FogHorn Extends Industrial Edge Intelligence Leadership with $25M in Series C Funding
Korean industrial conglomerate LS Corp. joins FogHorn’s strategic investor syndicate as company continues to advance industrial IoT edge analytics and AI/ML use cases
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 — Today, FogHorn announced exponential software licensing growth and new investment that expands the company’s leadership in industrial and commercial edge AI/ML deployments. FogHorn recently closed $25 million in a series C round of funding led by LS Corp., a Korean industrial conglomerate with over $25 billion in global revenue. In addition to LS Corp., Forte Ventures also joined the round with existing FogHorn investors including Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, GE Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, March Capital Partners and Darling Ventures. With this latest investment, FogHorn has raised $72.5 million to pioneer industrial edge AI/ML solutions.
In 2019, FogHorn achieved nearly 10X growth in annual license bookings over the previous year. This impressive company growth aligns with increased edge analytics and AI/ML deployments across industries, including discrete and process manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation and smart buildings. Having completed over 100 breakthrough IIoT use cases, 2019 saw a transition to multi-million dollar, multi-year enterprise licenses with industrial giants including Stanley Black & Decker and Honeywell. FogHorn was recently recognized as a market leader in Frost & Sullivan’s Global Emerging Industrial IoT-AI Platform Market, for leadership in edge computing and industrial AI/ML solutions.
IDC predicts 41.6 billion connected IoT devices, or “things,” will be generating 79.4 zettabytes (ZB) of data in 2025. Among verticals deploying IoT devices, industrial use cases will increasingly create more data over time. What’s more, Gartner predicts that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created or processed outside of a traditional centralized data center by 2025.
“Industrial IoT is at a tipping point. We’re seeing initiatives move quickly into full-scale deployments, especially among industries we serve in Korea and throughout the globe,” said Yumi Lee, Chief Strategy Officer of LS Corp. “FogHorn has pioneered edge analytics, ML and recently edge AI since its inception. LS looks forward to supporting the company as it continues to enable edge AI deployments and digital transformation initiatives across global industries.”
“2019 proved to be a banner year for FogHorn for license bookings, new customer acquisition and innovation,” said David C. King, CEO of FogHorn. “This latest round of funding led by LS Corp. will accelerate our growth, especially in East Asia. The series C round, so broadly supported by our existing investor base, as well as our new collaboration with LS Corp., will extend FogHorn’s ability to scale and invest in continued product innovation as we deepen our portfolio of industry use cases.”
Along with extending funding and monumental growth, FogHorn expanded its leadership team with the addition of John Neville, Chief Revenue Officer and Senthil Kumar, VP of Engineering.
- Before joining FogHorn, Neville was the Chief Commercial Officer at IoT.nxt. He has held positions in Sales, Business Development, Strategy and Consulting with large enterprises such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Honeywell Bull, Verizon, Adtran and Ericsson. He holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from SMU and has also completed the Executive program at University of Virginia Darden, as well as The Advanced Telecommunications Management program at Columbia University in NYC.
- Kumar joins FogHorn from Collective[i], where he was the EVP of software engineering and global head of AI and analytics. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics, Global Executive Leadership.
FogHorn is a leading developer of edge intelligence software for industrial and commercial IoT application solutions. FogHorn’s software platform brings the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to the on-premises edge environment enabling a new class of applications for advanced monitoring and diagnostics, machine performance optimization, proactive maintenance and operational intelligence use cases. FogHorn’s technology is ideally suited for OEMs, systems integrators and end customers in manufacturing, power and water, oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, transportation, healthcare, retail, as well as smart grid, smart city, smart building and connected vehicle applications. FogHorn and Lightning are trademarks of FogHorn Systems. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
Kathleen See (For FogHorn)
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