Showing posts with label Silicon Valley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Silicon Valley. Show all posts

Monday, November 20, 2017

AISense raises $10 million for Ambient Voice Intelligence

AISense, a start-up based in Los Altos, California raised $10 million in Series A round for its Ambient Voice Intelligence technology.

AISense's mission is to make voice conversations accessible and searchable. The company's technology is already being used for providing transcriptions for the Zoom Video Communications platform. AISense is planning to launch a consumer product in early 2018. The idea is to give people the power to store, search and share the details of their everyday conversations.

The funding round was led by Horizons Ventures with participation from Tim Draper’s Draper Associates and Draper Dragon Fund, David Cheriton, the first Google investor, and Bridgewater Associates, among others. Bart Swanson, an advisor at Horizons Ventures, has also joined the AISense board.

http://www.aisense.com

Scalyr raises $20m for server log management

Scalyr, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raised $20 million in Series A funding for its cloud-based log management and server monitoring service.

Scalyr, which was founded by two former Google engineers, aggregates a company’s server logs and metrics into a centralized system for analysis and troubleshooting. The company said its solution takes advantage of the cloud’s economies of scale and allows for efficiencies unseen in rival log management systems. Scalyr said its system enables engineers to search 1 terabyte of log data per second.

The company notes 140 customers, including CareerBuilder, Business Insider, OkCupid, Baidu and Giphy.

The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from earlier investors Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures and Heroic Ventures.

“We’ve had a lot of success with early sales. Once customers see they can resolve issues 5X faster, it’s a no-brainer,” said Scalyr Founder and CEO Steve Newman, a repeat entrepreneur whose last company—Writely—was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. “Now we just need to spread the word, scaling up sales and marketing. We’re also expanding our engineering and product teams. We’ve only just begun to shake up operational visibility.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Didi Chuxing opens Silicon Valley Lab

Didi Chuxing, the leading ride sharing service in China, opened a U.S. research facility in Mountain View, California.  The offices encompass 36,000 square feet and offer capacity for more than 200 employees.

DiDi Labs, which was officially launched in March 2017, focuses on AI-based security and intelligent driving technologies.

Bob Zhang, CTO of Didi Chuxing, said at the campus opening, “It’s been an exciting year for DiDi Labs. Our talented team is growing fast and making important contributions across our key tech areas, from smart-city transportation management, AI ride-matching, to security and new product innovation. ”

Didi Chuxing now has over 450 million users and is handling over 25 million daily rides.

DiDi acquired Uber China in August 2016.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Aquantia rises 6% in IPO, raising $61m for its 10GBase-T PHYs

The share price of Aquantia, which offers 10GBASE-T PHY and other Ethernet solutions, rose 6% on its first day of trading on the NYSE under the symbol "AQ" to close at $9.51.

The company sold 6,818,000 shares of its common stock in the IPO, raising $61 million.

Aquantia is based in San Jose, California.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ayla Networks raises $60M for its IoT platform

Ayla Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $60 million in Series D financing for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

The Ayla Cloud is a completely managed service that provides a full suite of operational, business intelligence, and analytics services to manage a connected deployment throughout its lifecycle. Ayla-enabled connectivity modules can be built with a variety of micro-controller, operating system, or networking protocol. Ayla also offers mobile application libraries that contain APIs for iOS and Android applications that can securely control and manage Ayla-enabled products.

The new funding was led by Run Liang Tai Fund (RLT) and Sunsea Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

“Ayla has amassed more than 100 large enterprise customers by solving their challenges regarding how to securely connect, manage and apply intelligence to all of their connected devices and sensors,” said David Friedman, Ayla CEO and co-founder. “The Ayla platform blends critical capabilities related to security, privacy, data policy and management with a massively configurable capability for our customers to ingest data from any sensor and IoT cloud. The platform makes it easier for enterprises to apply intelligence and analytics to broad sets of heterogeneous data sets to transform the data into real business value.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Skybox Security raises $150 million

Skybox Security, a privately-held company based in San Jose, California, raised $150 million in venture funding for its cybersecurity management software.

