Facts & figures
Company name: Kubiko
Nijmegen - NL | Global head office
Utrecht - NL
Kubiko key features:
- Targeted laser approach
- Object recognition and AI software
- ATEX & CAP437 compliant
- Compatible with all helidecks
- Safe for helicopter and crew
- Sustainable and animal friendly
- Plug & play easy installation
A short history
Kubiko is named after the Japanese god or deity Kuebiko (久延毘古). Kuebiko is the god of knowledge and agriculture. In Japanese myth, Kuebiko is often represented as a scarecrow who cannot walk but has comprehensive awareness.
Kubiko was founded in 2013 by Bram Stoeller and Folkert Huizinga, two former students who graduated in the field of artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Since 2007 they had been looking for an AI solution to the increasing problems of birds and bird guano on offshore installations. On a beach in Scheveningen (The Netherlands) they conducted their first experiments with a laser beam and were astonished by the effects. Birds consider our laser a physical danger.
With their laser solution they started building the Kubiko system. The first prototype was made of LEGO and tested on a roof in Utrecht, the Netherlands in the very same year of 2013.
During 2014 and 2015 Giel Menijn (35+ years of experience in the offshore industry), Rien Ramerman (business developer and strategist) and Gruus van Woerkom (innovator and entrepreneur) were brought in to Kubiko in order to make the step towards the professional and client-oriented company that it is today.
Building on strong partnerships, a growing client database, ATEx certification and CAP437 compliance, Kubiko is now a rising star in the global offshore industry.