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.

TRX Indoor Location Demo at APCO 2015

Posted on Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Please join Carol Politi, CEO of TRX Systems, for a demonstration of the TRX Indoor Location System at APCO 2015.  The session will be held at 9:00am Wednesday, 19 August 2015 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.

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TRX Systems will provide a demonstration of the NEON Personnel Tracking System, an infrastructure-free indoor location and mapping solution for public safety and commercial applications.  TRX will demonstrate development of 3D building maps and tracking of multiple personnel indoors and out.

The TRX system combines user motion data, magnetometer, pressure, GIS and map data, ranging, GPS, BLE and Wi-Fi to deliver accurate3D position and tracking. Sensors that are errored or not available are eliminated from the navigation calculations. The system demonstration will be of a low-SWAP-C, mission-essential system using inferred and known building features and multipath mitigated ranging to calculate personnel location in GPS-denied environments.

For more information about TRX, contact us.

TRX Indoor Location Selected for EMERGE Accelerator Program

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Emerge_AcceleratorTRX Systems was one of 13 young companies selected for the EMERGE Accelerator Program.  EMERGE, which focuses on wearable technology for first responders, is a partnership between TechNexus, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT). 

During the three month selection process, 13 participants were identified from more than 220 potential ecosystem partners in 154 cities, with a focus on technology ventures with a commercial appeal that are relevant to Homeland Security and first responders. Each venture was evaluated for customer, channel, investment, pilot and POC relationships. TRX NEON indoor location and mapping technology delivers 3D location without networked or pre-installed infrastructure - an ideal fit for public safety, industrial, and enterprise applications involving resilient tracking of personnel.

In addition to TRX, the following companies were selected for the program:

- BearTek: Provides patented wearable technology built into any task specific gloves to wirelessly control any device imaginable with the click of your fingers.

- Energy Bionics: Develops, manufactures and markets portable and wearable energy products that harvest ambient energy and power mobile devices, censors and networks.

- Human Systems Integration: Based in Walpole, Mass., a cutting edge Wearables Technology company focused on the development and delivery of advanced situational awareness solutions for a number of markets including military, first responder, medical and industrial safety.

- International Thermodyne: A Charlotte, N.C. based company in the emerging energy harvesting industry that is heading the development and commercialization of PowerFelt™.

- Juxtopia: An innovative biomedical and information technology company that delivers measurable effective products & services for improving human performance®.

- Kofman Technologies: Aims to reduce lethality in peacekeeping and law enforcement through technological innovation.

- Neumitra: Develops embedded technologies to address the costs of too much stress and too little sleep on human health, performance, and happiness.

- Nucurrent: Is changing the way people interact with electronic devices by enabling wireless re-charging with the world’s most efficient, thinnest and fastest antennas and electronics.

- Pivothead Wearable Imaging: Creates innovative ‘smart’ eyewear cameras that empower bionic-like capabilities with simplicity, style, and intuitive use.

- Rithmio: Has developed a gesture recognition platform to create accurate and personalized gesture-based products such as wearables, smartwatches or connected sporting equipment.

- Select Engineering Services: Automatic Injury Detection: Incapacitated by an attack AID Sensors detect a penetration event: shot, stabbed or hit by shrapnel it automatically sends your: ID / LOCATION / INJURIES.

- Telesense: An IoT company providing cost-effective, scalable, and highly configurable environmental monitoring and control solutions with the goal of increasing efficiency and public safety.

The accelerator program is new model for sourcing innovation by DHS, focusing on commercial partnerships, application validation, and supporting fundraising by the participating ventures.

DC Tech Meetup - TRX Indoor Location

Posted on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

DCTechLogoCheck out the DC Tech meetup tonight at MLK Library (901 G Street NW, Washington DC).  Tonight's focus is "Women in Tech" with an evening of live demos by companies founded or led by women.  TRX is demonstrating indoor location and mapping at 7:28 PM.  Here is the full schedule:

