Sygic

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Sygic a.s.
Industry GPS navigation software
Founded 2004
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Michal Stencl (CEO)
Products
  • GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic
  • Trip Planner Sygic
  • Fuelio: Gas log & costs
  • Speed Cameras & Traffic Sygic
  • Family Locator - Phone Tracker
  • Sygic Truck GPS Navigation
  • Sygic Taxi Navigation
  • Sygic FleetWork & Job Dispatch
Number of employees
100+(2014)
Website www.sygic.com

Sygic is a Slovak company of global automotive navigation systems for mobile phones and tablets. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. It became the first company to offer navigation for iPhone and second for Android.[1] In 2015 Sygic reached milestone of 100 million downloads of its navigation app.[2]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2004 by Michal Štencl, Martin Kališ and Peter Pecho with Michal Štencl serving as company CEO since then.

In 2009 Sygic became the first company worldwide to offer GPS navigation for iPhone.[3]

In 2015 company reached milestone of 100 million downloads of its navigation app.[2]

In 2016 Sygic made acquisition of Czech startup Tripomatic to expand its services to travel planning and travel management.[4]

Overview[edit]

Sygic navigation systems work on mobile phones and tablets with GPS and use screen and audio signals to provide door-to-door information for well-oriented travel, live traffic & police radar/speed camera warnings, parking place and gas prices suggestions.

Sygic GPS navigation is all-round full featured application that focuses on its wide usability.[5] It can be used both online and offline, runs on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian operating systems, offers maps for more than 200 countries in the world and operates in more than 30 languages.

Sygic navigation uses 2D & 3D maps from TomTom for both online and offline use. While many leading GPS and mapping app providers work fully only connected to internet, Sygic focuses on both online and offline use.[6] At the end of 2015 Google Maps announced its new offline functionality,[7] but with various limitations - downloaded area cannot exceed 120,000 square kilometres [8] and require considerable amount of storage space.[9]

Users of Sygic GPS navigation can download maps to their devices and use them in situations when they need navigation but have no internet connection. Sygic optimizes data download sizes to allow users to use maps offline while using the minimal amount of memory on their devices. "With the Sygic GPS Navigation app, downloading the whole state of California takes up 330 MB. This 330 MB includes complete street coverage, all the data necessary for turn-by-turn navigation, information about points of interest, as well as landmarks and 3D terrain for easy orientation."[10]

Sygic delivers its GPS software worldwide in more than 30 languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Russian and many European languages. In 2016 Sygic created a translation project on Crowdin "dedicated to localization of Sygic app to all languages".[11] Project is open to public that can contribute to localization to Catalan, Urdu, Persian, Malay, Tamil, Latvian and other languages.

Real-time traffic information is based on TomTom Traffic. Traffic information is collected from more than 400 million drivers and updated every 2 minutes. "GPS data is collected from connected personal navigation devices (PNDs), commercial fleet GPS devices, mobile phone signals, road sensors, journalistic data, smartphones and car dashboard systems."[12] Users do not report anything - the data is collected automatically and anonymously.

Awards[edit]

Sygic has been honored by Deloitte as the

  • #6th Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the years 2007 and 2008[13]
  • #2nd Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the year 2009[14]
  • #13th Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the year 2010 and #143 in EMEA[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cameron, Rob (2014-07-20). "The man behind one of the world's most successful apps". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  2. ^ a b Privat, Ludovic. "Sygic Reaches 100 Mio Downloads of Navigation App". GPS BUSINESS NEWS. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Sygic Mobile Maps 2009 iPhone app". Good Gear Guide. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Sygic takes majority share of Tripomatic, rebrands its travel app - Tnooz". Tnooz. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Sygic: all-round navigation success - Android App Reviews - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  6. ^ Null, Christopher. "We Tested 4 GPS Apps That Work Even When You're Offline". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Google Maps Now Available Offline". www.govtech.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Download areas and navigate offline - iPhone & iPad - Google Maps Help". support.google.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  9. ^ "How to use Google Maps offline - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Offline maps & navigation: Why Sygic beats Google Maps". www.sygic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Sygic — Translation Project on Crowdin". Crowdin. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Real-time Traffic Information – How Does it Work?". www.sygic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2008 - Deloitte" (PDF). 2008. 
  14. ^ "Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe - 2009 - Deloitte" (PDF). 2009. 
  15. ^ "Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2010 Ranking and CEO" (PDF). 

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