Location Tracking Startup CROWDLOC Received Innovation Award at Geo IoT World

French-German location tracking startup CROWDLOC received the “IoT Solutions empowered by GNSS“ Award at the Geo IoT World conference in Brussels on June 8th, 2017.

The award was presented by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) to reward the innovation in CROWDLOC’s location tracking platform dedicated to consumer electronics and enterprises assets, using Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy).

“We are very honored to receive this award from a jury gathering distinguished professionals in the Location-Based Services and IoT markets,“ said Ludovic Privat, CEO of CROWDLOC. “This award is a testimonial of our hard work to bring affordable location tracking to a vast array of assets owned by enterprises and consumers.“

Created in 2016, CROWDLOC is a B2B, Software-as-a-Service provider, offering location tracking services of Bluetooth devices (consumer electrincis & Bluetooth beacons) to consumers and enterprises.

CROWDLOC technology is based on a low power mobile software development kit embedded in the apps of an alliance of Bluetooth devices manufacturers, app developers and wireless operators.

The company is launching its services in the summer 2017.

HERE & Pioneer Enter into Strategic Map Partnership

Digital map maker HERE and car electronics global vendor Pioneer Corporation have entered into a strategic partnership to enable global mapping solutions and next generation location-based services for the automotive and other industries.

The agreement follows the companies’ recent cooperation exploring the application of Pioneer’s 3D-LiDAR sensor technology in the development of a data ecosystem for autonomous driving.

“By linking their complementary mapping and automotive technologies and assets, HERE and Pioneer plan to enable fully integrated global SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) mapping solutions at a scale and quality-level unmatched in the industry,“ the companies said.

Several areas of partnership have been defined.

Global SD map offering

HERE and Pioneer’s mapping subsidiary Increment P Corporation (IPC) intend to utilize each other’s map data in existing and future products and services. HERE will utilize navigation-grade map data for Japan from IPC to support the needs of its global customers doing business in the country. Meanwhile, Pioneer will utilize HERE map data in products and services it provides to customers outside of Japan. The two companies are also evaluating potential mapping cooperation for certain geographies where both HERE and IPC offer maps.

Global HD map offering

HERE and IPC, both developers of high definition (HD) mapping for automated vehicles, intend to enable a globally-consistent HD map solution that supports the automotive and other industries’ needs across all global markets. HERE and IPC are also exploring the use of sensor data generated by Pioneer’s in-vehicle 3D-LiDAR sensor in a HD map solution for a variety of fields, including autonomous driving.

Use of data from aftermarket connected Pioneer devices

In addition to that HERE and Pioneer plan to harness sensor data generated by connected Pioneer aftermarket devices. The companies anticipate the first services developed with the data could come to market in 2018. The data may also be used to enrich solutions such as the real-time crowdsourced data services for drivers powered by the HERE Open Location Platform.

Indoor location Panel discussion (Video) with Connexient, Schneider Electric, Unibail Rodamco, SNCF & Pole Star

Last November Pole Star held in Paris a corporate event where it invited their clients and partners. The event hosted a panel discussion featuring a large number of use cases: hospital, shopping mall, train station, corporate campus. Speakers were:

– Geoff Halstead, Chief Product Officer, Connexient

– Luc de Cremoux, Workplace Efficiency director, Schneider Electric

– Julien Marlot, Head of CX digital solutions, Unibail Rodamco

– Pauline Bongrain, Digital Experience at Customer Experience Department, SNCF :

– Jean-Baptiste Prost, COO, Pole Star

The panel discussion was moderated by Ludovic Privat, founder of GPS Business News.

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SNCF, Schneider Electric, Unibail Rodamco & Connexient Speaking on Indoor Location

Indoor location vendor Pole Star is organizing on November 29th in Paris the Pole Star Connect Day, a unique event gathering experts of different key "Verticals" of the Indoor Location market.

GPS Business News founder Ludovic Privat will be moderating a panel with very different indoor location use cases, both B2C and B2B. Speakers will be:

– Transportation: Pauline Bongrain, SNCF

– Healthcare: Geoff Halstead, Connexient

РSmart Corporate Buildings: Luc De Cr̩moux, Schneider Electric

– Malls & Retail: Julien Marlot, Unibail Rodamco

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Anagog, GiPStech, Ubiscale and Silver Spring Networks Win Geo IoT Awards

Yesterday in Brussels four innovative companies in the geo-location and IoT markets received awards as part of the Geo IoT World conference.

