Where it's based: Seattle
When it was founded: 2009
Why it's Fierce: For years, J. Andrew Rogers wondered if it would be possible to index reality itself, the way Google indexes the Internet. But Rogers, SpaceCurve's founder and CTO, realized that a platform that could index reality would need to be able to take in huge amounts of data generated from wireless sensors--and it would need to be more accurate than existing spatial analytics platforms from the likes of Oracle and PostGIS. So Rogers set about building his own platform in SpaceCurve, the company he founded.
In December 2014, SpaceCurve launched what it calls a geospatial data platform designed to help enterprises organize and analyze machine-generated data sources. SpaceCurve thinks traditional ways of analyzing data are not designed to handle streaming sensor data with spatial and time attributes at the speed and scale required for the Internet of Things. According to SpaceCurve CEO Dane Coyer, what sets the company's platform apart is its ability to take in information that is streaming in from sensors as quickly as it is being generated. More importantly, the company creates context all around the data using a location and a time. The firm then combines geospatial, sensor, Internet of Things, social media, location and historical data and makes the data available to customers in real time for analysis and operational intelligence.
Coyer was hesitant to name the company's customers, saying they are very skittish about publicity because they consider the platform to be a competitive advantage. He did name one, a company called Via Informatics, which is a location intelligence company. SpaceCurve said its platform can be used for location analytics, network optimization and in smart cities. It could also be used by government agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency in disaster response, or it could be used by unmanned aerial vehicles to do surveillance or inspections of critical infrastructure.
At a time when billions of devices are being connected to the Internet, making sense of all of the data coming from those devices is going to be crucial. Wireless carriers, network vendors and device makers with gadgets in the field will all want to get a concrete visualization of their networks, which are starting to encompass many more devices than just smartphones and tablets. SpaceCurve's platform gives all of those players a view into their IoT network in both space and time, and then lets them take action accordingly.
The company licenses an annual subscription for its platform. The software can be deployed on proprietary hardware because many of the company's customers prefer to use their own hardware for security reasons.
Since its inception, the company says it has raised more than $16 million in venture capital from Reed Elsevier Ventures, Divergent Ventures, Triage Ventures and Musea Ventures.
What's next: The company is still looking for new customers and is partnering with others in the geospatial industry to get its name and technology better known. SpaceCurve has partnered with AirSage, L3 and Esri, the Environmental Systems Research Institute, which is an international supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. SpaceCurve is also looking to build more fine-grained access and security controls into its platform.