ICE Gateway: HTGF invests in intelligent LED-Lighting
Information, communication, logistics and energy are the drivers of smart city services of the future. In addition to that, EU regulations require the progressive replacement of mercury-vapor-based lamps until 2015. This creates a market opportunity of over 30 Million streetlights that will be replaced. ICE Gateway intends to use this window of opportunity for the outdoor LED market, in order to install a broad base of M2M communication gateways and offer additional services.
"Lamp poles are positioned at strategic locations and will take over a more important role, than simply being used as street lighting. The lighting itself should be seen as one component of the overall city infrastructure for logistics, information and security. This is why we are developing a holistic solution that is easy to use and which eliminates investment risks for our customers." says the CEO of ICE Gateway, Ramin L. Mokhtari.
The communication modules, which are essential for the dimming of the LED lamps, allow the highest energy saving, quality and longest life-time, compared to conventional LEDs. Due to the high savings, customers of ICE Gateway are capable of investing in additional M2M services, in order to become both, more competitive and more attractive. Moreover, the company has developed an open platform for manufacturer of LED lights and M2M products in order to establish strong partnerships.
"Especially exciting is the integration of lighting in the M2M networks of telecommunication firms. ICE Gateway will be then optimally positioned to offer further value added services in the field of smart city.", says the Investment Manager of High-Tech Gründerfonds, Dr. Guillem Sagué.
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gründerfonds invests € 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of € 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as seventeen corporations ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has about € 573 million under management in two funds (€ 272 million HTGF I, € 301,5 million HTGF II)