Butlr Named to Inc.’s 2023 Best in Business List in AI and Data

4th annual list recognizes 215 private companies putting purpose ahead of profit

Butlr Named Winner in Inc. Best in Business for AI & Data

Butlr, an AI startup with the world’s first and only anonymous people-sensing technology platform, has been named to the Inc. 2023 Best in Business list in the AI and Data category. Inc.’s Best in Business Awards honor companies that have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and on society.

The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. magazine (on newsstands December 12), recognizes the most dynamic companies of all sizes and industries that have had an outstanding influence on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole.

Eric Hagerman, Special Projects Editor at Inc., says, “Being named to the Best in Business list is a rare and special honor. These honorees demonstrate the foresight, caring, and dedication to prioritize positive impact — impact on their community, on their industry and the environment, and even on society as a whole.”

Rather than relying on quantitative criteria tied to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in 70 different categories – from advertising to sustainability to retail, and more – and in age-based, revenue-based, size-based, and impact-based categories. The applicant pool was extremely competitive – a huge success for the 215 honored in the list’s fourth year. Honorees for general excellence across various industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.

Butlr combines AI and machine learning algorithms with body heat sensing technology to infer human presence and activity while being incapable of collecting personal information. Its Heatic™ wireless sensors magnetically mount to the wall or ceiling and provide real-time and historical spatial insights into how space is used. Installed in buildings throughout the world, Butlr sensors cover over 40 million square feet and collect over 1 billion frames of privacy-proof anonymous usage and activity data each month.

Butlr insights ensure the most efficient use of space while helping to lower a building’s carbon footprint. They are also vital to providing older adults with the ability to gracefully age in place or at a care facility with dignity and privacy. Care providers rely on Butlr sensors for early fall detection without requiring cameras or wristbands for safety monitoring.

“Properly managing and using AI and data is one of the greatest challenges facing society today. It guides our mission and enables us to provide customers with insights that support more sustainable buildings and ensure the efficient use of space based on the specific needs of the people in them,” said Honghao Deng, CEO and co-founder, Butlr. “It is an honor to be recognized by Inc. This award underscores our commitment to putting purpose ahead of profit as we continue to use AI to make a positive difference in the way we all work and live.”

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.


Butlr is an MIT Media Lab spinout that fuses artificial intelligence with body heat sensing technology to build patented sensors and an anonymous people-sensing platform. Using thermal insights, Butlr technology understands subtle movements in a space, and accurately discerns activity, occupancy, indoor location, and body posture yet is purposely designed to be incapable of capturing personally identifiable information. Butlr spatial insights are used by some of the world’s largest companies in hospitality, senior living, health care, commercial real estate, retail, and public transportation to inform decisions regarding space occupancy and utilization, user experiences, patient safety, compliance, staffing, and ensuring buildings are operating with high efficiency and sustainability. These customers include Verizon, Netflix, Walmart, Carrier, Microsoft, and CBRE. For more information, visit www.butlr.com.

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