Digital Hub Initiative’s Start-up Games event was back again for a second copy on 29 October 2020. 10 of the most avant-garde up and coming startups from across Germany’s agenda hubs were arrive to pitch their ideas to a panel of five arch all-embracing VCs. But only one would come out on top...

…and the winner was Dresden-based Meshmerize

Founded just 11 months ago, this high abeyant startup has already anchored EXIST Forschungstransfer allotment from the German government, and has now taken home the Start-up Games’ coveted golden gnome prize. But just what is it about this young startup that afflicted the judges so much?

TNW got an absolute account with CEO Sreekrishna Pandi to find out.

It’s all about your network

In a nutshell, Krishna and his team’s cold was to build a new kind of mesh arrangement that would be reliable enough for automated and low cessation applications. Particularly Industry 4.0, which relies on AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles) to carry heavy loads in branch and barn settings (with pretty spotty radio ecology conditions), and in collaborative drone swarms being used in low affiliated environments. 

While the tech behind our drones, AGVs, and self-driving cars is convalescent every day, there are still plenty of failures that anticipate them from being 100% reliable. Sometimes they stop alive because WiFi access fail…

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Other times they break down…

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Some are just … 

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Meshmerize’s software, however, allows for a animation of 99.999% and, when accidents do happen, failover time is bargain from more than three abnormal to less than ten milliseconds. 

How do they do this?

One way is by taking a multipath access that departs from acceptable mesh arrangement applications.

Wall-E unchained

Mesh networks are groups of basement nodes (or accessories such as drones, AGVs, etc.) which can be used to route data to and from each other in areas with little or no connectivity, about creating a wireless arrangement amid those devices.

Mesh networks are not a new concept. They were absolutely invented almost 40 years ago by the US aggressive as a means of architecture ad hoc radio networks in alone areas. Traditionally they’ve been used in a single path approach, acceptation that each node has absolutely one route (a series of other nodes within the network) to reach any other node.

If any of the average nodes move, the path is broken and a new route has to be found, in a acknowledging manner.

“Imagine you have 10 nodes in the air. Today I have to say, ‘hey, Drone A, send this data-packet or bulletin to Drone B.’ It would work altogether if each drone acted as it should but, if any one of them fails for some reason, then your task won’t be completed,” Krishna explained.

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Meshmerize, on the other hand, utilizes assorted paths to reach other nodes, such that, if any of the average nodes move or fail momentarily, Meshmerize ensures there’s always alternating routes through which the advice can happen in low latency. In other words, even if one moves into an area with low signal, as long as at least one of the accessories in the arrangement has some sort of connection, whether Wifi, 4G, or 5G, they can all share connectivity. 

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Don’t drop the ball

This also means that the accessories in the arrangement can abet to ensure a task is completed.

“In a radio network, it’s as if you’re in a large room with 100 people who are blindfolded and moving in altered directions. Imagine you have a red ball you want to pass to addition across the room. The only way to get it to its destination is by casual it from person to person. So you have to shout people’s names to move the ball across the room,” Krishna explained.

But if addition drops the ball… you’re in trouble. 

In a multipath system, if one device drops the ball, addition can be routed to pick up where the other left off, thereby architecture a more airy arrangement together. Meshmerize, however, takes an extra step to ensure this handover time is as fast as possible. 

Considering the archetype of the red ball, “One trick is that we carbon the ball two or three times to ensure at least one will make it to its destination. Instead of relying on one link, why don’t we use 3 links at the same time to make it more reliable?” Krishna explained

This means that data-packets can travel across assorted paths at the same time. So even if one path breaks down for some reason, there will be other drones that could pick up the task, thereby accretion animation through redundancy. 

This is abnormally important with the added use of technology like drones and self-driving cars. There’s still a assertive amount of fear captivation these technologies back from wider use. What if our tech breaks down and we lose inventory? What if one glitch wreaks havoc on our barn administration system? What if my pizza never gets delivered!!!

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But Krishna believes technology like Meshmerize can change the game. 

“The key to earning public trust is to be able to accommodate reliable connectivity. About what we do is absolutely what the aerodynamics industry has been doing for the last five decades, a action called redundancy. Everything is bombastic on a plane today. If an engine fails, addition one can always take over. And that’s how they’re able to accommodate high levels of safety. It’s much safer and cheaper to accommodate believability through redundancy.”

Tech that could have an impact across industries

While the tech itself sounds impressive, conceivably one of the affidavit the judges called this startup for the top prize is due to the large scale impact it could have. 

While Meshmerize is targeting Industry 4.0 and drones for the moment, Krishna believes the abeyant of this technology goes beyond automated applications and in future could be used in mining, agriculture, free vehicles, and public safety. 

For example, “Imagine firefighters walking through a forest fire. As the fire chief, I would need to adviser my people’s health including their pulses, CO2 levels, etc. But, of course, there’s no Wifi connectivity in the forest. With Meshmerize, these firefighters could drop a few low cost connectors every few meters as they move through the forest, creating a connectivity arrangement as they go.” 

With the golden gnome in hand, what will Meshmerize focus on now?

“Over the last few months, we’ve been acumen that we’re now at a point that we have a lot of demand, but not a lot of assets to fill this demand. That was our cue that we need to grow. So our plan now is to raise funds in early 2021 so we can grow our team.”

Krishna believes Meshmerize’s win at the Start-up Games will help them get there. 

“What was cool about the Start-up Games was that we got a lot of acknowledgment amidst the broker community. There was a very absorbing set of jurors on the panel who came from really good adventure firms. That kind of exposure, and the acknowledgment we were able to get from them afterwards, was very admired in allowance us steer our communications in the right direction. 

Only accepting three account to abbreviate your life’s work is quite a big claiming for any founder. It really pushes you to ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing that I want to tell addition about Meshmerize?’” 

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