2021 is drawing to a close, and it is the second year in a row that was somewhat ‘different.’ Despite all the uncertainty, it is time to look back and be proud of what we managed to achieve and look forward with a renewed motivation for action! That’s precisely what we want to do in this article.
Extension of Series A funding round
Blickfeld is ending the year with excellent news: We are increasing our Series A funding and have raised $31 million in total in this round. In addition to our existing investors, we have gained New Future Capital as a new investor and can therefore look forward to 2022 with significant growth plans. The new investment will support the development of new products, the internationalization of Blickfeld, and the expansion of our teams.
Product news of the year
Blickfeld introduced its automotive LiDAR sensors based around the Blickfeld Vision Mini in January. Measuring just 5 x 5 x 5 cm, it enables seamless integration into vehicle designs. Together with the creative agency Genesis Design, we have already conceptualized how that integration concept might look like. The sensor coverage around the vehicle enables safety functions and automated driving while making a great stride towards enabling fully autonomous vehicle technology.
Product development did not lag behind in the Blickfeld Industry Division either: The Blickfeld’s Cubes are now the industry’s first Smart LiDARs! Behind this fancy term hides a valuable feature of the sensors. By pre-processing the LiDAR data on the device itself, the amount of data to be transmitted is drastically reduced while enabling integrated motion detection.
Representation at numerous trade fairs and events
Blickfeld presented its sensor solutions at numerous events in 2021 in all shapes and forms – virtually, hybrid, and in-person. As always, the year started with CES, this time entirely virtual. The new format generated many exciting contacts and conversations and opened numerous networking opportunities. In September, IAA took place physically, with Munich hosting for the first time. As part of the new concept, Blickfeld was represented several times at the event. With a booth that exhibited the specially developed integration concept for a surround view around the vehicle, as well as in several people analytics applications in downtown Munich. Here, Blickfeld Cube 1 sensors were used to count visitors and display their movements in so-called heat maps.
Mobility is not the only application area for Blickfeld solutions; our teams were also present at Intergeo, Vision, Sicherheitsexpo, and many other industry events and were very happy about the lively exchange with customers and partners.
Blickfeld is growing fast!
We welcomed two new Vice Presidents to our Blickfeld family this year! The Sales and Business Development team has gained two experienced experts as leaders: Christian Waizenegger for the Industry division and Grégory Poillion for the Automotive division. We have introduced both of them in detail and asked them about their vision and plans in exclusive interviews, linked below.
But it is not only the Sales and Business Development team that has welcomed new members. Every month, we saw many new colleagues join the Blickfeld team, bringing a wide range of expertise and enriching our work.
Exciting new use cases
Blickfeld Cubes are now used worldwide and in a wide variety of applications. Application highlights from this year include passenger detection at Frankfurt Airport, volume measurement of bulk materials, visitor counting at the IAA, and measuring waves on a North Carolina beach. We look forward to seeing many more innovative use cases in the next year – the sky is the limit!
That was Blickfeld’s look back at the past twelve months. Now we only have two things left to do: first, to say a heartfelt “thank you” to our incredible team for the tireless dedication, loyalty, and creativity they bring to every single workday at Blickfeld. And second, to greet 2022 with our utmost vigor and excitement for the challenges ahead!