Another company in our investment portfolio is Optical Electronics, working on the technology of intelligent, remote measurement of illuminance. We have invested PLN 1.5 million in this project.
The Optical Electronics technology is based on the OptIMo measuring module, which by controlling the power supply adjusts the value of illuminance to the external light conditions, the characteristics of the immediate environment and the presence of people at the workplace. Thanks to this, it helps to save energy, which is consumed only in the amount that is needed to provide the optimal level of illumination.
– Overpaying for energy in offices, production halls or warehouses is a common problem. Most often, they are illuminated evenly and regardless of whether outside the window it is a gray, autumn afternoon or a sunny morning. Our lamps adjust the amount of light in a specific place to external conditions – says Michał Zaród, the company’s president.
Despite the fact that the company has only existed for two years, it already has the first customers – in January in cooperation with the lighting manufacturer ES-System it has started the contract to deliver lighting to the Złote Tarasy shopping center.
– We decided to support the continuation of Optical Electronics research with the amount of PLN 1.5 million from business angels and the BRIdge Alpha program – says Marcin Bielówka, the manager of the INNOventure Fund. – Thanks to our investment, the company will carry out further R&D works that will allow the product to develop and introduce new functionalities. We are sure that thanks to this investment Optical Electronics will expand the area of application of its product and find new, interesting business partners.
The creators of the project are Michał Zaród (founder and president of the board) and dr. eng. Krzysztof Bernacki (head of R&D department). Currently, the team focuses on the work related to the ability to collect and process data from sensors of the OptIMo module. The knowledge gained will allow to optimize the consumption of other media in office-, production- and commercial spaces, and even better use of work surfaces.
The company is also one of 23 startups participating in the KPT ScaleUp program, implemented by the Kraków Technology Park.