This can be handled in a more intelligent manner: for example, using the cloud platform for mobility services which ZF presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at the beginning of January. This Internet of Things (IoT) solution is based on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and makes it possible to integrate different functions across multiple vendors in a common intelligent platform – from fleet management to ride-sharing offerings through to innovative delivery services. ZF has developed initial application examples with start-ups and innovative mobility providers of its ecosystem such as door2door and Excelfore. ZF's in-house telematics platform OPENMATICS is also networked with the cloud. It can be used to manage not only conventional vehicle fleets but also wind farms or e-bike fleets, including the associated charging stations.
Openmatics has been working closely with Microsoft before and offered connectivity solutions in the Azure Cloud. This collaboration now has been expanded. For example, with the cloud platform based on Microsoft Azure OPENMATICS could collect and evaluate data from social networks and event calendars and thus predict the demand for bicycles – for example, at a major concert event at the Berlin Waldbühne. Even the weather forecast would be included in the calculation: More rain means less interest in the rock concert and thus less need for electrices bikes.