[7:20] UPace - Rachel Koretsky - @Upaceapp

[7:28] TRX Systems - Carol Politi - @TRX_Systems

[7:36] GoodWorld - Dale Nirvani Pfeifer - @GoodWorld

[7:44] Senseware -  Serene Almomen - @mysenseware

[7:52] Photox - Louisa Imperiale - @GetPhotox

[8:00] Women In Tech Resources - a sampling: 60 Second Pitches

Hear Me Code:  Shannon Turner // @hearmecode

DC Web Women:  Ashley Holtz // @DCWW

Women In Tech Campaign:  Emily Rasowsky // @WITCampaign

CSterhood:  Anna Klaussen //

Code for Progress: Mariella Paulino // @codeforprogress

Women Who Code DC:  Kaylyn Gibilterra // @womenwhocodedc

Tech Lady Hackathon:  Leah Bannon // @leahbannon

Thanks to DJ Saul (iStrategyLabs), Shana Glenzer (SocialRadar), Stephanie Nguyen (Landmark), Zvi Band (Contactually), and Brandon Luong (GrindHub) who are the organizers of tonight's event.

 

TRX Indoor Location at TIA 2015

Posted on Wed, Jun 10, 2015

TIA held a startup competition in Dallas last week which was unique in profiling mature startups pitching to a community of potential partners and customers.  Vocal Zoom and TRX Systems placed one and two in the competition!  

In addition to TRX Systems Indoor Location, the startup companies that participated included:

Primal Sensors - Location service for amusement venues and recreational events

Mesh Detect - Deployment and management of secure phones for prison environments

MetroTech - Traffic analysis software that turns cameras into sensors, providing detailed traffic data per lane

VocalZoom - Innovative microphone with superior noise reduction for voice control and communications in noisy environments

Kubos - software platform for developing and deploying custom nano-satellite missions.

The program was moderated by Jon Bayless, General Partner of Sevin Rosen Funds and judged by Tim Horan, Managing Director of Oppenheimer and Co. and Adam Drobot, President and Chairman of Open TechWorks.

The great part about this event was that the presentations reached partners and customers for indoor location.  Thanks to TIA for hosting such a great forum.

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TRX Indoor Location Is Named Silver Edison Award Winner

Posted on Fri, May 08, 2015

TRX_Edison_AwardTRX won the Silver Edison Award for innovation at the New York Edison Awards Ceremony in the Navigation and Robotics category!   TRX is the first company to use sensor fusion and dynamic mapping of structural, magnetic, and RF features to pinpoint location indoors, supporting applications that require indoor location without relying on extensive networks of beacons or other infrastructure.

The Edison Awards™ are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name around the world.  The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.

Clayton M. Christensen, noted innovator, Kim B. Clark Professor of Harvard Business School, and founder of Innosight, and Robert A. Lutz, former Vice Chairman of General Motors, were both presented with the Edison Achievement Award at the event. The Edison Achievement Award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers.

The Edison Award program is unique in its focus on honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987.  They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation.  TRX was honored to be recognized.

TRX Systems - Edison Award Finalist for Indoor Navigation Solution

Posted on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

TRX SystemsTRX has been named an Edison Award Finalist in Navigation and Robotics for the TRX NEON Indoor Location Service.  The Edison Awards are being held today in New York City.

The Edison Awards™ focus on both the innovators and their innovations. Award winners represent "game changing" products, services and excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: concept (creation of new idea or industry), value (need and differentiation), delivery (communications and clarity of the solution), and impact (demonstrated commercial success and long term impact on society).

Dr. Carole Teolis (TRX cofounder and CTO) is attending today's events, including a meet the innovator's forum at the New York Academy of Sciences, an innovator's showcase, and an awards ceremony and gala. 

For more information about TRX, contact us.

TRX Indoor Location and Indoor Mapping at SXSW - Recap!

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

TRX had a full week out at SXSW in Austin last week - attending the DHS Town Hall ("Reinventing Government R&D to Save Lives"), speaking on indoor location and mapping privacy ("We are Mapping Your World, Inside:  What's Private?"), exhibiting at the great WeDC house (great location - way to go DC!), attending the "The Innovator's Dinner" organized by Collaborate (Fosterly), participating in the Dell PitchSLAM, and attending the Springboard Enterprise book signing and dinner.  That was all in about 3 days (and over 20,000 steps per day!).

Reinventing Government R&D to Save Lives.  DHS held a great session on how wearable technologies can be used to safeguard our nation's first responders.  They highlighted a number of innovative programs - including prize challenges and accelerator programs - designed to get entrepreneurs contributing to the ideation, development, and deployment of wearable tech for the first responder community.  Dr. Reginald Brothers (DHS S&T Under Secretary) and Dr. Robert Griffin (DHS S&T Deputy Under Secretary) led the discussion.   Great discussion - and action -  on doing business differently to spur new ideas!

