NavVis, a global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, has closed a new funding round, raising a total of $35.5 million. The Series C funding round was led by Digital+ Partners, with additional participation from new investor Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. (KKE) and existing investors MIG, Target Partners and BayBG. The new funds will be used to accelerate NavVis’ growth in the global enterprise market, where demand for indoor spatial intelligence solutions is being driven by the rapid adoption of digital twin technology.
Digital twin technology is being used by an increasing number of enterprises to monitor and control assets and processes using a virtual representation of physical spaces. In many ways, it represents an evolution of the BIM concept, one that is closer to the final physical product and thus better suited for additive manufacturing integration. In many top CAD/CAE/CAM software publisher’s vision, as all physical products will have a digital twin, the lines between physical and virtual products will be increasingly blurred and the transition will be more seamless.
New hardware and software to overcome barriers of digitization
There are currently two critical challenges experienced by enterprises seeking to implement digital twin technology. The first is scanning large industrial facilities to capture vast amounts of real-world information. The second is then taking that data and making it accessible and useful to the entire workforce. NavVis is uniquely positioned to overcome these barriers with its 3D scanning hardware, NavVis M6, and 3D visualization software, NavVis IndoorViewer, which serve as the core technologies for seamlessly implementing and operating digital twins. What truly sets the NavVis digital twin platform apart is that it combines easy access, immersive 3D visualization and interactive features. This powerful virtual workspace fuels team collaboration and delivers actionable insights that drive strategic decision-making as well as day-to-day operations.
“The major German automotive manufacturers, who served as early adopters, paved the way for our digital twin technology to transform how enterprises will operate in the future. As a result, we are now experiencing a tremendous surge in demand for our well-established and trail tested platform,” said Felix Reinshagen, NavVis co-founder and CEO. “Our mission is now to empower every enterprise with the easiest and most powerful way to build and operate their own digital twin to the fullest potential.”
Since launch in 2013, NavVis has become enterprise ready and grown adoption by 150 percent, with a client roster including names like Daimler, Lenovo and Deutsche Telekom. The company has further expanded an already strong network to over 100 certified partners in more than 30 countries worldwide, with over 150M square meters scanned and visualized using NavVis technology. Facilities now also include a local office in Shanghai, China. The new funds will be used to accelerate international growth and product development efforts. The aim is to grow the NavVis platform into the bedrock of a digital twin ecosystem that powers third-party applications including IoT, AR and VR. This will be enabled by the NavVis developer API and mobile SDK, which have already been used to develop deep integrations by enterprise tech powerhouses such as SAP and Autodesk.