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Miraj Mainali

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February 21, 2019

IoT solution for shared vehicles

Develops an IoT solution for shared bicycles, scooters, and other light vehicles Retrofits the hardware module to electric vehicles; vehicle information is displayed on its cloud platform, the on-vehicle display, and a white-labeled mobile app Targets customers in three different groups: electric ... read more.
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Movandi
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Venkatesh Konanur

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February 21, 2019

5G front-end radio hardware

The company was founded by co-CEOs Maryam Rofougaran and Reza Rofougaran in 2016; to date, the company has raised an estimated $38 million through series rounds, with the most recent Series B in 2018 raising $10 million from Sierra Ventures. The company develops front-end radio architecture for 5G ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

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February 21, 2019

Quality control analytics and automation for manufacturers

Offers a software platform for both product owners and OEMs in the semiconductor, automotive, mechanical, and electronics industries to track product quality in real time during production and assess the effectiveness of their suppliers and manufacturers Claims that compared to predictive ... read more.
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Danielle Bradnan

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February 21, 2019

AI-powered data extraction from both digital and handwritten documents

The company was founded by Jeff Lin and Kuang Chen in 2011 and has raised $51.9 million to date, including $35 million most recently from a Series C round in 2016. The company develops an AI-powered data extraction solution that can pull data from both digital sources and handwritten documents. ... read more.
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Ericsson
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Michael Sullivan

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February 21, 2019

While it is known that the value of 5G for IIoT will be replacing wired networks with now finally robust and reliable wireless ones, ushering in greater flexibility, the advent of 5G will also create benefits well beyond cord cutting. A tool called network slicing will make 5G even more attractive ... read more.

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Hirosei Kuruma

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February 20, 2019

Mechanical lidars and MEMS solid-state lidars

The company was founded by CEO Chunxin Qiu in Shenzhen, China. The company raised a $45 million funding round in October 2018 from companies including Cainiao (Alibaba's logistics arm), SAIC, and BAIC; its total funding amount and current funding stage are unknown. The company develops mechanical ... read more.
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Kiwi technologies
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Hirosei Kuruma

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February 20, 2019

Developer of large-scale agrichemical-spraying drones

Kiwi develops a large quadcopter that targets precision agriculture spraying applications The drone's gross takeoff weight is 1,300 lbs, including 500 lbs of payload; the projected operational spraying rate is 80 acres/hour The spraying mechanism for the drone is currently under development with the... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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February 20, 2019

Connected car development software and analytics

CEO Mark Haidar and chairman Scott Harper founded Vinli in 2014; the company raised $13.5 million in a 2019 Series B led by E.ON and Hersh Family Investments, for a total of $20 million in funding to date; other investors include Samsung NEXT and Continental. The company offers an enterprise-focused... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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February 19, 2019

In a previous insight, we analyzed why China is better positioned than most other countries in establishing itself as the world leader in AI and why clients should pay serious attention to this. In this insight, we take a deeper dive into the role that the Chinese government's policies and ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

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February 19, 2019

Cloud platform based on blockchain technology and IoT data for optimization of vaccines and food supply chain

The company was started by Sid Chakravarthy (CEO) and Ravi Kumar (COO) in 2016; the two co-founders have backgrounds in software engineering and product management, respectively. Since its founding, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of investment funding from the UNICEF Innovation Fund. ... read more.
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Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.

Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.