With Latest Funding and Recognition,
Seebo Paves the Way for the Future of Manufacturing

The past few months have been filled with unexpected challenges and uncertainties. Whole countries ground to a standstill; consumer behavior has changed, sometimes radically - as has the very way in which we work.

But there is one very clear message we have consistently received, from our customers and the wider manufacturing industry alike: the face of manufacturing is changing forever - and in so many different ways.

Once deemed a fait accompli, globalization is no longer such a given in a world where international travel and trade have been severely limited. For similar reasons, we are seeing the beginnings of a trend of more localized production - though it’s not yet clear how long-term this will be.

But perhaps most critically, the current challenges have triggered a much higher motivation to enlist technological solutions to increase manufacturing efficiency.

Not long ago, many manufacturers saw the call of “Industry 4.0” and “smart manufacturing” as a long-term aspiration. Today, it has become an immediate necessity. We’ve seen this firsthand from our customers, among whom we are privileged to count some of the world’s leading manufacturers.

Time for a new, data-driven approach to manufacturing

Several years ago, Seebo recognized the need for a new, data-driven approach to manufacturing process optimization. Rapid population growth, increasing consumer demand, and ever-more competitive marketplaces have made process inefficiency, sustainability and the elimination of process inefficiencies and losses a critical battleground.

To emerge victorious in this battle, manufacturers require new, innovative technological solutions that truly understand the unique complexities of their processes.

This reality suddenly became much starker due to the Coronavirus Crisis, with all the extra challenges it brought with it: from supply chain disruptions, to significant shifts in consumer behavior, to stricter health-and-safety guidelines and, crucially, increased remote working. On a fundamental level, the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the limitations of human effort in the area of process optimization. Mastering complex production processes is elusive enough in “normal” times - all the more so when crisis strikes.

But even without the crisis, innovation and digitization were already the call of the hour.

Now, just a few short years after embarking on that journey, Seebo stands firmly at the forefront of this wave of innovation.

So it is with no small measure of gratitude and excitement that Seebo recently announced our latest $9 million funding round, led by Ofek Ventures and Vertex Ventures.

This investment will be used to further expand our global reach and continue enhancing our proprietary Process-Based Artificial Intelligence™ solution - a solution that is already being used by leading manufacturers like Nestle, Mondelez and ICL to predict and prevent production losses, and truly master their processes.

That funding announcement came on the heels of another exciting recognition - this time by the World Economic Forum, who selected Seebo as one of their 2020 Technology Pioneers.

It’s both an honor and an inspiration to join the ranks of what the WEF describes as “the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also working on sustainability issues and much more.” I have no doubt that as part of this ecosystem, Seebo will both contribute and gain a great deal to global innovation and the future of our planet.

These are two important milestones for Seebo. This latest investment in our pioneering Process-Based Artificial Intelligence™, coupled with growing recognition of its global significance, brings us closer to our vision of a more sustainable, efficient global manufacturing industry, ready to face the demands and expectations of the modern consumer.

 

How can manufacturers thrive in the current crisis - and position themselves to emerge stronger and more competitive than before?

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Health & Safety Go Smart: PPE and the Internet of Things

This article was originally published in EHS Today Magazine, April 4, 2017.

We live in a constantly connected, data-driven world. Consumers who grew up on the internet and adopted smartphones expect a continuous stream of data, instant updates and products that intuitively answer their needs. This change in consumer expectations has led to a rise in demand for more connected products.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is answering that expectation by turning everyday products into the equivalent of a smartphone: tools with advanced features that enhance usability or increase efficiency. Far from being a mere buzzword for nifty gadgets, smart products have been driving innovation in numerous industries in the last half decade. IoT and the smart products it creates are revolutionizing expectations about data and connectivity while opening new channels of business value.

