T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom tout Spoke as IoT customer

T-Mobile and its German parent and Deutsche Telekom are heralding a win for the T IoT platform they announced in February: Spoke is using T IoT to help bicyclists travel more safely.

The companies said T IoT will power Spoke’s new hardware and software system designed to deliver near real-time information to bicyclists and motorists on the road.

Spoke is on mission to create an ecosystem of IoT-connected sensors and cameras to provide bicyclists and motorists with highly accurate and timely alerts that will be delivered over LTE and 5G. The idea is to help ensure that bicycles can “digitally” see cars and that cars can see bicycles.  

“T IoT supports the low-latency speed and massive data required to connect Spoke’s global network of hardware and software on the road,” said Spoke CEO Jarrett Wendt in a press release. “As a result, Spoke will deliver much more than peace of mind for cyclists. It will deliver a world-class user experience with ride-enriching features made just for them — like traffic, navigation, ride and health information. T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom’s leading innovation makes them the perfect teammate for Spoke’s solutions.”

According to T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom, T IoT has at its disposal a range of technologies, including NB-IoT, LTE-M, LTE and 5G, to help deliver near real-time connectivity at scale, in 188 destinations worldwide.

Last year, Spoke announced that it would be using Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) solutions from Qualcomm Technologies, with plans to launch the Spoke portfolio with OEM bicycle, motorcycle and scooter partners in 2022.

In March of this year, Audi of America said that it’s working with Spoke, as well as Qualcomm and transportation technology company Commsignia, to bring C-V2X to vulnerable road users (VRUs). The companies planned demonstrations to validate Spoke’s first-of-its-kind hardware and software suite.