NAVISENS

Navisens™ is a software-only solution designed to locate mobile devices in all environments: indoors within multi-level buildings, underground, and outdoors. Our patent-pending motionDNA™ technology processes data from inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyroscopes) found inside mobile devices to provide a 3D navigation solution with zero infrastructure.


No WiFi. No GPS. No Bluetooth beacons. No environment fingerprinting or calibration.


We spend 90% of our time indoors. Your app shouldn't be stuck outdoors. Our location platform leverages our motionDNA™ technology to fuse information from all available positioning technologies to provide a mobile positioning system that seamlessly continues tracking regardless of the environment and without environment calibration or fingerprinting.

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The Lowdown

Navisens™ was born out of years of PhD research. The goal: locating firefighters. The challenge: firefighters operate indoors, and a fire can occur anywhere. GPS is not available and it's not feasible to install sensors inside every building. Even if we could handle the cost of sensor installation and maintenance, a fire would destroy such infrastructure.

Navisens™ developed technology which is completely self-contained and doesn't rely on any infrastructure. How? We extended the technique of inertial navigation and designed it to work with low-cost sensors found in consumer-grade devices such as smartphones. We call it motionDNA™.
Navisens™ believes that the best sensor is the one you always have with you: your smartphone. Every modern smartphone on the market includes inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyroscopes). However, these sensors are used for simple tasks. Rotating between portrait or landscape modes. User input for gaming. Detecting gestures.

The sensors included in a smartphone are too low-quality to provide meaningful navigation information. That's where motionDNA™ comes in. Our patent-pending technology processes inertial sensor data in a unique way so that we can do what has never been done before: locate your phone using only the sensors found inside.
Our philosophy is to reduce or eliminate the installation of infrastructure to enable micro-location inside any environment, indoors, outdoors, and even underground. Using our motionDNA™ technology, our advanced Location Platform uses probabilistic estimation techniques to integrate information from existing location technologies such as GPS, Bluetooth/BLE beacons, and WiFi, extending the cababilities of these systems and never requiring calibration or fingerprinting of an environment.

motionDNA™ enables location estimation to continue in areas where GPS is unavailable or poor and when WiFi calibration or fingerprinting is inadequate or has not been performed. As motionDNA™ is only based on self-contained sensors, location estimation can continue even when there is no connection to a cloud/server-side API and no cellular connection.
Navisens™ wants to make all mobile devices location aware. Whether it's powering the latest apps, locating the Internet of Things, saving firefighters, or fueling the imagination and creativity of developers and designers, the Navisens™ motionDNA™ location platform enables a new class of applications.

  • Smart environments
  • Augmented Reality
  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Gaming and entertainment
  • Health monitoring
  • Location-based social networks
  • Locating fire fighters, first-responders, and personnel

Press

MIT Technology Review: No Map? No GPS? No Problem

Now that it’s easy to find your way in the real world with just a smartphone in hand, the next logical navigation frontier is indoors, where GPS doesn’t work and maps are often nonexistent. Australian startup Navisens says it has a plan to track everyone from firefighters searching through burning buildings to consumers wandering through shopping malls, without requiring any special wireless signals.

Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review


BBC News

Using an approach known as "inertial navigation", modified from military and industrial applications and Dr Donikian's own work with firefighters and first responders, Navisens' algorithms process raw data gleaned from low-cost motion sensors on smartphones.

Laura Locke, Technology reporter, San Francisco


The Globe And Mail

When you’re outside on a clear day, GPS devices work like a charm, pinpointing your location to within a few metres. But step indoors (or, worse, underground), and the world’s most popular tracking system becomes almost useless. That’s where Sydney’s Navisens moves in.

Andrew Braithwaite, Steve Brearton, Omar El Akkad, Iain Marlow and Nancy Won


The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian indoor navigation firm Navisens recently won the "Best Technology" award at the Launch Festival 2013 in the US for discovering how to do indoor and underground mapping without any infrastructure, including wi-fi networks.

Technology Editor, Asher Moses


Don Dodge, Advisor to Google Ventures

"Navisens did a great tech demo at Launch Conference . Ashod is building a strong company to capitalize on indoor location."

Don Dodge, Launch 2013

Launch 2013 Best Technology

Navisens Winner Best Technology at Launch Festival 2013



Team

Founder / CEO
Ashod Donikian

Ashod Donikian

Dr Ashod Donikian received his BE and PhD degrees from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2003 and 2010, respectively. Ashod has worked on several projects involving sensing, manned and unmanned vehicles, and assistive technology. In 2007, Ashod spent 6 months residing in the US as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley working on the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a highly regarded robotics challenge sponsored by the US government. Ashod has spent several years working as a research engineer on various robotics projects at UTS, and as an academic teaching within the UTS Faculty of Engineering.

Software Engineer
Gibson Hu

Gibson Hu

Dr Gibson Hu received his BE and PhD degrees from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Gibson has many years experience in both theoretical and practical robotics with several academic papers published in international conferences. For two years has been apart of RoboCup (An international competition to promote robotics and AI research), competing in the @Home division. In addition, he has worked with industrial partners in the Mining Industry. Gibson has been in academia for over four years with experience in both lecturing and tutoring.

Software Engineer
Lucas Kury Mckenna

Lucas Kury Mckenna

Lucas Kury Mckenna received his Computer Science Bachelors and a Masters degree from EPITECH, France. Lucas has hands on experience on a broad range of technologies through his vastly diversified professional experiences, ranging from computer vision, image processing and embedded software development.

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