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July 22, 2015

SAP turbocharges IoT spatial intelligence

Improvements to HANA helps businesses make real-time decisions based on their data’s geospatial elements.

By Joao Lima

SAP claims to have ‘turbocharged’ SAP HANA, addressing the recent rise in data streams resulting from the IoT.

SAP has extended the capabilities of HANA by simplifying, accelerating and geo-enabling access to enterprise data from millions of data points.

The SAP HANA SPS10 solution includes spatial features and enhancements, such as support for multi-dimensional geometries and on-the-fly spatial coordinate transformations.

SAP added that Lufthansa Systems is using HANA to gain visibility into their global flight operations by showing thousands of flights on a 3D visualisation interface. The aviation firm can also load route and weather information into HANA to reroute flights based on meteorological conditions while optimising crew and fuel costs.

The company has also unveiled a deeper integration between SAP HANA and Esri to maximise the amount of spatial data companies can see and analyse.

The existing read-only query layer integration to SAP HANA released by Esri last year was extended, with ArcGIS for Desktop now supporting feature services providing a method for users to create, read, update or delete spatial data directly in SAP HANA.

The firm said this simplifies the access and use of spatial data in SAP HANA and helps businesses to create and edit real-time data.

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SAP has also geo-enabled its Business Suite powered by SAP HANA with the GEO.e services. It added that this will allow the suite to run directly on SAP HANA to store spatial data and speed up response times with a simpler architecture.

Raj Rathee, Senior Director of Product Management, Products & Innovation at SAP, said: "Companies can make faster and better decisions by gaining real-time insights into the performance of their assets. This helps them optimise their operations, highlight risks, comply to regulations and identify new markets and opportunities.

"Geospatial data is becoming increasingly prevalent in business scenarios as sensors continue to invade many industries. With these enhancements, SAP HANA can now store and process enterprise data with locational aspects integrated with streaming data from machines, assets, and devices. 80% of enterprise data today includes some kind of geospatial element, but many companies lack the ability to understand this information."

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