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Esper

Esper provides a DevOps platform for Android-based devices. The platform features cloud management tools for device deployment, app development, and monitoring.

Esper offers a cloud-based platform for the deployment, monitoring, and management of Android devices and apps, including the following:

  • Kiosks
  • Rugged
  • POS (point of sale)
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Telehealth
  • Smart fitness
  • ELDs (electronic logging devices)
  • Student devices
  • Digital signage

Esper serves companies in the education, retail, transportation and logistics, hospitality, and healthcare sectors.

Features

Using telemetric data, Esper’s platform allows users to respond to device state changes as they occur and provides insights into processes. This includes alterations in the health and performance of apps, configurations, battery, network, data usage, OS, firmware, and more.

Developer tools

The platform also offers a suite of developer tools and Esper's custom operating system, Esper Enhanced Android. Esper’s APIs (application programming interfaces), SDKs (software development kits), CLI (command line interface), and IDE (integrated development environment) plugin can be employed by users to build and deploy custom apps and cloud integrations.

DevOps software delivery pipelines

The platform also enables the automation of deployment rollouts by pipeline stage, device group, or success criteria.

Cloud tools

Esper offers the same full-stack Android app development and device management from the cloud, to help developers build, deploy, and debug cloud-connected applications running on Android devices. This includes tools such as a Cloud API for app and dedicated device management solutions and automation solutions or ability for users to build custom-tailored DevOps dashboard.

The cloud-based tools also offer the Esper CLI, or command line interface for the Esper APIs with source code. It offers a virtual device lab, which can allow developers to simulate real-world performance of devices, apps, configurations, and peripherals, and can be used to improve test and performance optimization at each stage of the product development lifecycle.

Esper Android for retailers

Esper offers an Android platform that automates provisioning, configuring, deploying, and monitoring for retail purpose-built Android devices from a single dashboard. The use cases for this kind of platform include retail point-of-sale systems, backend operations, customer self-service, customer engagement, in-store promotions, management oversight, shopping carts, and inventory management. This can provide users with:

  • Customized retail configurations
  • Capability for validating, testing, and developing efficient workflows for software and hardware compatibility
  • Can protect customer data
  • Real-time telemetry and reports to track device use, apps performance, and device health
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Remote support and debugging
Esper Android for Kiosk

Esper also offers an Android-based kiosk that can allow users to securely deploy kiosks and allow those kiosks to lock and not be tampered with remotely. This can allow users to deploy kiosks for self-serve ordering, student tablets, customer bill payments, telemedicine, mobile point-of-sale, electronic logging devices, interactive signage, customer loyalty programs, and healthcare screenings.

Pricing

Esper offers four pricing plans: Starter, Essential, Pro, and Enterprise.

Starter

The Starter plan is free and suitable for fleets of 100 devices or less. It comes with five Esper user licenses. The Starter plan includes the following features:

  • Remote device management
  • Application management
  • App deployment pipelines
  • Android Studio plugin and SDKs
  • Analytics reporting
Essential

According to Esper, this plan is best suited for managing medium to large device fleets. This plan starts at $4 per month and comes with ten Esper user licenses. The Essential plan includes the following features:

  • Remote device management
  • Application management
  • Device telemetry and alerting
  • Device provisioning
  • Device geofencing
Pro

Esper advises that the Pro plan is suitable for building, testing, and deploying device fleets of any size. This plan starts at $6 per month and comes with ten Esper user licenses. The Pro plan includes the following features:

  • 50MB of application storage
  • Pipeline builder
  • Full access to API and SDKs
  • Dynamic grouping
  • Flexible fleet configuration
  • Self-service dashboarding
Enterprise

Esper's pricing plan lineup also includes the custom Enterprise plan, which is adjusted according to the specific requirements of large device fleets.

Esper's partnerships

Esper partners with chipset vendors, ODMs (original design manufacturers), CMs (contract manufacturers), OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and application vendors.

Timeline

December 1, 2021
Global Chief Software Executive Joins Esper to Enable Next Growth Stage
October 21, 2021
Esper and Lenovo Collaborate on Android Device Deployment in Enterprises
October 4, 2021
DevOps market demand drives quick Series C turnaround for Esper
October 4, 2021
Esper raises a $60,000,000 series C round from Insight Partners.
August 11, 2021
Esper raises a $8,000,000 series A round from Stand Together Ventures Lab.
May 20, 2021
Esper raises a $30,000,000 series B round from GRIDS Capital, Haystack Ventures, Madrona Venture Group, Root Ventures, Scale Venture Partners and Ubiquity Ventures.
July 2020
Esper announces partnership with Point Mobile on lifecycle management for rugged Android devices.
June 2020
Worldnet and Esper announce partnership to develop contactless and self-serve payment Android solutions.
June 2020
Esper and Bluebird announce partnership to bring Android solutions to the logistics and transportation sector.
February 18, 2020
Esper.io Announces Offer Full Stack Development and Management Platform for Dedicated Android Edge Devices

Funding Rounds

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Android 13 deep dive: Every change, thoroughly documented - Esper Blog

Web

February 11, 2022

DevOps for IoT device fleets: Ex-Microsoft, Amazon leaders raise $7.6M for Seattle-area startup Esper

Web

February 13, 2020

DevOps market demand drives quick Series C turnaround for Esper

Christine Hall

Web

October 4, 2021

Esper Release Notes -- DevRel 76 - Esper Blog

Web

January 24, 2022

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
FinSMEs
August 12, 2021
FinSMEs
About | Advertise | Contact | Disclaimer | News | The Daily Deal Newsletter FinSMEs.com by FinSMEs is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
FinSMEs
May 20, 2021
FinSMEs
About | Advertise | Contact | Disclaimer | News | The Daily Deal Newsletter FinSMEs.com by FinSMEs is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Tarush Bhalla
May 20, 2021
mint
With the new funding, Esper plans to continue to build out its product portfolio and expand its infrastructure platform to support even larger workloads
Frederic Lardinois
May 20, 2021
TechCrunch
There may be billions of IoT devices in use today, but the tooling around building (and updating) the software for them still leaves a lot to be desired. Esper, which today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series B round, builds the tools to enable developers and engineers to deploy and manage fleets [...]
November 10, 2020
Firstpost
Esper was aware that he was likely to be fired, but Pentagon officials said he hoped to continue serving as long as possible

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