This past week UN Global Compact held a 3-day conference, Uniting Business LIVE, where the WE Empower awardees and finalists came together for regional discussions on tangible, innovative business solutions for advancing the UN SDGs, both locally and globally.
Webee's CMO and Co-Founder Cecilia Flores, joined Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson alongside women entrepreneurs in a discussion around how collective action can bring transformative and sustainable change around the world. They shared their efforts in advancing the SDGs and the challenges and Cecilia explained how the pandemic challenged the food system to find long term solutions to guarantee the continuity of food supply chain, and reduce the impact of food loss on the environment.
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The virtual Agri-tech Innovation Summit kicked off its virtual event on September 15, welcomed by over 900 executive-level delegates representing 54 countries to discuss how the agri-food landscape is rapidly evolving and address the surging consumer demand for the freshest produce. Within the summit, attendees ranged from the world’s leading seed companies, food, retailers, farm operators, technology providers, and investors.
Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to Webee Corporation’s no-code visual IoT toolset to take advantage of the scalability, reliability, and agility of Azure to drive application development and shape business strategies.
SUNNYVALE, California -- September 9, 2020 -- Webee Corporation, a next-gen Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company, today announced the availability of Webee, its no-code visual IoT solution, in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Webee customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management.
The M12 Female Founders Competition SaaS winner created a unique IIoT and AI (artificial intelligence) solution with a no-code visual approach toward building complex IoT applications for the industrial and commercial markets. This enables customers to benefit from IoT technology without impacting operations and obtaining an immediate return on investment.
“We are looking forward to continuing to help organizations adapt to the new working environments and bring visibility to industrial operations,” said Lucas Funes, CEO at Webee. “The scalability, reliability, and agility of Azure IoT, Azure AI, Azure Machine Learning, combined with business intelligence and analytics, make it possible to help organizations reduce the cost and time of effective IoT implementations.”
“Through Microsoft Azure Marketplace, customers around the world can easily find, buy, and deploy partner solutions they can trust, all certified and optimized to run on Azure,” said Sajan Parihar, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. “We’re happy to welcome Webee's solution to the growing Azure Marketplace ecosystem.”
The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Webee serves clients around the world with a unique no-code approach to deploy smart farming, remote monitoring, and worker safety solutions in hours, saving millions of dollars lost from downtime and accelerating complex IoT implementations from months to hours.
Learn more about Webee at its page in the Azure Marketplace.
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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.
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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 processes. "Automation, and AI, can help to take over the redundant tasks while reducing human error. Critical work can be automated so that 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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