Verizon and SAP Codeveloping Next-Generation IoT Analytics Solutions

By Ralph Rio

Acquisition or Partnership

SAP SE and Verizon announced a collaboration that will enable applications to process data where it is generated — from an assembly line to a retail store shelf — helping businesses save time and increase productivity.

The companies are partnering to create enterprise solutions that use Verizon’s network and platform capabilities integrated with SAP software and services, particularly the SAP Leonardo Internet of Things (IoT) solution, SAP Edge Services, and analytics, computing and data management capabilities.

With the new partnership, SAP’s customers are poised to benefit from Verizon’s new technologies, such as 5G, software-defined networking, and its Intelligent Edge Network capabilities, to accelerate their digital transformation and help unlock the power of the Intelligent Enterprise.

At Mobile World Congress Americas, a demonstration at Verizon’s booth showed how this joint solution provides the ability to leverage edge computing.  It demonstrated the condition of assets within a warehouse or factory and executed critical business processes locally while providing visibility across the supply chain.

Environmental conditions, such as location, temperature, humidity and vibration, are processed and analyzed at the edge by Verizon’s ThingSpace-enabled Critical Asset Sensor (CAS) and SAP Edge Services, generating real-time insights.  Together with SAP Leonardo IoT, this enables aggregate time-series analysis contextualized with master data, geolocation and condition-based monitoring for outbound logistics business processes.  These insights trigger two outcomes:

  • the SAP Field Service Management solution generates an automatic service call, driving recommendations for the right technician to service malfunctioning assets
  • the SAP Global Track and Trace solution enables the fulfillment of goods from the warehouse to the end customer, streamlining business processes.

Additionally, Verizon’s ThingSpace platform provides developers with the tools to build and deploy connectivity and manage data capture for CAS and hundreds of other certified IoT devices for the enterprise.

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