Audio Analytic raises £4.3 million in Series A funding round led by CIC


04-01-2017

Audio Analytic, pioneer of intelligent sound recognition, has announced a £4.3 million series A funding round led by Cambridge Innovation Capital. Funding will enable the company to meet rapidly growing demand for its Smart Home technology. It is demonstrating a range of new ai3™ sound profiles and features at CES 2017in Las Vegas.

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Audio Analytic, the Artificial Intelligence company addressing sound recognition, today announced the closing of a £4.3 million Series A round. Cambridge Innovation Capital led the round, with IQ Capital, Rockspring, Cambridge Angels and Martlet participating.

The funding will enable the company to scale and meet growing Smart Home OEM demand for its Artificial Audio Intelligence software, ai3™.

Dr Chris Mitchell, Audio Analytic’s Founder and CEO, added, “At Audio Analytic, we believe every sound tells a story, especially in the home. This Series A round will enable us to meet growing customer demand for our Artificial Audio Intelligence and continue to develop the recognition of new sounds with the ai3 platform."

Victor Christou, CEO at Cambridge Innovation Capital, said, “Audio Analytic’s market traction over the past 18 months has been highly impressive in the rapidly growing smart home market. We’re delighted to be continuing our support of one of the world’s most exciting AI companies, leading this series A round.”

Founded in 2008, Audio Analytic has pioneered the development and commercialisation of intelligent sound recognition using advanced machine learning. Its innovative ai3 software enables devices to recognise significant sounds and take automated action.

Audio Analytic works with Smart Home original equipment manufacturers and chip companies, with a range of consumer devices containing ai3 software already in the market and more slated to launch in 2017.

According to research firm Parks Associates, in the last two years Smart Home device ownership has more than doubled. Stuart Sikes, President of research firm Parks Associates, said: “We estimate companies will sell almost 55 million smart home devices in 2020.”

This Series A funding follows previous rounds in 2014 and 2015, bringing the company’s total money raised to $8 million. The new round will enable the company to scale to meet increasing customer demand - doubling its team to 50 employees within the next 12 months - and introduce new sound profiles and features to the growing ai3™ platform.

Dr. Chris Mitchell continues:  “2017 promises to be the year of the Smart Home and AI – we are excited to be working with our customers right at the intersection of these two seismic industries.”

Audio Analytic is an official exhibitor at CES 2017 (5-8 January, Las Vegas) and will be demonstrating a range of new ai3™ sound profiles and features to customers and partners at the show.

A demonstration of sound recognition for the Smart Home using Audio Analytic’s ai3™ platform will also be available at the ARM booth (LVCC, South Hall 2 - MP25250) on invitation.

Image: Victor Christou (left), Chris Mitchell

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