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A network for things and a place for pioneers

1/5 The reception zone of the new Swisscom Business Campus

2/5 The heart of the new Swisscom Business Campus is the Oval Office with its interactive touchscreen.

3/5 Thanks to flexible walls, the Oval Office can be transformed in minutes from a closed workshop room into an open presentation stage.

4/5 What do Micro Scooter, the programming language Pascal and the gas turbine have in common? They were all developed by the Swiss. You can find this out on the pioneer wall at the Swisscom Business Campus.

5/5 As well as everything else, the Swisscom Business Campus also provides areas in which to relax.

1/5 The reception zone of the new Swisscom Business Campus

Swisscom Business Campus

New Swisscom Business Campus

The Internet of Things, big data and machine to machine: yesterday’s buzzwords have long since gained control of today’s business world. What opportunities does digitisation hold for your company? You can examine this question in the new Swisscom Business Campus and, together with Swisscom, prepare the business model of the future. The Swisscom Business Campus is a place, a workshop, a platform where you can work with business customers to identify the opportunities of digitisation, make plans for the future and develop new fields of business. This involves rolling up your sleeves, pursuing open dialogue and using a variety of methods. The Swisscom Business Campus in Zurich West has been hosting co-creation workshops and events since the end of March. 

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“Thanks to the Swisscom low power network, customers can connect everyday items to the Internet in a simple, energy-efficient manner.”

Gerhard Schedler, Head of M2M at Swisscom

Project 365d

Almost a perfectly normal shared bachelor flat

A lift? No, there isn’t one in this building. So we take the stairs up to the fourth floor. The smell of the old building is reminiscent of a visit to your grandparents. Faster than expected, we then reach the one of the most innovative Smart Home projects in Switzerland: the Swisscom ICT flat share where Daniel Geppert, Johannes Neumaier and Thomas Petrig are living for 365 days.

We are paying a home visit to the nerds and expect a futuristic flat full of gadgets and screens. However, when the door opens, it looks just like an ordinary – if tidy – bachelor flat share. While Daniel plays host, offering us juice and coffee in the perfectly ordinary kitchen, in the background a figure rushes out of the bathroom. A short time later, freshly showered and dressed, he introduces himself as Johannes.

Technology becomes part of everyday life

However, during a short tour of the house, we learn why this project is so highly spoken of. On the furniture, windowsills and walls are loads of barely visible sensors and devices – there are even some in the washing machine. However, the two qualified engineers show barely any excitement about all the technology. After eight months, this has become their everyday way of life. However, when the two of them start talking about their current project, their eyes light up.

Many projects have already failed or turned out not be suitable for day-to-day life, Daniel and Johannes admit. However, this doesn’t stop the enthusiastic tinkerers from trying new things, like the new Buzz Board. After all, there are still 15 Fridays to go.

dialogue is accompanying the ICT flat share through the year and will also report on Project 365d in the next issue.

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Low power network

Network for Internet of Things in operation

This month, Swisscom brought into operation a low power network especially for networking objects in the area of M2M. Three questions on this for Gerhard Schedler, Head of M2M at Swisscom.

What exactly is the low power network?

Thanks to the low power network, customers can connect everyday items to the Internet. It is a wireless network similar to the mobile communications network with the difference that less data is transferred at a much slower rate, thus requiring less energy. This means that, for example, you can integrate a sensor into a parking space and would not need to change the battery every two weeks; the lifetime would be secured for years.

How did the two pilot projects in Geneva and Zurich go?

Swisscom Broadcast has now started rolling out the networks in both regions. We were surprised by all the positive feedback and requests from companies in all industries: the customers are interested in intelligent mailboxes, as well as oil tank sensors and sensors for measuring parking spaces or air quality. Not only have development companies and industrial companies contacted us, but also major consumers of energy and start-ups.

What’s next?

Up to May, we received more than 60 requests from companies and will now have to make a selection. The aim is to have two partial networks and around three to five flagship projects in operation by the end of the year. With the other interested parties, we will work together to develop business cases in order to gain a better idea of the overall potential.

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Mobile Bonus Business

Sell us your old business mobile phone

Every year, thousands of old mobile phones and tablets land in the rubbish or disappear into drawers even though they still work. With the Mobile Bonus Business offer, starting now Swisscom business customers can easily and securely sell their used or defective mobile devices. Martin Voegeli, project manager at ICT Nahrin AG: Thanks to Mobile Bonus Business, we were able to easily and cheaply replace 200 tablets for Nahrin field services. In the process, our business data was always protected through the secure deletion procedure. Thanks to Swisscom, our previous hardware continues to be used meaningfully and employed for a good cause.”

Support families in Nepal

Supply and demand on the international used mobile phone market determine the price. If you want, you can support an SOS Children’s Village project with a donation. In this way, you not only protect the environment by giving your devices a new lease of life but also have the opportunity to allow families in Nepal a better future.

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Inhouse Mobile Services

Better in-house supply thanks to Business Femto cells

Mobile and flexible working is becoming increasingly important for many companies and the use of mobile devices is part of everyday life for employees. For this, good mobile reception is essential. Thanks to modern building standards such as Minergie, reception within buildings is often difficult. Here, good insulation or particularly highly insulating windows act as a barrier. In busy areas or alleyways between buildings it is also often difficult to guarantee mobile phone reception.

Femto cells as a new indoor solution

Swisscom is now solving this problem with the new Inhouse Mobile Service Standard. This is guaranteed using femto cells, which provide a good radio field even within closed buildings. The mobile 3G (later 4G) signal is sent from a Femto Acces Point (FAP) with low radiation. Femto cells can easily be integrated into a company’s existing LAN and WLAN infrastructure. This allows employees to make phone calls faster via mobile and to access data that they require for their daily business. In addition, the company provides its customers with better mobile reception.

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Low Power Network

Dynamic Computing Services: cheaper and more flexible

Customers should only pay for what they actually use: the Infrastructure-as-a-Service offer (IaaS) from Swisscom will now be invoiced on an hourly instead of a daily basis. In addition, computing power and storage space is becoming up to 40 per cent cheaper. And with the “Pay as you go” option, customers will only be billed the costs for virtual systems that they have actually started and resources that they have used. Stefan Ruckstuhl, the product manager responsible for Dynamic Computing Services (DCS) at Swisscom, gives the following reasons for this: “We doubled our customer base and the volume in 2014.We can now pass on the scaling effects to our customers in the form of price discounts.” 

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