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Sirqul IoTSirqul, the Seattle startup focused in part on improving the Internet of Things, is looking to expand its services in China, and the company announced today that it has raised another $3 million to help with that goal.

Beijing-based Miteno provided the funding, which brings Sirqul’s total funding to $9 million. Other funding in the now-closed Series A round included $5 million from a range of investors back in November, plus another $1 million in angel funding late last year.

Sirqul founder and CEO Robert Frederick.
Sirqul founder and CEO Robert Frederick.

Sirqul was founded by Amazon Web Services veteran Robert Frederick in 2013, after spinning it out from Gripwire. However, the company remained in stealth mode until last year, working on building up its products and raising funds before announcing more details.

“Sirqul brings complex ideas to life by providing configurable iOS, Android, and web-based application templates that help product development teams kick-start innovation,” said Miteno USA president Min Zhang. “We are looking forward to seeing what enterprises and startups will create and how they will enhance their existing offerings using Sirqul’s platform.”

Miteno, which is one of China’s largest cellphone tower manufacturers, has been expanding into IoT and smart city infrastructure recently. The company could benefit from Sirqul’s recently announced IoT development service to bring more sensors and infrastructure online.

The Sirqul IoT Platform on AWS provides a framework for developers to quickly get IoT devices online for testing, but is robust enough to continue using that code for a final deployment. The framework is built on AWS, a cloud platform that Frederick helped get off the ground and for which he even authored patents.

In addition to expansion within China, Sirqul hopes to increase marketing and sales efforts in the U.S. The company has about 20 employees right now. As it expands, the company plans to continue work on research and development at its Seattle offices, but will work with partners around the world to get more users on its services.

Editor’s Note: Sirqul is a GeekWire annual sponsor.

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