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SAP to release IoT-enabled applications

New applications will use sensor data, in-memory computing to manage maintenance, logistics and manufacturing

The SAP applications will help bring IoT technology to manufacturing, logistics and maintenance.
The SAP applications will help bring IoT technology to manufacturing, logistics and maintenance.

SAP has announced three new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, which will use sensor data and in-memory processing power to gain more insight and better management of processes in connected devices.

The three solutions, SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, SAP Connected Logistics software and the SAP Manufacturing Execution application, are intended to generate real-time insights from sensor data and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, geo-spatial, telematics, predictive analytics and complex event processing.

The SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service application is intended to use historic data, unstructured data and sensor data to assist users in predicting malfunctions before they occur. Additionally, the SAP AR Service Technician mobile app empowers field technicians to complete work orders automatically generated by SAP Predictive Maintenance and Service in a hands-free environment using smart glass.

The SAP Connected Logistics solution is planned to allow logistics hub operators and others to monitor traffic toward and within a hub and facilitate communication between involved parties including those that do not have a direct business relationship. The software is planned to offer integration to backend transportation management systems, and lean dispatching capabilities for logistics service providers that do not have a sophisticated backend solution in place.

The application will also integrate the recently announced AR warehouse picker mobile app that leverages wearable technology such as smart glass devices for a complete hands free operation, helping to eliminate the need for handheld scanners.

The Connected Manufacturing application is intended to utilise IoT in manufacturing environments. By integrating manufacturing results with real-time feeds into the SAP HANA platform, companies are expected to take advantage of the cloud for orchestrating and optimizing global operations - beyond a single production plant, use predictive analytics to drive cost efficiencies and achieve higher asset utilisation.

"The Internet of Things will be the key enabler of industry scenarios and of innovations in the digital economy," said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation. "It is converging our digital and physical worlds, which will spur new products and services, and even change business models.

"The Internet of Things has the potential to dramatically improve responsiveness of businesses, reimagine customer experience and open up new opportunities and brand new business models such as move from sell-to-service based models. SAP customers that have already implemented Internet of Things solutions have seen considerable improvement in asset utilization and higher business process efficiency and helped address operational costs," added Leukert.

SAP has also announced the addition of 500 dedicated developers to support various IoT initiatives.