There may be billions of IoT devices in use today, but the tooling(and updating) the software for them still leaves much to be desired. Esper announced today that it had raised a $30 B round and built the tools to enable developers and engineers to deploy and manage fleets of Android-based edge devices. The round was , with participation from Madrona Venture Group, Root Ventures, Ubiquity Ventures, and Haystack.
The company argues that thousands of software developers now expect to devise development. The company argues that its tools allow companies to forgo building their own internal and instead use its tooling to scale their Android-based IoT fleets for use cases that range from digital signage and kiosks to custom solutions in healthcare, retail, logistics, and more.alone, but scaling and managing these deployments comes with many challenges. The core idea here is that Esper brings the DevOps experience that
“The pandemic has transformed industries like, digital health, hospitality, and food delivery, further accelerating the adoption of intelligent edge devices. But with each new use case, better software automation is required,” said Esper Yadhu Gopalan, who founded the company with COO Shiv Sundar. “Esper’s mature incorporates the functionality cloud developers have come to expect, re-imagined for devices.
Mobile device management (MDM) isn’t new, but the Esper team argues that these tools weren’t created for this use case. “MDMs are the solution now in the market. They are made for devices being brought into an environment,” Gopalan said. “The DNA of these solutions is rooted in protecting the to them in the network. Our customers are sending devices out into the wild. It’s an entirely different use case and model.” To address these challenges, Esper offers a range of tools and services, including a complete development stack for developers, cloud-based services for device management and hardware emulators to start building custom devices.
“Esper helped us launch our Fusion-connected fitness offering on three different types of hardware in less than six months,” said Chris Merli, founder at Inspire Fitness. “Their full-stack connected fitness our application on different hardware platforms, configure all our devices over the cloud, and manage our fleet exactly to our specifications. They gave us speed, Android expertise, and trust that our application would provide a delightful experience for our customers.”
The company also don’t know the baseline, those numbers are meaningless, but the investors believe Esper is on to something. Current the likes of CloudKitchens, Spire Health, Intelity, Ordermark, Inspire Fitness, RomTech, and Uber.on older x86 Windows devices to extend this hardware’s life. “We spent about a building the infrastructure,” said Gopalan. “Definitely. That’s the hard part: creating a reliable, robust mechanism where customers can trust that the bits will flow to the devices. And you can also roll back if you need to.” Esper is working with devices with built-in Esper support. mEsper says it saw 70x revenue and 8x development in paying customers and a 15x increase in devices running Esper. Since we