Australian thermal sensor and artificial intelligence developer Calumino has raised $10.3m in a Series A funding round to develop its intelligent thermal sensing platform. The company says its platform can be used to detect human presence, as well as environmental activities and risks.
The funding round was led by Celesta Capital and Taronga Ventures, with several additional participants including Egis Technology, notably as a provider of biometrics and authentication software.
Calumino says its technology bridges a gap between the intrusiveness of IP cameras and the poor performance of motion sensors. Its thermal sensing can map individuals in an environment and detect human activity and posture.
The company sees applications in smart building management, pest control, safety and security, healthcare and other areas.
Calumino has formed a strategic partnership with a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric to market a pest control product in Japan.
“We are extremely excited about this partnership and plan to roll out this product globally with our partners,” said Marek Steffanson, Founder and CEO of Calumino. “No other technology can reliably differentiate humans from rodents, in the dark, affordably, intelligently and with very low data bandwidth – but this application is just the beginning. Our technology is creating a entirely new space in the market and we are extremely grateful to our investors for their support as we continue to ramp up production and enable the next generation of smart sensing to solve important problems.
Calumino plans to invest the funding in expanding its app base and addressing new use cases. Part of the funds will go to research and development, and the company plans to open new offices in Europe, Taiwan, Japan and the United States.
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