Jun 10, 2024 - News

Scoop: $35 million for communications tools

A hotel employee wears Relay's communication device on her waist. Photo: Courtesy of Relay.

A hotel employee wears Relay's communication device on her waist. Photo: Courtesy of Relay

Relay, a Raleigh-based startup making communication tools for frontline workers, has raised $35 million from investors, CEO Chris Chuang exclusively tells Axios.

What it does: Relay makes what is essentially a smart walkie-talkie that enables managers to communicate to workers remotely. Because it is connected to the internet, it also provides real-time location data and insights.

  • The tool has proven useful in fields like hospitality, with hotel workers using them between floors, as well as in health care, education and manufacturing, Chuang says.
  • Relay's device can also do real-time language translation between workers and serves as a safety alert if a team member needs immediate assistance.

State of play: Relay's Series B funding round is being led by G2 Venture Partners, a California firm that typically invests in sustainable technology for industrial companies.

What they're saying: David Mount, a partner at G2, said that his firm had spent the past two years researching Relay and came away impressed by how efficiently the company had grown its customer base.

  • "Venture capitalists can sometimes be super focused on what's possible in 10 years," he told Axios. "But, as we started talking to customers, [we learned] in a lot of places Relay is replacing walkie-talkies, and walkie-talkies have not been innovated around in a long time."

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