Webee, the next-gen Industrial Internet of Things company (IIoT) was selected as the winner of M12's Global Female Founders Competition - an initiative that seeks to identify the next wave of leading female founders.
Founded by Cecilia Flores and Lucas Funes Webee has been chosen out of hundreds of applications as Webee was selected as the Best Enterprise SaaS category in the United States.
“We are proud to welcome Webee to the M12 portfolio and invest alongside Mayfield and Pivotal Ventures. We see in Webee a combination of technological vision, a purpose-driven mission, and the incredible entrepreneurial grit. The expertise of its founders and their proven track record are critical in the pursuit of more sustainable industrialization.”
The competition, organized by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, and partnership with Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures and Mayfield invested USD $6 million in four winners. Two winners–one global and one US-based startup–were selected in each of the two categories: Deeptech and Software as a Service (SaaS). Webee was the US winners in the SaaS category, receiving $2M for her business, while Deeptech winners each received $1M.
The $2M investment from M12, Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, and Mayfield, we allow Webee to continue its expansion in the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture industries to help reduce the impact of food loss on the environment.
Insight Tech Article by Kenton Wilson
For many IoT projects, complexity can be a killer. Developers often need to work with a variety of legacy systems, each with its own programming language, toolset, protocols, and so forth. They need to interpret the data coming off these old systems and figure out how to get this newly acquired data to the right destination—and that can mean learning another set of APIs and protocols.
For example, the data might need to go to a web dashboard, trigger SMS alerts, or be integrated into a variety of enterprise applications.
Programming is complicated but it doesn’t have to be. In this article you can learn how are no-coding, end-to-end toolset powered by Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Computer Vision makes it possible.
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Join us for an insightful conversation with Lester Burgos, an experienced Factory Manager with a demonstrated history in the food production industry. He has vast experience in Operations Management, Demand Planning, Business Process Improvement, Hazard Analysis, and Critical Control Points (HACCP). His experience in the Food Industry is leading production teams in companies such as Barry Callebaut, and Nestle. We discussed the challenges the industry is facing, how the future looks like, and how technology plays a key role in its future.
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(Sunnyvale, CA – June 15, 2020) – Webee Corporation, announces that they joined the LoRa Alliance® to advance the deployment of IoT and AI Solutions offering a next-gen no-coding toolset for manufacturing, agriculture, and supply chain operations.
The LoRa Alliance is the fastest-growing technology alliance. A non-profit association committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN® open standard.
"Webee is very much looking forward to continuing its progress on bringing visibility, sustainability and efficiency of Industrial Operations through IoT solutions while transmitting data in a secure and efficient way”. “LoRaWAN technology has the flexibility for indoor, outdoor and in-transit implementations overcoming structural challenges of many industrial environments in Food, Beverage & Agriculture operations”. Says Lucas Funes, CEO at Webee.
“We are very pleased to welcome Webee to the LoRa Alliance,” said Donna Moore, CEO and Chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “I look forward to its contributions and learning about its innovative approach to developing IoT solutions. As an alliance member, Webee now has access to the largest IoT ecosystem to collaborate, form partnerships and have new opportunities for worldwide exposure to assist in accelerating its business.”
Joining the LoRa Alliance’s leading ecosystem is one more step for Webee on its commitment to accelerating the adoption of IoT to reduce the environmental impact of industrial operations and achieve sustainability.
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Since 2016, Webee worked with different business units and regions of Panasonic, helping them accelerate the deployment of various IoT solutions to reach the market on time, add efficiency and scale their businesses.
Jim French, President of Panasonic R&D shares his thoughts on how Webee help them reach their goals.
What attracted you to Webee?
We look for partners that can help us bring new technologies and ideas into our business. Webee has a unique vision for the future of connected devices which is in line with what our organization looks for in terms of innovation. Webee is very honest. They also have the ability to communicate as easily with our engineers as with our business executives.
What did Webee bring to your organization in terms of technology Innovation?
When you work on innovation the ability to solve complex problems in an effective way is critical, and that is what Webee helps us the most. From the beginning, Webee's toolset really helps us efficiently deploy solutions at a fraction of the time.
What is unique about Webee’s technology and services?
Webee has a combination of the technological vision, the capacity to deliver, and the human quality of the team.They make an extra effort to understand and adapt to our current business needs but they always keep an eye on what can be next and scalable for the future.
CES 2020 launch "Air Quality Monitoring Solution"
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By Lucas Funes, CEO & Founder
For the last several weeks, cities all over the world have been under shelter-in-place orders. While some areas are slowly easing restrictions, it could be months or more before activity goes back to “normal.” For companies, remote work is going to be standard practice for the foreseeable future, and especially for industrial manufacturing operations, remote monitoring will become a priority.
