NEON Personnel Tracker Application Released and Generally Available!

Posted on Fri, Jan 29, 2016

The TRX Team is very happy to announce that our new NEON Personnel Tracker application was released this week as part of NEON 7.1 and is generally available for purchase!

The new NEON 7.1 release, builds on last year’s release of the new cloud based NEON Indoor Location Service with a new application called NEON Personnel Tracker, an enterprise-class, 3D location and mapping solution for industrial, public safety, security and military applications.

In addition to the new Personnel Tracker app, NEON 7.1 adds a number of valuable enhancements including:

  • Improved FeatureSLAM structural feature detection
  • Optimized navigation engine runs 20% fasterNeon-rgb-lb.png
  • Added flexibility in accessory mounting locations
  • Automated mapping of BLE beacons and NFC tags
  • Heat map or colored dot options for Signal Mapper 
  • …and many other features

The NEON Personnel Tracker Dev Kit can be purchased here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

NEON Personnel Tracker App Introduced at CES 2016

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Last week the TRX Systems team participated in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES 2016 had over 170,000 attendees from over 150 countries.  Like last year, the TRX booth was located in Eureka Park, an amazing area of the show with a huge number of innovative companies and a constant buzz over the 4 day exhibition.

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CES was a huge success for TRX. With more than 500 companies visiting our booth, CES provided a great opportunity for the TRX team to speak about our new NEON cloud-based Signal Mapper and Personnel Tracker applications with potential users in the industrial, manufacturing, public safety, military and healthcare environments.

At CES, TRX introduced a new NEON Personnel Tracker application that enables users to be mapped and located in both 2D and 3D in areas without GPS including inside buildings, outdoors in urban canyons and underground. A small wearable accessory pairs with standard mobile devices using Bluetooth, enabling ubiquitous indoor location and tracking.

People that visited the TRX booth were extremely excited to see the new FeatureSLAM and Personnel Tracker videos. The videos from CES can be seen again at TRXSystemsTV.

This year at CES, there were more than 3,800 companies launching products across more than 2.47 million square feet of exhibits. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years. TRX Systems is sure to be back at CES 2017.

Thank-you very much to everyone that came to the TRX booth – we hope to speak with you again very soon!

Tags: indoor location, NEON Personnel Tracker, CES, Eureka Park, NEON Signal Mapper

TRX Systems to Unveil NEON® Personnel Tracker Application at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Posted on Mon, Dec 21, 2015

TRX Systems, developer of the NEON Indoor Location Solution, is introducing its new NEON Personnel Tracker application at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6-9. The TRX booth will be located at the Tech West Sands Expo on Level 1, Hall G, Booth 80348. Requests for meetings and scheduled demonstrations of the new app can be made by contacting TRX at info@trxsystems.com

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NEON Personnel Tracker enables users to be located in both 2D and 3D. The app locates and tracks personnel in areas without GPS including inside buildings, outdoors in urban canyons and underground. A small wearable accessory pairs with standard mobile devices using Bluetooth, enabling ubiquitous indoor location and tracking.

Personnel Tracker's highly accurate tracking and mapping is accomplished using NEON's patented algorithms, which combine data from all available sensors including inertial, magnetic, pressure, light, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and any available GPS signals to calculate location. TRX's FeatureSLAMTM 3D mapping technology is used to deliver accurate location without extensive installed infrastructure or extensive site mapping. Picture3-1.png

NEON Personnel Tracker represents the first commercial application of FeatureSLAM, which locates and detects features as personnel are tracked and fuses them together to form accurate indoor navigation maps. Comprised of collections of geo-referenced building features, these maps deliver critical corrections to inertial drift, magnetic interference and other errors that can degrade sensor information and negatively impact location accuracy over time. FeatureSLAM was developed by TRX with support from the National Science Foundation. 