The Skybox Security Suite combines attack vector analytics and advanced threat intelligence to continuously analyze vulnerabilities in a customer's environment and correlate them with exploits in the wild. Skybox extends across complex networks, including those in physical, virtual, cloud and operational technology (OT) environments.

Skybox says it has a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46 percent and positive cash flow (2014 ­– 2016).

The new funding includes $100 million from the CVC Capital Partners’ Growth Fund (CVC Growth) and $50 million from Pantheon.

Skybox was founded in 2002. The company is headed by Gidi Cohen.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Intezer raises $8M for malware analysis

Intezer, a start-up based in San Francisco and Tel Aviv, Israel, announced $8 million in series A funding for its malware analysis and detection solution.

The funding round was led by Intel Capital with co-investors Magma and Samung NEXT. This round will be used to expand the company's global sales efforts and open new opportunities in targeted markets.

Intezer said its approach to cyber security is to replicate the concepts of the biological immune system. The idea is to map and identifying the DNA of every single piece of code within seconds. The company has demonstrated the effectiveness by detecting code similarities in the latest high profile attacks such as WannaCry, Turla and NotPetya.

“Intezer has developed the most advanced technology for detecting code-reuse, effectively performing ‘DNA mapping’ for software. With this technology, we are able to identify every single piece of code running in the organization, enabling us to detect the most sophisticated cyber attacks and help security teams to respond immediately,” stated Itai Tevet, co-founder and CEO of Intezer.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aquantia files for IPO

Aquantia Corp., which supplies high-speed Ethernet silicon for data centres, enterprise infrastructure and client connectivity, filed an S-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

Aquantia has applied to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AQ.”

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Barclays Capital Inc., and Deutsche Bank Securities are acting as bookrunners for the proposed offering. Needham & Company and Raymond James are acting as co-managers.

  • Aquantia is based in Fremont, California. 
  • Aquantia is headed by Faraj Aalaei, CEO and Chairman of the Board. Previously, Aalaei served as Chief Executive Officer and was one of the founders of Centillium Communications, a semiconductor solutions company.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

FogHorn raises $30M for industrial IoT edge computing

FogHorn Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $30 million in Series B funding for its software stack designed for the industrial IoT (IIoT) edge computing segment.

FogHorn has built a complex event processing (CEP) - driven edge analytics software for on-premises edge computing. The software has a very small footprint enabling it to deliver real-time analytics to resource-constrained edge devices such as PLCs, gateways and industrial PCs. FogHorn recently enhanced its CEP platform with a new "Lightning ML" edge machine learning solution that can be used to train and execute machine learning algorithms and other advanced data science models on streaming sensor data. FogHorn says this facilitates the creation and iterative enhancement of “digital twins” and other sophisticated machine learning and AI models without the need to send all the sensor data to a cloud or data center for processing.

FogHorn's “edge intelligence” software targets industrial and commercial IoT application, such as complex machinery packed with sensors. For performance and cost reasons, FogHorn argues data from industrial equipment mostly should be processed locally and not sent to a distant cloud. On-premises computing provides better latency for near real-time feedback. It can also minimize the volume of data to be uploaded to the cloud. FogHorn's software is being used by OEMs and systems integrators. The company is also working directly with end customers in manufacturing, oil and gas, power and water, transportation, renewable energy, mining and agriculture, as well as Smart Building, Smart City and connected vehicle applications.

The new funding round was led by Intel Capital and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures with new investor Honeywell Ventures and all previous investors participating, including Series A investors March Capital Partners, GE Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Darling Ventures and seed investor The Hive. The company has raised $47.5 million to date.

“This major round of funding by many of the world’s largest and most innovative technology and industrial companies will enable FogHorn to continue its drive for industry-first innovation in the IIoT market segment,” said David C. King, CEO of FogHorn. “We have seen unprecedented interest from customers and partners in a huge variety of industries for advanced condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, asset performance management and process optimization solutions.”