The Geo IoT Award for IoT Solutions Empowered by GNSS was presented to UbiGNSS by UBISCALE. The company based in France provides a low power system for GNSS chipsets used in conjunction with low power wide area networks. Instead of computing the location of the asset from GPS signal directly on the chipset, this data is compressed, sent via the network and the location is computed in the cloud. This prize was sponsored by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

The Geo IoT Award for Indoor Location & Proximity Services was presented to GiPStech Infero Localization by GiPStech. The Italian company is using magnetic patterns in buildings to determine the location of a smartphone. This prize was sponsored by the InLocation Alliance.

The Geo IoT Award for Location Intelligence was presented to Anagog Crowd Sourced Analytics for Smart City by Anagog. Prize sponsored by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Finally, the Geo IoT Award for IoT Networks was presented to Starfish by Silver Spring Networks.

Geo IoT World gathered more than 150 participants and 60 speakers for two days. The event also hosted the first Indoor Location Testbed where 8 companies location enabled the exhibition rooms.

Ubiscale: Lowering by 10x the Power Consumption of GPS in IoT

Created one year ago, France-based startup UBISCALE is coming up with a technology that mitigate the power consumption of GPS chipset when used as location trackers in association with Low Power wide area networks.

UBISCALE moved the computing to the cloud, hence decreasing the power consumption by close to 10 times.

Listen below to the podcast interview with Samuel Ryckewaert, co-founder and General Manager at Geo IoT World:

The Who’s Who of Indoor Location Meets at Geo IoT World

Indoor location is HOT. This is clearly what comes out of the program of Geo IoT World, the international conference, exhibition and testbed that will take place next week in Brussels (May 25-26).

The conference is hosting the indoor location testbed, a unique demonstration of indoor technology taking place in the exhibition hall. Companies such as BlooLoc, HERE, indoo.rs, Lambda4, Movin, Nextome and SenionLab will demonstrate their technology live.

The exhibition hall will also host, among others, exhibitors with know-how in indoor location such as Combain, the In-Location Alliance, Nanotron, NavVis, Sensewhere and Unwired Labs.

Indoor Maps

But indoor location technology would be nothing – a blue dot on a white background – without indoor maps.

At that level Geo IoT World brings together in a unique session the market leaders: HERE (Joseph Leigh, Head of Venue Maps), Mapspeople (Jonas Berntsen, CCO), Micello (Ankit Agarwal, CEO), Openstreetmap (Dr Roland Wagner, Beuth University) and TomTom (Andy Marchant, Product Manager).

On top of that the conference will be hosting presentations of speakers from Grizzly Analytics (Bruce Krulwich), ABI Research (Patrick Connolly), Location-Based Marketing Association (Asif Khan) NavVis (Sebastian Hilsenbeck), Onyx Beacon (Oros Bogdan), indoo.rs (Bernd Gruber), Intel (Marcel Wagner), Jooxter (Fabien Girerd), HERE (Miko Blomqvist), SenionLab (Jonas Callmer) and more…

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Apple Opens Map Office in India

Apple today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products.

“This investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs,“ the company said today.

“The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.” added Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, who travelled to India this week for the opening of the office.

This new office is developed in partnership with RMSI, an IT services company specializing in GIS. “We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort,” said RMSI CEO Anup Jindal.

Hotbed of GIS software expertise

India has been for a long time a hotbed of GIS software resources. Tele Atlas (then TomTom) has been in the country for more than a decade and HERE has a significant center in Mumbai for a few years, while Google has located significant resources in the country for Google Maps (Google Map Maker was invented in India).

We can also mention smaller players like Dutch map maker AND which map development is fully done in India, and, obviously, the leading local map vendor Mapmyindia, based out of New Delhi.

Comtech Launches Cloud-Based Hybrid Positioning Engine

Comtech, which recently acquired Telecommunication Systems (TCS), announced today at Internet of Things World in Santa Clara the launch of a cloud-based hybrid positioning engine.

This cloud platform, using the technology developed by Loctronix – a company acquired one year ago – uses all signals available (GPS, cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Low Power Wide Area Networks) to compute an indoor or outdoor position in the cloud.

To learn more about this platform GPS Business News spoke with Sameer Vuyyuru, Vice President Networking Platforms & Virtualized Applications at Comtech.

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Estimote “Beaconizes“ EXPO 2016 with 5,000 Beacons

EXPO World Fair has just launched in the Turkish city of Antalya with over 8 million people expected to visit until October. For the first time ever The World Fair is also using microlocation technology based on Bluetooth beacons.

The EXPO 2016 app offers step-by-step navigation through 1.2 million sq meters of venues and comes with accessibility features for visually impaired.

The app helps the EXPO 2016 organizers with built-in analytics to let them see in real-time how many people are gathering and where. It’s crucial for safety and understanding which events are the most successful.

The app has been built by VesLabs and is powered by a network of almost 5,000 Beacons from Estimote. This makes EXPO 2016 one of the biggest iBeacon projects to date.