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We Are Mapping Your World, Inside: What's Private?  I had the opportunity to speak about the innovative crowd sourced mapping algorithms created by TRX, and the privacy questions that are opened up as these are deployed for commercial applications.  TRX has adapted indoor location and indoor mapping technology originally developed to deliver accurate GPS-denied location for soldiers and firefighters to deliver indoor location for commercial applications.  Opening up conversations regarding user and venue privacy is vital to getting things right as we bring this to market.  Thanks to the really involved audience who had great feedback and ideas on this topic!

The Innovator's Dinner was a great event pulled together by Collaborate (Fosterly) including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy DC Mayor Brian Kenner, and an array of entrepreneurs and city technologists looking to harness new approaches for inspiring entrepreneurship in cities and enhancing city life.  Thanks to Michael Farber of Booz Allen Hamilton and Shawn DuBravac of the Consumer Electronics Association for their analysis and to Fosterly, the Washington D.C. Economic Partnership, the WeDC House, and Booz Allen Hamilton for supporting the event.

Dell PitchSLAMDell for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur.com held a Pitch Slam which allowed entrepreneurs to get feedback from experts including Dell Ventures, corporate, and the Entrepreneur editorial staff.   TRX received great feedback and ultimately won the competition!  Thanks to Dell for pulling the event together - it has already led to great follow-up from contacts we made at the Dell SXSW Lounge.

Springboard Enterprises put on a dinner for Woman Entrepreneurs mentored through the Springboard accelerator program.  For those not familiar with Springboard Enterprises, it is a expert network of innovators, investors, and influencers who are dedicated to building high growth companies led by women.  TRX is a member of and has received invaluable support from Springboard.  Springboard's Chairman Kay Koplovitz held a book reading and signing of "Been There, Done That", a book with contributions from forty-five women entrepreneurs—thought leaders in technology, media, e-commerce, software and life sciences—sharing their best practices from the trenches to power the success of others.

Finally, the IEEE party highlighted a great cause called the "Speed of Light" which is working to get solor lights to rural Africa.  Check it out!

If you want more information on TRX indoor location software and products, please contact us.

TRX Indoor Location and Mapping @ SXSW - Come See Us!

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2015

TRX is going to SXSW Interactive!  The following is a preview of the talk "We Are Mapping Your World, Inside: What's Private?" addressing privacy issues relating to indoor location and indoor mapping:

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Session Time and Place:

"We Are Mapping Your World, What's Private?"

Saturday, March 14

12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott 

Salon 4

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX

Details on the session are at the SXSW site HERE and a session summary is below:

"We are Mapping Your World, What's Private?"

Carol Politi, CEO, TRX Systems

What if every step you took was mapped? Not just outside, but also inside. The stairway to your apartment. The elevator to your office. Your route through the mall. The column you stand by while waiting for coffee. The bar where everyone congregates after work. Your kitchen.

Technology developed to locate firefighters and soldiers is being implemented on mobile devices to discover building maps. Your data – combined with data from your friends and neighbors – creates detailed indoor maps. That's awesome and powerful in a lot of ways. The maps can be used to navigate and to locate people. We are safer (911 - you're on floor 8). But the map may be disturbing to some. It's built by collecting data all the time. Every step you take. What map data should be exposed? Just public buildings? My home?

We are mapping the world. Every building, corridor, and gathering space. It will make the world safer, but it opens up a dilemma. Privacy versus safety, efficiency, fun. What are the rules?"

TRX is also demonstrating indoor location and mapping at the WeDC Showcase:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

3:00pm – 5:00pm

We DC House | CRAVE Restaurant, 340 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Thanks to the students at the Texas State University School of Journalism & Mass Communication who produced the video preview! This is the 8th year that students have previewed and covered the SXSW Interactive conference

Need more information or not coming to the show?  Contact TRX.

TRX Demonstrating 3D Indoor Location and Mapping at CES

Posted on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

TRX is heading out to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas!  We will be demonstrating 3D indoor location and our FeatureSLAM navigation map software 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).  Please contact us if you want to schedule a demonstration, or just drop by the booth.

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