Audio Analytic, the Artificial Intelligence company addressing sound recognition, today announced the closing of a $5.5m 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™. “In the last two years, Smart Home device ownership has more than doubled,” said Stuart Sikes, President of research firm Parks Associates. “We estimate companies will sell almost 55 million smart home devices in 2020.”

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.

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.

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 lead this series A round and continue our support of one of the world’s most exciting AI companies.”

Dr. Chris Mitchell, Audio Analytic’s Founder and CEO, said “At Audio Analytic, we believe every sound tells a story, especially in the home. This $5.5m 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.

“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. To request a meeting, email CES-meetings@audioanalytic.com.

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. An ARM whitepaper addressing the opportunities for sound recognition on low-power Smart Home devices is available for download at: https://www.community.arm.com/processors/b/documents/posts/machine-learning-in-low-power-devices-brings-sound-recognition-to-the-smart-home-market

Originally published on the 9th of January 2017

Source: Audio Analytic