A visual application of TRX FeatureSLAM Indoor Mapping and NEON 3D Indoor Location can be seen at TRXSystemsTV

For more information, visit http://www.trxsystems.com

Tags: indoor location, NEON Personnel Tracker, CES, FeatureSLAM

TRX at the New England Venture Summit on 09 Dec

Posted on Thu, Dec 03, 2015

TRX Systems' President and CEO, Carol Politi, will be presenting TRX's new NEON® Indoor Location Solution at the 2015 New England Venture Summit on Wednesday 09 December in Boston, Massachusetts. TRX is sponsored at this event by the National Science Foundation.

From the website:  "The 10th annual New England Venture Summit, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers."

We hope you can attend on Wednesday 09 December to hear Carol talk about TRX's recent launch of the new, cloud based NEON® Indoor Location Service and to learn how it enables cost effective mapping and ubiquitous location services inside buildings, underground and in urban areas where GPS doesn't work.

For more information, visit http://www.trxsystems.com or email me at kunstj@trxsystems.com.

TRX Posts NEON Signal Mapper Video

Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2015

A new video demonstration of TRX’s NEON® Signal Mapper application is now available at TRXSystemsTV. This short video takes viewers through the simple process to create 3D buildings and it features a track playback and visualization of WiFi and LMR signals from 3rd party test equipment.

The demonstration video can be seen now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwLHO-PP60A

The TRX NEON® Signal Mapper software delivers real-time 3D location for indoor test and measurement where GPS is unavailable. The NEON Signal Mapper Application provides an intuitive Android user interface enabling lightly trained users to map signal and sensor information within buildings.  Users can initialize their location, start/stop mapping and load mapping data to the cloud. The NEON Command Software enables creation and visualization of 3D building maps and provides centralized access to the NEON Cloud Service to view logged location information.

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For more information, visit http://www.trxsystems.com.

TRX Accepts "Most Innovative Technology Award"

Posted on Mon, Nov 02, 2015


The Innovative Solutions Consortium (ISC) partnered up with the Loudon County Department of Economic Development and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce to hold the 2015 Loudoun County Public Safety Challenge event.  ISC used it's open innovation process to bring in potential solutions from around the world to demonstrate how their solution will help Loudoun County Public Schools.

It was wonderful to see the auditorium at the National Conference Center in Leeburg, VA filled with not just technology companies competing in the LCPS Challenge but also with middle and high school students that were excited about developing new technology solutions.

While professionals took their turn explaining technology and application advancements in their field, Loudoun County students turned some professional heads with their technology ideas for the future.

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“To come up to Loudoun and see kids at this age on that stage, I’m thinking to myself, ‘What was I doing at that age?’” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. “It’s incredible what these students are doing.”

Students were invited to present ideas across a multitude of areas, such as safety and security, decision support systems, and 21st century classroom and curriculum advancements.

“The future is the people in this room today,” McAuliffe told the students. “Only be disappointed if you don’t try something new. We are all in with technology. Think, be bold, and innovate.”


TRX Systems won the Most Innovative Technology Award at the 2014 Loudoun County Challenge so, on behalf of the entire TRX Systems team, I had the pleasure to attend and accept the 2014 award at this year's event from Mr. Ken Spedden, founder and CEO of ISC. 

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It's not only a beautiful trophy that we'll proudly display at our offices in Greenbelt, MD but the presentation of this award for technology innovation was extremely timely based upon the recent announcement of our innovative new cloud-based NEON Indoor Location Solution.

TRX Systems Releases New NEON® Indoor Location Solution Delivering 3D Tracking for Signal Mapping Applications

Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

TRX Systems, developer of the NEON Indoor Location Solution, today released NEON Signal Mapper, a new software application delivering 3D indoor tracking and visualization for users mapping LTE, LMR, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other signal and sensor data, providing an easy-to-use application and API that saves time and increases accuracy. NEON Signal Mapper, an Android application tightly integrated with the NEON Indoor Location Solution, enables users to cost-effectively, quickly and accurately map the measurements taken indoors where GPS is unavailable.

