A natural approach to navigation and location-based services

Our vision: High-resolution 3D data and indoor navigation in every building

NavVis was founded to create a better way of mapping, navigating, and virtual interaction in indoor spaces. Our computer-vision-based technology is inspired by nature.

We believe that indoor mapping and navigation should be easy-to-use with no additional infrastructure required. We envision a world where virtual indoor applications are seamlessly integrated with the physical world through custom content and applications made possible by an open ecosystem.

We are a fast-growing global-oriented high-tech company based in Munich, Germany. Our team members come from all over the world, bringing years of expertise in localization technologies, software development, image processing and international business development.

Our customers and partners include a significant share of automotive OEMs, large retailers, as well as a broad spectrum of software and high-tech companies.

Facts and Figures

Headcount

NavVis was started by four founders with a vision in 2013. Since then, we have grown to a team of close to 100 ambitious people with software engineering, design, and business backgrounds.

Diversity

Our staff is composed of more than 20 nationalities that speak 30+ different languages including English, the main office language. Two out of our five teams are led by women.

Background

People from world renowned institutes and organisations such as TUM, Stanford, Harvard, McKinsey, Bain, HP, Microsoft, LSE, Facebook, etc. all came to NavVis to make real innovation happen.

Global

HQ in the heart of Munich, active globally. Existing network of more than 25 expert partners from different fields operating their own M3 Trolley in 16 different countries.

Timeline

2007 - Initial idea

2007 - Initial idea

During his stay at the Stanford University GPS Lab, Georg comes up with the initial idea to develop a fundamentally new approach to indoor positioning, based on computer vision

2011 - Research breakthroughs

2011 - Research breakthroughs

Research on visual indoor positioning started by Georg as a PhD student at TU Munich's Institute for Media Technology (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steinbach) results in first breakthroughs. Initial funding by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy is awarded to the research project.

2013 - Incorporation

2013 - Incorporation

NavVis is spinned off from TU Munich and officially incorporated by Felix, Georg, Robert and Sebastian. NavVis goes on to win several awards and receives broad media coverage. First customer requests are received, first contracts are signed.

2014 - M3 Release

2014 - M3 Release

The NavVis M3 Mapping Trolley is released as the company's first serial model. One of the first customer projects, the digital version of Deutsches Museum Shipping Exhibition, goes online. The European Space Agency and the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy award financial support for NavVis research.

2015 - Going Global

2015 - Going Global

Internationalization speeds up with M3 Trolleys shipped to customers in China, Japan, and the UAE. NavVis receives € 7.5 million in an additional round of venture funding. NavVis technology is used by customers from automotive, retail, engineering, and other industries for large scale digitizations, construction management, 3D modeling, virtual exhibitions, etc.

2016 - Navigation App

2016 - Navigation App

By end of Q1, more than 65 people work for NavVis. The Navigation App is scheduled for release later in 2016, with first public betas scheduled for Q2. NavVis further continues internationalization across Asia, Europe and the United States.

Founding Team

Sebastian Hilsenbeck, Head of Indoor Navigation

Always curious and eager to learn, Sebastian is easily bored if he is not learning or creating something new. After obtaining a bachelor and master degree in engineering from TUM, and winning the VDE Award for his master's thesis, Sebastian went on for another Master degree from Georgia Tech where he met even more gifted people to learn from. Beside people, Sebastian also met a fabulous Taylor guitar which he fell in love with and brought all the way back to Munich from Atlanta. With sharpened skills in computer vision and probabilistic inference Sebastian eventually returned to Munich and became one of the co-founders of NavVis, once again, to create something new and fascinating.

Robert Huitl, Lead Developer

Robert is a lead developer and co-founder at NavVis. In addition to his years of experience working in open-source and commercial software development, Robert is one of the masterminds behind NavVis' 3D mapping and computer-vision-based navigation technology. In his studious years, Robert has won the Kurt-Fischer-Award for his master thesis on computer vision and had enjoyed the Californian sunshine during his stay at UC Santa Barbara. During his PhD time, he co-authored the core technology behind NavVis' mapping and localization software.

Dr. Felix Reinshagen, CEO

Always fascinated by technology, Felix has worked as a software engineer since high school. He mixed things up a bit by adding an economics PhD from St. Gallen and Master from Karlsruhe to his degrees in computer science from Passau and Karlsruhe. Felix kept the little nerd within alive during the next 7 years at McKinsey by focusing on tech topics and advising high tech clients across Europe, NY and Palo Alto. His award winning pet project on computer vision in customer analytics finally led him to co-found NavVis.

Dr. Georg Schroth, CTO

Based on the experience in positioning systems, gained during his stay at the Stanford GPS lab, Georg began with first considerations of a vision based indoor positioning system. The Institute for Media Technology (LMT) at Technische Universität München allowed for the concrete exploration of this idea as part of his PhD project and provided initial funding. 2011 the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology provided a grant to extent the research team and to continue research in this promising direction. Inspired by his studies in the field of Technology Management (CDTM), Georg worked from the very beginning towards starting a company in this area.