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Great IoT opportunities with SAP and LoRa

Robbert van der Ploeg, 09 november 2016

In our blog on Internet of Things (IoT) and big data of Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Pieter described IoT as a popular term for an ecosystem of machines, sensors, chips, vehicles, servers etc exchanging information. The information sent from these machines is all gathered, and depending on the defined processes, can lead to an automatic action. E.g. ‘The container is moved > Update the shipment document’. IoT data is not only used for specific actionable events, but also exist for research and analysis reasons.

The digital mouse and rat trap case

In a co-creation project together with Dimo Systems, Acorel showed the strength of the SAP solutions and the Lora network. The Dutch start-up Dimo Systems brings mouse and rat traps on the market that are connected to the Internet of Things. Xignal is the name of these digital traps and they are equipped with sensors that send a notification as soon as an unwelcome rodent is caught. Pest control is a labor intensive activity. In addition, by law many companies (e.g. food processing industry or medical sector) have to prove that their facility is free of rodents.

Once the trap closes the user instantly receives a push notification via the Internet of Things platform of SAP, part of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, and the closed mousetrap automatically results in a service order document in the field service cloud system of SAP. SAP transposes the catch of a mouse or rat directly into an action and a pest control employee is assigned to it. SAP Hybris Cloud for Customer Field Service integration provides for the automatic service order entry, scheduling and billing process.  By using Xignal companies only pay for pest control services if there actually is a catch. This saves a lot of labor for periodic inspections in which all traps are commonly checked without anything caught. Furthermore, by means of the integration with SAP all relevant service actions and data is collected in one single system instead of in many separate applications. So, the Xignal SAP Fiori dashboard can easily provide the desired insight on the control of mice or rats.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things

This in-memory IoT platform can help you quickly develop, deploy, and manage your own real-time IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The platform offers you the capabilities to:

LoRa

LoRa – which stands for long range, low power – is the wireless network protocol of the Dutch telecom provider KPN we used for connecting the mouse and rat traps with the Internet of Things platform of SAP. LoRa can exchange small bits of information between low-energy objects and systems over a large distance. The network has a national coverage in the Netherlands. This makes LoRa the perfect energy-efficient and cost-efficient solution for use with the Internet of Things.

Key advantages of the LoRa network can be described as:


To apply LoRa you need a number of components. Each of these components takes care of a part of the connection or interface between the user (application) and the end node.


Lora makes it possible to create a private network by placing a own gateway. Each gateway covers a radius of several kilometers. The advantage is that there are no subscription charges made for each individual node. In case coverage to a larger area is required then use of the KPN public LoRa network is the alternative.

The possibilities of IoT with SAP and LoRa are endless. Feel free to contact us if you want to investigate your ideas in IoT and if you have any questions on SAP and LoRa.

Robbert van der Ploeg

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