Protonet, a Hamburg-based start-up, has received USD 1.6 million in an investment round, t3n and Gründerszene.de reported. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosed the sum in official documents, the reports said. Further retails have not been revealed. The crowdfunding will help Protonet boost its position on the U.S. market.
Smart home hub for B2C market
Protonet aims to launch its first smart home technology product on the market with “Zoe”. The secure control centre for private householders allows people to monitor the heating, windows or doors at home per voice command. The tiny server can even carry out orders like switching on lights or a music system when the door opens. “Zoe” also has so-called drops or small mobile gadgets that are positioned throughout a house and can receive voice commands. But individual ones can be switched off also.
Ali Jelveh, co-founder and CEO of Protonet, said: “People should have the choice of living with modern technology in the home. Protonet’s ‘Zoe’ is one of the smartest and most aesthetic smart home hubs on the B2C market which we will be launching this year. It is equipped with intelligent voice recognition, it listens and is always learning when spoken to.”
Crowdfunding world record in2014
Protonet’s crowd funding campaign made headlines in 2014 with orange-coloured mini servers. At the time, the start-up earned around EUR 1 million on the German Seedmatch platform within 90 minutes for the private cloud server Maya and hitting a new world record.