Working from home may become commonplace as companies choose to cut down on office space and encourage remote work even after the pandemic is brought under control. If staff members are working from home, companies can reduce office space or eliminate offices altogether.
Automation will allow organizations to operate even amid disasters. Previously, it’s adoption was met with some resistance, it was viewed as a “nice-to-have technology.” Now, given the circumstances industrial manufacturing operations has faced - automation has quickly become a must-have for businesses who want to come out of this successfully and also build more resilient operations. Let’s take a look at some ways the COVID-19 pandemic will reshape businesses.
What does the post-pandemic future look like for working environments?
As things continue to evolve, It’s hard to predict the future with certainty, but anyone can contemplate what might come to pass. Bill Gates, for example, has been warning about the risk of a major pandemic for years. Many medical professionals have been sounding the alarm as well. Still, people never saw it coming.
On the business side, we can’t say for sure what’s going to happen after this pandemic is brought under control. Things will “go back to normal” but what does that actually mean? The new normal may be quite different from the past.
Consider commutes. No one likes being stuck in traffic or on the subway. Yet many metropolitan areas are congested, especially during rush hour. Employees may be stuck on the road for an hour or more to and from home. Unsurprisingly, 54 percent of Americans now want to work remotely after the pandemic ends.
Some businesses may find the idea of remote work scary or intimidating. However, companies can take advantages of savings associated with downsizing or eliminating offices making work from home more tempting.
Many companies such as Amazon, Google, and others have been using remote employees and contractors for years. Remote work is a modern phenomenon. The Internet, streaming video services, online project management tools, and other platforms make work from home possible and relatively easy.
Further, in the so-called shut-in economy, online learning has become the norm. Companies can leverage this to increase employee training while reducing the need for expensive retreats. So while office work may be getting the most attention as far as virtual work goes, manufacturers may evolve dramatically as well, embracing new technologies and discarding outdated practices.
Even non-remote companies will undergo massive change
Many manufacturing and industrial facilities remained open during the outbreak. However, even in spite of the shutdown, essential operations have been closed and severely affected by in-house outbreaks of COVID-19.
While manufacturers initially resisted change, the shortcomings caused by a lack of preparation have become obvious. By using IoT and AI-driven automated processes, and leveraging data, companies can fortify supply lines and reduce the risk of being shut down by diseases.
A better understanding of inventory can also help companies prepare for outbreaks or other events that could affect supply lines - and, this has to do with having access to real-time data. Automation is no longer a “nice-to-have” solution - it is the only way companies can succeed in the post-pandemic world.
The Internet-of-Things can make manufacturing and industrial activity more responsive to unfolding events. AI can be used to help manage resources even as humans call in sick, helping increase efficiency and ensuring a steady supply of inputs and production.
Manufacturers need to accelerate technology adoption and the most effective way to do that is by adopting solutions that work with existing infrastructure, are easy to deploy, and guarantee immediate ROI, such as Webee’s Remote Monitoring Solution that is installed remotely in just hours without the need of technical expertise.
COVID-19 will create a paradigm shift
The COVID-19 outbreak started in China and quickly shut down supply chains across the globe. As this disaster proves, what happens in China won’t necessarily stay in China. Many companies are already re-examining their supply chains to ensure continuity in the event of the next crisis.
Some companies will leverage data and other resources to fortify and diversify supply chains. More manufacturing processes may relocate back to the United States and other fully-developed countries. Technology is a key ally on this transitional proceses. Automation, and AI, can help to take over the redundant tasks while reducing human error. Much of the work will be automated. So then, even if employees will need to stay home - the supply chain can withstand the disruption.
It’s time to embrace the types of strategic technologies that will prepare us for the future of business operations. We are all in this together so let’s get to work!
As the COVID situation unfolds, IIoT for Industrial Remote Monitoring Technology is set to play a growing role in COVID-19 response to help the manufacturing industry keep up with production demand and avoid any disruptions in the supply-chain.
Here are 4 key aspects in which technology can help the manufacturing industry.
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Control Virus Spread and Hospital Demand Optimization
As the advance of COVID around the world unfolds, we felt the immediate need to see how we could contribute. We believe technology can become a deal-breaker in the way we face this global crisis, not only today but also as we rethink the future. We connected with our partners in Italy to put our technology at service to help work on this emergency situation.
“Innova for Italy” is an initiative by the Italian “Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitalization” that invites organizations from the private and public sectors to provide ideas and solutions for prevention, diagnostics, and monitoring of the spread of Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on the whole national territory. We presented a solution to monitor and localize patients and control the spread of COVID-19.
