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 - After years of experience in Video Analytics, Maggy Baetens founded Araani. The mission of Araani is to develop solutions for people, process and property protection. Araani's first version of SmokeCatcher is born, a robust video analytics algorithm that detects smoke in critical conditions. Later that month, Dieter Hoornaert also joins the company.  He will take up the task as Sales & Operations 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.

Februari 2015 - Pieter Claerhout joins Araani and Maggy and Pieter become business partners. Maggy's focus becomes R&D and Product Development, while Pieter will take care of Sales and Business Development. Welcome Pieter!

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 keeps 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.  In facts and figures.

May 2017 - Peng Zhang starts as Operations Engineer.  Together with Dieter, she brings all projects to a good end.

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 one of Araani's R&D Engineers.  With Maarten, the R&D team can now concentrate on launching new products!