TRX To Demonstrate NEON Indoor Location and Navigation Mapping at CES

Posted on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

TRX Systems announced today that is demonstrating 3D indoor location and its unique FeatureSLAM navigation map software at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The TRX CES demonstration of its NEON sensor fusion and mapping software runs from January 6 through January 9th, 2015 in Eureka Park, the flagship startup destination at CES, located in the Sands on Level 2 (booth 75390).  

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TRX FeatureSLAM Navigation Map

A press kit for the conference is available at http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2015-International-CES/TRXSystems/), and requests for meetings and scheduled indoor location demonstrations can also be made by contacting TRX.

TRX Receives PitchNSI Award for Indoor Location Technology

Posted on Wed, Dec 03, 2014

by Carol Politi

TRX presented its indoor location and mapping technology to a national security panel at TandemNSI's inaugural rapid pitch event last night. The PitchNSI event provided DC-area tech companies a forum to present how their technology products could solve a problem for or benefit one of the region's national security agencies.

The national security panel included Adam Tarsi (Chief of Staff of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office), Dr. Adam Cox (Acting Director of Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency), Dr. Mark Micire (DARPA Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office and Defense Sciences Offices), and Dan Doney (Chief Innovation Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency).

TRX was awarded third prize at the event for its NEON indoor location and mapping software! The criteria was Innovativeness of the product/idea, commercialization potential, national security applicability, and overall pitch quality. The other awardees were Centeye (1st place), Key Cyber Security (2nd Place) and Sentien (Audience Favorite).

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TandemNSI is a great Washington area innovation - it brings together the resources of Amplifier Ventures and the infrastructure and support of Arlington Economic Development. The focus is on helping to commercialize technology from national security agencies including DARPA, DOD Labs, Army, Air Force, DHS, & DOE, and to promote higher engagement between entrepreneurs and national security research and development.

Tags: indoor LBS, indoor navigation system, indoor tracking system, indoor location, indoor location system, sensor fusion and mapping, indoor location algorithms, indoor mapping, indoor gps, indoor geolocation, SLAM, indoor navigation, indoor maps, TRX Systems, TandemNSI

TRX Finalist in NVTC Tech Awards for Innovative Indoor Location Tech

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

by Carol Politi

TRX was selected as a finalist in the 2014 NVTC Tech Awards, a new awards program recognizing influential leaders and innovative companies/firms in the Washington DC region's technology community.  

TRX is a finalist in the "Innovative Use of Technology" category for its use of sensor fusion and mapping to deliver location indoors and in other areas with unreliable GPS.  The finalists in this category are:

- Booz Allen Hamilton
- CSC
- Hopecam
- The MITRE Corporation
- Monster Government Solutions
- Optoro
- TRX Systems

The winner will be announced at NVTC's TechCelebration Annual Banquet on Dec. 8, 2014.  

Tags: indoor LBS, 3D location, indoor location, sensor fusion and mapping, indoor gps, indoor geolocation, SLAM, NVTC Tech Awards

Funding Game Changing Ideas - 3D Indoor Location & Global Dynamic Mapping

Posted on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

by Carol Politi

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article highlighting the stagnation in federal research and development (R&D) funding - "Humanity’s Last Great Hope: Venture Capitalists" by Christopher Mims. It clearly outlines the struggle for companies engaging in risky, game changing innovation. This resonated with TRX - we have been able to bring to market indoor location and mapping products partially funded by federal R&D investment at stages when our innovations were too risky for private capital.

Private Innovation

This article highlights what we hope is a sustainable trend - investments made by high net worth individuals helping to fill the gap in funding early stage innovation. Non-federal sources of capital have steadily represented an increased share of industry R&D funding, however, much of that non-federal funding is focused on the less risky development projects. Government sources such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been relied upon for some time to fill a critical gap in high risk, game-changing R&D.

Clearly, a lot of investor money goes toward incremental innovation, and toward pure entertainment. “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” (Peter Thiel). That may undermine the value of Twitter (which has empowered people in developing countries in so many positive ways), but the fact is that breaking fundamental new barriers in science requires vision and longevity often not possible for investors focused on risk mitigation and 5 year exit cycles. Also some markets - public safety being a notable example - are not in the comfort zone of many private investors.  