It's easy to pinpoint the reasons for this rapid rise in smart technology adoption. Hardware and electronics prices continue to fall, so the costs of connectivity and embedded sensors no longer deter companies from adopting smart technology. Connectivity solutions, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, mobile networks and Broadband communication are ubiquitous and capable of supporting large volumes of IoT connectivity at little incremental cost to enterprises and consumers.

More companies each year adopt sensors and connectivity to yield greater value, not only through the promise of data, but also by providing better safety and long-term cost savings through active prevention of accidents. These products measure and react, but ultimately, they protect the individual and prevent health issues and tragic situations.

This disruptive force slowly is entering personal protective equipment (PPE). Workers rely on PPE to ensure their safety. End users, employers and purchasers share a strong common interest: To provide the PPE and other safety equipment that not only complies with regulations, but also genuinely increases protection by lowering the risk of (and even prevents) workplace injuries and the ensuing costs. It is up to employers to request "smart" safety equipment and the manufacturers from which they purchase to make this happen.

In this way, IoT presents a prime opportunity for the booming health and safety equipment market. A 2015 Markets and Markets report puts the worth of the PPE market at $52.4 billion by 2020. Projections from Market Insights Inc. put the global PPE market at over $67 billion by 2023.

Strict regulations, the need to differentiate offerings and the search for better safety solutions are driving market expansion. As with other industries, wearables and smart sensors that improve safety increasingly will be adopted by factories and manufacturers and lead to regulatory changes that promise an even greater edge to the companies who are first adopters.

The Challenges

One of the greatest challenges faced by safety professionals is increasing user safety and decreasing injury-related costs within existing regulations.

From factories to construction sites, work environments are full of health hazards and dangers. In 2015, there were approximately 2.9 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The causes of these injuries range from the actual equipment to environmental hazards.

Industrial noise, for example, is an overlooked occupational hazard. Each year, approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels. Even seemingly uncontaminated environments may contain hazards such as paint, wood and dust particles, along with harmful chemicals that can interfere with breathing and even cause long-term health issues.

PPE manufacturers are looking for ways to improve worker health and safety without significantly increasing production costs. Scott Safety has developed PPE wearables and sensor-embedded solutions for firefighters, including a gas mask with a thermal camera. Even companies unrelated to PPE have realized the market opportunity; augmented reality company Daqri's flagship product is a smart construction helmet that increases user efficiency through connectivity with the control room and data about their actions and the environment. On the opposite spectrum, multinational conglomerate Honeywell prototyped a smart helmet for first responders and industrial workers to increase worker safety and productivity.

The Internet of things is transforming PPE and the Health and Safety Industry | The Seebo Blog
Smart fireman's masks and others can hold life-saving technology: sensors that measure gas and harmful chemicals in the environment, and a system which sends a notification when the temperature reaches dangerous levels.

For these companies and others, IoT is triggering innovation. In the realm of PPE, companies are beginning to produce wearable technologies that improve performance and reduce error, along with products that send information from tools and equipment to systems that monitor the environment and improve equipment maintenance.

The Opportunity

In November 2016, Forbes shared a heatmap by Forrester that listed the industries with the most opportunity for wearables and sensors. The hottest sectors included chemistry, oil and gas, primary manufacturing and industrial production. The opportunities for smart sensors and wearables in these industries are tremendous.

Heatmap of key IoT opportunities by industry and application. Source: Forbes.

Many industries already are realizing the benefits of smart sensors and connected technology for data-driven decision-making. In the United States alone, more than one-third of manufacturers currently are gathering data via smart sensors and using it to improve efficiency and operating processes.

