Our vision – Affordable energy and water for everyone
Cuculus is the key to providing utilities to all, while protecting the world’s precious resources. We provide cutting-edge software and technology solutions that address utility challenges worldwide.
We enjoy cultivating respectful and trustworthy relationships with our partners, clients, and other players in the market.
Why can’t we apply innovative ideas to use available resources more efficiently? This question got us thinking about how to “free up” services to millions of people. We decided: “Let’s start with Wifi, which is available nearly everywhere, and make that seamlessly available for everyone at any time using existing Wifi-routers in private homes.” …
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When we (Gunnar and René) developed this goal in 2007 at Ilmenau University of Technology in the middle of Germany’s Thuringian forest, the idea for a new company was born. Creating a business plan led to many sleepless nights sketching out possible solutions and developing a prototype to demonstrate the power of our idea. But we’re passionate engineers and software developers, and we had a vision. In the end, we had a plan for our company and a small software that could be remotely installed on millions of Wifi routers and connect them automatically to a virtual wifi network. In those days, mobile data was still extremely expensive and very slow compared to Wifi. Our software created a faster and cheaper wifi network that everyone could use. By placing a small piece of software on existing devices, without touching any hardware ourselves, we enabled something new, powerful, and useful for many people. Our first customers said it reminded them of a Cuckoo, a bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. We loved it, and the Latin name for the Cuckoo became the basis of our name: “Cuculus”. We see the Cuckoo as a smart and inventive bird, who like our company, uses resources that are already available in a new and innovative way.
Now, the idea of guest hotspots on Wifi routers and Wifi sharing among customers of a network operator or internet service provider is common. The market was very competitive for a small start-up, so Cuculus had to innovate and be flexible. Soon we realised we could extend our service platform into other applications, like home security and home energy management. These markets were fairly new, and the reaction was overwhelming. Very soon we were approached by companies that produced smart meters and communications solutions for smart meters. They wanted to know, if we could control millions of Wifi-routers, could we also control millions of smart meters? We were young and hungry for a challenge, so we said: YES. That’s the whole story! We’ve specialised in software for utilities for years. Without working utility infrastructure, societies cannot function properly or evolve to deal with the challenges of today’s world. We’re passionate about the utility space and dedicated to improving utility software by applying new and innovative ideas.
Now, Cuculus is a key component in the lifeblood of societies worldwide. We have 15 years of experience developing enterprise software for the utility sector. We have the biggest team dedicated to the “smart” side of the utility world, like smart metering, smart city, smart grid, and so on.
The Cuculus team includes ambitious, talented, and industry-leading experts that help our customers on their business journey. We believe our core strength comes from our team’s diversity. We aren’t the largest company, but we’re specialists in our topic – the utility sector.
People, talent, and culture shape great companies. That’s our belief at Cuculus. Send us a message; we’d love to welcome you to the Cuculus family!
We’re committed to protecting our world’s resources – and giving companies the best solutions possible to mitigate climate change. Kjartan, our CEO, says, “The world is struggling to fulfil the objectives of the Paris agreement, and we will need to take bold steps to get back on track for a sustainable future. In this context, we’re contributing by making energy and water infrastructures smarter.”
We strive to bring the best utility solutions to the market. We believe collaboration through global technology alliances is the best way for us to achieve this goal.
We’re a member of a wide range of certifications, forums, organisations, and associations that provide the opportunity to not only actively participate in the development of the energy sector but also to drive technology improvements as we look towards the future.