One of TRX's first investors was the National Science Foundation. This investment supported TRX development of Sensor Hub and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) software to robustly deliver indoor location without relying on installed or networked infrastructure. NSF invested even though at the time the sensor technology TRX was relying on was too expensive to commercialize. Fast forward a few years and the sensors are inexpensive, and being embedded in everything from radios and industrial devices to mobile phones. TRX is delivering its NEON product for public safety applications (made up of a wearable accessory device running TRX software, paired with Motorola APX radios), and is now developing more highly scaled location solutions for public safety leveraging the higher bandwidths and associated cloud services which are now becoming feasible to use in that market.  

Driven by the fact that soldiers often operate in urban and underground environments - and the fact that they will soon be deploying with mobile platforms (the Army recently invested in 7,000 Samsung Galaxy devices) - TRX is being supported by DARPA to implement its indoor location solution on mobile devices. This Government investment is enabling TRX to release infrastructure-free indoor location as an embedded service on standard mobile devices.  

Outside of location, one of the big industry challenges is ubiquitous mapping. While malls, airports, and other high density tourist locations are (or will soon be) well mapped across the globe, the maps are expensive to update, and don't include critical GIS layers required to support delivery of accurate indoor location. Additionally, while mapping data for residential and office buildings must be handled carefully (see upcoming SXSW presentation on this topic), getting basic but uniform maps for all buildings is essential to delivering critical location-based safety services. A byproduct of the location technology TRX has developed is tech to deliver both structural building maps and robust navigation maps. These navigation maps detect stairwells, floors, elevators, rooms and other structural building features (along with less visible magnetic and RF signatures), so it's possible to create and update 3D maps of buildings. NSF is now supporting TRX in developing and launching this SLAM technology to tackle the challenge of creating a global database of indoor maps. These capabilities will make the world a safer place.

While making games can be fun, most tech entrepreneurs really thrive when improving the world in some way. Early stage capital from NSF, DARPA, from high net worth investors is helping them do that.

(Note: TRX investors New Dominion, Motorola Solutions and Maryland DBED, as well as the US Army, DHS, and private angels, have provided TRX with essential commercialization and application-specific transition funding).

Tags: 3D location, indoor navigation system, indoor tracking system, indoor location, indoor location system, sensor fusion and mapping, indoor location algorithms, indoor mapping, SLAM, indoor navigation, indoor maps, precise personnel tracking

TRX is Hiring Developers - Android, Web, Database, Sensor Agorithms!

Posted on Thu, Oct 09, 2014

TRX Systems has openings for innovative software developers that are enthusiastic about delivering seamless indoor location for both mission critical and mobile applications. TRX is right for you if you like to continuously learn, excel in team-oriented environments, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Experience developing products related to GIS, navigation, and location is desirable, as is a strong math background.

TRX developers are multitalented self starters who work well in small teams. Our open office and small company atmosphere give us a chance to grow and excel as developers. We all contribute to a diverse array of developments - sensor fusion, algorithms, UI, mobile devices, networking and more.

We hold daily stand-ups at 10, often pair code, and fix bugs before adding new functionality. We code on-site, and we've bought all the tools to make our developer's lives easier. From Matlab and Visual Studio through version control and ticketing systems, and all the way to our dual monitors, great coffee and incredibly comfortable chairs, we do software development right.
Contact us at info@trxsystems.com if you are interested!

Software Developer, Android

Our Android developers implement TRX NEON location services and NEON Location Services APIs on mobile devices. TRX has multiple jobs open in this area for both entry level and experienced developers (and has internship/part time positions available for fall/spring/summer):

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field
- 1-10 years software programming experience
- Proficient programming in C/C++ and Java
- Understanding of Android operating system and development
- Experience using web interfaces and firm understanding of REST API paradigm
- Ability to understand and balance engineering requirements including battery use, processing time, and real life user interaction
- Experience with Android Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low-Energy connectivity and sensors interfaces.
- Ability to create applications with 3D graphics with OpenGL is a plus.

