Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been at the top of the bill at CeBIT for many years now. ERP systems ensure a company’s resources are deployed according to needs so as to maximize efficiency in the value chain and continuously optimize the way that business operations are managed. But what has that got to do with autonomous driving – one of the top trends at this year’s CeBIT? The answer comes from a company that has been hard at work on precisely this focus area. The ERP specialists at Karlsruhe-based asseco SOLUTIONS AG are at CeBIT 2017 in Hannover to show how the latest version (6.3) of APplus is set to boost vehicle safety.
To maintain the highest standards in occupant safety, autonomous vehicles must be able to respond on the fly and in real time as soon as a component fault is detected. This is only possible if all the hardware and software components involved are networked seamlessly and can communicate with each other automatically when necessary – from the vehicle’s internal IT system right through to supplier components and beyond.
It is therefore essential to ensure a fully integrated information chain across the entire planning and manufacturing process for the vehicle. And this is where an ERP solution comes into play – acting as a cross-system information center that covers the vehicle’s whole life cycle. The solution must be equipped to link up all the relevant systems as efficiently as possible, optimize coordination of the resulting information flows, and thus provide the basis for real-time analysis when required. The latest version of APplus is certainly up to the job.