Kepler Vision Technologies is a Dutch company which uses artificial intelligence to look after the well-being of humans at night through vision-based body language recognition software.
Kepler Vision has many attributes that set it apart from the competition:
- Kepler Vision’s mission is to make the job of nurses operating in elderly care homes less stressful and more enjoyable by freeing them to focus on providing care through real-time body language recognition.
- Kepler Vision’s “Night Nurse” solution analyses live video streams, recognizing when clients need care or assistance, informing care staff accordingly. It also automatically creates reports about the night rest of clients, providing nurses with valuable information to help their work.
- Night Nurse does not require extra hardware and can be integrated into any existing camera monitoring set-up. It can also be tailored to an organisation’s or even an individual’s specific needs, to ensure the best possible quality of care.
- Additionally, this system is able to completely replace other domotics like mat sensors and panic buttons, while providing the same coverage of the wellbeing of clients – all without the need to invade their privacy or disturb their sleep. The camera does not activate unless the software detects movement.
Kepler Vision’s Night Nurse solution is a piece of software that analyses live video streams, recognizing if and when clients need care and informing staff accordingly. As a cloud based system, it requires no extra hardware to function and can be integrated into any existing camera monitoring set-up. It is able to completely replace other domotics like mat sensors and panic buttons and only activates its cameras when unusual body movement or behaviour is detected, ensuring an individual’s privacy and minimising false alarms. It also automatically creates reports about the night rest of clients, providing nurses with valuable information to help their work.
A spin-off company from the University of Amsterdam, Kepler Vision comprises a team of experts across machine learning, computer vision and healthcare – as well as multiple PhDs. Kepler Vision’s mission is to make the job of nurses operating in elderly care homes less stressful by allowing them to step away from constant monitoring and reporting to focus on providing actual care. Night Nurse is GDPR-compliant, and Kepler Vision keeps the maintenance of privacy in the elderly care setting as its highest priority.
Kepler Vision sells its Night Nurse solution direct to care homes and elderly care facilities.
We signed four contracts with 4 care centres so far. Our software keeps an eye on the well-being of 1.100 patients.
Kepler Vision Technologies is a spin-off company from the University of Amsterdam, and is headquartered in the same city. It currently employs 15 people with expertise across machine learning, computer vision and healthcare, and was founded by Dr. Harro Stokman (CEO) and Marc van Oldenborgh (Chief Intellectual Property Officer) in 2018.
The spark for Kepler Vision came from Dr. Harro Stokman (CEO), an expert in computer vision technology, and Marc van Oldenborgh (Chief Intellectual Property Officer), an inventor and expert in patent litigation. Dr. Stokman founded Kepler Vision in 2018 after recognising that machine learning driven human activity recognition software is able to cut down the workload of healthcare staff.
We chose the name “Kepler” for the connection with Johannes Kepler – the German Astronomer best known for his laws of planetary motion. He was the first philosopher to understand we humans see depth because we have two eyes. We use “Vision” because of what our software does – provide care staff with vision of when their clients need help at night.
Kepler Vision is targeted towards key decision makers in the elderly care sector, in particular those who are looking to maximise the time that staff are able to spend caring for patients and reduce the amount of time spent responding to false alarms or bureaucratic report writing.
Kepler Vision’s products are currently available in the Netherlands, but we are planning to expand to Germany, the UK and other countries in the near future.
Successfully ensuring a patient’s right to privacy and data security is one of the most labour intensive aspects of our work. For the Kepler Night Nurse application to run, the care organization using it first needs written approval from the patient or from their family, along with a signed data processing agreement with the care organization. The agreement makes sure we comply with GDPR regulation and more. This goes along with ISO certification for data security, plus NEN certification for processing of medical data. Guaranteeing users complete privacy is something we prioritise above all else, which is why we put so much effort into this aspect of our business.
Kepler Vision’s main product is called “Kepler Night Nurse”, given its focus on reducing stress and the workload of care home staff at night.
- You recently received €500,000 in investment from, amongst others, the University of Amsterdam Ventures. How are you looking to use this?
This investment will predominantly cover ongoing innovation, marketing and recruitment as we expand Kepler Vision’s international footprint.
With the completed financing rounds since Kepler Vision’s founding we are extremely well funded. While we in no way want to rule out further funding rounds if they help us reach our goals for the business, currently we are focused on developing our core business and expanding our Night Nurse solution to more countries with our existing funds.
We currently have more than 15 employees, 7 of whom have PHD level expertise on machine learning and computer vision. We are growing rapidly as a business and expect to increase this number over the coming months.
Our plan is to continue investing in our computer vision technology, to keep expanding both our customer base and our community, and to continue to build out opportunities in the care market.
We currently have no direct competitor, however there are a number of companies which operate more broadly in the elderly care space. That said, we are less concerned about what the competition is doing and more concerned with delivering the best solution. Ongoing innovation, in addition to meeting the needs of our customers, will ensure that we continue to not only thrive but lead in this space, regardless of the competition.
At the moment no.
4.1 million euros