Aucobo is a young and innovative start-up company with Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Their mission is to deliver the leading human-centric smart wearable solution to revolutionize industrial shopfloor management. Aucobo aims to increase productivity through a new way of connecting humans and machines in the manufacturing environment through wearables and smart devices. Their human centric software solution enables precision and autonomy by intelligently connecting systems and maximizing the production’s potential. It connects departments and employees within the shop floor, making the production more mobile and efficient for a maximum increase in productivity. Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? Aucobo: The main activity of our company is the development of software that optimizes the machine human communication in production and thus drives digitization in companies. E.E: What’s the news for 2020 about new products? Aucobo: For 2020 we are planning to release new useful features for our industry smartwatches and smart devices. Our latest release included a walkie-talkie feature which allows workers to send voice messages to each other and a photo interaction, which allows workers to take and share photos taken with their industry smartwatch. This is very useful for documentation or repair and maintenance staff. During the Corona crisis, we added “corona features” like distance warning and a data protection compliant contact tracing diary to our software. (more info here: https://aucobo.de/en/covid-19-feature/). Future updates will include many more features that will help companies stay one step ahead of their competition and drive digitization. E.E: What are the ranges of traded products? Aucobo: Right now, our hardware consists of 3 different industry smartwatches. Each has its own special features, that customers can choose from depending on the situation and the environment they will be used in. They run on different operating systems such as Android and Windows and can be equipped with additional equipment like finger scanners or the ProGlove™. (more info: https://aucobo.de/en/product/hardware/ ) E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? Aucobo: We are currently working mainly with large manufacturing companies, helping them to create the digital factory of tomorrow by empowering their employees to optimize processes independently. We are also increasingly trying to support SMEs on the path to digitalization. In some cases, customers are decades apart from each other in terms of digitalization. Many do not yet have connected machines or only partially and others are already working on the paperless factory. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? Aucobo: Digitization in manufacturing is advancing, machines are becoming more and more automated and new ways of working together are being implemented. Step by step, many companies are realizing that it is necessary to integrate employees on the shopfloor into the process of the digital transformation. That is why more and more companies are equipping their employees with smart devices to optimize processes, make multimachine operation, as well as collaboration with coworkers easier, provide transparency and improve the data quality. This often goes hand in hand with the trend of predictive maintenance and analytics. E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? Aucobo: At the macro level, the big manufacturing executive systems providers like MPDV are increasingly trying to become an ecosystem that brings together the diverse innovative providers of small solutions for manufacturing companies. At the micro level there are suppliers of indoor localization such as Kinexon, of predictive analytics & maintenance such as Predictronics and of machine to human communication such as aucobo. E.E: What estimations do you have for 2020? Aucobo: Churchill once said: “Never waste a crisis” and thus we assume that one or the other unicorn will emerge this year. Also, we believe that due to the current crisis, new technologies will arise as well as new ways of collaboration in worldwide manufacturing environments.