Zolitron Technology GmbH was founded in 2016 as a spin-off from the Ruhr-University Bochum. It is the declared goal to lift sensor-based digitization projects from small-scale pilots through the use of new technologies to large-scale deployments. Therefore, the founders have developed Micro-Energy-Harvesting, short MEH, in cooperation with Ruhr-University Bochum, MIT and Harvard University, now enabling maintenance-free energy supply of small sensors for the Internet of Things for more than ten years.
Using this technological basis, the world’s first energy and communication autonomous sensor platform was created, the Z-Node. Five unspecific sensors, including accelerometer and magnetometer, indirectly capture the environment. The raw data stream is sent via Sigfox or NB-IoT, therefore without any additional communication infrastructure, into the internet, to be more precisely the Z-Cloud Analytics Backend, where artificially-intelligent machine learning algorithms generate meaningful and commercially relevant learnings. This measurement scheme is called cognitive sensing. Zolitron aims to be the market leader for cognitive sensing until the year 2020.
As a start-up, Zolitron was able to receive multiple distinguished awards, such as the “Gründerwettbewerb – Digitale Innovation” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy at the CeBIT 2016 in Hannover, or the first place of the 11th Private Equity Conference 2017. Also, the land of North Rhine-Westphalia has supported the foundation of the company through the competition “START-UP Hochschulausgründungen NRW” already in the year 2016.