Eagle Eye Networks Raises $40 million to Transform Video Surveillance by Combining Cloud and AI
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Oct 27, 2020
Eagle Eye Networks has raised $40 million of Series E funding from venture capital firm Accel (Facebook, Spotify, DocuSign) to continue its growth and expand its technology leadership. Eagle Eye is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) on its true cloud platform to dramatically reshape video surveillance and improve safety, security, operations, and customer service for businesses around the world.
Today’s video surveillance systems have multiple security features, such as motion detection and standard analytics. However, these systems require either monotonous monitoring or a meticulous manual review after each triggered event to extract useful information. Similarly, business operations analytics are still in early development.
“There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage AI and alter the very nature of video surveillance,” said Dean Drako, founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “Eagle Eye Networks now has the means and the technology to enable cloud video surveillance to transform how companies manage security and business operations, in the same way self-driving and electric cars are transforming transportation.
“Ultimately, smart cloud video surveillance with appropriate privacy and cybersecurity protections will make business and communities much safer, for example: detecting dangers such as weapons, erratic driving, active robberies, and traffic accidents. Furthermore,” Drako said, “Furthermore, businesses will analyze their customer service and retail operations to provide a significantly better customer experience, and manufacturers will provide higher quality products, in a safer and more-timely manner with video AI.”
Posed for the challenge of Artificial Intelligence, Eagle Eye Networks in an open platform that has the flexibility to shift when AI changes. AI is a new and unknown quantity, and will be making changes as it matures, Drako said. He also said that Eagle Eye Networks is working on its own AI version but currently works with at least 20 other AI technologies, relying on the open platform.
“Eagle Eye Networks pioneered the video surveillance industry’s move to the cloud, and AI applications will drive the industry’s next transformation,” said Sameer Gandhi, partner at Accel. “Eagle Eye is in the pole position to make this happen. Its true cloud technology puts Eagle Eye in a unique position to instantly deploy new analytics breakthroughs. Dean Drako’s track record, proven with Eagle Eye and previously as founder of Barracuda Networks, speaks for itself."
Eagle Eye Networks Cloud VMS
The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS is a smart cloud video surveillance solution, purpose-built to help businesses improve safety, security, operations and customer service while saving money. Tens of thousands of companies in more than 90 countries around the globe have moved their video surveillance to the cloud with Eagle Eye VMS. Customers, including multi-family residences, smart cities, schools, hospitals, hotels, logistics, restaurants, and retail shops trust Eagle Eye for actionable business intelligence and proactive security.
Eagle Eye Cloud VMS offers comprehensive central management, cloud reliability and redundancy, cost savings, and an open API video platform that provides a vast number of third-party integrations. Customers appreciate Eagle Eye’s inherent cyber secure design and extensive video encryption to protect their data and privacy. The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS works with thousands of industry cameras and does not require customers to “rip and replace” their existing infrastructure.
Eagle Eye Networks, together with its partner Brivo, provide a seamless solution for cloud video surveillance and facility access control. Brivo is the worldwide leader in cloud facility access control. The Eagle Eye API allows for seamless integration with partners like Brivo and others making Eagle Eye Cloud VMS the only platform robust enough to power the future of video surveillance.
Ralph C. Jensen is the Publisher of Security Today magazine.