Detect Technologies, an industrial artificial intelligence firm, has raised $12 million in funding to enhance industrial productivity globally and accelerate digitisation of the industrial sector.

Accel led this round with significant participation from existing investor Elevation Capital, and continued support from other existing investors — Bharat Innovation Fund, BlueHill Capital and Axilor Ventures. Stride Ventures also participated as a venture debt partner.

“Despite initiatives towards industrial automation and digitisation, large conglomerates have seen limited success in generating tangible value on site. Industrial processes today are siloed and need significant human intervention, which is subject to error. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of automation, leading to large-scale disruption in industrial technology,” said Daniel Raj David, CEO and Co-founder of Detect Technologies.

The company will use this capital to further expand and strengthen its sales and operations teams across India and international markets in North and South America, Singapore, Indonesia, Middle East and Europe.

Part of the funds will also be deployed for R&D and product innovation in industrial AI and IoT.

Barath Shankar Subramanian, Partner, Accel, said: “The industrial sector loses millions globally in revenue due to unplanned shutdowns, a result of lack of intelligent real-time data and insights to aid decision making. Detect is operating in this $200 billion market opportunity of industrial automation and real-time analytics to increase visibility over operations, the health of equipment, and the safety of workers. At Accel, we believe that the Detect team is well equipped to solve this problem, and we are excited to partner with them”.