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Eric Simone
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Eric Simone
Founder & CEO at ClearBlade, Inc.

Eric Simone is the Founder and CEO of ClearBlade Inc., an Enterprise Edge Computing Internet of Things (IoT) software company focused on large Enterprises in the transportation, building facilities, and connected products markets. Prior to starting ClearBlade, Eric was the founder and CTO of Compete Incorporated, which sold to Perficient Inc. (PRFT) for $63M in May of 2000. Earlier in his career, Eric achieved success in senior engineering, product and sales positions at IBM and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Eric has a degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and i

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Asset Tracking is at the forefront of the Internet of Things. In its most simple form, asset tracking is placing “dots on a map” in real-time to identify the location of critical assets. But asset tracking means so much more in an industrial corporate environment. ClearBlade has deployed many edge-to-enterprise solutions that allow companies in the transportation industry to quickly track, protect and optimize their critical assets. This presentation will discuss the use cases and benefits of tracking critical assets in the transportation industry.

01:20 Critical assets

04:20 Asset monitoring – trains

11:20 Asset monitoring questions

12:40 Asset monitoring operations

17:17 Rules, events, and actions

20:25 Asset monitoring demonstration

25:37 Asset monitoring technology

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Great. Thanks. Kevin grade introduction. Great. Thanks for taking time out of your day. My name is Miriam CEO. Clear Blake here basement, Austin, Texas. Semi sunny out here. Hey, listen, a brief background on myself computer science nerd begin my career at IBM in the late eighties developing Mainframe Air Traffic Control Systems in Hospital systems, and now got 30 years later. I'm fortunate enough to be leading a team of much more talented program at clearblade building leading iot

software focused on asset monitoring in the transportation and facility spaces today. I'm going to talk about Industrial iot in the tracking of equipment for Planes Trains and critical assets with a few examples from our customers. So I hope you're all safe and well given the currency. Stances sitting safely at home in your pajamas listening to my soothing voice. I myself out wearing pants, but you can't see that. So without without TMI out-of-the-way, let's go to the discussion of critical assets. So what are critical assets assets are things that a business

owns that they care about simply put their important items if they want to monitor. They want to know more about these critical assets things. Like how is it performing? What is its location? Who is using the asset? Is it operational? Does it need maintenance and so forth things in our ecosystem that we want to know about the status of a slushie machine in my convenience stores the location of my expensive pallets of except essential oils the location and status of oil tankers that have to go through Dangerous Waters in the Gulf the status

and locate. The workers on oil platforms a very diverse set of critical assets and people to monitor clearblade we've experienced monitoring many types of industrial things like you see here on this lock industrial-grade railroad crossings mind welding slag haulers locomotives and rail cars oil wells and at some point we've been we've monitored all these things. So here are some examples of how our customers have configured or asset monitoring software to track their critical assets.

so that way all right. So planks are first example comes from a large aircraft manufacturer. The business need here is they need to track critical assets for maintaining grounded aircraft across the country as you can imagine aircraft sitting on the ground for long periods of time need to be properly maintained. Just think about your car these days sitting in the garage not being driven near me. You have to do some maintenance on that to keep it running. So imagine a 747 write this equipment is

diverse. It's spread all across their facilities across the country and are using asset monitoring to do a number of things first. They want to track the location of this equipment things move around you've got blowers. You've got generators you've got things as simple as a standing Work benches that they need to maintain his aircraft. We need to get real-time information on the condition of some of this equipment effectively repair and maintain the equipment. Track and current and historical usage of the equipment this results in massive savings within their business

in many different ways better maintained and functioning aircraft ready to go when it's needed better usage of airplane maintenance equipment more optimized better purchasing and deployment decisions. Do I have too many of these assets do I have to puke what happens in an emergency? What happens in a crisis? So now let's talk about the next example in trains. So is he up what I'm doing here Planes Trains where where will get to John Candy Later customer tracking rail cars and they're moving day de lis real cars are businesses. The

leasing of rail cars across various Railway infrastructure there needed to track the location and uses Lucid of their Railcar more efficiently. So they can manage your inventory of real cars. So they can invoice their customers on the time the real cars been used and least. They can monitor the attributes and status of each Railcar. Where are they obviously like I said before or they are they where they should be. Why is this real car in Monterrey Mexico when it supposed to be in Sudbury Canada things like that is the real car loaded or empty

is it in use of the doors open or closed as a real car been sitting idle? Maybe there's a meeting. Said she was it damaged is critical to running their business and having an asset monitoring system in place will save their business a significant amount of money. So these needs to be directly hit the bottom off Annex examples and oil. So this is a system not not even built by clearblade. It's our core system. But her partner Core Balance is in the business of building industrialize gateways for their customers and they have a number of oil and gas customers in

