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Strategic investment for smart sensing

CogniPoint edge-analytics sensors enable effective building space management and enhance buildings’ operational efficiency

Sensing solution provides analytics to enhance a building's operational efficiency
Sensing solution provides analytics to enhance a building's operational efficiency

PointGrab, the machine learning and computer vision company that provides smart sensing solution to the building automation industry, has announced a US$7 million strategic investment to support its advanced sensor technology for smart buildings.


The investors include new partners Philips Lighting, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co. Ltd (MUCAP), a venture capital arm of MUFG, Japan’s largest financial group, in addition to existing investors ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and others.


PointGrab’s edge-analytics smart sensing solution, CogniPoint, provides industry-leading occupant activity analytics to enable effective building space management and enhance buildings’ operational efficiency.


By embedding state-of–the-art deep learning neural networks technology into cost-effective, miniature and connected optical sensing devices, PointGrab’s CogniPoint sensing solution provides unprecedented analytics precision in the detection of occupants’ locations, count, and movements. This technology improves energy efficiency, optimises the use of space and improves safety and security.


“CogniPoint’s ultra-intelligent edge-analytics sensor technology will be a key facilitator for capturing critical data for building operations optimization, energy savings improvement and business intelligence,” said Itamar Roth, chief business officer, PointGrab. “We welcome our new partners and value their significant contribution in fulfilling our strategy of enabling truly intelligent buildings.”


Jacques Letzelter, global segment leader, office and industry, Philips Lighting, said: “PointGrab has developed truly industry-leading sensor technology. Being a strategic investor gives us a strong competitive edge at a time when our customers are demanding people counting for space optimization. Incorporating this functionality in our connected lighting systems will enable us to address a larger market and further capitalize on our position as the lighting company for the Internet of Things.”


PointGrab has installed CogniPoint smart sensors in numerous customer sites as part of ongoing collaboration projects. The CogniPoint solution will be available in early 2017.


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