“Breakthrough Mobile Device Software to Enable Indoor Navigation
The PDR algorithms allow accurate position results using only the mobile device sensors, without the aid of GPS, Wi-Fi, or maps. Sensor Platforms’ PDR solution is sensor fusion-enabled to handle magnetic anomalies in real-world environments and context awareness-enhanced. Employing context capabilities allows for naturalistic changes in device placement (in-hand front, at-side, in-pocket, etc.) without compromising performance. With the
Sensor Platforms utilizes context in order to separate the actual travel direction of the user (called bearing) from the device orientation. Other unique features include false-step mitigation, stair-elevation tracking, and in-elevator transport. As with all Sensor Platforms products, the
“With the introduction of bearing, we can now offer the best-in-class solution for PDR that will expand the demand for, and the utility of, ever-more useful context-aware mobile devices,” said
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Sensor Platforms is a venture-financed company located in
The company’s FreeMotion™ Library makes sensor fusion and user context awareness available in smartphones and tablets, in order to: combine and process data from installed sensors and microprocessors; better interpret users’ movements and situations; and infer users’ intents.
The library makes it easy for device OEMs to purchase their sensors and microprocessors from multiple suppliers without damaging user experience. It also automatically optimizes sensor and platform power consumption based on user movement and contexts, to enable longer battery life.
To create the breadth of the FreeMotion library, the company has assembled a multi-disciplinary engineering team with proven track records in control systems, machine learning, mixed signal design, motion kinematics, real-time systems, semiconductor device physics, and signal processing.
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Sensor Platforms Adds Pedestrian Dead Reckoning to
Comments by Market Analysts
“As the framework for indoor navigation develops in terms of maps, wireless infrastructure and low power sensor processing, reliable and sensor agnostic algorithms for pedestrian dead reckoning become critical to support the range of handsets and tablets on the market. The addition of Sensor Platform’s solution to this challenge is a step towards further enabling reliable and seamless indoor and outdoor pedestrian navigation.”
“The market of inertial and combo sensors for consumer applications will grow from
“Although many talk about pedestrian dead reckoning, this is one of the first comprehensive solutions that I have seen come to market. Sensor Platforms’ holistic approach to PDR is fusion-enabled and context-enhanced with an appropriate emphasis on bearing.”
“Consumers aren’t going to follow orders and hold their smartphones the way you want them to, so it’s going to be very difficult to pinpoint their location indoors if you can’t account for what they’re doing with it. You have to be able to recognize if they’re holding their smartphone up to their ear, stashing it in their hip pocket or clutching it in their swinging hand as they walk. That’s why bearing is such a critical piece of the puzzle.”