their ecosystem and they built a oil monitoring solution with the clearblade software using our asset monitoring capabilities to sell a bundle solution hardware and software to their customers example here is have oil wells are these customers typically sitting in remote locations that need to be predictably a surface to maintain having operational Wellhead data will greatly increase the ability for them. Do that alerting maintenance Personnel when there's a problem replenishing consumables before they run out of oil and in other supplies that are needed I guess oil for an oil well

is weird but replenishing those consumables and again the operational improvements that directly affect their business. So the next example were back into Rail and we're talking about real Crossing again this real customers using asset monitoring to monitor all wheel Crossings to make sure they are operational for Public Safety and operational efficiency. As you can imagine the rail industry is very serious about safety even one real incident a year is 1/2 men there need is to improve the safety of their 25000 Crossings

across their rail network by monitoring key features of each Crossing in real time, they're able to do things like monitor the status is the gate operation. Is it missing did someone blow through that gate and break it are the lights working is the battery backup charge in case of a power outage are the lights working are they bright enough is the battery charge which we said things like that is the gate motor slowing down. Do I have to go out and predictably maintain skate before it fails. Once again, this information is

critical to running their business for improving Public Safety and reducing their liability on potential Act. Another real example next Israel switches. So these are the things that move the rail from one line to another others large switching centers in places like Chicago and another another places. This rail customer wants to Monitor and is monitoring their switches on their Railway to prevent unexpected delays or in the worst-case scenarios train derailments. So the business need again, it's a safety issue making sure the railway is safer to use but

also more efficient a rail delay or rail stop is extremely expensive more commonly trains get delayed because these switches freeze or their obstructed by by objects or there sand in the switch and they can start to see on bad things coming if they they they tracked a bridge across the switch if they if it goes up as an indicator that the switch is harder to move and now then an operator can be alerted to go out and maintain that switch before. We have a failure. I really enjoy discussing the rail business. It's fascinating to me. I never

thought I would know this much about rail, but it it helps improve Public Safety and provide real value to all the rail business. So I'm to my last example and it's my freaking people and a lot of times we think iot you don't think of people but a big part of iot is monitoring the safety and health of the people within my facilities on my oil Platforms in my vehicle's things like that. So this customers need is to create a personalized experience for the visitors to their facility. They want to make sure their customers are

not waiting in line too long. They want to make sure that there's certain areas are too crowded there have an indoor ski slope that would make sure that is not overloaded. They want to make sure they have enough people took to the service people in enough customer service people to go handle ticket lines. They're screaming location data from Wi-Fi connections from ble connections and front camera. So they have camera data from hundreds of cameras around this facility and enables them to to find out what areas are are getting the most traffic. Why are my ticket lines

too long? How do I fix that are the too many people in Building B. Let's get some folks out there moving into Building C. Should we open up one of the rides for free? Do we have a safety problem? Is there a security problem? Is there a troubling situation? Where do I send my service Personnel to better handle? My my visitor this foot traffic data can also be supplied to their other customers with your the tenants of the of the small and obviously these malls are empty these days and it's even more critical once the world gets back to business and in being personally around each other

that they're able to provide that that customer experience that people want So in this is just to start their starting with the de personal customer service, but they also wanted might manage their HVAC. They want to manage the parking spaces. They want to manage water pumps for their water park roller coaster strollers wheelchairs Etc is just very diverse. There's lots of things that we want to monitor the situation. So now let's get into a little bit of how do we do this with an asset monitoring capabilities at Clear Lake. So let's talk about

the questions that these customers are asking so answering real time to help their business operate more efficiently one at the top of Mind these days is where my ventilators write a hospital needs to know where my ventilators are the country needs to know. Where do we have stockpiles of ventilators? And hopefully through this crisis were able to do a better job of having the right equipment in case of emergency, right? This is also an asset monitoring and track. Problem, where are my assets been historically there's more than just where they are. But who's using my assets

who should have my assets are they in the hands of the right people are they being used effectively are my assets under under utilizar over-utilized. We have too many of these assets and should I invest elsewhere again? Are they working and being maintained properly are my technician using them properly are they breaking because they're doing something wrong. Do I have too many or too few of these things? This is a big factor in s at monitoring know once we gather all this information on her assets. What do we do with it? How do we how do we do more than just just track

