innogy Innovation Hub announces seed investment in Calipsa
LONDON — 06 March 2019 — innogy Innovation Hub, which identifies, funds, and mentors game-changing technologies and ideas, today announced it has completed a seed investment in UK-headquartered AI powered CCTV monitoring company, Calipsa. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The investment will enable Calipsa to further refine its product and support its growth strategy in the UK and Europe, leveraging the Innovation Hub’s extensive global network.
Founded in 2016 by Mohammad Rashid Khan and Boris Ploix, Calipsa aims to transform how Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) video monitoring and analysis is conducted. The Calipsa platform is built on state of the art deep learning techniques to automatically analyse CCTV video feeds and provide actionable real-time alerts and notifications to human operators seated in control rooms to enable faster and more efficient decision-making.
Calipsa focuses on theft and burglary prevention in the commercial security industry to protects assets such as commercial buildings, construction sites, manufacturing facilities, waste management plants, solar and agricultural farms and retail outlets. Being a cloud-based software platform, Calipsa leverages existing CCTV hardware, requiring no up-front capital expenditure for its customers.
“We are delighted to welcome innogy Innovation Hub as a new investor and partner,” said Mohammed Rashid Khan, co-founder and CEO of Calipsa. “As well as providing financial backing, they take a very hands-on approach, providing access to their fantastic network of industry contacts. With their support we look forward to growing our company and achieve our ambition to become the market leader in CCTV monitoring.”
Annemie Ress, Managing Director for innogy Innovation Hub said: “We identify and back innovative companies and technologies that have the potential to transform infrastructure for the benefit of all and Calipsa’s technology is a great example of that. By automating video monitoring, they are helping to transform assets like buildings into smart organisms. Since launching the product in mid-2018 they have attracted a number of large customers, which is great validation for the product. We have been incredibly impressed by Rashid and his talented team and are thrilled to partner with them to accelerate their growth.”
There are currently around 250 million professionally installed CCTV cameras in the world. The market for alarm monitoring services exceeds $50 billion globally and shows double-digit annual growth, driven by decreasing camera costs, improved networking and a growing appetite for security. Calipsa’s monitoring platform reduces false alarms in excess of 50%.
Founded in 2016 by machine learning and AI experts, Mohammad Rashid Khan and Boris Ploix, Calipsa comprises expertise from universities including Cambridge, Imperial College London and UCL. Calipsa is working with customers in the UK and UK and is seeking strategic partners to take its technology to the market.
Founded in 2016, Calipsa has developed a machine learning (AI) based software platform that automates the analysis and monitoring of video feeds. For more information, visit: http://calipsa.io.
About innogy Innovation Hub
innogy Innovation Hub believes that new technologies, business models and consumption patterns will redefine the energy market of the future. We believe this future will be driven by four core global trends; decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitisation and democratisation. innogy Innovation Hub’s mission is to drive this vision for the future of energy by being a sector disruptor: by identifying the game-changing technologies, ideas, individuals and businesses that will help build that future, wherever they are, providing funding, mentoring and a platform for co-creation, collaboration and convergence.
The innogy Innovation Hub has created a €162m portfolio (as of December 2018) through investing in disruptive individuals, start-ups and early stage businesses and provided opportunities for nearly 90 start-up and scale-up companies to collaborate. It is headquartered in Berlin, with teams across Europe including in London, Warsaw and Essen, as well as offices in California (Silicon Valley) and Israel (Tel Aviv).
The innogy Innovation Hub is funded by innogy SE, a leading German energy company, with revenues of around €43 billion (2017), more than 42,000 employees and activities in 16 countries. For more information visit: https://innovationhub.innogy.com
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