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StreetLight Data secures $10m funding

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The mobility analytics company StreetLight Data that brands itself as bringing “real-world travel patterns to light”, has closed $10 Million in Series C funding.

Its proprietary solution, StreetLight InSight, an online SaaS tool designed for Smart Cities and the transportation industry, combines big data with processing and industry-targeted analytic tools to support critical planning, investment, infrastructure, and policy decisions. StreetLight Data aggregates and applies proprietary processing techniques to big mobile data from millions of mobile devices, connected cars and trucks, IoT sensors, and geospatial databases. The outcome is a suite of powerful analytics that analyse mobility behaviour.

“Since launching in 2012, StreetLight InSight has turned the hype around Smart Cities, Machine Learning, and data-driven decision making into concrete value – enabling billions of dollars of infrastructure investment to be spent in more impactful and informed ways,” the company says in a statement. “StreetLight Data has transformed the practice of transportation planning with hundreds of clients using StreetLight InSight including; Transportation agencies at federal, state, regional and city levels, transportation engineering and consulting firms, and private transportation companies including ride share, automaker, and IoT firms.”

The company says the Series C financing will allow StreetLight Data to invest in new product innovations that create the analytics required to tackle the biggest questions confronting transportation, including climate changing emissions from transportation, the impact of new modes of transportation such as ride share on communities, cost effective and resilient infrastructure investment, and how to launch autonomous vehicles in socially positive and productive ways. It adds that the financing will also accelerate the company’s targeted geographic expansion.

Investors include Osage University Partners, ENGIE New Ventures, DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners), and other undisclosed investors. Veery Maxwell will be joining the board of directors in conjunction with this financing.

“We’ve seen the adoption of StreetLight InSight accelerate over the past two years. The transportation industry has turned the corner in accepting big data solutions for basic planning support,” said StreetLight Data CEO Laura Schewel. “What’s more exciting is seeing our leading clients changing their core practices due to the availability of nearly infinite analytics from StreetLight InSight. This kind of data-driven transformation is not a luxury – it’s a requirement to manage the ever-increasing complexity, risks, and rewards of our fast-changing transportation and city systems.”

“As new transportation trends converge–from car sharing, autonomous vehicles and electric cars, to the energy transformation of massive amounts of distributed renewables with variable production on the grid–the global need for data-driven infrastructure planning has become more critical than ever,” added Scott Pinnizotto, ENGIE Investment Director and StreetLight Data Board Member. “StreetLight Data is building a tool to support a sustainable approach to these rapidly evolving, ever-more interdependent systems.”

 
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