Eliminating the need to take measurements using labor-intensive, time-consuming and error-prone manual techniques, the NEON Signal Mapper application allows users to:

  • Quickly create geo-referenced 3D building maps
  • Track user location in 3D
  • Log user position and elevation
  • Retrieve logs and export for processing
  • Display log information on 3D maps

With NEON Signal Mapper, users can reduce the time, complexity and cost of indoor signal testing. The NEON Indoor Location Solution also provides an API that delivers this real-time location information, making it easy to integrate with the test and measurement equipment and applications used by wireless carriers, Wi-Fi deployment companies and engineering firms that deploy and test two-way radio networks. 

The NEON Signal Mapper's intuitive Android user interface and small tracking accessory enable lightly trained personnel to quickly and accurately log location information inside buildings. Users taking indoor signal measurements simply initialize their starting locations in the NEON Signal Mapper application and then walk through the building to generate time stamped location data that is synchronized with signal data. When the walk-throughs are complete, all of the collected location data is uploaded to the cloud, which enables centralized access to the data. The NEON Command Software allows visualization of 3D building maps showing the tracks and corresponding signal data collected.

"Enterprises, building owners, engineering companies and service providers are increasingly working to validate wireless coverage and service quality in complex indoor environments," said Carol Politi, CEO of TRX Systems. "NEON Signal Mapper was designed to simplify the task of signal mapping indoors by eliminating the some of the error-prone manual processes used when collecting indoor signal data today."

TRX conducted a live demonstration of the NEON Signal Mapper application at the recent ION GNSS+ conference in Tampa, Fla. The demonstration met with rave reviews and was dubbed the "winning demonstration" of the show by GPS World. The TRX team used the new, small NEON Tracking Unit to map their movement across multiple floors and meeting rooms of the Tampa Convention Center with only inertial navigation and with no pre-planning or installed infrastructure.

NEON Signal Mapper Developer’s Kits Available

The NEON Signal Mapper Developer's Kit provides the software and accessories for seamless integration with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular signal mapping applications. The NEON API may be used by custom Android signal mapping applications to access NEON 3D location information. The Developer's Kit includes the NEON Command Software, NEON Location Service, NEON Signal Mapper Application, NEON API, four NEON Tracking Units, and six months of NEON Cloud Service.

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About TRX

TRX Systems is the developer of the NEON® Indoor Location Solution, delivering location and mapping indoors, underground and in dense urban areas where GPS is not available or is unreliable. NEON delivers ubiquitous, low cost 3D indoor location through the use of advanced sensor fusion, ranging, and patented, dynamic mapping algorithms.

TRX Systems is the recipient of the 2015 Silver Edison Award for innovation in the Navigation and Robotics category, the Tibbetts Award given by the U.S. Small Business Administration for innovation and economic impact of research and development, the TEDCO ICE Award for Corporate Excellence and the Innovator Award from the Chesapeake Regional Tech Counsel (CRTC). TRX indoor location software development has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Army and the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, visit http://www.trxsystems.com.

 

TRX demonstrates new,cloud based NEON Indoor Location Solution

Posted on Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Last week, TRX participated in the ION GNSS+ 2015 Conference in Tampa, Florida.  ION GNSS+ is the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of navigation technology, products and services. This year's conference had many sessions focused on indoor navigation including one session with live demos from leading providers of indoor navigation solutions including Broadcom, Nokia and TRX Systems.  

TRX’s live demonstration of our NEON Indoor Location Solution met with rave reviews – called the winning demonstration in a GPS World article. Leveraging the new cloud based architecture and the new, smaller tracking accessory, the TRX team conducted a live tracking demo across multiple floors and through the meeting rooms of the Tampa Convention Center.   The 100+ attendees at the session saw highly accurate, 3D tracking and real-time location using only inertial navigation with no pre-planning or installed infrastructure.

The ION conference included a number of highly technical and informative sessions on the manufacturing and commercialization of MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems). The MEMS sensor suites provide a primary building block for indoor inertial navigation and these sensors are now included in most smart phones.   Challenges remain in the usage of these integrated sensors for indoor navigation in that the accuracy of the MEMS sensors is highly affected by the device position and usage during tracking.   Companies such as Broadcom, Bosch and Freescale had sessions discussing the integration and application of MEMS but the clear theme was that the best inertial tracking and location accuracy comes from a fixed mounting of the sensors on the user.

