Calumino has developed the world’s first thermal sensor for mass-market applications and it is in mass production since December 2023.

They are an innovative technology company specializing in developing and manufacturing patented next-generation thermal sensors with integrated AI analytics. Calumino’s proprietary Micro-Optical Mechanical System (MOMS) technology offers a significantly improved Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (SNR) compared to traditional thermal technologies.

Addressing the market gap between high-cost, high-performance bolometers and affordable yet underperforming thermopiles and motion sensors, Calumino’s platform technology is uniquely positioned to bring thermal technology to the mass market.

The Calumino Thermal Sensor (CTS) is a high-performance, low-cost thermal sensor that empowers smart devices to generate unprecedented human and environmental data. It does so with a native low-resolution thereby preserving 100% privacy. 

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

We develop proprietary hardware plus a layer of AI to generate a new wealth of data based on what the Calumino Thermal Sensor (CTS) sees.

From occupancy and people counting to critical asset monitoring and hotspot detection, the CTS provides the data required to make critical decisions for various industries, including commercial real estate, asset monitoring, senior care, and many more.

The CTS operates on a simple yet profound principle: it sees heat instead of light. Through a proprietary blend of cutting-edge hardware and advanced artificial intelligence, this sensor module goes beyond the usual limits. By rendering people as nondescript thermal signatures against a backdrop of ambient heat, the CTS ensures that privacy remains protected. 

Unprecedented data analytics on human activity helps in applications such as occupancy sensing & counting in office space or hospitality spaces, tailgating and intruder detection to optimize space and traffic flow, thermal monitoring to enhance preventative maintenance of industrial assets, fall detection at senior care, and human vs animal detection to reduce falls alarms in a home security setting.  

E.E: What’s the news about new products/services?

Calumino’s revolutionary sensor stands out with its capability to trigger actions based on insights derived from the thermal footage and edge AI. By enabling new data feeds, users can proactively address potential hazards, optimize energy consumption, and enhance operational efficiencies. From fire detection to water leak prevention, Calumino’s ability to set tailored temperature alerts that trigger warnings or specific actions differentiates it from other technologies in the market.

Recognizing this unique capability, leading manufacturers such as Steinel and Casambi have partnered with Calumino, incorporating the CTS into their OEM modules for applications ranging from lighting control to HVAC optimization.

In a recent collaboration, Calumino partnered with ams OSRAM to integrate the Mira050 CMOS image sensor into its next-generation thermal sensing platform. The Mira050, known for its miniature size and exceptional performance with low power consumption, complements Calumino’s advanced technology. This joint effort aims to further advance thermal sensing capabilities, unlocking new opportunities and expanding markets for this innovative technology.

E.E: What are the ranges of products/services?

Calumino offers a disruptive thermal sensor plus edge analytics that generate data for our customers and partners to automate and optimize procedures and workflows in the built environment.

New customers typically start by ordering an Evaluation Kit (EVK) and a couple of CTS modules for prototyping. The EVK comes with a downloadable desktop player that allows evaluation of the hardware and software performance.

On top, we have also partnered with the world’s leading device manufacturers who are starting to reimagine what is possible with our new generation thermal sensing technology. They offer off-the-shelve products to the market, so if you are not ready with your own product as yet, why not leverage what they’ve build.

E.E: What is the state of the market where you are currently active?

We are currently heavily focusing on the commercial real estate space where there is a need for privacy non-intrusive people sensing and counting to optimize energy efficiency of buildings.

The CTS plus on-edge AI is the ideal technology to integrate into plug & play products, lighting fixtures and HVAC as it is the only technology available that is privacy non-intrusive, smart, scalable and affordable. 

On top, our technology is uniquely positioned to be integrated in products everywhere around us and we are currently opening up other verticals including industrial monitoring, outdoor, appliances and automotive.

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

Thermal sensor technology has been traditionally reserved for high-end budgets, such as military and high end security. 

The positioning of the Calumino Thermal Sensor, high end performance at an affordable price point, opens up the possibility of bringing thermal technology to mass market applications. 

In a world of resource and budget constraints at R&D and innovation department, bundling a disruptive thermal sensor with edge AI, enabled by a library of reference designs, opens up large opportunities for innovation & growth on the short term.

E.E: What are the most innovative products/services marketed?

The CTS in itself is a disruptive thermal sensor; the pixel level performance of the sensor is unparalleled and it comes at an accessible price point. Something the world has never seen and is opening up new products and markets.

The combination of CTS with edge-AI is a game changer as it generates a new wealth of data without invading people’s privacy.

Most recently, one of our partners has launched a new innovative product with the Calumino technology embedded, and they have won the German Innovation Award ‘Gold’.

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2024?

The outlook is very attractive. In the built environment, adoption is going very fast and new products are being launched by our partners continuously. 

On top we are opening up new verticals and we foresee exponential growth while we make the CTS even more affordable, smaller, lower power and higher resolution.

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