SAP IoT Simulator: Testing Out the Internet of Things
Using a demo app and sensors, SAP is looking to
capture companies’ interest in the Internet of Things
SAP IoT Simulator uses sensory and machine data that is collected
and analyzed on SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
Machines tell us when they’re not feeling too good,
and give us suggestions how to help them feel better again. This is
the basic idea behind the SAP Internet of Things simulator. It
consists of an iPhone app and a box filled with sensors that
measure temperature, moisture, movement, and light intensity.
Collect and Analyze Sensory and Machine
The environmental data is transmitted constantly
into the SAP cloud, where SAP HANA Cloud Platform receives and
processes it, and creates simulations according to individual
needs. “We are now able to define thresholds for sensory data and
use it for predictive maintenance,” explains
, head of Demand Management Service Sales MEE at
If you leave the sensor-equipped box in the fridge
and the temperature climbs to over 7 degrees Celsius, the app will
inform the appliance owner and, “with the help of existing data,
rules, and machine learning, it will generate recommended actions
for the user,” explains Kai Wussow, digitalization and IoT expert
from SAP Service & Support.
The principle is the same, no matter if you are
using your own fridge, or a complex machine in the production hall
of a manufacturing company with a wide range of sensors.
Well-Being Index for Machines
The app constantly calculates a “well-being index
for the machine,” Wussow explains. His “Sapagotchi,” which requires
care and attention like the Japanese toy Tamagotchi, also generates
recommendations via simulation. Using the machine’s user data, the
SAP IoT simulator can advise on repair work. By analyzing the
machine’s capacity, it can also determine if the equipment requires
an upgrade or an upsell. These are particularly interesting
features for companies.
“Our goal is to ignite the curiosity of those
people who up until this point had never considered using IoT in
their company,” affirms Wussow.
The “hybrid mobile application” is available in the
Apple Store and was designed for the Apple operating system iOS.
“Most of the features are platform-independent, though,” says SAP
consultant and Internet of Things expert Vladislav Semkin. Sensory
data from connected devices is processed and analyzed centrally in
the SAP cloud using SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
It is then possible, both in the Web browser and on
an iPhone or other smartphones, to analyze and interpret the
results shown in the SAP Fiori-like SAP U15 interface that is
directly embedded in the iOS app. According to Semkin, “the hybrid
mobile architecture enables us to quickly and cost-efficiently
develop innovate apps for our customers.”
The main advantage of using IoT prototypes in
companies is that the intelligent processing of machine data can
add business value to IT and other departments. Wussow is convinced
that “only when you bring people, machine data, and the core
transactions and processes together, genuine added value can be
“The SAP IoT Simulator functions like a springboard
on SAP HANA Cloud Platform,” Semkin says. He believes that the
example scenarios in the app are a useful starting point for new
ideas and development in companies.
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