A.I. smart flooring start-up Technis raised $1.4M to deploy in the healthcare market

25 September 2019 8:59 GMT


The Lausanne-based startup is taking a major step in its expansion with a second fundraising of $1.4 million, bringing the total investment since its inception to nearly $3 million. An investment that will support marketing and sales of its product into the healthcare market, expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

Wiktor Bourée, founder and CEO of Technis.

Technis is in the process of marketing its new offer, Technis Care, the first integrated solution detecting falls and preventing various high-risk situations in healthcare institutions and retirement homes. With the agreement of residents, the solution is deployed under the floor in their rooms and allows for long-term monitoring of their health state. Data related to their physical activity is captured through the floor: number of steps, movement speed and fall detection. This in turn will allow medical staff to drastically improve diagnosis and personalization of the resident’s health care.

“The flooring market is undergoing a profound transformation and represents millions of square meters installed every day around the world. Technis connects infrastructures to render them more secure, all the while ensuring the independence of people living there. This funding will help us accelerate our deployment into medical institutions.”

Wiktor Bourrée, CEO of Technis

Technis’ development is supported by a strong advisory board, including former CEO of AXA Global Property & Casualty, Gaëlle Olivier.
Olivier Vialle, advisor of Technis, and previously Partner at PwC Strategy is delighted: “Technis disrupts in two ways: an intelligent flooring technology already operational for dozens of customers, and an innovative and profitable business model. Turning the floor into a service is the future of connected infrastructure. I believe Technis to be the clear market leader. “

A concrete application of artificial intelligence already on the market

Technis, a startup from EPFL founded by Wiktor Bourée in 2016, analyzes and provides data for the management and optimization of infrastructures through connected flooring solutions. A thin layer of connected sensors placed under the floor, combined with artificial intelligence, captures and collects a large amount of data related to movement and activity of people in infrastructures, captured in real-time. Applications for the technology include counting people traffic, detecting falls, or triggering alarms – all of this through a truly non-intrusive solution.

With 14 innovation awards, the Technis solution has already been rolled out in several well-known institutions in the facility management market. Their list of customers includes the prestigious CERN, SciencesPo Paris, ISS, Palexpo and the Fondation Beyeler.

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