|Type||Private (venture backed)|
|Founded||New York City, New York, USA|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York, United States|
|Key people||Alex Pentland (CPO)
Tony Jebara (Chief Scientist)
Christine Lemke (COO)
Mikki Nasch (EVP BD)
|Slogan(s)||Indexing the real world using location data for predictive analytics|
Sense Networks is a New York City based company with a focus on applications that analyze big data from mobile phones, carrier networks, and taxicabs, particularly by using machine learning technology to make sense of large amounts of location (latitude/longitude) data.
Sense Networks was founded by Greg Skibiski in February 2006 (2003?) near his home in Northampton, Massachusetts. After establishing an office in NoHo, New York City near Silicon Alley, Skibiski recruited Alex Pentland, Director of Human Dynamics Research and former Academic Head of the MIT Media Lab, Tony Jebara, Associate Professor and Head of the Machine Learning Laboratory at Columbia University, and Christine Lemke, who would later become co-founders.
Founder Greg Skibiski was pushed out by lead investor Intel Capital in November 2009 following the company's B round of financing, the same week company won the Emerging Communications Conference "Company to Watch" Award.
The company has three published patent applications for analyzing sensor data streams, System and Method of Performing Location Analytics (US 20090307263), Comparing Spatial-Temporal Trails in Location Analytics (US 20100079336), and Anomaly Detection in Sensor Analytics (US 20100082301).
Products and services
The Citysense consumer application, that shows hotspots of human activity in real-time from mobile phone location and taxicab GPS data, was named by ReadWriteWeb (in The New York Times) as "Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009".
The Cabsense consumer application, that shows the best place to catch a New York City taxicab based GPS data from the vehicles, launched in March 2010.
The Macrosense platform is for mobile application providers and mobile phone carriers to analyze billions of customer location data points for predictive analytics in advertising and churn management applications.
Privacy & Data Ownership
The company allows users to opt-out of their service through their website, and users may monitor their profile through their application. The company does not collect identifiable data (such as phonenumbers or names); it collects data received from cellphone to construct anonymous profiles of consumers. This anonymous data/profiles may then be sold to third parties.
The company's privacy and data ownership policies are based on The New Deal on Data, as advocated by Alex "Sandy" Pentland, head of the Human Dynamics group at MIT. 
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