  • FogHorn is headed by David C. King (CEO), who previously co-founded AirTight Networks and served as its Chairman and CEO. Prior to AirTight, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Proxim Inc., a pioneer in WLANs and the first publicly traded Wi-Fi company.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Minio raises $20m for Multi-Cloud Object Storage

Minio, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $20 million in Series A funding for open source object storage for cloud-native and containerized applications.

Minio has developed an object storage server that enables developers to store unstructured data on any public or private cloud infrastructure, including multi-cloud deployments. The solution lets users build their own Amazon S3-compatible object storage on bare metal, public cloud or existing SAN/NAS storage infrastructure.

Minio reports  over 10M downloads since its general availability in January 2017.

The Series A funding round was jointly led by Dell Technologies Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Nexus Venture Partners, with participation by Intel Capital, AME Cloud and Steve Singh.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

John Deere acquires Blue River Technology for AI

Deere & Company has acquired Blue River Technology, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California that is applying machine learning to agriculture. The deal was valued at $305 million.

Blue River is developing computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming – a key objective of precision agriculture.

"We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine learning in agriculture," said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions, and Chief Information Officer at Deere. "As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere recognizes the importance of technology to our customers. Machine learning is an important capability for Deere's future."

"Blue River is advancing precision agriculture by moving farm management decisions from the field level to the plant level," said Jorge Heraud, co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology. "We are using computer vision, robotics, and machine learning to help smart machines detect, identify, and make management decisions about every single plant in the field."

http://www.JohnDeere.com
http://www.BlueRiverTechnology.com

  • Investors in Blue River included Khosla Ventures, Pontifax ATech. Innovation Endeavors, and Data Collective Venture Capital.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MapR raises $56 million for big data management

MapR Technologies, which offers a Converged Data Platform that integrates analytics with operational processes in real time, announced $56 million in new equity investment from its existing investors.

MapR reported 100 percent quarterly billings growth for its second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended on July 31, 2017, one of the largest increases for the company. The company cited
over 100 percent year over year growth in new subscription billings from Global 2000 customers such as American Express, Audi, Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Novartis, NTT Security, SAP, UnitedHealthcare and Wells Fargo.

Some Q2 Highlights:

  • MapR introduced MapR-XD, a cloud-scale data store to manage files and containers. As part of the MapR Converged Data Platform, MapR-XD uniquely supports any data type from the edge to the data center and multiple cloud environments with automatic policy-driven tiering from hot, warm or cold data. MapR-XD enables customers to create vast, global data fabrics which are inherently ready for analytical and operational applications making it easier to operationalize data.

  • MapR formed a partnership with NTT DATA Business Solutions Asia Pacific, one of the largest SAP reseller and solutions based consulting firms globally to help customers optimize and find more cost efficiencies for their SAP deployments using the MapR Converged Data Platform. MapR partners include Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata.

"Our customers and partners continue to be at the forefront of this 30-year re-platforming the industry is going through today. We are working closely with them to ensure their success and helping them to execute on their digital transformation and data strategies," said Matt Mills, CEO, MapR Technologies.

MapR is based in San Jose, California.

http://www.mapr.com


  • In May 2014, MapR Technologies raised $110 million in venture funding for its distribution for Apache Hadoop software. Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.  In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Qadium raises $40m for indexing every device on public Internet

Qadium, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $40 million in Series B funding for its automated, global Internet intelligence operation.

Qadium said it "indexes every device on the public Internet every hour, similar to how search companies crawl web pages." Qadium then uses these data to continually monitor the global Internet for large organizations’ true network boundary, surfacing comprehensive information about all of an organization’s Internet-facing risks.

