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Seebo Launches SOLIDWORKS Add-In For Implementing IoT

 
February 22nd, 2018 by Jeff Rowe

It’s 2018, and along with being cloud based, virtually every engineering design software company has embraced the inevitability of the Internet of Things (IoT) – some better than others. SOLIDWORKS is no exception, as it announced an add-in with Seebo that will enhance its IoT presence through connected products.

Today’s manufacturers are increasingly turning to IoT to meet strategic business objectives – from improving product resilience and efficiency, to growing sales, and boosting customer satisfaction.

However, the high-rate of stalled and failed IoT initiatives – which, according to a recent Cisco study, account for a whopping 75% – continues to reflect how IoT development remains complicated, expensive, and risky.

Product teams turn to companies like Seebo to visually describe their connected products in a digital model. The Seebo platform then automatically generates the specs, simulations, and analytics to make it happen.

At the SOLIDWORKS World 2018 Conference, Seebo announced a SOLIDWORKS add-in for manufacturers to plan and deliver smart, connected products. As a new certified Gold Partner for SOLIDWORKS, Seebo launched the add-in for SOLIDWORKS users to turn their existing 3D product designs into a visual model of the entire IoT system, and get auto-generated specs, simulations, and analytics to make their products IoT connected.

Seebo and SOLIDWORKS For Planning And Delivering IoT Products

The Seebo add-in for SOLIDWORKS addresses the pains of planning and delivering IoT products. With Seebo, SOLIDWORKS users are equipped with tools for IoT modeling, simulation, execution, and behavior analytics. This allows them to quickly and easily define, validate, and build IoT products. Once in-market, product teams see exactly how their product is being used and make informed data-driven decisions about product enhancements to boost product adoption and profits.

“Mastering how to design for the Internet of Things will be one of the major challenges for companies in the next 2-3 years,” said Kishore Boyalakuntla, VP of Product Portfolio Management, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes. “The Seebo add-in helps users seamlessly turn their existing SOLIDWORKS designs into connected products that drive outstanding customer value.”

Lior Akavia, Seebo Co-Founder and CEO said, “We are excited to be a certified Gold Partner for SOLIDWORKS, making IoT design accessible and simple to the millions of SOLIDWORKS users worldwide. Equipped with the Seebo add-in, users will be able to launch products that stand out from the competition and boost customer satisfaction with innovative capabilities, superior performance, and minimized downtime.”

According to VP of Product Portfolio Management at Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Kishore Boyalakuntla, among the leading challenges companies are facing is “mastering how to design for the Internet of Things.”

To address these pains, SOLIDWORKS has teamed up with Seebo to make IoT design accessible to SOLIDWORKS.

With Seebo, SOLIDWORKS users have tools for IoT Modeling, Simulation, Execution, and Behavior Analytics. This allows them to quickly define, validate, and build IoT products. Once in-market, product teams see exactly how their product is being used and make informed data-driven decisions about product enhancements​ to boost product adoption and profits.

It takes just a few hours for SOLIDWORKS users to turn their existing 3D product designs into a visual model of the entire IoT system on Seebo’s platform. Inside Seebo, users get auto-generated specs, simulations, and behavior analytics to make their products IoT connected.

Lior Akavia, CEO of Seebo, Delivers Keynote Address At SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018 Announcing The Partnership Between Seebo And SOLIDWORKS

The Seebo add-in for SOLIDWORKS is available in a controlled release, and SOLIDWORKS users can register for a free trial at seebo.com/solidworks.

The Seebo Platform

The Seebo platform consists of the following components:

  • IoT Modeler – At the heart of an IoT system is its Model, the blueprint that defines how a product will work, look, and act, and the analytical insights it will deliver. Beyond describing the functionality of an IoT system, the Model is uniquely structured to generate a fully-functional, virtual prototype with the click of a button – allowing you to visually simulate the functionality of the system and the resulting behavior analytics.
    Browse through a library with hundreds of smart components, designed to inspire infinite possibilities for your product. Then drag and drop the sensors and system components, and visually define the logic behind your smart concept. Seebo generates the IoT Model for your system: a visually structured blueprint of how your IoT system – device, app, cloud and gateway – will work, look, and act, as well as the analytical insights it will deliver. Communicate your vision with automatically-generated, model-driven specs. Use the specs to collect feedback from stakeholders, and easily make changes to the model for an instantly updated spec.

