Urban planners are counting on the emergence of smart cities to help improve quality of life and meet infrastructure needs for city dwellers.
According to a press release, SAP and Software AG, Germany’s two largest software companies, announced a partnership at Berlin’s Smart Country Convention to launch an open Smart City platform that leverages IoT, big data and artificial intelligence.
Cities, communities and administrative will have the opportunity to independently implement their own Smart City and Smart Country project on this development platform, which is in compliance with the standards of the European Union’s Open Urban Platform initiative.
“The platform will enable cities, communities and municipal enterprises to confidently design their own networked administration and new intelligent services on a collaborative basis.”
“Together with SAP, we will develop a future-oriented digital platform for communities in Germany,” said Werner Rieche, Regional President for the DACH Countries at Software AG. “The platform will enable cities, communities and municipal enterprises to confidently design their own networked administration and new intelligent services on a collaborative basis.”
At the Smart Country Convention, SAP and Software AG presented an example of their platform in action, showcasing a use case involving a winter service vehicle. The vehicle sends salting and gritting data to the cloud via sensors in real time, which will be available for further processing on the SAP HANA platform. IoT services from Software AG include equipment management, the onboarding of sensors and the transfer of data to the platform.
“Smart countries and cities can only be achieved with the aid of a smart and open platform,” said Susanne Diehm, Head of Public Services & Healthcare and Member of the Management Board, SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG. “The shared use of our platform will ensure a high degree of data control and cost efficiency for all members of the municipal family.”