Carriots closes a Series-B round of investment

GREAT NEWS AT CARRIOTS!!

It is now official, we have raised a Series-B round.

From here we want to thank all the people involved in Carriots: customers, partners, users, friends, supporters and of course our great team. You all helped to achieve this great milestone for Carriots.

Here is the official press note:

Carriots www.carriots.com , a leading player in software for the Internet of Things, privately held and headquartered in Madrid (Spain), has raised a Series-B round to finance its international growth and pursue the development of its IOT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) and new products for Smart Cities and Industries. The investment has been led by Suez Environnement Group (www.suez-environnement.com) and the Spanish Government through the public company CDTI (Spain’s public Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology www.cdti.es )

Incorporated in 2011, Carriots is already recognized as one of the world leaders in AEP Software for IOT with customers in many industries such as Manufacturing, Utilities and HealthCare and Smart-Cities. Carriots has already built a solid base of clients in four continents, some of whom include top Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems, ArcelorMittal or Enel Group. With this basis, along with a strategic partnership network, the company has built a growth plan including geographic expansion and new product development to consolidate its leadership in innovation along with sectorial specialization. The capital from this financing round will be used to expand the go-to-market strategy of the company and to invest in additional platform capabilities that build upon Carriots IOT platform leading position.

In the past four years we have built our platform, increasing its versatility and features. It has also passed many different tests as our clients demanded more services and more capacity. We now have a powerful tool that dramatically reduces times of development and costs for companies building connected products for the IOT” said Miguel Castillo, CEO of Carriots.

The Carriots platform provides the most common modules to M2M / IOT projects (device management, data collection, data storage and security) in order to reduce development time for applications. The platform is available as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on a public cloud with a pay-as-you-grow model based on the number of devices. It is also available as a private cloud and on premise licenses for system integrators and large customers.

The co-inversion of Suez Environnement Group and CDTI has been made via the fund Venture Opportunities (VENTO), managed by Suma Capital. VENTO is a public-private investment tool that invests between 0,5 and 5 million euros in the launching and expansion phases of companies with innovative products in the fields of water cycle, environment, energy and smart cities. The fund has previously invested in companies related to Smart Cities and Internet of Things such as Seinon or Hydromodel.

Contact
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About Carriots
Carriots was set up in 2011 and has since then developed software applications for the Internet of Things. Carriots has developed two products, the Carriots IOT Platfom, an Application Enablement Platform designed to help companies build applications for the IOT and CarriotsCityLife, an integrated solution for City Managers that makes possible to monitor all the services of a city centrally in a smart way.
For more information, see www.CARRIOTS.com, follow us on Twitter @CARRIOTS or email us at info@carriots.com

About Suez Environnement
SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) is a French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors.
In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanization and the shortage of natural resources, securing, optimizing and renewing resources is essential. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT is at the dawn of the resource revolution, supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers wastewater treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by almost 50 million, recovers 14 million tons of waste each year and produces 5,138 GWh of local and renewable energy. With 80,990 employees, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in the sustainable management of resources. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of €14.3 billion in 2014.

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About CDTI
The Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) is a Public Business Entity, answering to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which fosters the technological development and innovation of Spanish companies. It is the entity that channels the funding and support applications for national and international R&D&i projects of Spanish companies.

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About Suma Capital
Suma Capital is an independent alternative asset manager, based in Barcelona, authorized by the National Securities Market Comission (CNMV, record #57) and is part of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Venture Capital (ASCRI).
The Company is founded and controlled by their professional team who bring over 25 years of experience successfully investing in Private Equity deals across different industries.

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Carriots is featured in DZone’s Guide to Developer Programs

Carriots is featured in DZone’s latest research guide, the Guide to Developer Programs. This guide provides a full analysis of developer programs, a directory of the most popular programs, articles outlining why joining the right program could benefit your career, and industry insights detailing how other developers take advantage of developer programs. You can download the free research guide here: bit.ly/1bq8daQ.

With app markets more crowded than ever, it’s hard to stand out among other developers. To solve this problem, many developers are looking to developer programs for support, as well as resources that can’t be found in most out-of-the-box solutions. According to DZone’s Guide to Developer Programs, over 50% of their audience of developers have joined at least one developer program. So what is that attracts so many developers to developer programs?