With rule-based behaviors, drag and drop sensors and components onto your virtual device, app, web dashboard, cloud and gateway, to define the functionality of your system. Choose from motion and humidity detection on the physical device, to GUI buttons, charts, and visual alerts on the mobile app, to voice commands on Alexa or Echo.

  • IoT Simulator – Seebo automatically generates a virtual prototype based on your IoT Model, allowing you to simulate and analyze the functionality of your IoT system: device, app, cloud and gateway.  Use the IoT Simulator to ensure you build the right product.

    The Internet of Things platform also provides a cost simulator that generates estimations for your chosen hardware components, enabling you to validate financial feasibility of your IoT system before your go/no-go decision.

    Use the IoT Simulator to see how your smart device, app, and cloud interact with each other when you trigger an event, and iteratively refine the model based on the simulation runs. And do it all before investing in any hardware, firmware, or software development.

    This Is Seebo

  • IoT Behavior Analytics – Seebo Behavior Analytics makes it easy to see how your users are engaging with your product, so you can make informed decisions about improvements and gain valuable data on your customer’s wants and needs.Seebo applies product context to your IoT analytics by visually comparing your IoT Model to real in-market usage. This allows you to:
    • Understand which product features are used and how
    • Identify product features that are underused
    • Uncover hardware and software failures
    • Determine the root cause of issues

Use Seebo’s IoT simulator to validate product improvements ahead of release.

  • IoT Execution Hub – Move from virtual simulation to pre-production with Seebo’s solutions planner. The planner lets you capture your implementation decisions, understand cost implications, and make informed choices about what to include in the final product. Then, use the solution planner to create a BOM and visit Seebo’s marketplace to source components, find factories and create a golden sample for mass production.
  • IoT Marketplace – Cut sourcing time in half and reduce risk by working with pre-screened partners, ready and available for collaboration within Seebo’s IoT Marketplace. We’ve identified trusted experts in all the main  IoT development fields. Compare, select and engage with the best providers from around the world in the following IoT categories: product concept development, design, prototyping, app and web development, mechanics, and mass production.

Communicate with partners and get quotes directly on the Seebo platform. Get concept feasibility assessed, hardware components sourced, and costs quoted all in one place. By consolidating all communication in one place, the Seebo platform makes finding and working with partners easy and cost-efficient.

Funded For The Future

 Last November, Seebo announced an $8 million extension of its Series A funding, for a total of $16.5 million. The investment, which brings the Company’s total investments to $22 million, will support Seebo’s industrial IoT (IIoT) platform, with business solutions addressing product resilience, produce efficiency, and data-driven product innovation. Additionally, the funds will be used to help extend the Company’s recently signed and soon-to-be announced strategic partnerships.

“Since its inception, Seebo has been focused on building the leading platform for IoT planning and delivery,” said Seebo CEO and co-founder Lior Akavia. “We’ve succeeded in driving customer adoption and outstanding product value. Today we see a surge in market demand from industrial manufacturers in dozens of verticals – such as mining, packaging machinery, water filtration equipment and industrial pumps – in addition to top-notch B2C brand manufacturers that we continue to serve.”

The emergence of big data analytics, new integration standards, and the coming-of-age of cloud technologies are leading industrial companies to develop and deploy connected products. Developing connected products, however, is a complex and lengthy process which requires new skills and is fraught with risk. Additionally, once the products are in market, product teams must sort through reams of data in order to improve product resilience, efficiency, and safety.

Seebo’s software uniquely combines IoT modeling, simulation and execution tools to quickly and cost-effectively turn existing machinery into smart, connected systems that report their health and usage data. Behavioral analytics are automatically layered on top of this big data to provide insights that drive ongoing product improvement and new business value to customers.

It was good to meet and talk with the Seebo folks at SOLIDWORKS World as they seem to have a good thing going and well poised for the future, especially with the SOLIDWORKS connection.

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