Navizon

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Navizon, Inc
Type Inc
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2005
Founders Cyril Houri
Headquarters Miami, FL, United States
Key people Cyril Houri, CEO
Products Navizon Virtual GPS, Navizon Indoor Triangulation System, Navizon Indoors
Services Location-Based Services & Positioning Technologies
Website http://www.navizon.com

Navizon, Inc. is a provider of location-based services and products. Navizon was an early developer of technology that makes it possible to determine the geographic position of a mobile device using as reference the location of cell phone towers and Wi-Fi-based wireless access points instead of GPS. Navizon also developed technology for locating mobile devices indoors with room and floor-level accuracy.

Navizon, initially known as Mexens Technology, was founded by a team from the Internet Protocol geolocation market. Its founder and CEO, Cyril Houri, was founder and CEO of Infosplit, a provider of IP address geolocation services started in 1999 that was acquired in 2004.[1][2]

Global Positioning[edit]

In 2005, Mexens Technology, as Navizon, Inc. was formerly named, introduced Navizon, a hybrid positioning system combining GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular positioning.[3][4][5][6] Mobile device users obtain their position through the Navizon app, which calculates the locations of cell sites and Wi-Fi access points by analyzing the signal strength at different locations. Navizon's database of cellular tower and Wi-Fi access point locations was built by a global community of users through crowdsourcing.[7][8][9]

The Navizon app also provides access to features such as Buddy Finder, which allows users to find the location of other registered users, and incentives through the Navizon Rewards System, which allows users to earn rewards for contributing data through Navizon's crowdsourcing initiative.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Navizon's positioning products and services include the Navizon app, for individuals, and wireless positioning systems for corporations. In March 2009, the Navizon Wi-Fi positioning system was licensed by Yahoo Mobile and in March 2010 Microsoft selected Navizon for Wi-Fi and Cellular positioning.[18][19]

Locating devices indoors[edit]

In 2011, Navizon unveiled Indoor Triangulation System (I.T.S.), a location based service for businesses that tracks Wi-Fi enabled smart phones, tablets and notebooks, and gives a view of people traffic inside a building or throughout a campus with room-and floor-level accuracy.[20][21][22]

Patents[edit]

In 2006, Mexens Technology, Inc. received United States Patent No. 7,397,424 for its “System and Method for Enabling Continuous Geographic Location Estimation for Wireless Computing Devices”.[23]

In 2008, Mexens Technology, Inc. received a second patent, United States Patent No. 7,696,923 for its “System and method for determining geographic location of wireless computing devices”.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navizon". "Mexens Technology" CrunchBase. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  2. ^ Navizon. "Navizon: About, Company". Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ Ryan Block (August 10 2005). "Navizon's P2P positioning system". Engadget. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ Peter Cohen (July 10, 2007). "Navizon offers GPS without satellites". TechWorld. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  5. ^ Publisher (July 12, 2007). "Navizon for Windows Mobile". CNET. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  6. ^ Ben Wilson (February 8, 2008). "Navizon for iPhone gets live location tracking". CNET. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  7. ^ Mike Hudson (August 8, 2009). "Make money using your car and your phone!". MikeSel.info. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  8. ^ "Wi-Fi Geolocation - the Navizon Crowd-Sourcing Approach is a Proven Success". Indoor LBS. (May 14, 2010). Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  9. ^ Zaib Kaleem (September 18, 2010). "Incentivised Warcrowding and Navizon WiFi Data Collection". Wlan book. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  10. ^ Chris (January 3, 2009)."Find your phone with Navizon's Mobfindr". WPcentral. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  11. ^ Ben Wilson (February 8, 2008). "Navizon for iPhone gets live location tracking". CNET. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  12. ^ cwerdna (December 22, 2008). "got an iPhone 3G? now you can paid to be a war driver (find access points + cell towers) w/Navizon". Priuschat.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  13. ^ Chris Davies (June 17, 2011)."Navizon crowd-sourced Android mapping app pays you to use it (Video)". Android Community Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  14. ^ Paul (January 3, 2008). " Cell + WiFi positioning from Navizon, plus make money on the move!". Windows at MoDaCo. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  15. ^ Anamika Singh (January 29, 2010). "IPhone -Navizon Inc. Announces 50 Percent Increase in Rewards Program Payout". TMCnet.com. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  16. ^ "Earn money with your phone through wifi and phone cell towers UK included". XDAdevelopers. (May 14, 2010). Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  17. ^ Kevin C. Tofel (December 9, 2008). "Navizon pays users to help build location database". GigaOm. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  18. ^ Justin (March 11, 2009). "Yahoo Mobile grabs Navizon for Wi-Fi positioning". GPSobsessed. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  19. ^ Leena Rao (March 2, 2010). "Microsoft Taps Navizon To Power Mobile Geolocation". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  20. ^ Davey Alba (October 27, 2011)."Navizon’s New Location Technology Lets You Find Your Friends Indoors". LAPTOP. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  21. ^ Katherine Vong (October 30, 2011). "Friend-Finding Apps". TrendHunter. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  22. ^ Nathesh (November 2, 2011)."Navizon Debuts New Indoor Triangulation System". TMCnet. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  23. ^ (July 8, 2008). "System and method for enabling continuous geographic location estimation for wireless computing devices". United States Patent number 7,397,424. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  24. ^ (April 13, 2010). "System and method for determining geographic location of wireless computing devices". United States Patent number 7,696,923. Retrieved 2011-12-04.

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