Nusantao, Inc. is a small startup founded in 2018 and based in San Francisco, CA. As the company itself is fairly new, Nusantao is new to the edge computing sector with only four total patent assets, with the earliest one being filed in 2019. Despite this small patent portfolio, the subject of the patents along with the connections that Nusantao has in place make it a worthy company to watch. Nusantao’s focus is on secure edge computing, specifically around managing data on edge sensors. The sole issued patent (U.S. Patent No. 11,095,613) covers a method of encrypting sensor data before it is sent to the processor, protecting it both from network hijacking or a hardware exploit on the device.
This security-focused approach to edge computing will likely yield positive results for Nusantao as there is continued demand for better data protection throughout the industry and edge computing is one field that is highly susceptible to cyber attacks due to the reliance on global networks and placement of sensors in unsecured locations. Nusantao also benefits from the fact that the co-founder and CTO, Vince Corning, has a previous successful exit to Intel for Picazo Communications which was acquired in 2000 for $140M. As Intel is currently the undisputed leader of the edge computing patent space, it seems likely that Nusantao could be a future acquisition target to reinforce the security of Intel’s platform as they continue to invest in that space.
Data security is a need that won’t be going away anytime soon, and Nusantao appears to be in a prime position to capitalize on that need in edge computing. Given Intel’s security-related headaches in recent years, acquiring companies with innovative approaches to protecting data is a logical step forward and would benefit everyone involved. To keep an eye on more startups entering the patent space and how they might fit into other companies’ portfolios, check out the Edge Computing Patent Forecast®!