uma raises $1.1 million for semantic web technology

Vienna, Austria-based semantic web technology company uma has raised $1.1 million in funding from and multiple private European investors.

The company has also appointed new board members, including Heinrich Schuster, former founder and now retired chairman of EPAMEDIA, and Oliver Holle, CEO of and occasional TC guest blogger.

Uma recently introduced a semantic display product, called uma SKIN, for digital content producers, including corporations, retailers, and brands.

The product integrates large-scale multitouch LCD displays with the uma semantic web content curation engine for information delivery, enabling personalized content that tracks users with RFID and NFC technology and detects motion using 3D sensor cameras.

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“I have looked at the future of display systems, and it is clearly based on semantic technology, which can feed information to users based on their preferences, or other external, relevant events. uma is taking the industry into new directions, and I am pleased to be part of its growth,” said newly appointed board member Heinrich Schuster.

Uma developed one of the first semantic engines for the web – Melvil – in 1998, four years after its founding. Today, clients include the OTTO Group, Republic of Austria, Siemens, Intel, IBM, 3, Red Bull and L’Oréal.