Window of Opportunity – Digital Windows

In this era of IoT and everything “smart”, windows are not left behind. Companies are launching products that are entering connected homes and smart buildings spaces through IoT integration.

View

Offers a dynamic smart window product that intelligently responds to real-time conditions and tints windows according to occupants’ comfort. View Dynamic Glass incorporates predictive weather data, real-time sensor data, architectural details, and solar data from the public domain in its algorithm to customise the tint conditions accordingly.

Heat control, daylight control, and glare control modules are the three core engines of View Glass’s intelligent window product. This can also be controlled and managed from anywhere using the View Glass mobile application.

View has raised $100 million from the first close of the series G funding from TIAA investments and the company is seeking to raise another $200 million in series G funding. View Glass has so far installed over 2.5 million square feet of smart windows in 300 buildings predominantly covering the hospitality, education, and healthcare industries.

Sonte

Is an emerging company that offers SPD-based adhesive and non-adhesive type smart windows matching retrofit and new applications. Adhesive-backed film is used for retrofit office applications for privacy reasons, where the switchable film can be placed on an existing conventional glass window. Non-adhesive film is supplied to glass manufacturers to add in-between glasses for office interiors.

Sonte provides users with a mobile application to tint glasses on demand within a few seconds. Sonte’s digital shading is suitable for residential, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, education and other segments as well.

Sonte’s digital shades could interest home and building automation participants due to low cost (less than $20 per sq.ft) compared to other smart window offerings and there is a high possibility of including this as an add-on to their existing portfolio.

Kinestral Technologies

Provides a standalone or integrated daylight management system, Halio, that enables occupants to control daylight in their work space and homes while avoiding solar glare and unwanted heat into a building space. Halio’s ecosystem comes with all necessary equipment required to operate as a standalone system. It also comes with backup power to enable occupants to tint windows on demand when there is no building power.

Halio has extended capabilities for existing home and building automation systems, as it can seamlessly integrate with legacy systems. The company also provides a mobile application for users to control and manage windows anywhere.

Kinestral Technologies raised $65 million in series C funding from AGC and Hermes-Epitek, 5AM Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments, Capricorn Investment Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, and Versant Ventures.


Sapan Agarwal drives content and marketing for Frost & Sullivan. Sapan is based out of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and can be reached at sapan.agarwal@frost.com | +603 6204 5830

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