Autodesk SeeControl Enables the Future of Connected Products with New Internet of Things Cloud Service

BANGKOK – December 3, 2015 – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced an Internet of Things platform for manufacturers and Inventor Connected Design, a new collaboration tool for Autodesk Inventor 2016.


Autodesk SeeControl Enables the Future of Connected Products with New Internet of Things Cloud Service


Autodesk today announced Autodesk SeeControl, a comprehensive new platform powering the Internet of Things that allows customers to capture, analyze and use data from remote products.  Acquired by Autodesk in September 2015, the new SeeControl offering will help manufacturers gain competitive advantage by optimizing their existing products and capturing the intelligence required to offer their customers innovative new services.

“The future of making products in the machinery and specialty vehicles industries is changing quickly and the expectations for online services have increased,” said Brian Roepke, senior director of Product Lifecycle Management and Internet of Things at Autodesk. “The addition of SeeControl to the Autodesk line of IoT services will help businesses gain competitive advantage by optimizing existing products and capturing the necessary intelligence to offer their customers new services.”

The Internet of Things refers to the growing ecosystem of physical things embedded with electronics, software, and sensors that are connected to the Internet and to each other. When these things are products sold to end customers, manufacturers can gather and stream data about how they are being used to offer valuable insights , allowing them to respond to the needs of their markets and individual customers. Connected products also create new insights for the people who design and make them, helping companies better understand their use and improve them over time.

For several years, manufacturers have been developing, manufacturing and bringing connected products to market using Autodesk cloud services like Fusion 360 and PLM 360. Now, with the addition of Autodesk SeeControl, the company has bolstered its cloud-based Product Innovation Platform with analytics that will enable its customers to achieve smarter, more predictive monitoring and achieve greater competitive separation.

Autodesk SeeControl allows manufacturers to monitor how their product performs in the real world and use live data to optimize future versions. They can keep products running at peak levels, identify potential for failure before it happens and schedule maintenance downtime when it is least disruptive. Ultimately, manufacturers can bring their customers a level of enhanced services based on information about real world product performance and consumption.

SeeControl is different from other products of its kind because:

  • It’s a true multi-tenant cloud solution, which allows companies to get up and running in minutes.
  • It’s device and communication protocol agnostic, meaning companies are not tied to a single standard.
  • It’s easy to use, with no-coding and drag-and-drop tools for device communications, data analytics, visualization and business.

“Since the acquisition, Autodesk has moved aggressively to further develop SeeControl by connecting it with core Autodesk services such as 3D visualization,” said Roepke. “Bringing the live data from SeeControl into our engineering tools will better inform the next generation of designs and empower SeeControl customers in ways that weren’t previously possible before.”

“We’re excited about adopting Autodesk SeeControl because of the many ways it can help us grow our business and provide unparalleled service to our customers,” said David Keeley, Engineering Manager at TSM Control Systems. “In just a matter of days, we were able to connect to SeeControl and begin extracting value from live data collected from one of our products. We’re looking forward to what SeeControl will help us accomplish in the future.”


Autodesk Inventor Puts Collaboration at the Center of the Design Process

 In addition to the many advanced features incorporated into Autodesk Inventor 2016 since its launch in April, Autodesk is today announcing a new collaboration tool for Inventor subscribers called Inventor Connected Design. Powered by the Autodesk 360 cloud platform, this service enables fast and easy 3D design reviews that can reach team members anywhere in the world on any device*.

Collaborate with Inventor Connected Design

Inventor Connected Design is new technology for linking Inventor to the cloud. Using Autodesk A360, Inventor 2016 customers are able to launch a Design Share collaboration session easily from within Inventor and then capture notes and record the intent behind decisions, all while allowing control over sharing of their intellectual property. This cloud-enabled collaboration supports multiple engineering teams to collaborate concurrently across the product development workflow and helps speeds the decision making process.

“We are bringing together the best of our design authoring tools, data management and secure cloud capabilities to dramatically improve collaboration for product development,” said Lance Grow, director of Inventor product design. “This new way of working will allow customers to easily review their designs, collaborate across engineering teams and streamline supply chain communications while using a variety of platforms. This capability enables our customers to easily select and preview the design data to be shared, allowing them complete control of their intellectual property.”

In detail, Inventor Connected Design allows users to:


  • Collaborate on 3D designs on virtually any device.
  • Frequently share designs-in-progress without committing changes or otherwise impacting data management.
  • Conduct reviews much more quickly than with traditional methods such as 2D screenshots and/or email.
  • Leverage lightweight viewables that allow for easy control over which parts are shared and which are excluded.
  • Automatically manage and track comments from collaborators, providing a central record for each Design Share and associated feedback.


Adding IFC Publishing for the Building and Construction Industry

In the past several years, Inventor has expanded several capabilities that enable Building Product Manufacturers to easily exchange data with Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems. This newest Inventor update adds Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format as an export option to facilitate the delivery of 3D mechanical designs for building and construction applications. IFC is an open standard for exchanging model information among manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries. It is increasingly being mandated by building owners and government agencies. Inventor now supports IFC in addition to RFA and ADSK export formats.

*Access to services requires an internet connection and is subject to any geographical restrictions set forth in the Terms of Service.


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