New York (August 11, 2021) – Willow, the leading digital twin for the built world, welcomes new strategic investor In-Q-Tel, Inc., the non-profit organisation that invests in cutting-edge tech startup companies that contribute to the national security of the United States and its allies.
The investment signals Willow’s growing capabilities in cyber security as part of their digital twin solution, which uses comprehensive data across a physical asset to provide owners and operators the ability to compare, analyse, protect and manage assets in a streamlined view. The digital twin will enable intelligence groups and asset managers to visualise risks and cyberthreats at scale, to allow for proactive security actions in the places where they are needed most.
“As the world digitises, digital twins are now foundational to national security. The prevalence and impact of attacks on critical infrastructure is no longer a peripheral concern for asset owners; it’s front of mind,” said Mike Ferrari, Managing Director, In-Q-Tel. “Digital twins will undoubtedly be a new technology category, one in which Willow is a leading provider.”
Willow’s technology provides essential visibility to asset owners for critical infrastructure of all types. “As companies around the world begin to digitise, the attack surface for owners grows as well, and Willow is working closely with world-class partners, such as Microsoft, to provide a solution to the growing concern on cyber security,” said Charn Tangson, Head of Cyber Security, Willow.
The investment from In-Q-Tel follows an exciting growth period for Willow over the first half of 2021 as customer interest in Willow’s digital twin solutions grows in key markets across the world. In response to growing global demand, the organisation has expanded its executive bench with the addition of new North American CEO Kevin Danehy, Head of Europe Marc Maathuis, and new Vice Presidents of Product Ben Schultz and Ben Baker.
“Digitisation of the Built World is happening today, digital twin technology is essential to manage the enormous amounts of data being generated by real assets,” said Joshua Ridley, Global Chief Executive Officer. “As the built world digitises, there are new opportunities and new risks. The growing risk of cyber security must be addressed. Willow is working with the major owners and operators of real assets to make digitisation fast and simple, secure, and open. This will maximise investments by making them future-ready and importantly, cyber secure.”
Willow’s customer base includes some of the world’s largest and most influential owners of real estate and critical infrastructure, including Brookfield Properties as well as several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft. The company also boasts several iconic campus and stadium precincts, including the newly completed SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.