
Additional protection is provided by encrypting communications through a secure connection (SSL VPN tunnel).
According to Thomas Kiessling, Head of Products and Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, the number, complexity and scope of cyber attacks are increasing rapidly.
He said 2.47 million new malware programmes were discovered on mobile devices in 2013 alone.
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