A large BMW branch building in Munich located a stone’s throw from the famous Olympia Stadion is, despite its unremarkable façade, something of a trendsetter for the Internet of Things (IoT). The building is as a repair centre for BMW cars. It has 800 parking spaces and used to handle around 250 cars a day, a number limited by the logistics of locating the cars and getting them to an available mechanic. Arthur Schmidt, head of IT for the BMW Niederlassung München (pictured above), explained to V3 that this was far from ideal. "We had no system in place to track where cars were. It was all done manually with staff writing everything on paper and it was not very efficient at all,” he said.