Advertima, an emerging computer vision platform provider, today announces the close of a €15m Series A investment round led by existing shareholder Swiss real estate company, Fortimo Group.
Advertima empowers grocers and other retailers to create smart spaces that offer consumer-centric, frictionless and relevant in-store shopping experiences. The investment will enable the start-up to further develop their platform on a global scale and strengthen their position as a critical player in the wider ecosystem of the smart space environments.
Through computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Advertima has created the ‘Human Data Layer’, which visually interprets human behaviour in physical spaces. By providing a real-time and easily accessible data stream, Advertima gives the ability for the smart spaces of the future to interact with people in a seamless and meaningful way.
The first sector that Advertima has set its sights on is grocery retail. In a fast-changing retail world that is quickly adapting to the impact of COVID-19, Advertima’s technology helps fast-track the evolution of grocery retailers.
Advertima offers smart inventory management and autonomous checkout while also providing engaging and relevant content on smart digital screens throughout the in-store shopping journey of every customer. By making retail spaces smart, grocers maximise the efficiency of their stores, increase their revenues and generate greater returns per square meter.
In the near future, smart spaces will be ubiquitous and a part of the fabric of everyday life. Advertima plays a crucial role in the emerging smart retail ecosystem, powered by their Human Data Layer. Consumers are at the core of the evolution of smart spaces and will expect a living and working environment where interaction with technology is seamless and unnoticeable.
“It is clear that the rapid digitalisation of our society is going to have an impact on consumer habits, especially in the retail sector,” says Fortimo Group Founder Remo Bienz. “Advertima is at the cutting-edge of technology in the retail space. As a long-standing shareholder, we know how visionary their technology is, but also how it has been successfully adopted by major, global organisations and already generated significant revenues. We’re excited to be part of Advertima’s journey.”