Placemeter Named a Finalist for 2016 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

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Placemeter Recognized for Urban Intelligence Platform and Custom Sensor in Smart Cities Category

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As the global population is set to double in the next 30 years, the innovative efforts taking place within ‘Smart City’ initiatives are essential to realize the vision of more accountable and efficient, people-centric cities.

Placemeter, the urban intelligence platform, was selected as a finalist for the 19th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, taking place Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Austin Downtown (Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor).

Placemeter is a finalist under the Smart Cities category for innovations in eco-friendly or sustainable energy, transportation, and IoT technology, making life in the connected world a smarter, cleaner, greener, and more efficient Internet of Everything. Emceed by comic, actress, writer and life hacker Brooke Van Poppelen, with special guest Julian Velard, additional entertainment will be provided by Internet humorists Cracked and interactive game creators Colossi. SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate the most inspiring, creative innovations in the connected world.

Of hundreds of applications submitted, Placemeter secured one of 65 finalist spots given across 13 categories by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. Categories include Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, Music & Audio Innovation, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Smart Cities, Student Innovation, Visual Media Experience, VR & AR and Wearable Tech. Additional honors include Best of Show, People’s Choice, Breakout Trend of the Event, Speaker of the Event, Meme of the Year and the 2016 Interactive Hall of Fame inductee.

Beyond the awards ceremony, this year marks the first time finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit and demo their work for all Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase, Monday, March 14. The Finalist Showcase offers SXSW Interactive attendees a first look at the most exciting tech developments, including achievements in digital design, health technology, privacy and security, 3D printing and augmented and virtual reality, and a chance to place their votes for the People’s Choice award.

“As the global population is set to double in the next 30 years, the innovative efforts taking place within ‘Smart City’ initiatives are essential to realize the vision of more accountable and efficient, people-centric cities,” said Alexandre Winter, Placemeter CEO and founder. “We’re honored for our urban intelligence platform and custom sensor to be included alongside the incredible finalists for this year’s SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.”

Placemeter quantifies movement in modern cities at scale for local businesses, civic groups, government agencies, urban planners, and more. The self-serve platform allows anyone to use Placemeter’s proprietary computer vision technology to collect data on pedestrian and vehicular movement, which can uncover hidden patterns and inform more efficient processes. Though the platform is hardware agnostic – allowing customers to connect existing IP camera feeds into the system or upload pre-recorded archive video – Placemeter also offers the Placemeter Sensor, which is purpose-built to process data locally and deliver it to users in real time through the Placemeter dashboard.

“Each year, we are blown away by the caliber of the Interactive Innovation Awards finalists. This year, we’ll get to share that excitement with SXSW Interactive attendees through the exhibitions and demos at the Finalist Showcase,” said Mason Stewart, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Coordinator. “Not only are we celebrating the best and brightest in innovation, inspiration and creativity, we’re putting the tangible achievements in front of a broad audience who we hope will leave inspired to embark on their own innovation journeys.”

For more information about the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards and to view the complete list of 2016 finalists, visit http://sxsw.com/interactive/awards/interactive-awards.

About Placemeter:

Placemeter is an urban intelligence platform. We quantify the movement of modern cities, at scale.

Placemeter ingests any kind of video to analyze pedestrian and vehicular movement, revealing hidden patterns and strategic opportunities. Our platform leverages proprietary computer vision technology to gather data from live streams and archival video. Our system was designed with privacy at its core, in order to yield useful data without compromising an individual’s privacy.

Our mission is to help build stronger businesses, efficient cities, and innovative neighborhoods worldwide.

The answers we need are all around us. Quantify the world at http://www.placemeter.com.

About SXSW Interactive:

The 23nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2016 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.

Join us in March 2016 for the sessions, the networking, the special events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SX Create, The Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

SXSW Interactive 2016 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Capital One, Bud Light, Deloitte Digital, McDonald’s, Ten-X and The Austin Chronicle.

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