Last week, our friends at SAP held their world-wide technical conference in Phoenix. A highlight of the conference was the Demo Jam, where 50 SAP "Imagineering" teams presented innovative SAP solutions. The team that won the grand prize, as determined by audience applause, gave a demo that was both compelling and completely charming, showcasing the Precyse Smart Agent. In this demo, we learn about an application that incorporates SAP technology into the protection of a very important asset - a keg of beer.
In their presentation, Tobias and Sebastian, two engineers who seem to be straight out of central casting, demonstrate the Smart Agent - a small handheld device which can sense where the demoer is on stage and responds to his movements. An asset tag is placed on a the aforementioned valuable asset, which is then "locked". The asset number is loaded into SAP's Live Enterprise and certain security parameters are assigned. The asset, in this case the keg, is always locked, unless someone with the correct Smart Agent tries to access it. When Sebastian initially approaches the keg, he can't tap it and is understandably frustrated, until Tobias reminds him that he left his Smart Agent on the other side of the room. When Sebastian returns to the keg with his Smart Agent, the keg unlocks itself and he is able to pour himself a draft.
Take a look at the demo - it's a bit lengthy but the payoff is worth it.