About Araani - Our history

Araani is a video analytics company and the developer of SmokeCatcher, an advanced video smoke detection solution. Araani’s mission is to guarantee business continuity and fire safety for companies that operate in critical and demanding environments.


October 2014 - Araani is founded by Maggy Baetens, who will fulfill the function of Chief Technology Officer,  and Pieter Claerhout, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Sales. Both founders bring a lot of knowledge and experience together in the world of Video Analytics.  Later that month, Dieter Hoornaert also joins the company.  He will take up the task as Sales & Field Engineer for Araani.  

December 2014 - Araani is rewarded by Axis Communications as project winner in the Axis Application Development Partner Program for its Video Smoke Detection product SmokeCatcher.

January 2015 - Jo Versavel joins Araani as an investment partner.

September 2015 - Araani enters an SME Innovation Project by the Flemish government agency IWT with its SmokeCatcher Video Smoke Detection solution.

January 2016 - Araani moves into a new building at Luipaardstraat, Kortrijk, Belgium.

September 2016 - Tom Verdonck joins Araani as Senior Application Engineer.  Tom will focus on translating all ideas of our team into  reality.  Welcome Tom!

March 2017 - Araani is growing!  And to manage everything in the right direction, Gwen Vu strengthens the team as Office Manager.  She will be responsible for the daily ins and outs of our company.  

May 2017 - Peng Zhang starts as Operations Manager.  She will bring more structure and a perfect planning into the Field department.

October 2017 - Nicolas Sochard is Araani's new Business Development Manager for France.  He will be the point of contact for our French-speaking customers.  With Nicolas aboard, we are ready to conquer the French market!

November 2017 - Maarten Callens is Araani's new R&D Engineer.  With Maarten, the R&D team can now concentrate on launching new products!