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Industrial Iot aus dem Silicon Valley Series A: FogHorn Systems sammelt 12 Millionen ein

Redakteur: Nikolas Fleschhut

Das kalifornische IIoT StartUp FogHorn Systems, Anbieter einer Software für Applikationen im industriellen und kommerziellen Internet of Things hat seine erste Finanzierungsrunde abgeschlossen. Die 12 Millionen US-Dollar kommen allen voran von GE Ventures und March Capital. Weitere Investoren sind Robert Bosch Ventures, Yokogawa Electric Corporation und Darling Ventures.

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Nicht umsonst investieren gerade Industrie-Größen wie GE oder Bosch in das junge Unternehmen aus dem Silicon Valley: Nach eigenen Angaben verbindet die Software, die von FogHorn Systems entwickelt wurde, "Edge Processing", also die Datenverarbeitung nicht mehr zentral sondern am Rand eines Netzwerks, Echtzeit-Analysen, und heterogene Anwendungen für Machine Learning direkt an der Datenquelle. Das ist vor allem für industrielle Anwendungen, die große Datenmengen in Höchstgeschwindigkeit produzieren, höchst relevant. Betrachtet man die Technologie beispielsweise unter dem Aspekt der oftmals noch sehr limitierten Bandbreite, eröffnet die Verarbeitung von Produktionsdaten völlig neue Möglichkeiten, auch in der Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0.

Die Stimmen zum Investment auf einen Blick

Michael Dolbec, Head of Ventures and Business Development, GE Digital:"The Industrial Internet enables organizations to leverage and act on analytic insights from their machines, equipment, and operations. Realizing this vision requires distributed edge-to-cloud computing and machine learning, and we are excited to have leading technology innovators like FogHorn as part of our Predix ecosystem."

David C. King, CEO, FogHorn:“This is the largest initial round of funding raised by a Silicon Valley startup focused on IoT edge analytics and fog computing. Our investors include major strategic players in the Industrial IoT sector with participation from global leaders based in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In addition to welcoming these companies as strategic investment partners, we will work with each of them to develop breakthrough IoT solutions for their industrial and commercial customers."

Luis Llovera, Managing Director, Robert Bosch LLC.:“The market opportunity for IoT is vast, not only in the industrial sector, but in Bosch’s smart building and connected vehicle businesses as well. We look forward to working with FogHorn’s groundbreaking edge analytics technology and fog computing applications platform.”

Sastry Malladi, CTO, FogHorn: “Ingesting sensor data at the edge and then simply publishing everything to a cloud environment for processing is not practical or advisable in most industrial settings. The sheer amount of data generated by industrial machines and factories can easily exceed available bandwidth, and it would be cost prohibitive to send that data to the cloud. Moreover, some machines and processes require automated responses within a few seconds or even milliseconds. By the time uploaded data is processed in a data center and the results transferred back to the edge, it often arrives too late. This is where FogHorn’s edge intelligence is truly revolutionary.”

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