Software Developer, Web/Database

TRX has multiple jobs open in this area for both entry level and experienced developers (and has internship/part time positions available for fall/spring/summer):

- Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field
- 1-10 years software programming experience
- Experience in Visual Studio, C# and, .NET
- Experience with “Internet of Things” and “Big Data” applications
- Experience with spatial databases
- Experience working with relational and NoSQL databases
- Experience working with cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS
- Network programming experience using UDP, TCP, HTTP, REST, XML, JSON
- Experience using distributed computing systems
- Self-starter with strong self-management skills.

Software Developer, Sensor Algorithms

- BS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field
- 1-10 years software programming experience
- Strong C/C++ programming skills required. Android/Java and C# beneficial
- Strong MATLAB programming skills required
- Strong skills in mathematics, statistics, probability, and numerical computation
- Signal processing experience required
- Experience using motion sensors including gyros, accelerometers, magnetic field sensors, pressure sensors, etc.
- Motivated self-starter with creative problem solving ability
- Attention to detail and ability to balance optimal performance with power, memory, processing and other user requirements taken into consideration.

Tags: indoor LBS, 3D location, indoor navigation system, indoor tracking system, indoor location, indoor location system, indoor location algorithms, indoor mapping, indoor navigation, indoor maps, android software developer, web software developer, database software developer

TRX Systems in Dell for Entrepreneurs Founders Class 50!

Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

by Carol Politi

Dell For Entrepreneurs announced its Founders 50 Fall 2014 Cohort today.  TRX Systems is pleased to have been selected as one of 50 startups "disrupting their industries"!  The Founders 50 focuses on companies that have technology as a backbone, are on the verge of becoming household names, have received venture capital or high-level angel funding and are poised for rapid growth and expansion, including sales, revenue or expansion in new markets.

From an entrepreneur's perspective, this is a great program.  Founders 50 companies receive access to consulting and technology resources needed to scale; capital; marketing and branding support; sales enablement and the opportunity to explore new partnerships within Dell; as well as key networking and mentorship opportunities with business and industry leaders.  

The following is the complete Fall 2014 Founders Club 50 Company list:

Fall 2014 Founders Club Company List:

Analytics
DCIG, LLC (TX) City Scan (IL)

Big Data
Quantified Communications (TX) Switch Automation (CA) AUTHENTICATION INDUSTRIES (France) insightXM (CT)

Cloud and IT Services
Mercury Technology Group, Inc. (CA) Silver Peak Systems (CA)

Crowdsourcing
AHHHA (CA)

Education
Dewsly (MO)

Healthcare
CareLink 360 (TX) ClickMedix (MD) Tiatros Inc. (CA) Visbuzz (UK) Blue Marble Game Co. (CA) Televero Health Inc. (TX) Vivify Health (TX) Clinical Ink (PA)

Hardware
Third Dimension Technologies (TN)

Marketing/Media
Clypper (Neth.) FEM Inc. (CA) NextUser (CA) Phocabby (CA) Superdense (NY) Phunware (TX)

Nanotechnology
ACTnano, Inc. (IL)

Retail/Ecommerce
Quarterly Co. (CA) Skinny Price (CA)

Security
EyeVerify (KS) Rippleshot (IL) Cyphort (CA) Key Cybersecurity, Inc. (VA) MAFAZO LLC (OH)

Software
ConvergeIO (CA) Xockets (CA) LayerX Technologies (TX) Fastly (CA) Humm Systems (TX) TRX Systems (MD) Mindaptiv (CO) Vault Solutions, LLC (NH) Software Motor Corp (CA)

Travel
Bedycasa (France)

Web Hosting
Nexcess (MI) CloudNine Discovery (TX) SanAppTX (TX) Cloud Dynamics, Inc. (CAN)

TRX is looking forward to collaborating with Dell for Entrepreneurs as we deliver our indoor location and mapping to a diverse array of partners!

Tags: indoor location, Dell Founders 50, Dell for Entrepreneurs, TRX Systems

Indoor Location - Breaking Down The Algorithms

Posted on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

by Carol Politi

Delivering precise indoor location - without relying on installing beacons - requires an array of sensors and algorithms that can be complex to describe. TRX broke this process down into an infographic that attempts to quickly define how combining sensors and inferred mapping data allows creation of a robust set of navigation map data that can be used to deliver precision location.