thing? So we need to take action when certain events happen, right? So let's talk about the operational a speck of critical asset. So it's one thing to track and get alerted but the business side the OT side of iot is the ability to go out and repair an asset. If we can answer these questions more quickly, we can be more efficient in our businesses. How about invoicing we talked about this earlier if if I know that I just shipped pipes to my oil drill and I can invoice the customer as they get used. I can never more efficient turnaround time on Revenant. I can

also move assets to different locations if they're in an area where they're not secure maybe I've got assets walking off the job site and I need to lock them up or maybe I've got assets that are out in the air and they're rusted and I need to make sure that their cover to move to another location. How about the workforce thing again? I need to train my Workforce to use these assets better. So I have to create alerts to say hey this this group of assets is wearing out quicker than expected. Let's examine how the people are using them in and and train them

in a different way. These are all Operational stage of the business of iot so too many times and and me and fluted talks so much about the technology that we never really get to the real business problem. And we're fortunate enough now to be seeing the real business benefits from our customers. So it's not just technology. This is about the operational Folks at work with these things and and off and I T & Oates. We don't see eye-to-eye. They don't typically interact with this these worlds are converging and both sides into work together to improve the

business efficiency the shift in gear technology a little bit. What does this technology actually do how does clearblade approach to solving this problem? So let's talk about assets and are more than just a map. I'm here are some of the ants that details our customers are looking at Rack today. We broken it down into five functional segments the first two are these Assets in the area so we can think of What it is, it's all the stuff that we are right there all our assets my my coat over there. My car my towel these are assets that I am they are

things that I want to track things are important to me. So it's in a business things are important to a business important enough to track and maintain and and take care of so if you get if they if we create an asset type in a clear Vape places that I can now Define what these assets do to me I can put data in these assets. I can make these asset unique I can move these assets around and essentially a digital twin of this physical object in my system so assets to move around so typically we're going to have a

location so latitude longitude longitude elevation, but more than just that so I'm also going to want an XYZ coordinate in a facility. So an example of say I've got an oil barrel that's being hauled by a truck. I'm going to be looking at the the GPS coordinates to wear that where that truck is where that oil barrel is but once I get it into the factory or the warehouse, then I'm going to need it's going to move around based on what pallet is it on wood shelf. Is it on where is it being used? Where is it being stored? So that's more the XYZ coordinates of internal tracking versus outside

tracking we have to do all these things in NSA monitoring and then secondly, it's the status of the object and misses this varies object object, you know, if I've got a real car like we talked about earlier. I'm going to be tracking it's loaded weight empty weight at the door open or closed status its axle status if it's a motor I want to track the RPMs on attack the Fort Sill level the oil level if it's a tank I want to understand if it's got a cap or not if it's open or closed. What is a carrying? What's the liquid type? Is it

still is it empty as a partially empty? You name it these are all attributes that get to find and change over time to represent this digital asset to this digital twin of a physical object. So now that we understand it she could first two key components are assets and areas and areas are things that contain access now we go into a deeper level of understanding of what we can do with that monetary. Show the next level this is where things get exciting is we can Implement rules events and actions to act on these assets to do something with it.

It's one thing to gather data and watch things move. It's another to actually make them actionable have them do something so we can bet begin acting on these Assets in a way that makes sense to the best knot to a programmer like me if this then that greater than equals to run this routine. We've got to be able to supply a no coding way for operational Oaks to fill in the information in business terms. So things like when my tank level is below X do why when this rule is satisfied we triggered this event. So so events can be

vents have a life cycle. So it's so I'm going to steal this from my CTO cuz I love it. I think of simple action of ordering a pizza. So I order my Domino's Pizza and it has a life cycle pizza gets ordered pizza gets stuck in the oven pizzas Dunn pieces on the delivery truck pizzas at my house pizzas in my belly right now that whole life cycle of that event chain for that pizza is closed because now that I didn't it I don't care about tracking that pizza anymore. The same is true with tracking a device or an asset that you care about within your business. This

this tank may hit a low level and then now I've got to fill it up again things like that. So not only not only do we run a life cycle, but we restore the history of that life cycle so we can have a an audit trail of what happened when to my items and this is gray data to store for feeding into large databases for machine learning and AI for tracking a problem for tracking if others mistakes being made all sorts of thing. This is a historical information is important and the last element hear his actions. So again, you have a vent typically one event

happens you going to have to take action. And so typically this is simple as sending an email or an SMS message to a professional that says this light needs replacing this engine needs oil and it and it can automatically create a work order by streaming that into our existing Enterprise systems things that you had for decades that your sap is your IBM Maximo is your service Max we breathe new life into these systems by streaming is iot data in and automating some of the workflow that's traditionally been manual or or at

least batched, right? So shifting gears again. I'd like to like to get into a short demonstration on cheating. But we only have a limited time and this make sure that I don't screw up. So this is clearly a tacit monitoring and so I'm going to stream this and entering a generic asset monitoring system. In this case. We're going to customize it to monitor tanks. So we we we give it a name tank Monitor and then we need to describe assets that we're tracking. So we're going to track in this case. Thanks. So barrels of of sulfuric acid in this case.

