Unleash live raises $8 million to scale AI apps for enterprise analytics

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Unleash live, one of the world’s leading AI video analytics platforms, has announced an $8 million Series A funding round led by SafetyCulture.

Launched in 2016 by co-founders Hanno Blankenstein and Jason Grier, Unleash live’s AI powered real time analytics platform, “Intelligent Remote Vision,” generates immediate insights that enable enterprises to materially drive down costs, raise productivity, increase accuracy and improve safety. The company has seen over 500 per cent growth since March 2020.

“We’re excited to welcome the combined expertise of SafetyCulture and renowned investor Roger Allen, who will drive the continued success of Unleash live and help take us to the next level,” Blankenstein said.

Unleash live reached an impressive milestone earlier this year, completing 30 million minutes of analysed video. This provided analytics across a wide range of enterprise and government use cases, from automating inspections for optimised performance on wind farms, to supporting public transport operators with commuter, social distancing and face mask analytics.

In addition to its investment in Unleash live, SafetyCulture CEO Luke Anear, will be joining the board. SafetyCulture is a global operations platform empowering teams to drive workplace improvements. One of the fastest-growing technology companies in Australia, it also acquired microlearning business EdApp in 2020.

“It’s great to see such innovative new thinking in response to old challenges,” Anear said.

“We recognise the potential of leveraging camera feeds to trigger safer, smarter actions. AI video analytics is an enormously powerful data source for an operations platform like ours, and one that many of our customers can benefit from.

“Unleash live has shown extraordinary growth during the past year. I’m eager to help them support more organisations globally to be better, faster and more reliable.”

Roger Allen is an experienced software entrepreneur and venture capital investor focused on investing in Australian fast growth technology companies.

“Australian technology companies are globally competitive and attracting significant investment both domestically and internationally,” Allen said.

“It is great to see SafetyCulture – an already successful Australian technology company – investing and supporting a new emerging company with a large global opportunity in Unleash live. I look forward to sharing the journey.”

Blankenstein explained that the COVID-19 pandemic played a part in the increased adoption of video streaming and remote collaboration.

“A growing number of businesses now use Unleash live to overcome the challenges of maintaining distributed assets and to keep employees out of harm’s way,” he said.

“Remote monitoring and machine learning assisted inspections will remain critical when the pandemic ends, because so many organisations have realised there is a significant opportunity to improve how they operate. They will continue to apply these learnings and look for new ways to build them into their business.”

Unleash live will use the Series A funding to fuel the growth of its AI apps store, where developers and organisations with in-house AI/ML skills can build, train and deploy apps that meet specific enterprise needs.

AI analytics are injected into livestream video to augment the role of inspectors, progress monitors, financiers, auditors and regulators. The funding will also support the expansion of its US team and help provide the quality experiences that enterprise customers expect.

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