Our team worked to adapt our tracking solution to be able to effectively track and monitor patients and hospital staff to control the spread of the virus. The sick patient or hospital staff holds a small tracker in his pocket. Every time they move inside or outside of the hospital facility the system alerts who they were in contact with, who are the people at risk and if the isolation is properly conducted. This solution allows real-time understanding of hospital capacity so they can fast identify what type of movement needs to be done between hospitals to optimize capacity and avoid dangerous and inefficient delays.
We hope our technology can contribute to mitigating COVID impact and we are looking forward to understanding and finding other ways in which we can contribute.
If you find any ideas that could benefit from our technology please send us an email to email@example.com
We’re excited to announce that Webee recently joined Microsoft for Startups, a new program that delivers access to technology, go-to-market and other benefits that helps startups grow their customer and revenue base.
The initiative offers joint sales engagements with startups, along with access to technology, and new community spaces that promote collaboration across local and global ecosystems. Startups are an indisputable innovation engine, and Microsoft is partnering with founders and investors to help propel their growth.
"Collaborations with Microsoft will help us not only understand our clients needs better but also have access to leading technology to guarantee scalability" said Lucas Funes, CEO and Founder at Webee.
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By Lucas Funes, CEO & Founder
As I kicked-off 2020 I attended some of the most important annual shows in the US to get a glimpse of how the future looks like in some of the most prominent industries. Started with Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that since 1967 brings the latest technology innovations to the floor, NRF Annual Convention & EXPO, the flagship industry event of the National Retail Federation, and International Builder Show (IBS) the NAHB event that gathers home builders from all over the world. Here are some of my thoughts about what is next in terms of innovation.
It is not news that Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics are becoming the backbone of any decision making in any industry. As I walked the floor it was obvious to me that it comes down to either retail, home builder or consumer electronics: a strategy without the right data infrastructure can no longer be sustained. So if you haven't looked at your BI infrastructure, stop what you are doing and start planning how you will get in on the future.
The retail industry is evolving its processes with very sophisticated solutions for real-time analytics for inventory and supply chain. Retail business BI needs IoT, AI, and machine vision to optimize operations, logistics and supply chain in order to transform the business and fit into the new market trends and consumer demands. One example is a solution that uses drones and walking robots for inventory control and puts an end to many costly processes that have a direct impact on the customer experience, like making sure orders are shipped on time. Access to real-time analytics is key to optimize warehouses and facilities. With the imminent growth of e-commerce, retailers need to make sure they have the right logistics in place and that their operations can scale at the speed of market adoption. The fast-changing patterns in consumer behavior are certainly driving technological change.
The Home Builders industry is also going in the same direction with technological solutions to optimize the construction industry processes and ultimately build more efficient houses, faster. From automated processes and AI to predict supplies, to the visibility of workers' safety and productivity. Almost every critical process in the construction industry is being touched by technology with a strong sense of efficiency but also adding sustainability to the equation. During IBS, Panasonic presented the BUILDER Chowa Concept Home, an idea rooted in the past but aligned with the needs of the future: the spirit of Chowa, looking to evolve a very stalled industry and bridge the gap between what homebuyers want and what the industry can deliver. “The Chowa spirit of life balance, harmony, and connection to nature” looks for advances in areas such as materials selection, construction processes, air quality management and technology integration to create a health and wellness-focused environment, and a more sustainable footprint.
Launched in CES and IBS and powered by Webee Technology, the Panasonic’s Cosmos Healthy Home System brings the possibility to manage the home’s indoor air quality on a 24/7 basis sensing the air for VOCs, fine particles, carbon dioxide, and humidity, and automatically adjust airflow systems to remove air contaminants and bring in fresh, healthy air from the outside.
CES summarized the idea of industries and businesses of any type embracing technology at some point whether it is to offer new innovative customer experiences or to optimize long-time inefficiencies to critical processes that have a direct impact on their businesses. If I compare 2020 edition to my previous years at the show, there is a clear common ground on the use of data, I can see that even though there are many discussions around privacy, we as consumers somehow learned how to embrace it and make the best use of it to improve our daily lives, and we accept that.
The only aspect that we continue to work on is the discussion around sustainability and how we can speed to the use of data and technology to also guarantee a sustainable future. With some industries taking the lead and making tangible progress such as the auto and renewable energy industries we still have a long way to go on making technology and data more accessible and inclusive so that it can be applied to solve some of the most urgent issues towards the future. There is a power to technology innovation and it still needs to consider its role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future.