Seebo and Watson Work Together to Simplify IoT Development
Michael Alba posted on February 16, 2017 | 2469 views

Seebo, an Internet of Things (IoT) development platform, has announced a new collaboration with IBM’s Watson IoT Platform. The partnership will see Seebo join the IBM IoT ecosystem, linking the two platforms in a way that provides developers with the best of both worlds.

Screenshots of the Seebo IoT development platform. (Image courtesy of Seebo.)
Screenshots of the Seebo IoT development platform. (Image courtesy of Seebo.)

Seebo and Watson Help to Keep IoT Simple

One of Seebo’s goals as an IoT development platform is to simplify the process of developing connected products by reducing the time, cost and complexity of the process. As such, the platform offers developers tools, including a hardware simulator, a testing app, IoT simulation, Autodesk integration and a third-party IoT marketplace.

Seebo seems confident that these tools have thus far helped meet the goal of simplifying IoT development. “In less than an hour of using Seebo’s platform, product managers see data from their newly developed online prototype visualized on the cloud dashboard,” said Seebo CEO Lior Akavia.

The planned collaboration with IBM will hopefully make IoT development even more simple, as it will allow IoT developers to use IBM’s Watson capabilities alongside Seebo’s tools. Watson brings advanced analytics and cloud capabilities to the Seebo environment, providing developers with extra resources to cut down on complexity.

An Integrated IoT Workflow

One of the biggest problems engineers face when developing an IoT product is related to coordination, according to Akavia.

 Overview of the link between Seebo and IBM. (Image courtesy of Seebo).
Overview of the link between Seebo and IBM. (Image courtesy of Seebo).
“Developing an IoT system or product involves multiple disciplines: product definition and specifications, electronics, embedded software, communications, cloud, security, mobile, mechanical integration and more,” Akavia said. “Having to manage an interface of integration between business teams and different types of engineers, as well as syncing between parties, is time-consuming and leaves room for costly errors.”

Akavia expects that Seebo’s integration with Watson will make this multi-discipline coordination a problem of the past, from the business end through to engineering. All authorized users will be able to use the same Seebo project in conjunction with a linked IBM account.

“The workflow starts with a product manager or business team defining the IoT product’s features and behavior in Seebo’s IoT Creator. They can simulate and test their chosen behaviors with a virtual prototype, including integration with the cloud, saving engineers valuable time by ensuring accuracy in the product specifications,” Akavia said.

He continued, “Using the Seebo platform, mobile app and web developers utilize the same data structure as firmware engineers do, making integration easy and faster for all development teams. Furthermore, Seebo’s collaboration and development tools enable engineers to work independently of other engineering teams while maintaining a strong integration; the Seebo test app acts as a stub for firmware developers, to work against, as does the device simulator for the web developers.”

Rapid Development Meets Cognitive Capabilities

IBM likewise expects the partnership to offer benefits to IoT developers.

“Seebo offers a unique set of tools that enable quick time to market for new IoT products in this fast-growing space,” said Neil Postlethwaite, IBM’s director of the Watson IoT Platform. “IBM sees this collaboration as one which will enable clients to rapidly design and develop their IoT products while also having the ability to use cognitive capabilities from IBM’s IoT and Watson services.”

The rapid growth of the IoT market means that the time taken to develop IoT products is becoming more of a factor in their success or failure. Any advantage in product development time counts, making Seebo an attractive option for IoT engineers who want to hit the ground running. Now, the collaboration with IBM Watson may prove to be the deciding factor in your choice of IoT platform.

For more about the Watson platform, read IBM’s IoT Experiment Hopes to Bring Watson to Any Connected Device. Or, to learn more about Seebo, read Virtualized IoT Development Environment Reduces Design Time.

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