Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefónica select tech start-ups

Natalie Bannerman
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Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefónica, as members of the GoIgnite global telecoms alliance, have selected five start-ups to partner with on innovative IoT solutions

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Singtel and Telefónica, as members of the GoIgnite alliance for the world’s leading telcos, have announced the winners of their second global call for innovative solutions.

This year’s winners are Sparkcognition and NanoLock Security for internet of things (IoT) cyber security, Cujo and Vayyar Imaging for connected homes, and SafeToNet for consumer experience artificial intelligence.  

These winners will now form business partnerships with the four telcos and have access to their 1.2 billion mobile subscriber base around the world.

Axel Menneking, managing director of Deutsche Telekom’s hub:raum, said: “The five winners were able to convince us with their ideas on artificial intelligence (AI) and security issues. The topics range from helping to protect children from bullying, protect critical infrastructure and secure management platforms. I'm sure these teams will be doing good pilots with us and the other three telecom companies.” 

The winners are also taking part in a two-day workshop that begins in Madrid today. It will help them refine their solutions and sharpen their business strategies. In addition, each startup will receive access to mentoring, co-working space and invitations to networking opportunities.  

Commenting on the news, Bertrand Rojat, deputy director of Orange’s Technocentre, added: “For us and our partners we have a firm belief that working collectively and in an open manner with the start-up community is critical to accelerate our innovation in these three key areas. These are exciting times and we are delighted to be working with these ‘scale-ups’ to jointly deliver something truly remarkable to our customers.”  

The companies all offer innovative solutions to a variety of problems. Vayyar Imaging uses its own Vayyar Smart Home sensors to create a 3D image of everything happening in your home in real-time. 

SparkCognition develops AI-powered cyber-physical software for the safety, security and reliability of IT, OT and the IoT. NanoLock Security says that it aims to be the leading provider of a powerful and highly secured platform, protecting firmware and sensitive data stored in connected and IoT devices.

Cujo uses AI and cloud computing to protect home users against the latest cyber threats. Cujo analyses local area network traffic to block known and zero-day attacks. SafeToNet addresses a global social problem, protecting children from cyber-bullying, abuse, aggression, sextortion and other predatory risks on the web and social media. 

Edgar Hardless, chief executive officer of Singtel Innov8 said: “The alliance partners are pleased to select five deserving winners from a pool of high quality submissions worldwide. The second global call focused on these three key areas which are becoming increasingly relevant and critical to the digital world we live in. We look forward to accelerating the adoption of the innovative solutions and bringing them to the customers of the Singtel group.”   

The GoIgnite alliance aims to encourage teams around the world to enter their projects into any one of the categories identified by the alliance to be of strategic interest. The alliance will also help the start-ups pitch to venture capital firms to secure any additional funding needed to grow and scale their business.  

Ana Segurado, global general director at Telefónica Open Future, said: “This marks the continuation of our strong support in working with startups and other telcos to find and grow the next disruptive idea. It is open innovation initiatives built with partners such as GoIgnite that truly create the right framework to develop the business of the startups. We very much look forward to working with the winners and hope this will be the beginning of a relationship which provides value to all parties involved.”