Germany-based SAP and engineering behemoth Robert Bosch have entered a strategic partnership for Industry 4.0 and IoT, the two companies have announced.
As part of this partnership, customers may be enabled to use the SAP HANA database from the Bosch IoT Cloud, to process large data sets in real time for IoT applications. SAP and Bosch will also combine their cloud and software expertise in the future.
The SAP HANA Cloud Platform will offer Bosch IoT micro-services in order to connect various components and devices. This includes more efficient and secure connectivity for manufacturing machineries, tools and vehicles with preferably open platforms. For example, connected screwdrivers could report their accurate location to the product system, which can select a torque based on the screwdriver's task.
SAP HANA and other such databases are required for saving, analysing, processing and presenting large data sets. All the systems from SAP and Bosch are focused on data privacy and security.
Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said: "To get IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions implemented universally, we need standards and reference architectures."
Both Denner and Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP for Products and Innovation, expressed support for close coordination with Germany's Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
Leukert said: "Joint testbeds are a tried and trusted approach toward that aim, with partners working together to test the interplay of sensors, machinery, software, and cloud technology, and to derive standards from that."
A specific area of cooperation between SAP and Bosch is positional data for forklifts, which will increase logistics efficiency and transparency. The current Track and Trace IIC-coordinated test-bed makes it possible to determine forklift location in large aircraft hangars, industrial sites and warehouses in real-time.
Zeno Track, a Bosch startup, can pinpoint location of forklifts using GPS, connected motion sensors, laser scanners and radio. The location data is transferred to the SAP Vehicle Insights application via Bosch IoT Cloud.
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