NEWS AT NavVis

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May 2014
NavVis featured in story on indoor navigation by Technology Review
June issue of Technology Review prominently features NavVis in a detailed report on indoor navigation. The article highlights the growing demand for detailed indoor maps and explains the predecessor of NavVis M3 mapping trolley. M3 allows to create centimeter accurate and photorealistic 3D maps at a significantly lower price point compared to existing solutions. The report additionally highlights the disadvantages of WiFi- and Bluetooth-beacon based indoor navigation - high cost per square meter and limited accuracy. NavVis's computer vision based indoor localization allows for meter accurate positioning and provides direction of view without the need for additional infrastructure.
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May 2014
NavVis is Munich's Best Startup – 1st place at Best of Munich (BoM)
On Monday night, NavVis was chosen as Munich’s best startup by a high caliber jury at the Best of Munich (BoM) startup competition. Munich's most ambitious and successful startups met at a grand finals evening hosted by KPMG with investors and partners from Munich's entrepreneurial networks. We want to say thank you to the hosts of KPMG, the organizers from Scout24 / GrandVivo, the supporters from Munich's entrepreneurial networks and the jury of Christoph Jung (Holtzbrinck Ventures), Dr. Berthold von Freyberg (Target Partners), Dr. Alexander von Frankenberg (High-Tech Gründerfonds), Birgit Ströbel (Co-Founder Immobilienscout24) and Gabriele Böhmer (City of Munich).
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April 2014
Dr. Stefan Romberg joins NavVis as Senior Software Engineer
Stefan is renowned expert in the field of image recognition / visual data mining – NavVis' core technologies. Stefan obtained a PhD at the Multimedia Computing and Computer Vision Lab, University of Augsburg, where he worked on content-based image retrieval, object retrieval and logo recognition. He states, "It's amazing to be part of the NavVis team, working with the best people in the field, on products that combine bleeding edge technologies from robotics, computer vision, data-mining and mobile computing. This technology will enable use cases beyond our current imagination".
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April 2014
Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2014 for NAVVIS research project
NavVis congratulates Dominik Van Opdenbosch, who is part of the NAVVIS research project at the Institute for Media Technology at TUM, for winning a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2014 from Qualcomm Research Germany. With his innovation proposal in visual localization he received one of three fellowships among several highly competitive applications. The finalists' presentations in front of an international jury took place at Qualcomm Research Nuremberg on April 2nd. More information over here.
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March 2014
NavVis featured in Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper article
Sueddeutsche Zeitung features NavVis in a full page story on the cover of this weekend's special Job & Career. The article stresses the importance of indoor mapping and positioning. While GPS has enabled numerous applications outdoors, existing approaches to provide indoor positioning fall short. With its computer-vision-based indoor navigation app, NavVis offers a convincing solution which is on a good way to become the GPS for indoor spaces. The building maps required for the navigation service can be easily created using NavVis' innovative indoor mapping trolley. The complete article as it appeared in the newspaper can be read here.
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March 2014
Bavarian State Minister Ilse Aigner visits NavVis at Start-Up Dialog Bayern
On March 14th, NavVis attended the Start-Up Dialog Bayern. Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Ilse Aigner, hosted a discussion with founders, industry representatives and venture capitalists. NavVis was among ten selected start-ups invited to showcase their technology. We want to say thank you to evobis for organizing the event and to all participants for the enthusiastic feedback we received and for the promising discussions on a broad set of use cases and applications. Higher resolution photo.
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February 2014
TV-feature on NavVis in TUM portrait by Bayerischer Rundfunk
There are more than 400 universities in Germany. So the question where to get your degree is not an easy one. The program CAMPUS on BR-Alpha set out to shed light on the German educational landscape. In each episode of its series "Hochschul-Visitenkarten", a university or school of applied sciences is introduced. On Monday, February 24 at 17:15, CAMPUS presents its portrait of Technische Universität München and NavVis is featured as an example why to study at TUM. Benefitting from the entrepreneurial culture at TUM, NavVis has grown into a successful startup company which still maintains close and productive relations to its alma mater. Watch at BR-Alpha on February 24 at 17:15 or anytime at BR Mediathek (German language, NavVis feature starts at 9:50).
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February 2014
NavVis is looking forward to Google's project Tango.
Google just went public with their project Tango. Their Android-based prototype smartphone is equipped with everything a computer vision researcher could dream of: A depth sensor to estimate the geometry in the direct vicinity, a wide angle camera, and the processing power to fuse all the data. NavVis is excited about the additional opportunities for 3D scanning, positioning, and interactive apps that Tango technology will provide. Project homepage.
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December 2013
NavVis Mapping Trolley M3 ready for order.
NavVis game-changing mapping trolley M3, which allows capturing of photorealistic, high resolution 3D models of indoor spaces, is now ready for order. M3 has been designed to capture entire buildings within hours and at a completely new price point. Thanks to its simple user interface, the thought-out ergonomics, and the entirely web-based IndoorViewer software, all steps of the pipeline like data capture, enrichment, and publishing can be performed by untrained personnel. Read more about M3.
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November 2013
NavVis wins VDE Start Up Award 2013.
NavVis wins the VDE Start Up Award for the innovative 3D indoor mapping and visual positioning technology. This annual award is organized by the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies e.V (VDE). The award ceremony took place at Bayerischer Hof, Munich on November 20th.
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September 2013
Dr. Suat Gedikli, co-author of Point Cloud Library joins NavVis.
Suat brings years of experience in computer vision which is at the heart of NavVis' technology. Previously, he was a senior scientist at Willow Garage, co-authoring PCL and pushing the boundaries of computer vision for robots. "NavVis is bringing exciting new technology to the market, which adds a new dimension to indoor mapping and a revolutionary approach to navigation. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the team", said Suat.
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June 2013
Systemication becomes NavVis' channel partner for Middle East.
To cover the growing demand for indoor Geo Information Services (GIS) in the Middle East/GCC, NavVis signs a channel partnership with Systemication FZ LLC. Systemication will offer mapping services, NavVis product sales, customer services and individual projects in the region. "Bringing years of experience in the field, German-run and Dubai-based Systemication is excited to offer a broad spectrum of indoor GIS services based on NavVis' Technologies and Services" said Dirk Tilger, CEO Systemication.