For many of us, coffee is the fuel that keeps us going and a welcome source of support when our energy is flagging. Naturally, the nearly universal love for these aromatic beans led our research-oriented team to envision opportunities to optimise coffee maker use and maintenance. Enter SAP Leonardo IoT!
It might seem like an unusual starting point for a machine-learning project, but we learned from our customers that coffee is top of mind. So, why not optimise the consumption of this black gold? Two important functionalities topped our list:
Flexso Digital used a water flow sensor to quantify the amount of water moving from the supply into the coffee machine. All other variables (coffee type, filter flow-through) can be derived from this figure. The Flexso Smart Coffee Machine was born. Now for the perfect place to test it in a real-life office scenario...
After renovating its offices, SAP Belgium unveiled the SAP Experience Center, where its team gives demos of SAP technologies to customers. Flexso’s Smart Coffee Machine demo found an ideal new home there. An iPad is located next to the coffee machine, with a responsive web app that visualises coffee consumption for each user.
This innovative solution is made up of much more than a sensor. To get rich coffee-related insights from the machine, the team used a Raspberry Pi to send the sensor data to SAP Leonardo IoT on SCP CloudFoundry.
On top of the Leonardo IoT service, we used the flexible plugins offered by SAP Web IDE to develop a UI5 app that visualises coffee machine data. Even more, we integrated the IoT platform with an SAP backend through SAP Cloud Integration. To define the coffee type based on the amount of water used, we relied on IoT Edge processing before sending the data to the cloud.
Conclusion? The versatility and easy integration of SAP technologies combined with clever minds means it’s easy to make any asset intelligent – even a coffee maker!
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