Facebook Workplace co-founder Gabor Cselle will launch a more traditional startup concept later this month called Kintaba to power overnight global downtime fire alarms. Cselle said on his own site “Kintaba will be able to solve any problem unique to work, from a lack of or malfunctioning equipment to lack of staff to city limits to even country borders” and “even the heartbreak of catastrophic failure.”
The new fire alarm may sound familiar to past-time users of Facebook Workplace, which Cselle joined the company to build in 2016. Cselle got the idea for the new company after he was informed over the FB microphone by an employee on the floor below his when it went down for nearly 20 minutes late at night.
First announced in a Medium post last year, Kintaba seeks to empower workers around the world, be it Brazil’s working class or a UN employee in South Sudan. According to its video, it aims to “break a country’s utility grid, save a child from an early grave, and give a stranger a safe place to sit in the heat” through its patented technology and physical guard devices that are activated by people or businesses at risk of blackout.
How it will work
Kintaba wants to be a service that provides workers with reliable and affordable e-access to infrastructure that’s otherwise not available in their home or workplace. Founded in 2016 by Cselle and co-founder Ben Harris-Dumont, Kintaba works with Fortune 100 companies to provide online backup and on-demand emergencies to help people maintain work continuity as cyber threats continue to evolve.
Kintaba has been piloting its online backup system with businesses and will launch the platform this month on its home turf of Brazil, which has the world’s fourth-largest Internet population with about 130 million residents connected to the web. Businesses in Brazil will use Kintaba to connect to providers of online backup and comply with regulations. Over the next year, Facebook Homeician Partners such as Appirio and Accenture will pilot Kintaba’s direct-to-business service for resellers and enterprise developers in other countries.
The first countries to get Kintaba’s enterprise business service are places like Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Philippines, Nicaragua, Cambodia, and Cambodia, with more launching in the future. By August 2020, Kintaba wants its global business to supply e-access to e-beacons, fire alarms, IT hardware, solar panels, batteries, and more.
In the future, Kintaba hopes to expand its customer base to small businesses and homes with $5,000 to $50,000 worth of equipment that workers need access to in case of power failures. For data connectivity, Kintaba may create a base station to cache online storage and give access to ultra-low latency messages so hackers could suffer even longer blackouts. And it’s interested in hardware like outdoor wireless access points to keep communication between friends up and running when reliable communications are unavailable.
To get to these emerging markets, Kintaba first need to prove its products are reliable and work. It has already completed tests in the U.S. with Amazon Web Services before improving its service by moving to Verizon’s growing global network. But once it proves an optimal product that meets the demands of a variety of users, it may be able to take on traditional building security and fire alarms.