Privacy of crowd sourced information was also a very interesting subject discussed at the conference.   Carol Politi, TRX CEO, spoke about the emergence and implications of cloud and crowd-sourcing techniques for navigation and mapping. She highlighted that there must be options for both closed crowd sourcing systems such as those for government and large enterprise applications, and more open crowd sourcing systems those for consumer oriented applications. The key for both environments will be to provide complete transparency and clear options for participation. One creative but straightforward technique highlighted by another speaker suggested the use of privacy profiles and rules based options that are easy for the consumer to understand.

These are just a few snippets from this extremely informative and relevant technical conference.  Our thanks go out to  to the InLocation Alliance for hosting the booth in the exhibit hall and to the Institute of Navigation for a well run conference.

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For more information about TRX, contact us.

TRX at ION GNSS+ Conference in Tampa 14-18 September

Posted on Thu, Sep 10, 2015

TRX Systems is participating in the ION GNSS+ conference next week at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.  ION GNSS+ is the world's largest technical meeting and showcase of indoor and outdoor navigation technology, products and services. This year's conference will bring together international leaders in GNSS and related positioning, navigation and timing fields to present new research, introduce new technologies, discuss current policy, demonstrate products and exchange ideas. 

We invite you to meet with TRX's CEO, Carol Politi, and learn about the NEON® indoor location solution in the InLocation Alliance booth http://inlocationalliance.org/2015/06/come-see-ila-at-the-ion-gnss-2015-conference/
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Additionally, TRX will be a presenting our technology at the ION Panel Session B5b, titled "Cloud and Crowd Sourced Navigation" on Friday 18 Sept at 10:35am (https://www.ion.org/gnss/sessions.cfm?sessionID=377).   This session covers the emergence, and implications of cloud and crowd-sourced based techniques for positioning and navigation. Panelists, from location technology vendors, service providers and academia, will debate questions such as “Is the cloud navigation the future of navigation? How much accuracy improvement can we expect? What are implications related to privacy? What are the benefits to the end user? Is crowd sourcing the ultimate solution for the urban and indoor navigation? What type of performance can we expect? What type of new possibilities it will open?”. 

 We hope to see you in Tampa!

 

APCO 2015 - Indoor Location, NG 911, and Communications

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015

TRX Systems spent last week at APCO 2015 providing a live demonstration of the NEON Indoor Location solution and participating in industry discussions on resilient and next generation emergency communications and 911 technologies.

As with any new technology, an ecosystem is developing to support broad deployment of indoor location for both first responders and the public at large. APCO showcased these advances in both technical sessions and on the exhibit floor.

Motorola Solutions, Sonim, and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, along with representatives from FirstNet, discussed how the next generation mobile data computer is a Smartphone. Ruggedized smartphones meeting the specifications required for public safety deployment deliver the data capacity required for applications that need indoor location updates in real-time. The Bluetooth pairing supported by these smartphones simplify connection to precision indoor location accessories, physiological sensors, radiation sensors, and more.

The show floor had a significant number of companies involved in the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) market, including those specializing in development of in-building infrastructure, engineering and design of in-building networks, and deployment of DAS within buildings. DAS infrastructure makes those buildings safer by delivering more complete coverage and enables delivery of indoor location information from all areas of large and complex buildings. DAS vendors and deployment engineers also need indoor location capabilities to simplify system installation and verification. 

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In addition to the TRX demonstration of 3D indoor location and mapping, Geo-Comm also highlighted the third dimension during a presentation of their pilot of 3G indoor mapping technologies. This session covered the challenges of obtaining and maintaining accurate map data and prompted useful discussions regarding how much map data is actually required. Critical large buildings such as the DC convention center (where APCO was held) clearly benefit from the context supplied by floor plans. In other buildings, knowledge of basic 3D map information such as number of floors, entrances/exits, and stairwell locations, is all that is required for context. This information tends to be more stable than precise floor plan data.

Communications, mapping, and location are three very connected technologies. The advances being made in each of these areas will advance the safety and efficiency of public safety personnel and improve safety for all.