Knowledge Inside story started in 1998 with the involvment of the founders in a project between Aerospatial (now EADS), RENAULT, PSA, Siemens, Valeo and research labs to define tools and methods for embedded systems design with a focus on automotive industry. German OEMs and suppliers joined the initiative in 2001 (in European funded project EAST-EEA). In that context, a team developed a prototype tool at one of the project partners with applications in engine management systems, cooling systems, carbody systems (vehicle access), Electronic architecture design, Messaging, Wiring design…
In 2005, the project was stopped and the prototype was to become a specification for future implementation in a PLM. Convinced with the market need for system design and management tools, six people in the team decided to create a start-up and continue the work.
The idea was to develop a generic tool, well founded, flexible and intuitive for engineers. The former prototype had 500 predefined views; our idea was to create a flexible platform based on 3 simple patterns that allows to define Meta-Models in order to create custom views based on engineers’ needs.
Knowledge Inside was created in 2006 where half the team members still had a day job. We started growing by selling consulting services around the first version of arKItect mid 2007 with the help of business angels and government funding.
RENAULT and Cheuvreux became customers in 2008 and Bouygues (Civil Engineering) in 2009. At the time we had about 700 K€ turnover and we had the opportunity to develop and tune the product with industrial customers that expected immediate results. In 2010 and 2011, we raised more than 1 M€ to become a software editor.
We had 7 customers in 2011 including PSA, Ansaldo STS, EADS, Thalès (satellites), and 14 customers in 2012 including our first customer in Germany, EDF and Schneider Electric.
arKItect end users are system architects or system engineers that want to succeed in synchronizing the work of functional teams and to deliver system design documentation. arKItect helps them to improve productivity and reach higher degrees of reuse.
The Yvelines General Council, OSEO, AFACE, and FUI are supporting Knowledge Inside’s innovative activities.