The Internet of Things or IoT is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, tech trends in recent history.
Experts suggest that with about 30 billion objects connected by 2020, the IoT market will be worth nearly $1.7 trillion in the next two years.
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But what exactly is IoT?
Simply put, the Internet of Things refers to the network of varied interconnected physical devices in your home, business, and city. It includes smart home appliances, vehicles, industrial machines, and other objects connected via sensors, actuators, and software (to name a few), which allows them to exchange data and information. This enables an even greater, direct integration of our physical world into the network of vast computer-based systems.
And what do we, the users, get in return? Improved efficiency and accuracy, reduced costs and human intervention. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal overall.
Of course, it isn’t as simple as that, but tech giants like Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco are all pouring billions into the development of this technology, they must be on to something.
In fact, IBM recently partnered up with the IoT platform featured in this article to simplify IoT design and delivery.
Seebo is a powerful, intuitive, collaborative IoT platform that will enable you to model, simulate and deliver your IoT products and systems. It is ideal for both industrial and consumer products. The impressive companies using Seebo will testify to that. The layman’s version of what Seebo does: you create a digital model of your product inside Seebo. The platform then automatically generates the specs, simulations, and analytics to make it happen.
Seebo provides the following integrated Modules:
Easily create visual, structured system specifications with the Seebo IoT Modeler. The Model is designed to meet specific business use cases, such as remote condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Here companies build a virtual representation of their entire IoT system – including devices, cloud servers, apps, and dashboards. They also define how the system will work, look, and act, and the analytic insights it will deliver.
To easily define the system functionality, users can first browse through a library with hundreds of IoT components, which are then dragged and dropped onto their canvas. The logic of the system is then created with simple “if-this-then-that” rules. The rules communicate how each of the system units – device, mobile app, web application, and cloud – should behave and interact when an event is triggered.
This is very convenient for users who are not that familiar with coding or other technical aspects. They can use it to define system functionalities despite having a non-technical background, which might just be the case with your product development manager.
These features make it easier than ever for users to create a virtual model of their IoT system and communicate its vision effectively to different stakeholders of the company.
In the traditional product development cycle, once a concept has been developed, the product team will move on to prototyping. And more often than not, it will involve building multiple expensive prototypes for the product in question, many of which are bound to fail and will require extensive modifications.
The Seebo IoT Simulator replaces this cumbersome and costly process with an auto-generated digital prototype from the system Model.
Inside the Simulator, teams can quickly validate the IoT system’s functionality and gain stakeholder feedback – without writing a single line of code.
The digital prototype shows how the smart device, app, and cloud interact with each other when an event is triggered, which allows teams to iteratively refine the model based on the simulation runs. All this is done before investing in any hardware, firmware, or software development.
This feature not only allows teams to mistake-proof their system, but it’s also a key tool for getting early buy-in. Teams can invite into the platform key stakeholders—internal and external —to interact with the virtual system and provide feedback.
Investors are also able to quickly understand how the final product will operate from the simulation. They don’t have to wait until the product is in production stages in order to invest.
With the Seebo IoT simulator, companies can move ahead to building a physical prototype with a full-proof concept, confident in its features and value proposition.
Assess technical and financial feasibility, collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, and deliver the system to spec with the Seebo IoT Execution Hub.
Inside the Execution Hub, teams centralize all of the communication of their IoT project to ensure developers, stakeholders, marketplace partners and all other teams are aligned. With On-Model collaboration built into the platform, team members and stakeholders can communicate on top of the model while it’s still in process.
Users also create ‘Objectives’ which define the development milestones for the project.
Objectives related to concept development, prototype development, app development, and other phases of development can be selected from a pre-populated list. The user can also define his/her own objectives.
Once the product manager has defined an objective, he/she can visit the Seebo Marketplace to identify and partner with new partners.
The Seebo IoT Marketplace is a curated list of vetted suppliers and service providers who specialize in different IoT development fields.
Which other software provides the opportunity to simply cut the middleman and contact a genuine, qualified supplier for your IoT product? Normally, project developers would have to spend a considerable amount of time looking for the right suppliers for each part of development. Seebo does it for you.
Once a partner is invited into the platform, you can share with them auto-generated specification documents specific to their field. These are created from the Model and speak in the language of the developer (whether they are working on your hardware, cloud, or app development).
The auto-generated specs cut development time and streamline the communication process, making it faster and easier to deliver the system.
Product development does not end once a product is out in the market or even when it reaches the final end-user. In fact, for most successful companies, it is a continually ongoing mechanism. It’s how they stay on top of market trends and deliver superior products and services to their customer base. Especially with the Internet of Things, a field in which new developments are cropping up on an almost daily basis. It can be hard to keep up with.
Seebo’s Behavior Analytics tackles this issue head-on. It provides teams the ability to define and simulate the analytic insights required from the system, while still in concept development.
Once an IoT system has been deployed, your team can use Seebo’s IoT Analytics to get actionable insights and to see exactly how the system is being used.
This allows teams to: compare usage versus cost and decide which features are worth keeping, release system updates to address issues, launch value-added features, and services based on how users are engaging with the product, and improve user experience to increase adoption.
Seebo is the dream platform for companies that are developing an IoT product or system. IoT design and delivery are faster and easier with the platform’s visual modeling, virtual prototyping and behavior analytics. The Seebo platform takes your product through the IoT lifecycle from concept to deployment and provides the in-market insights to continuously learn and improve.
As we’ve mentioned before, Seebo’s best quality (and it has many competing for this title) is its user-friendliness and adaptability. You don’t need a technical background to capture the full value of the platform.
Seebo is the complete package for your IoT development, providing an end-to-end solution that cuts costs and reduces time-to-market. With Seebo, your IoT systems and products are in capable hands.