A Year in Review: Anyline’s Top 5 Moments of 2021

30/12/2021

As 2021 comes to an end, we’re turning the Eye-of-AI back on what we’ve achieved in the last 365 days. There’s too much to mention in one article, so we’ve picked out our top 5 for this end-of-year retrospective!

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1. We Raised $20 Million in Growth Funding

In July, we raised $20 million in a growth funding round to meet the rapidly growing global demand for mobile scanning technology. Led by the European growth equity fund Digital+ Partners and supported by Anyline’s existing investors, which include Project A, Senovo, Johann ‘Hansi’ Hansmann and PUSH Ventures, this new investment allowed us to continue to grow exponentially, to drive the development of our mobile scanning solutions further, and make Anyline truly a world-leading actor in the OCR technology.

2. Our client base grew across every industry

In the past year, we consolidated our place as the first choice for mobile data capture in the following industries:

  • Utility and Energy – We expanded our presence in the APAC region, with key clients in India and South East Asia. In these regions, Anyline’s meter reading solutions are helping utility providers to streamline their processes and actively prevent fraud and energy theft.
  • Police and Enforcement – More European police forces and government agencies are now trusting Anyline to support the work of officers on patrol, with cutting-edge license plate and ID scanning solutions.
  • Retail and Logistics – We introduced significant upgrades to our barcode scanning technology in 2021, which is already making the difference for retailers and logistics firms around the world. Read about how businesses like Comerso are already benefiting from the ‘BYOD’ approach this allows.
  • Tire and Automotive Aftermarket – We launched our industry-first tire DOT scanner, and won Discount Tire, the world’s largest independent tire retailer as a key client! What’s more, we also partnered with ATEQ to provide tire technicians the ability to instantly scan tire DOT codes, vehicle identification numbers and license plates.
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3. Ever-expanding ID and License Plate coverage

Our development team worked relentlessly to offer companies around the world with the best ID and License plate scanning solution possible. 2021 was a breakthrough year on both fronts, and we were able to introduce coverage for dozens of countries and states with each new release! For the full list of IDs now supported by Anyline, visit our Universal ID blog, which is updated every month.

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4. OCR for Cyrillic and Arabic scripts

Until last year, our OCR capabilities were unfortunately limited to the Latin alphabet. But given the huge and growing demand for our tech, 2021 became the year we broke through to additional scripts! Anyline now offers ID scanning support for Cyrillic and Arabic text, unlocking ID coverage for dozens of countries across Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Middle-East.

5. 100 Anyliners (and counting!)

Lastly, we were proud to welcome dozens of new Liners in 2021! To house this growing team, we also expanded our Vienna headquarters to two floors and levelled up our aesthetic with a beautiful, modern workspace.

But even as 2021 draws to a close, we can still see plenty more work to do on the horizon – in fact, far more than we can do on our own… That’s why we are hiring for many more new positions in the new year! So if you want to be part of one of the most exciting B2B tech companies in the world, check out our vacancies and get in touch.

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