Thirty-eight percent are embedding sensors in products that enable end-users to collect information about their own use. By implementing wearables and sensors, manufacturers enrich both end-user experience and generate insight from data that leads to new business value for their company. Here are just a few examples of the added value these products deliver:

  • Smart PPE saves time and improves productivity through connectivity, live updates and remote communication.
  • Sensors automate processes that currently take place through manual labor. Daily inspection of containers can be replaced with a smart app and sensors that monitor for leakage or temperature changes. When a leak is detected, the smart system sends an alert directly to the control room. The sensors, coupled with connectivity to mobile apps and data storage on the cloud, create a safer environment and save both end-users and their employers' valuable time and expense.
  • Saving lives and actively preventing injury cuts down on costs associated with workplace accidents. Smart sensors and components, in combination with connectivity and data storage, enable personal protective equipment to offer better health and safety protection.
  • Sensors can warn us about everything from rising flood levels, to nearby poisonous gases, to whether a child has been left strapped inside a hot car.
  • "Smart" health and safety equipment can identify patterns or danger points that can lead to injury or which increase risk. Imagine the potential of a mine or oil rig with a network of connected sensors that prevent falls and fatal accidents.

Smart PPE Wearables and Sensors

Once the decision has been made to develop a smart product or smart system, PPE manufacturers still face the critical question: What should the use case contain? Which behaviors should the system enable?

The IoT nearly is limitless, and there are hundreds of applications for every industry and hundreds for each product. While these are some of the most common applications of wearables and sensors in PPE, they are not the only ones by far:

  1. Locating system – Smart mines are cropping up today which use a network system to identify the location of each miner.
  2. Smart communication systems – Smart helmets, ear muffs and face masks provide fast, effective communication in loud or low-visual environments.
  3. Safer equipment – Smart lockout/tagout, backing cameras and warning devices, smart automation on machines and other automated safety measures keep workers safer.
  4. Environmental protection from invisible risks – Smart protective clothing with gas, chemical, heat, sound, UV, impact and pulse sensors monitor both the external environment and the user, alerting them to danger in time for preventative steps and alerting supervisors if workers are in trouble.
  5. Improve efficiency through remote management – Smart, connected safety containers monitor hazardous materials via chemical and liquid sensors, and send regular notifications or LED/sound alerts when things are fine. And if there is a leak, the smart container alerts the control room directly.
  6. Phone-based app alerts – Smart sensors and wearables connected to apps can send crucial alerts, from notifying EMTs that their medicine is out of date, to alerting users when they misuse a tool, to warnings about weather and emergency situations at a facility.
Smart hazmat suit concept. PPE and IoT - The Seebo Platform
A few features for a smart hazmat suit concept. Image: Seebo

The Future for Smart PPE Products

In theory, IoT is an equal opportunity incubator for innovation; however, it often differentiates between companies of varying resources and experience. Developing smart products is complicated, expensive and risky. Smaller companies may have difficulty acquiring the many resources and teams necessary to ideate, develop and produce a smart product and bring it to market. The companies that find it easier to handle these new processes and the complications involved are enterprises; companies with pre-existing R&D teams or those with electronic departments. And even these companies can find the integration of hardware, firmware and software, the collaboration between teams and the numerous steps involved, complicated.

Thankfully, IoT development platforms are emerging that enable companies of all sizes and resource levels to take advantage of smart technology. With a platform for concept design and development, product managers can innovate and plan the right concept for their needs, choose exactly which hardware and smart behaviors they want and differentiate their offering through their choice of hardware and software.

Even business planning, costs and timeline estimation happen more smoothly with a platform, as it allows for collaboration between teams and easy concept testing.

Unlike add-ons, platforms and their IoT ecosystems also give product manufacturers the power to choose their providers for hardware, app development, prototyping and production. Most importantly, with their development software and guidance, platforms generate a level playing field by enabling any company, whatever their tech resources or size, to develop smart products.

As time goes on, IoT platforms will merge to create strong ecosystems that provide a full suite of solutions for developing smart PPE products. With a single platform and its marketplace of partners, PPE manufacturers can take a smart concept from the initial idea to prototype creation to production, and even get insight through collected data. With these solutions making IoT development easier and faster than ever, companies of all sizes will soon adopt smart technology and develop more wearables and sensors for PPE.