“Our technology would have been impossible just a few years ago,” says Co-Founder and CTO Matt Kraning. “Now, we leverage distributed and massively parallelized computation to monitor the global Internet in real time. It’s the first game-changer in a decade for defenders in cyberspace, allowing them to find and fix risks faster than attackers can exploit them.”

Qadium is available on a SaaS basis. Cited customers include PayPal, Capital One, Allergan, and Fluor, among others.

The new funding round was led by IVP, joined by new investor TPG Growth. Prior investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Founders Fund, Susa Ventures, and angels also participated.

https://qadium.com/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pure Storage names Charlie Giancarlo as new CEO

Pure Storage annnounced the appointment of Charlie Giancarlo, replacing Scott Dietzen, who will take on the role of Chairman of the Board.

Giancarlo is known for his leadership roles at Cisco, where he previously served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer. Since leaving Cisco, he has shared his management experience across Silver Lake Partners’ portfolio, including as Avaya’s Interim CEO, as well as on the boards of Arista, Accenture and ServiceNow.

https://blog.purestorage.com/august-24th-announcement-1/

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NTT DOCOMO invests in Petametrics

NTT DOCOMO Ventures has made an equity investment in Petametrics, a San Francisco start-up that provides “LiftIgniter”, a personalization API to deliver a wholly unique experience to every individual user impression.

LiftIgniter was founded by Indraneel Mukherjee, a former Google researcher, and a team of machine learning and math PhDs., The personalization engine is powering various NTT DOCOMO e-commerce services.

NTT DOCOMO said personalization based on sparse data points and real-time action by users has demonstrated the ability to significantly improve sales and customer engagement. However, most personalization engines require data scientists to analyze huge amounts of log data combined with user preferences and historical information in order to deliver intelligent recommendations to the end-user. With LiftIgniter, the machine learning-based personalization algorithms run 24/7, learning and reacting to each impression in real-time to predict and serve up tailored content for every user touchpoint. The platform is agnostic across all content, languages and devices. It can be fully integrated and operational within a few hours, with minimal ongoing management.

http://www.liftigniter.com
https://www.nttdocomo-v.com/en/release/sgzu31mczf/

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Druva raises $80 million for data-as-a-service

Druva, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced $80 million in new funding for its cloud data protection and management solutions.

Druva provides a data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence. Earlier this month, Druva announced the Druva Cloud Platform Tech Preview, which converges its Druva Phoenix and Druva inSync cloud solutions, and offers a unified view into services and data.

Druva said its success is fueled partially by the rapid expansion of the data protection industry, with market size expected to be $28 billion in 2022 for both cloud-based and on-premises servers, in addition to the rapid cloud data protection and management adoption by Global 5000 organizations.

“We see today’s digital transformation as a data transformation, and protecting data in today’s cloud-connected environment requires a fresh approach,” said Jaspreet Singh, co-founder and chief executive officer at Druva. “Druva’s as-a-Service solution eliminates costly and complex infrastructure to quickly and seamlessly protect, govern, and gain intelligence from their data when and where it’s needed.”

The new funding round was led by Riverwood Capital, with strong participation from Sequoia Capital India, Nexus Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and most other existing venture investors.
This brings Druva's total raised to data to approximately $200 million.

https://www.druva.com


  • In May, Druva reported that it is seeing more than 300 percent year-over-year growth in infrastructure data protection revenue. Additionally, Druva Cloud deployments now span more than 4,000 enterprise customers, including 10 percent of the world’s Fortune 500 companies.  


Monday, August 21, 2017

Cisco to acquire Springpath for hyperconvergence software - $320m

Cisco agreed to acquire Springpath, a start-up specializing in hyperconvergence software for $320 million in cash and assumed equity awards.

Springpath, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, has developed a distributed file system purpose-built for hyperconvergence that enables server-based storage systems. Cisco and Springpath have worked together since early 2016 to launch HyperFlex, a fully integrated hyperconverged infrastructure system.

Cisco said the acquisition will allow it to continue to deliver next-generation data center innovation to its customers.

