Startup Of The Week

Startup Of The Week: Gecko Robotics

Gecko Robotics provides full-stack robotic inspection and software modeling technology to give power plants, oil and gas, manufacturing, defense, and other sectors insights into the health of their physical assets. The information can be used to reduce carbon emissions, increase manufacturing efficiency, ensure security compliance, reduce power outages, and even determine the availability of military ships. Its platform keeps track of more than 60,000 physical assets around the globe.

“Think of it as a decision maker tool for the built world,” says Gecko Robotics’ CEO and Co-Founder Jake Loosararian. Some 60% of the energy infrastructure is past useful life or nearing it, he says. The goal is to make it last longer and avoid blackouts and brownouts. At the same time  companies are trying to reduce carbon emissions and moving to Net Zero. “‘Our contention is you can solve for all of these things if you can measure data in a differentiated way,” he says. “This requires collecting information on the health of all the infrastructure that is running. decoding the physical world, building software on top and then not just using machine learning on the signals but on the data layer to decode what the raw signals are telling us and put it into context. Once you do that you can accurately map the physical health of assets to determine their availability and reliability.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.