sensewhere secures Smart:Scotland support for indoor GPS
Edinburgh-based indoor location company secures £600,000 Smart:Scotland grant
senswhere Ltd (formerly SATSIS Ltd), a world leader in hyper-local and indoor positioning solutions today announced that it has secured a £600,000 Smart:Scotland research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise.
sensewhere’s technology, which was developed at the university of edinburgh’s highly rated school of engineering, overcomes the technical challenges of indoor positioning by ‘crowdsourcing’ and referencing all available local wireless access points (waps) and beacons to provide a dynamic database of hyper-local positioning information to the user. uniquely, sensewhere users’ devices automatically update and correct the accuracy of the location networks as they use it
smart:scotland provides discretionary grants to support technical and commercial feasibility studies, and research and development (R&D) projects. Support is available on a discretionary basis at up to 35% of eligible project costs and to be eligible for grants, projects must last between 6 and 36 months.
Rob Palfreyman, CEO sensewhere, comments: “We are delighted to secure this grant which, for us, is a recognition of our work and the potential of the technology. Smart:Scotland is a manifestation of the forward-thinking investment in technology companies that has made Scotland the birthplace of so many revolutionary technologies, and a hotbed of digital innovation.
“Social networks and mobile phone companies have demonstrated the worth of outdoor location in enriching the user experience. There are even more opportunities within indoor locations, provided technology can deliver a great quality-of-service. This investment will help us as we continue to make this a reality.
Scottish Enterprise chairman, Crawford Gillies commented: "sensewhere is a great example of an ambitious Scottish company with a 'can do' philosophy to business growth. We have worked closely with the company from its early spinout and commercialisation stage, right through to today. We are supporting sensewhere to embark on a significant R&D project that will further develop its innovative technology and take it to a lucrative growing global market.
"Scotland continues to produce exciting innovative young companies with emerging technology, products and services that boast global potential and we want to see more of them access the wide range of support we have to offer at Scottish Enterprise."
Getting quick and accurate GPS fixes in built-up areas or indoors is one of the key challenges faced by the location market today. The team at sensewhere is currently developing a range of effective and cost effective solutions in order address this.
sensewhere is a dynamic, intelligent pure software solution for locating mobile devices in areas where GPS coverage is inadequate.
Through the exploitation of all available location data − whether GPS, A−GPS, Wi−Fi, Bluetooth and sensewhere proprietary software − a sensewhere client maximises the location information, wherever you are.
sensewhere solutions provide new opportunities for mobile network operators and device manufacturers in order to offer new levels of indoor location accuracy. In addition, our solutions enable new location enabled applications.
For further information please go to www.sensewhere.com