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    Digital Barriers
    UK / Private Equity

    Software,Industrial Technology


    Digital Barriers is a revolutionary video technology provider that empowers individuals, organisations, and society with instant insights to make mission-critical decisions. Through its patented AI-based video codec and secure edge platform, Digital Barriers helps customers in various markets — including city law enforcement and public safety, industry, transportation, defence, events, retail, healthcare, and hospitality — unlock the full potential of real-time video.

    For 10 years, the company has worked with governments, military, and specialist law enforcement in the defence sector alongside numerous public and private-sector clients. Its patented AI-based codec has been proven at scale — keeping troops safe in Afghanistan and Iraq, deploying across NATO, and securing presidential inaugurations, Olympic Games, and royal events.

    Today, Digital Barriers partners with major global network operators, including Vodafone and AT&T, to deliver reliable real-time video over cellular and other transmission technologies that offer up to 90% bandwidth cost reduction without sacrificing quality in low-latency environments — ensuring its customers have a 360-degree view of their operations at all times.


    • Recruited Tom Alexander (former Virgin Mobile and EE CEO) as Chair and Bryan Schmode (former Avigilon executive and investor) as an advisor to the Board
    • Augmenting team to support shift in go-to-market strategy from a direct sales model, predominantly serving the bespoke needs of military and government customers, to a channel strategy, partnering with leading global MNOs with an 'off-the-shelf' solution
    • Supporting investment in new products and services that complement the existing offering (analytics, AI, etc.)
    “We are delighted to partner with 3i and benefit from its expertise and global reach as we expand our offering with new products, move towards a subscription-based model and broaden our customer base, whilst continuing to provide a highly differentiated product and market-leading technology. We have now made live video over cellular networks a reliable and affordable reality for the first time - working with 3i and our new channel partners we can take these disruptive solutions out much more widely.” Zak Doffman, CEO, Digital Barriers

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc, advised by 3i Investments plc.

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