So we're going to give our label to tank and tank so that the plural of tank and then we are stored in plants. So where the Cradle plant and plants tight so we can now give life to these digital digital items and insert to describe pieces of my business. So we submit that and then we go in and start looking at how to monitor. These items so we've got now we have a monitor of tanks and plants here and we'll dive into creation of a new tattoo. What I did earlier is we created a template of a tank on

create an instance of many tanks on this case. I'm going to create a blue 200 gallon tank that has different features of it. It's got level. It's got temperature. Is it vital or not? What is a conscience in my tank? Miss Kay sulfuric acid. Let's give it an ID. Let's give it a name. Let's give it a location. So I'm going to put this information in and I'm going to drill into my location. We're going to zoom in here to Austin, Texas and put this new blue 200 gallon tank right into the location of clear blade on 807

West Avenue. Apparently Clearlake changing its business model. We are going from software company to sulfuric acid producer. So I want me to submit that and now I've got tank one and Zone 12, which is there blade and I've got my first ass so now let's go talk about the container for the outside or the plant. So I'm going to describe a new plant and it's going to be a tight acid plant and it's going to have an idea of Austin plant and its name is going to be Austin acid plant and I'm going to give it a

location as well. This is going to be the clearblade plants which we've now requested from the city of Austin to rezone our area for acid chemical production and we're going to apparently produce 800 barrels a day. So pretty efficient, even at the production of sulfuric acid. My people are good. So now, you know, like on they're going to pin on a map and now we'll go open up the big picture here and we've got to assets that you'll see a plant and a tank. So now we're going to do is interact with these two things briefly and

further describe features of our acid plants. I'm going to dive into the acid plant again and bur plant details and the nice thing about an area is we go get to define the dimensions of an area. So we're going to further enhance this digital twin and drop polygon around my area of our plants obviously clearblade bought several blocks of downtown Austin to produce sulfuric acid, and now we built a nice plants and we're going to stick our Barrels in there, right? Show me cut to the chase here get to how we apply rules to these things. So in this

case, I'm cleaning up vital tank level check if the blue gallon tank that is in my plant The Fill level drops below say 30 gallons. I want to alert my manager of the plant that's in charge of tank fill level to go do something. So I wear to give the severity of foresight very severe emergency situation because it's part of our business and now I want to send an SMS to mr. Aaron who is the person that's in charge of keeping of sulfuric acid tank fill. So when this event happens Aaron

gets an alert that says I must go to this tank and make sure it's filled and ready for shipment. So now you can start to see how these assets in a rat in a more complex wet so well drilling to the tank. We see some gauges here. We're going to go hydrate this information and instill it and show that now but this tank is drop below 12. I fired this rule that said Bill contact our bank manager Aaron and it's an open ticket and until he goes and fills this leveler. It has one of his people do it.

This is an open I cycle for this event. That was a very quick asset monitoring demonstration. Hopefully it made sense. We do much longer ones normally but I had limited time. So I'm going to get a few minutes here. Another slide and real quickly. Let's talk about the technology of asset monitoring. So it all starts with sensors and devices that are streaming data both new sensors that hurt that are communicating over ble Laura zigbee or existing stuff that's been in my business for decades that Allen Bradley machine that that's

Siemens machine that is connected by a canbus modbus bacnet. You named it battle screens information to what we call the edge. So you hear a lot about Edge Computing I could talk for an hour just an edge computer, but let's just imagine that you've got many different protocols. These things are speaking think of the edge of the Tower of Babel. It takes all this information and then makes it makes sense in one language that we can then stream up to our asset monitoring. When to apply those rule to apply those integration with enterprise system. So if we take this raw data

and diverse set of protocols stream it to the edge Harden that date room at data structure that data send only the critical information up for a cloud or on-premise instant. Then we trigger are rules and alerts and do our configuration. The next step is to do visualization show show the pictures to the people and where things are and what the status is also feet are big data databases so we can do machine learning and Ai and then Breathe new life into existing Enterprise systems that IBM maximo at BMC remedy that servicenow system so we can automate our business further. This is the

real exciting part of Iowa ticket. So this is a real quick overview of a critical asset monitoring and a short amount of time. Hopefully, you found it helpful. I don't know if we have time for Q&A Kevin, but I'm available for 1

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