Pratexo, a specialist in edge computing and distributed cloud platform for artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, has completed a $3.5 million (£2.54m) round of fundraising.
The company plans to use the money to accelerate its platform development and go-to-market efforts across North America and Europe.
Pratexo provides a technology platform to support IoT and artificial intelligence strategies and initiatives, which demand compute power at the edge, such as near sensors or cameras placed in remote locations. Ideally suited for industries such as shipping, energy, utilities, defense, and smart buildings/cities.
It uses open and proven technologies to configure the most appropriate architecture for a particular type of edge application. Simplifying and speeding development of these systems, Pratexo effectively turns a software architect into an experienced edge computing guru.
Thomas Holst, chairman of Northscaler, a venture incubator based in Texas, US, said: “Gartner and other industry experts have been saying for years that much of the processing now being targeted for central clouds must move to the edge.
“Unfortunately, designing and provisioning systems to run at the edge is not easy. Most CTOs are doing this for the first time and the failure rate of edge computing pilots is very high. Pratexo creates the kinds of scaled and resilient edge computing systems in days that would take a team of architects and DevOps engineers weeks or even months to deploy and test.”
Jarl Ulvin, managing partner of BCP Blitz LP, said: “Distributed computing on the edge represents the next wave of technology. Our Fund is excited to have an early position in a platform that lowers the hurdles to true digital transformation.”
In addition to the investment round, Pratexo announced it has added seven new members to its Advisory Board, most of whom are also investors in the company.
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