"This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions," said Rob Salvagno, Cisco vice president, Corporate Business Development. "Springpath's file system technology was built specifically for hyperconvergence, which we believe will deliver sustainable differentiation in this fast-growing segment. I'm excited to be able to provide our customers and partners with the simplicity and agility they need in data center innovation."

http://www.springpath.com
http://www.cisco.com

  • Springpath was co-founded by Mallik Mahalingam and Krishna Yadappanavar, both whom previously held senior engineering roles at VMware.

Redis Labs secures $44m in venture funding

Redis Labs, a start-up based in Mountain View, California with offices in Tel Aviv and London, raised $44 million in Series D funding, bringing its total equity to $86 million.

The latest funding round was led by new investor Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing and existing investors Bain Capital Ventures and Carmel Ventures, with participation from Dell Technologies Capital.

Redis Labs is home of open source Redis, the world's most popular in-memory database platform and currently the fastest growing database of any kind (SQL or NoSQL). Redis was created in 2009 by Salvatore Sanfilippo, who leads open source development at Redis Labs.

Redis Labs reports 70 percent year-over-year revenue growth in the most recent quarter.

"This funding round is a testament to the growing market demand and adoption of the open source Redis and Redis Enterprise to power next-generation applications as real-time, ultra-responsive capabilities become mandatory," said Ofer Bengal, CEO and co-founder at Redis Labs. "The investment will support our continued market penetration and allow us to meet the enterprise demand we're seeing for a modern in-memory database platform across wider geographies and industry sectors."

https://redislabs.com

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BlueJeans Network Names Quentin Gallivan as CEO

BlueJeans Network announced the appointment of Quentin Gallivan as its new CEO, replacing Krish Ramakrishnan, who continues on at the company as Innovation and Strategy and Executive Chairman.

Gallivan is a four-time CEO with deep experience guiding numerous industry-leading enterprise platform and cloud companies.
He was a founding executive at Verisign, and helped grow the company from a $20M revenue cloud security company serving the mid-market to a $1.5B revenue global cloud infrastructure player. He served as CEO of Postini, which grew to more than 35,000 customers and over 10 million users in 25 countries before its acquisition by Google. More recently, he was CEO of Pentaho, an open source business intelligence (BI) platform company which was acquired by Hitachi in 2015.

"BlueJeans is leading a once-in-a-generation transformation of the collaboration, meetings, and enterprise application spaces by building a world-class enterprise video platform delivered in the cloud," said Gallivan. "Krish and his team have done a phenomenal job in creating this new and exciting space while simultaneously building a company of significant scale with an impressive roster of large global enterprises. I'm excited to join this special company, helping to lead the organization in its next phase of expansion and growth. I look forward to partnering with Krish as he continues to drive innovation and strategic market development for BlueJeans."

https://www.bluejeans.com/


Friday, July 14, 2017

Vitalpointz Targets the Edge

We have seen the tremendous potential for innovation, cost saving, and flexibility being unleashed by the public clouds.  The hyperscale data centers of the top three public cloud providers are marvels to behold. Private cloud data centers and hybrid cloud architectures are also on the rise as Fortune 500 companies shift their IT spending to take advantage of this trend.

We are also now witnessing the long-predicted rise in the Internet of Things.  IDC’s recent Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide predicts spending on IoT will reach $800 billion this year, up 16.7% year over year, and rising to nearly $1.4 trillion in 2021.  IDC breaks down 2017 investments in IoT as follows: manufacturing operations ($105 billion), freight monitoring ($50 billion), and production asset management ($45 billion), smart grid technologies for electricity, gas and water and smart building technologies ($56 billion and $40 billion, respectively). Looking to 2021, IDC expects these use cases will remain the largest areas of IoT spending. The use cases that will see the fastest spending growth are airport facilities automation (33.4% CAGR), electric vehicle charging (21.1% CAGR), and in-store contextual marketing (20.2% CAGR).