Tools, Resources, and Community

By joining a developer program, members gain access to essential tools and resources – things like an API, documentation, SDKs, sample applications, and community forums. According to DZone’s research, 72% of survey respondents agreed that organizations with developer programs have higher quality APIs.

Developers also benefit from the community found within a developer program. It can’t be understated – whether collaborating on projects or looking for support, developers can rely on their peers within a program to create better applications. Not to mention, joining a developer program can open doors – 18% of the DZone audience said that they’ve received job offers from working on an open source project, while 12% said they’ve received offers from working on a project in a developer program.

Learn more about how developer programs can impact your career and get help finding the right developer program for you by downloading a copy of the free DZone Guide to Developer Programs.

IoT Meetup in Kochi, India

Hot from our partner program! Nibodha Technologies has conducted an IoT meetup that we are proud to be part.

Here are their appreciations:

We at Nibodha Technologies, are extremely happy to let you know that we had conducted the first IoT Meetup in Kochi, India. The event was conducted at Startup Village on 22nd October 2014. The response we got from people here was extremely amazing. 50+ people turning up for the very first event of IoT was astonishing. The event comprised of an overview on technological landscape of IoT by Radhesh Radhakrishnan (V.P Engineering, Nibodha Technologies), technical discussions, Q&A sessions and demo of an IoT application using the Carriots platform.

At a high-level, the application sensed prevailing room temperature and sends it to user’s phone via internet. JSON data was send,stored and received using the Carriot platform. Thanks to the Carriots platform, integration part worked like butter!! We used Arduino Uno (Sparksfun Redboard) for I/O operations like fetching room temperature, light intensity and passed the value to Raspberry Pi using serial communication. Raspberry Pi was running on node.js server and was programmed to post the values on to Carriots rest API. On the end-user side, we created an Android application which communicates with Carriots rest API and displays the temperature & Intensity on the Android App.

The integration freedom which Carriots provides for developers is exceptional. We had happy times experimenting the Carriots. We are also looking forward on how to use this in real-life use cases such as poultry farms and hatcheries. The meetup dispersed on the note, to conduct frequent IoT meetups. Together, we aim to resolve complex problems of mankind using simple IOT applications. We believe Carriots will keep supporting us.

This is the teaser video of the event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjDlmO0PAOY

Thanks guys for the good work. Keep on moving the IoT!

Enjoy Carriots!

Pozuelo City Hall chooses the Carriots CityLife platform

Carriots CityLifeThe Pozuelo City Hall chooses the Carriots CityLife platform from Wairbut for its Smart City project

Carriots CityLife platform will allow monitoring of everything that happens in the city to improve the management of city services and the quality of life of the citizens.

With this initiative, Pozuelo wants to become the Spanish national reference for Smart City environments.

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Open Innovation with Cisco

At Carriots we are proud to announce our partnership with Cisco and our involvement in their new openBerlin IoE Innovation Center.

Carriots was created to sparkle open innovation around the world, from makers to big companies or IoT start-ups. Our software was designed to promote rapid proof of concept prototyping so that new products or services can be quickly tested in the market.

At Cisco IoE Innovation Centers they have the same vision. So it is great that we are part of their ecosystem. Carriots will be an active member of this open innovation community and will:

  • Integrate Cisco Hardware with Carriots to help developers plug and play.
  • Publish our tutorial examples combining Cisco routers and Carriots.
  • Provide sample units of the IoT projects we have done for some of our customers, to see how people can hack them.
  • Participate in a wide variety of hackhaton and innovation activities related to hot topics like security, protocols or simply exploring new business IoE solutions.

Great work Cisco for this initiative! Now lets all innovate together…

Healthcare – the Internet of Things Hackathon

Bangalore, India, August 24, 2014: The inaugural edition of ThingHack: Healthcare – the Internet of Things Hackathon came to a close today in Bangalore, presented by IoTBLR – an open community for IoT enthusiasts, the event was hosted and supported by Cisco. The two day healthcare and wellness hackathon witnessed participation from 30 individuals who conceptualized, designed and made prototypes of connected healthcare devices that would benefit the society.