IoT is changing how we think about PPE. Just as the introduction of seatbelts led to new regulations about driving safety, smart technology will raise the standards of health and safety. The opportunity to save lives, cut down on injury-related costs and drive product differentiation through innovation is available and active now.


Seebo's IoT Platform for Smart Products

Announcing the Next Generation of the Seebo IoT Platform

Virtualizing the ‘Thing’ in the Internet of Things

We're proud to announce the launch of our breakthrough IoT Platform that democratizes the Internet of Things, making it simple for manufacturers to modernize their products and join the transformation to a smart, connected world.

The Seebo IoT Development Platform bridges the gap between the physical product and the digital world, empowering manufacturers to revitalize business models and manufacturing processes to gain a competitive edge in the 21st century.

For the first time, product manufacturers have the tools to build smart, connected products on one platform and unlock the complex world of hardware components, hardware-related development and connectivity. Access tools for ideation and product planning through a virtual product model and benefit from virtualization and automation to streamline smart product development and integration processes.

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, everything will be smart and connected. Our vision is to make it possible for any business to take part in this transformation and stay relevant.

Seebo’s next generation platform is poised to transform planning, development, integration and partnering for smart connected products through a virtualized platform that dramatically simplifies and streamlines the process of going smart while reducing costs per unit.

Here are some of the new capabilities the platform offers:

Ideation

Identify and validate smart product use cases straight from your browser on an accurate virtual model of your device

Seebo’s visualized IoT product planning environment giving manufacturers the tools to ideate, explore and validate use cases, and assign IoT hardware on a 3D product model -- to identify and match the right hardware solutions to fit unique smart product concepts. The platform enables users to share product concepts with stakeholders, engage and source third parties via marketplaces, and facilitate getting the smart product to market.  

The IoT hardware discovery engine

Democratizing the world of hardware components

The Seebo IoT platform brings product teams into the IoT fold through a Hardware Discovery Engine that translates day-to-day descriptions of product functionality into IoT hardware terminology, delivering the tools to select the right hardware solutions for your product.

Discover a comprehensive set of tools that transforms smart product development into a simple, fast and easy process.

Virtualization

Hardware related development can be tedious and painful. The Internet of Things is about connecting the physical to the virtual world, which can produce new challenges for development teams.

This advanced virtualization technology brings unique flexibility and agility to the process of smart application development -- reducing complexity for development and testing teams, increasing quality and significantly cutting time to market.

Connectivity

One of the most important features of a smart product is its capacity to connect Things to the Cloud. Establishing a wireless network enables a device to collect, analyze and act on data, and to remotely manage, update and operate smart devices. Seebo provides developers with out-of-the-box integration solutions for fast and easy connectivity across heterogeneous technologies, multiple processors and sensors.

Seebo's 360° coverage provides further solutions for the unique challenges introduced by the Internet of Things by offering an all-encompassing ecosystem of leading third parties. Get information to negotiate with third parties to make informed decisions about taking your smart product to market.

Seebo’s platform is built to transform the development of smart products, providing a streamlined platform that will make smart product development increasingly simple, affordable and centrally managed. With the ability to cut time to market, allow for faster product iterations and reduce labor costs, the new IoT platform is set to revolutionize smart product development.




Build smart products and speed up time to market - the IoT Platform with virtual automated tools





Autodesk Invests in Seebo to Advance IoT Technology

We are proud to announce that Autodesk recognizes Seebo as the leading IoT platform in the market and has decided to invest in Seebo to promote a joint effort to broaden the Fusion 360 and Fusion Connect offerings, empowering both manufacturers and developers to start developing IoT Products more seamlessly.

Seebo allows manufacturers to add IoT design elements to the CAD environment offered by Autodesk, empowering them to design IoT products through a breadth of design tools bespoke to IoT manufacturing.

Then, through the Seebo platform, the transition from the design phase to development is smooth and largely automated.

Seebo enables any product company to transform simple products into a smart technology, and the partnership with Autodesk is another great milestone in accomplishing our goals.

