Software vendor, SAP, has big plans for the Federal Government’s $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) and has begun researching how to take advantage of the impending infrastructure.
Last week, SAP CEO, Tim Ebbeck, made an appeal to prospective research partners to work with it on developing next-generation Internet applications for the NBN. SAP’s Research division has focused on high-speed Internet applications since 2005 and collaborates with different parties to create a new range of products.
“SAP has developed a vision for the Internet of the future and is already working together with partners in a number of large-scale research endeavours in Australia and Europe to develop innovative software solutions that help to realise the Web-based service economy,” SAP Research director, Karsten Schulz, said. “In addition to the planned world-class ICT infrastructure, SAP believes it is important to consider the necessary software that allows Australia and its citizens to fully exploit the opportunities offered through the NBN.”
The initiative has already seen results, with SAP Research releasing an iPhone navigator application that combines microblogging and updates from Twitter with Google Maps to show real-time traffic conditions in Brisbane. This app will be available to Sydney drivers shortly.
“Our research is ongoing [and] we are opening for new ventures with organisations that share out focus on outcome-driven applied research that uses the full potential of the NBN,” Schulz said.
SAP Research is interested in collaborating with partners in both the public and private sectors.
“Together with research partners on a national and international level, we have gained deep insights into how innovative software technology on top of a world-class physical network infrastructure can spur innovative business models for enterprises of all sizes,” she added.