ThingHack received over 150 registrations which were narrowed down to 30 based on their ideas, skillsets and interviews conducted by a panel of technology mentors & experts. The shortlisted participants comprised of students, budding entrepreneurs and corporate employees.

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Carriots collaborates with TST Sistemas in a pilot rubbish bin sensor project in Santander

TST Sistemas, one of Carriot’s partners, is a company that develops wireless products and solutions for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) environment. They recently developed a 4 week pilot of a rubbish bin filling sensor system in Santander. They integrated the data read by their sensors with the Carriots platform.

TST Sistemas deployed several filling sensors in Santander

TST Sistemas installed wireless sensors in the plastic and paper recycling bins located near PCTCAN (the Scientific and Technology Park in Cantabria). These sensors retrieve the data of the level of fullness and send it the Carriots cloud where it is stored.

Filling Sensors designed by TST Sistemas and connected to Carriots

Thanks to the Carriots REST API, the gathered data can be easily displayed on a web page. From there, the user can evaluate the lever of the bins, the battery and GPRS coverage by pressing on the desired bin. The page isn’t limited to simply showing the current status, data can also be grouped in different ways to see graphs and data collection history. This information can be used to plan the best routes to collect the rubbish.

Web based management application

As you can see, there would be many advantages to knowing the exact state of the bin before taking action to empty it. It enables us to measure the quality of the company that picks up the rubbish and at the same time allows us to make the pick-up process more efficient and effective. It can increase or decrease the frequency of pick-up depending on the fullness data levels. Not only does this method save money, but it also saves carbon dioxide gas emissions.

Smart Waste Management is more efficient.

This is just one more example of the possibilities that Carriots gives to companies. We make IoT projects a reality. Can we help you make yours a reality too?

IoT with the Arduino Yun book review

Internet of Things with the Arduino Yun - Packt publishingA couple weeks ago, our friends at “Packt Publishing – http://www.packtpub.com/” sent us a copy of the book “Internet of Things with the Arduino Yún“. Without a doubt the book is a good reference for anyone that wants to dive into the world of IoT and the Maker movement.

The book introduces the reader to the basic concepts of electronics, programming and the Internet which are necessary to taking the first steps toward the creation of an Iot project in an easy and didactic way.

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The UPM University integrates heterogeneous home automation systems in the cloud using Carriots

CeDInt is a research center of the Technical University of Madrid with nine years of experience in research projects integrating control platforms for home and building automation both proprietary and industry standard. CeDInt has also developed his own and standard and open source based wireless measurement and control platform called BATNET.

Recently CeDint started using Carriots platform to develop new Internet of Things projects.

Thanks to this work devices of KNX and BATNET technology installed in the energy efficiency lab of CeDInt can be universally controlled by the Carriots platform. As a result in this demonstrator users can check luminosity, humidity, temperature or power consumption measures as well as act upon blinds or lights of the lab anywhere. There is also a graphical interface allowing intuitive follow up of measurement history.

MIMOS creates a Smart Parking prototype using Carriots

MIMOS, the National Research and Development Centre in Malaysia, has created a smart parking prototype that shows the excellent capacity of Carriots to help in the development of easy and cost effective IoT projects. Just a couple weeks ago, they decided to take their project to the next level…that’s where Carriots came in.

Sensors and Gateway used by MIMOS for their SmartParking pilot.

Due to the cost of maintenance, wiring and convenience, MIMOS decided to introduce a “smart” system. It combines the same sensors as their original project with the added advantage of being controlled through a Wi-Fi connection. Each sensor connects and sends data over the Internet to Carriots. Carriots then stores the data and allows MIMOS to act on the data received. Using the Carriots REST API it’s easy to use the data stored and display it on a web page.

That’s exactly what MIMOS did. They used Ducksboard to process and display the availability of parking spots, the signal strength and the battery level of the sensors. Using Carriots it’s easy to get and display this important information on computers and smartphones. You can see their frontend sensor information here: https://public.ducksboard.com/PLAUECyDKENxA-irqN2d. You can also read a little more about the project in this article.

Diagram on how the Smart Parking solution works using Carriots platform

To see how to make your own device dashboard you should check out our Ducksboard tutorial. You can see another example of integrating devices and a web interface in the Carriots meteorological station tutorial.

You too can create real-life projects using Carriots! We hope this inspires you to get out there and start creating!