Autodesk Announces New Developer Offerings and Investments to Fuel Forge Platform

Inaugural Conference, Forge DevCon, Attracts Over 1000 Cloud Developers

SAN FRANCISCO — June 15, 2016 — Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced several updates to its Forge platform, including new cloud application development tools and services and three investments at Forge DevCon, the company’s inaugural event for cloud developers. Since its inception last December, rapid progress has been made with early adopters of the Forge Platform in changing both how things are made and the nature of what is made.

“We are seeing Forge used to power the future of making things for a variety of applications ranging from part inspection to sub-sea surveying, from managing mines with drones to turning cost estimation into a competitive advantage, and building online design and manufacturing services and much, much more,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Products at Autodesk. “It is clear to us that there is an enormous demand for an easy-to-use and scalable platform to build all sorts of manufacturing and AEC applications. There are endless opportunities created by a combination of our web service APIs and entrepreneurial developer talent.”

Platform Developments

The Autodesk Forge Platform is a set of cloud services that connects design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. Application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs) enable small and large software developers alike to build intuitive cloud-powered applications, services and experiences for the people making the world around us.

New and expanded areas of the platform include:

  • Viewer – Displays 2D and 3D design files and associated data from 50+ file formats in a web and mobile viewer for presentation and collaboration. Also allows comments, markup and measurement.
  • Model Derivative API – Translates design files from one format to another, prepares them for online viewing, and extracts geometry data. The data can then be passed into other applications and communicate important design information.
  • Design Automation API – Allows developers to run AutoCAD scripts on the Cloud. Early adopters are using it as a drawing generation engine for web applications. Other examples include converting thousands of DWGs to PDFs in batch.
  • Authentication – Open standard used across the Forge Platform for authentication and authorization. Authentication is a secure method to provide a “key” to a third party that allows them only limited access to perform specific functions, which can be accomplished without having to divulge user credentials.
  • Data Management API – Manages data across A360, Fusion 360, BIM 360 Docs, and the Forge native Object Storage Service. This API allows users to upload and download a data file from different Autodesk products through one consistent and unified interface.
  • 3D Print API – Enables developers to quickly build customized 3D printing solutions from 3D print preparation to print management. This API helps users prepare models for 3D printing with a full suite of tools for mesh repair or slicing. Deliver files to 3D printers with remote monitoring and production management, or use sample apps to heal models for printing.
  • Reality Capture API – Turns a series of photos into 3D data. If the photos are geotagged, as is typically the case with UAV/drone photos, the computed reality data also includes a geolocated orthographic view. The reality data is then accessible on Autodesk Cloud services or a partner’s platform, for consumption in web apps or in desktop apps.

Autodesk in-product integration for A360, Fusion and BIM 360 APIs continue to be available for developers to create new experiences and services that enhance product design, collaboration and construction industry workflows.

 Investing in the Developer Ecosystem

The Autodesk Forge Fund invests in companies developing innovative solutions or services on or connected to the Forge Platform. The three initial investees include:

  • 3D Robotics (3DR), a leading drone maker, is using the Forge Platform to develop one of the industry’s most trusted aerial data capture and analytics platform for enterprise field professionals within infrastructure, construction, survey, mapping, telecom, and energy industries. Leveraging the Forge Reality Capture API, 3DR customers can convert drone-captured photos into engineering data, enabling them to better manage sites and reduce risk.

“Capturing site data today is costly, time consuming, and often dangerous. Drones can easily go where it’s inefficient or unsafe for field personnel, making it easier to accurately measure our world so we can better manage it,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR. “We’re delighted to expand our relationship with Autodesk and use of the FORGE platform to deliver a complete solution for site capture that will help professional customers save time and money, and more importantly take humans out of harm’s way.”