NEON Location Service v3

*Graphic developed by TRX engineer Conrad Laskowski.  

TRX Is Hiring! Indoor Location Software Developers.

Posted on Wed, Aug 13, 2014

by Carol Politi

TRX is hiring! Contact us if you are an innovative software developer that is enthusiastic about delivering seamless location for both mission critical and mobile applications. This job is right for you if you like to continuously learn, excel in team-oriented environments, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Experience developing products related to GIS, navigation, and location is desirable, as is a strong math background.

TRX engineers are a top tier team of developers, mathematicians, researchers, and designers, making the world a safer, more efficient and fun place to be by delivering location everywhere. More information on our open positions is provided HERE.

 

NEON Indoor Location System Demonstrated With Motorola APX Radio

Posted on Sun, Aug 03, 2014

by Carol Politi

Motorola Solutions will be demonstrating the TRX NEON Indoor Location System working with Motorola Solutions APX™ P25 portable radios this week (August 3-6) at the APCO Conference & Expo in New Orleans. The NEON System has been tested and is approved to work with the APX series radios.

For customers with personnel operating indoors, NEON offers a compact and portable solution providing the ability to quickly model buildings in 3D, view personnel location in real time, and review activities thoroughly after an event or operation is complete. NEON (working with the APX radio) can be used to improve tactical training effectiveness (police, military, & fire), enhance VIP and event security, increase efficiency of CBRNE operations, record crime scene forensics activities, support enhanced search and rescue, and deliver improved situational awareness for underground operations.

NEON is deployed over APX in the conventional point to point mode of operation, with radios supporting Integrated Voice and Data (IV&D) and Bluetooth, and with data scan enabled. Motorola Proximity Pairing (MPP) has been implemented in the NEON Tracking Unit, simplifying operations by delivering robust and dynamic device pairing.

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The Motorola website provides a video illustrating the integration, and you can also see the solution live this week at the Motorola APCO 2014 booth (#435).

Tags: indoor LBS, indoor navigation system, indoor tracking system, indoor location, indoor location system, indoor location algorithms, indoor mapping, indoor navigation, indoor maps, precise indoor location, personnel tracking, personal location, PNT, precise personnel tracking, precision personnel tracking

NEON Indoor Location Services Architecture

Posted on Tue, Jul 08, 2014

by Carol Politi

TRX NEON sensor fusion and mapping algorithms augment GPS to provide both 2D and 3D information for devices while indoors. The algorithms are layered and architected to fit within ever evolving platform architectures that now include sensor hubs, sensor-specific processors, as well as application processors. This blog post outlines the functions performed within each layer.

TRX Neon Indoor Location Architecture

As shown in the diagram, NEON Indoor Location Algorithms have three layers:

1.  Sensor Processing - The lowest level, sensor processing includes power-efficient calculations designed to run as an always-on background process.  Drift processing, step detection, step length/step direction computation, confidence estimation, feature detection, context identification, sensor calibration.

2.  Navigation Processing - Navigation processing is performed at the application processor level, and is currently designed to run as a foreground application.  This includes additional drift estimation and removal, constraint filtering (e.g., GPS, BLE, other external constraints), indoor/outdoor detection, elevation processing, application of map landmark/feature constraints, additional sensor calibration.

3.  Map Processing  - Map processing includes the processing and fusion of map features and signatures required to develop 3D navigation maps. These maps are used by the navigation processor to enhance location calculations.

The location services API provides information including X, Y, Z and error bounds to applications, and accepts constraints provided by applications or third party processes. This open architecture allows flexible integration of constraints detected by applications.

This architecture allows implementation of the solution on a broad array of devices, as long as the devices have a basic set of sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, pressure, compass), and is easily extendible to accept constraints from user input or additional RF, audio, or optical sources.  

Tags: indoor LBS, indoor navigation system, indoor tracking system, indoor location, indoor location system, sensor fusion and mapping, indoor location algorithms, indoor mapping, indoor gps, indoor geolocation, SLAM, indoor navigation, indoor maps, sensor fusion and map building technology, inertial navigation, sensor fusion