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Edge AI startup Numurus raises funding for robotics, sensor solutions

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Edge AI startup Numurus raises funding for robotics, sensor solutions

A Seattle-based edge AI and robotics solutions provider, Numurus, has successfully raised $2 million in funding. The company says the money will support the expansion of its product development and professional service divisions. Led by Tokusui Corporation of America, the funding will help the edge AI startup serve the rapidly growing robotics and smart sensing industry. 

Numurus’ flagship product, NEPI, is a software suite based on Linux software distribution. It provides the underlying middleware with sensor drivers, AI management tools, remote user interfaces, communication drivers and ROS-based connectivity. The patent-pending software solution also offers a simplified integration of disparate, complex software into a single commercial product. In turn, the company says that engineers can bring smart products to market faster. 

“Numurus intends to become a ubiquitous underlying platform for robotic and smart sensor solutions by significantly reducing the development costs and time to market for new products in this industry, overcoming a major obstacle in market scalability of such solutions,” said Jason Seawall, CEO at Numurus. “Through Tokusui Corporation’s investment and support, we are well positioned to execute this vision.”

Prior to Numurus, Jason Seawell co-founded BlueView Technologies, an electrical equipment company that designed advanced Sonar Systems. These systems could be deployed on autonomous unmanned vehicles and ROVs. Supported by individual investors, the company was later acquired by Teledyne Technologies in 2012. 

The team at Numurus has also formed a board of directors, which includes Numurus CEO Jason Seawell. Other members include Ryan Mackey and Jonathan Doran who represent the current investment groups.

The company’s commitment to expanding its executive team comes with the hope to remain competitive and stay relevant in the evolving smart sensing market. Numurus also recently hired Shanif Mercant as chief product officer to take care of NEPI product evolution and accelerate the company’s place in the software-edge AI industry. 

“After seeing first-hand how Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI, IoT, and robotics were rapidly changing Tokusui’s worldwide food processing businesses, Tokusui sees the broader impact these technologies will have across most industrial markets and believes that Numurus’ NEPI software suite will be a major driver of transformation in these industries,” said Ryan Mackey, president at Tokusui Corporation of America.

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