Overdrive

Singapore-based IoT startup Overdrive has completed its US$2.9 million Series A round, which was solely funded by Southeast Asia B2B-focussed VC Tin Men Capital.

Founded in 2015 by CEO Aston Chia and COO Zen Chin,  who were university schoolmates in Australia, the company has developed an IoT platform that enables businesses to build an interconnected data sensing environment, extracting data from different sources such as goods or vehicles and machinery.

The platform is then configured to optimally deliver business objectives such as real-time tracking and monitoring, exception alerting and command centre visualization.

Overdrive has implemented its platform in large companies and institutions such as Nanyang Technological University, Fedex, Ascendas, and Ministry of Manpower in Singapore, as well as  Volkswagen and Mazda in Malaysia via its local partner.

The company said its tech is unique because it features both an open architecture to ingest both in-house and partnered intelligence modules as well as an ability to tweak device-level firmware and connectivity — making the platform highly robust and scalable.

“Overdrive has built a powerful and dynamic platform in allowing any devices and sensors to communicate with each other and with data and video capabilities,” said Chia, in an official press statement.

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“In order to keep our current and potential customers invested in our vision, we continue to upgrade our platform aggressively to stay ahead,” he added.

Chia said the newly-raised financing will help Overdrive to scale up its industrial asset tracking tech for the supply chain, construction and facilities management sectors, with a focus on delivering solutions in the Singapore and Malaysia markets.

“We are scaling up our R&D bandwidth as we speak and have already embarked on a few industrial level implementations with customers in Singapore and Malaysia, with more markets and sectors, being targeted over the next 18 months,” added Chin.

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