High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in ubigrate, a company specialized on device integration software
February 10, 2009
The integration of data from intelligent devices such as RFID readers, industrial scales, GPS receivers, smart meters, cameras, and others into enterprise software revolutionizes business processes. Ubigrate offers software to simplify setting up such connections. The company now receives an investment from High-Tech Gründerfonds.
Most processes in logistics, production and facility management happen in the physical world. However, they are only rarely integrated into enterprise software used for planning and control of these processes. The emergence of intelligent devices such as RFID readers, industrial scales, smart meters, cameras, GPS receivers create new possibilities to automatically capture identity, position or condition of physical objects. Real-time availability of data about goods movement, quality inspections, and energy consumption in enterprise software improves transparency in processes. This enables businesses to react quicker in cases of deviations and therefore reduce nonconformity costs. The challenge for this integration is to master the huge variety of different communication protocols, data formats and standards of devices.
The ubigrate GmbH is specialized in this task and offers software for simplified device integration. It helps system integrators, manufacturers of intelligent devices and software producers to solve device integration tasks without having to know the details of device communication. „Our goal is that our customers can concentrate on their respective business problem by providing easy access to relevant data from intelligent devices. Device integration has been a difficult task before, which is why a lot of resources had to be spent on programming device communication manually. “, says Jürgen Anke, managing director of ubigrate.
The software is based on a highly-productive modular platform, which employs modern concepts like model-driven software development and product lines. Therefore, ubigrate can build software products for various integration tasks by quickly assembling reusable modules. Adapters for unsupported devices are created efficiently using code generation. The software’s unique characteristic is the combination of advantages of manual programming like high adoption to the customer problem and low hardware requirements with the advantages of standardized integration tools like short delivery time and maximum investment protection.
The company’s business concept and the management team consisting of Dr. Jürgen Anke, Dr. Mario Neugebauer, Falk Hartmann and Sven Jänchen also convinced High-Tech Gründerfonds. „The standardized solutions of ubigrate accelerate project cycles, minimize costs and reduce errors and hereby creates clear benefits in the growing market for integration of intelligent devices into business processes. “, says Analyst Romy Schnelle of High-Tech Gründerfonds.
Currently, the company works in various pilot projects, for example with DHL. Existing cooperation with partners like T-Systems and SAP Research will be further strengthened in this year.
About High-Tech Gründerfonds:
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests venture capital in young, high-opportunity technological companies implementing promising research results in an entrepreneurial manner. The start-up companies are planned to lead their R&D projects to the production of a prototype or a “proof of concepts” or market launch by means of the seed financing of up to 500k EUR. The High-Tech Gründerfonds has a fund volume of around 272m EUR. Investors of the public-private partnership are the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, the KfW bank group as well as the six industrial groups BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss.
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