CattleEye, a Belfast-founded company which has harnessed the capabilities of advanced AI in video analytics to deliver the world’s first academically verified autonomous livestock monitoring platform, will represent Ireland in the KPMG Global Tech Innovator final on Tuesday, 2 November, live from the Estufa Fria in Lisbon, Portugal during Web Summit.

CattleEye was shortlisted from almost 50 entries of early stage Irish and Northern Irish tech start-ups, and was selected following a live pitch competition held in Dublin in October. CattleEye will compete in the much-anticipated final which includes entrants from the KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator competitions of 17 countries including the US, Great Britain, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, India & Spain.

Other finalists include 21stategies, a German AI solution aimed at protecting firms from losses incurred in foreign currencies; Identiq, an Israeli software redefining standards in privacy by validating new users without recording any customer identifiable information; Khula!, a South African digital ecosystem providing small and commercial-size farmers with software and a marketplace to grow their businesses; and Vendr, a US buying platform which enables companies to purchase Software as a Service (SaaS) at a fair price.

The Global Tech Innovator will be selected and announced by an expert panel of judges. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to have their say, with a people’s choice vote.

Speaking ahead of the final, Terry Canning, CEO of CattleEye said: 

We’re delighted to be progressing to the final during Web Summit 2021, representing the country. Our technology platform provides a completely new way of monitoring and gaining insights on dairy cows. Through machine learning, the platform can alert farmers to problems before they’re aware of them, by walking cattle under a security camera that uses a number of neural networks, enabling them to intervene. This will improve the lives of animals, while allowing farmers to become more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

Anna Scally, Partner and Tech Sector Lead at KPMG Ireland added:

We’re really looking forward to the final of our KPMG Global Tech Innovator competition, having held a qualifying competition in Ireland for the first time this year. CattleEye encapsulates the best of Irish business by combining our globally renowned technology expertise and world-class agricultural knowledge and experience. The other entrants, future tech leaders selected by our colleagues across 17 global KPMG firms, will be some truly fantastic competition. I wish CattleEye all the best as they go on to represent Ireland on an international stage.

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