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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