  • MakeTime is an online manufacturing platform that matches projects from buyers to production hours on computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines from pre-qualified suppliers. The result a simplified supply chain management and empowered expansion for both manufacturers and machine shops alike. MakeTime was an early adopter of the Forge Platform, leveraging Fusion 360 and the Forge Viewer, Data Management API and Model Derivative API to connect designers and engineers to MakeTime’s virtual machine shop of scalable CNC machining and production services.

“For manufacturers and designers to maintain a competitive advantage, they need fast and flexible CNC machining that’s cost-competitive and delivers high-quality parts, on-demand. Leveraging MakeTime’s data-driven platform helps buyers overcome traditional manufacturing’s usual roadblocks such as supplier vetting and logistics management,” said Drura Parrish, CEO of MakeTime. “This combined with the Forge platform provides anybody anywhere with state-of-the-art design capabilities and an expansive, world-class 21st-century machine shop at their fingertips.”

  • Seebo provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for developing Internet of Things and smart, connected products. Seebo’s technology intuitively connects Autodesk design apps like Fusion 360 and IoT platform, Fusion Connect, and enables users to drag and drop components (sensors, Bluetooth, accelerometers, GPS, etc.) into a product design framework to transform simple products into smart technology.

“Seebo is proud to be a part of the Autodesk FORGE eco-system. We know that the powerful combination of the Forge platform with Seebo’s platform for ideating, manufacturing and developing smart IoT products, will continue to bring innovative ideas to actuality. The joint platform allows manufacturers to tap into the world of IoT simply, securely and cost effectively,” said by Lior Akavia, Co-Founder and CEO of Seebo.

 Growing the Forge Developer Community

The Forge DevCon event is part of a comprehensive Forge developer program that provides learning, support, and business development resources for Autodesk’s growing community of cloud developers. This community includes developers and innovators from across the globe, representing a multitude of industries including Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing as well as emerging areas such as Augmented Reality, Additive Manufacturing and Internet of Things – all supported by Autodesk expertise and experience with best practices for architecting and implementing cloud based services. The majority of Forge developers are using multiple APIs to create services and solutions that fuel how products are designed, built and used.

90 Day Unlimited Use

To encourage developers to explore Forge, Autodesk is offering unlimited free use of the platform in eligible countries until September 15, 2016. More information and conditions, including pricing, can be found at forge.autodesk.com.

About Autodesk

Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.  For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Fusion 360 and BIM 360 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.


Announcing the IoT Academy

We're excited to announce the launch of the IoT Academy, a comprehensive resource of knowledge, best practices and tips for manufacturers who are looking to tap into the Internet of Things and build connected products.

Seebo acknowledges that today's buyers have become always connected, more digital and more sophisticated. Product manufacturers must adapt in order to maintain relevance.

Seebo recognizes the growing aspiration of manufacturers to adapt to dramatic market changes and create connected products, as well as their concerns: A lack of visibility into the IoT product process and uncertainty as to what that process entails. The IoT academy addresses the most common questions manufacturers and developers have when building smart products for the first time.

An IoT encyclopedia for connected product manufacturers and developers

The demand for smart products is soaring, but supplying a connect product demands numerous fields of expertise such as: design; software development; firmware development; hardware; big data; integration points and product manufacturing. The IoT Academy is an accumulation of knowledge, best practices, and methodologies that the Seebo team has acquired over the years. We are happy to share our experience and help manufactures and companies to build a smarter, more connected world.

Guides for the entire IoT product lifecycle

The guides have been written by Seebo's experts who work on a daily basis closely with customers: manufacturers, distributors, factories, hardware vendors and developers. They identified the questions people ask the most and answered them through articles that guide readers through the entire smart product lifecycle.

Join the Community

The academy serves to educate a growing network of professionals and encourages the trading of ideas, input, and experience. We invite you to publish your own article on the Academy and contribute to the global IoT community. 

We hope you find the IoT Academy an insightful tool for understanding the fast-growing world of IoT.

Sincerely,

Lior Akavia, Seebo CEO




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