Wiliot raises $19M venture funding to launch battery-free IoT connectivity

Wiliot, an Israel-based startup developing battery-free Bluetooth semiconductor technology closed a $ 19 million Series A financing round. Qualcomm Ventures and M Ventures led the round with the former contributing $ 5M in the latest round.

Scaling IoT with Battery-Free Bluetooth

The company previously raised $ 14M in venture funding from Grove Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and 83North Venture Capital. Wiliot semiconductors can harvest energy from radio waves significantly reducing the size as well as energy requirement of sensors used in IoT-based solutions.

“This new technology will allow a sensor/radio/processor combination to be embedded in products, packaging, walls, and furniture so that these things can be smarter and communicate with other Bluetooth devices, including smartphones. We will enable everything to be intelligent and every place we go and anything we wear, touch or use will include sensing, connected, passive devices with an unlimited lifetime.”Wiliot CEO and co-founder Tal Tamir

The startup that splits its offices between Caesarea and San Diego, former being the R&D center in Israel and the latter as business development office in the US, will start delivering proof-of-concept devices by Q2’18. Delivery to market is slated for early 2019.


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Smart pregnancy tracker obtains $2.3M in grants for R&D and product development

Bloomlife, a smart wearable for pregnancy tracking has raised $ 2.3M in two grants. The funding proceeds will be used for product development and R&D.

Bloomlife Smart Pregnancy Tracker

The wearable sensor can be used by women in the third trimester of pregnancy to monitor contraction patterns. The sensor-package helps monitor as well as count contractions accurately from home. The sensor also tracks the average frequency and duration and the pattern of contractions.

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“These grants allow us to further develop and validate our prenatal wearable platform for labor detection (preterm and term) and remote fetal monitoring, the two areas of greatest concern especially for high-risk moms.”CEO Eric Dy

How does it work?

Pregnant women can place the contraction tracker on their stomach via an adhesive strip. Once attached, the wearable device can be synced to Bloomlife’s mobile app. On activation, the device shows the uterine activity on the mobile app. It can also show ‘contraction patterns’. An ultra-low-power noise circuit tracks the fetal ECG and fetal movement.

The planned research study will take place during the next two years. The research grant was released by the European Commission Horizon 2020 program.


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IoT infrastructure company Buddy Platform obtains A$23M in new funding

Buddy Platform, a cloud-based engine providing IoT data management, processing and control platform raised an A$ 23M funding round. New and existing Australian domestic and Asian institutional investors participated in the round.

Buddy Ohm is a full monitoring solution.

The company, listed on ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) announced that it will use the funding proceeds for international expansion, including a potential global distribution deal with a major telecom partner for 100+ new markets for Buddy Ohm. Other details of the funding include the issuance of BUD shares. “115,000,000 shares to be issued at A$ 0.20 per share, representing a 10.9% discount to the 10-day VWAP of A$ 0.2244 per share”, reads the company’s press release.

Buddy’s three core offerings are the Buddy Cloud, Parse on Buddy, and Buddy Ohm. It is for the latter’s channel sales strategy that Buddy will be using these funds. Along with channel sales development, it will also invest in R&D efforts to stay competitive.

“We are incredibly happy with the overwhelming support that Buddy has received from what is an extraordinary roster of some of the region’s top institutional investors with this placement.”Buddy Platform CEO, David McLauchlan

The company launched its Buddy Ohm product in March this year. Ohm uses IoT devices to optimize and reduce energy and other utility bills in commercial buildings. Lady Gaga’s investment firm AF Square and Microsoft invested in Ohm.


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Air by Propeller: Smart health company launches API that predicts local asthma conditions

Propeller Health, a sensor + software system helping people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or Asthma symptoms last month launched an API called Air by Propeller that predicts local asthma conditions.

Every morning Air predicts asthma conditions across the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 million Americans have asthma. This is 7.6 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children. Further, the CDC revealed that Asthma has been increasing since the early 1980s in all age, sex, and racial groups. Considering this, Propeller’s free API service can trigger a host of 3rd party services aimed at people with Asthma symptoms and self-education for millions of Americans going through COPD.

Propeller has FDA-cleared sensors that attach to your inhaler and track your asthma symptoms.

Air by Propeller is able to predict local asthma conditions based on a pre-trained machine-learning model. The mode was built on millions of days of anonymized data, including where and when people experience asthma symptoms and the environmental conditions at these times.

Third parties can integrate the API in their website (using Air widget) or standalone service. “Our culture brings together people who are passionate about health, passionate about technology, and passionate about inventing the future, and puts us to work to solve problems for people with the respiratory disease and for those who care for them,” said David Van Sickle, CEO, Propeller.

People with asthma symptoms can subscribe to Air by Propeller’s SMS or email notifications.

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Banyan Water releases water conservation product that uses smart controllers

Banyan Water, a water-management company that utilizes on-site hardware and an analytics engine to help commercial real estate companies save water costs released Banyan Water Central (BWC) 3.0. It is a suite of water management software and services.

Banyan Water Dashboard

BWC 3.0 is an enhanced version of Banyan’s existing solution called ‘Irrigation Insight’. Though originally designed for large properties only, the newly released version also helps smaller properties to reduce irrigation water use.

How does it work?

BWC 3.0 utilizes a property’s existing irrigation system by installing smart controllers, flow monitoring devices, and weather tracking technology on it. The Banyan software triangulates the data (water saving goals, watering schedules, and weather patterns) and helps provide the optimal amount of water use.

The solution also detects water leakage and alerts customers about the situation. It can be used to remotely shut off the irrigation system.

Banyan Water’s key use cases include tracking and analyzing water usage, real-time leak detection, and indoor water tracking, and optimizing cooling-tower’s water usage. It’s customers mainly belong to retail and hospitality, multifamily and student housing, Fortune 500 firms and commercial real estate properties.


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