The Need for Edge Computing

At the intersection of these two trends is a new opportunity that is just beginning to catch the interest of Silicon Valley – edge computing, sometimes also called fog computing. The primary idea here is that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications will benefit from both cloud infrastructure and local compute/storage resources. Centralized controllers in the cloud could be used for provisioning, performance monitoring, billing, and big data analytics. Real-time control of the application and its associated physical devices would be retained by an “edge” processing/storage unit.

This will drive the development of small server farms, or “cloudlets”, located in-building, on-campus, or in a metro area data center.  Google recently disclosed plans for more data centers in city centers rather than solely hyperscale campuses in remote locations. AWS is promoting its “Greengrass” project, software for running local compute, messaging, data caching, and sync capabilities for connected device. Greengrass runs locally and the AWS cloud provides management, analytics, and durable storage.

The communication service providers have their own variation for this general concept - Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD).  Under the Linux Foundation, CORD is now an independent open source project aimed at leveraging the elasticity of commodity clouds and merchant silicon for a new generation of smaller and more efficient central offices. Backers include Google, Radisys, Samsung Electronics, AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, vendors Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, etc.

The Vitalpointz Application Forking Engine

Vitalpointz (vitalpointz.net) is a Silicon Valley-based start-up with R&D operations in Bangalore, that has just announced its entrance into this market. The company is led by veteran successful entrepreneur Ravi Medikonda, who previously headed Vistapointe, a start-up that specialized in cloud-based and real-time network monitoring solutions for mobile operators. Vistapointe developed data extraction, analysis and insight generation technologies that enabled mobile operators to gain visibility into their mobile networks. The solution leveraged Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architecture, enabling it to run in a telco cloud.  Brocade acquired Vistapointe in 2014. The Vistapointe team went on to become Brocade’s Network Visibility and Analytics business unit, establishing accounts with major North American and Japanese mobile operators.  With Broadcom’s $5.9 billion acquisition of Brocade and subsequent divestitures of many business units, the time seemed right to pursue the new edge opportunity.

“We see a distinct opportunity for a better edge computing paradigm,” says Vitalpointz’ Ravi Medikonda. “Application developers really should not have to know specifically what hardware resources are available locally versus in the cloud.  Our forking engine will automatically direct traffic to where it can be best processed. In many cases, that might be a nearby CORD or on-prem server, but it might be the public or private cloud.”

Applications are driven by multiple functional modules, also known as micro-services, which can exist in different locations (VMs, container, across racks, across data centers, etc.). We also know that application deployment has changed to a SAAS multi-tenant model.  The same deployment of "Office 365" can serve multiple companies and customers.  So, the ability to specifically manage an application by host or an IP-address is not possible.

The patent pending Vitalpointz Application Fork Engine (VAFE) technology will enable applications to run “as is” across the cloud and cloudlet without any configuration change. The company says its VAFE technology will benefit several use cases that require quick responsiveness, low latency and near real-time operation. VAFE can be embedded in x.86 platforms, VMs, processor boards in Layer-2 DC switches or IIOT gateways.

Examples could include context-aware services and location-aware services, asset tracking, video surveillance, connected cars, augmented and virtual reality, etc.  Think of a hotel that is installing NFC-enabled door locks on its customer rooms.  When a new reservation is booked online, a room suite is automatically assigned and a unique room access code is generated and emailed to the guest. This part of the booking is handled by the hotel management application in the cloud. When the guest arrives at the hotel on the day of the booking, he or she may proceed directly to the reserved room, which opens when their NFC-enabled phone is touched to the door lock. The authenticated door opening transaction is processed locally rather than in the cloud data center which could be thousands of miles away.


The Vitalpointz founding team has played the Silicon Valley & Bangalore start-up game before with a successful outcome. A promising market opportunity has been identified and key intellectual property is under development. As is often the case, it is the focused engineering teams who have worked together in the past that gain a first-to-market advantage over the large vendors.

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