Navisens™ is a software only location platform that operates indoors and outdoors without relying on infrastructure such as WiFi Access Points (APs), Bluetooth Beacons, or GPS. Our patent-pending motionDNA™ technology processes data from inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyroscopes) found inside mobile devices to provide a 3D navigation solution with zero infrastructure.

No WiFi. No GPS. No Bluetooth beacons. No environment fingerprinting or calibration.

Navisens™ dramatically reduces the time and cost of deploying location indoors by eliminating both the need for fingerprinting the environment and the installation of infrastructure (that comes with WiFi APs / Bluetooth beacons). This also removes the need for constant maintenance and removes barriers to scale.

The low-latency high resolution location and orientation provided by motionDNA™ makes it particularly suitable for Augmented Reality (AR), IoT, and engaging with the user within apps.

motionDNA™ is available as a native SDK for iOS and Android, and as a web api which processes sensor data entirely within the browser: no app required!

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The Lowdown

Navisens™ was born out of years of PhD research. The goal: locating firefighters. The challenge: firefighters operate indoors, and a fire can occur anywhere. GPS is not available and it's not feasible to install sensors inside every building. Even if we could handle the cost of sensor installation and maintenance, a fire would destroy such infrastructure.

Navisens™ developed technology which is completely self-contained and doesn't rely on any infrastructure. How? We extended the technique of inertial navigation and designed it to work with low-cost sensors found in consumer-grade devices such as smartphones. We call it motionDNA™.
Navisens™ believes that the best sensor is the one you always have with you: your smartphone. Every modern smartphone on the market includes inertial sensors (accelerometers and gyroscopes). However, these sensors are used for simple tasks. Rotating between portrait or landscape modes. User input for gaming. Detecting gestures.

The sensors included in a smartphone are too low-quality to provide meaningful navigation information. That's where motionDNA™ comes in. Our patent-pending technology processes inertial sensor data in a unique way so that we can do what has never been done before: locate your phone using only the sensors found inside.
Our philosophy is to reduce or eliminate the installation of infrastructure to enable micro-location inside any environment, indoors, outdoors, and even underground. Using our motionDNA™ technology, our advanced Location Platform uses probabilistic estimation techniques to integrate information from multiple sensors, never requiring calibration or fingerprinting of an environment.

motionDNA™ enables location estimation to continue in areas where GPS is unavailable or poor and when WiFi calibration or fingerprinting is inadequate or has not been performed. As motionDNA™ is only based on self-contained sensors, location estimation can continue even when there is no connection to a cloud/server-side API and no cellular connection.
Navisens™ wants to make all mobile devices location aware, including smartphones, smartwatches, smartglasses, and other wearables. Whether it's powering the latest apps, engaging with users in AR applications, interacting with IoT and connected devices, saving firefighters, or fueling the imagination and creativity of developers and designers, the Navisens™ motionDNA™ location platform enables a new class of applications.

  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Smart/context-aware environments
  • Shopping mall/retail location
  • Gaming and entertainment
  • Health monitoring
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Location-based social networks
  • Locating fire fighters, first-responders, and personnel


MIT Technology Review: No Map? No GPS? No Problem

Now that it’s easy to find your way in the real world with just a smartphone in hand, the next logical navigation frontier is indoors, where GPS doesn’t work and maps are often nonexistent. Australian startup Navisens says it has a plan to track everyone from firefighters searching through burning buildings to consumers wandering through shopping malls, without requiring any special wireless signals.

Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review

BBC News

Using an approach known as "inertial navigation", modified from military and industrial applications and Dr Donikian's own work with firefighters and first responders, Navisens' algorithms process raw data gleaned from low-cost motion sensors on smartphones.

Laura Locke, Technology reporter, San Francisco

The Globe And Mail

When you’re outside on a clear day, GPS devices work like a charm, pinpointing your location to within a few metres. But step indoors (or, worse, underground), and the world’s most popular tracking system becomes almost useless. That’s where Sydney’s Navisens moves in.

Andrew Braithwaite, Steve Brearton, Omar El Akkad, Iain Marlow and Nancy Won

The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian indoor navigation firm Navisens recently won the "Best Technology" award at the Launch Festival 2013 in the US for discovering how to do indoor and underground mapping without any infrastructure, including wi-fi networks.

Technology Editor, Asher Moses

Don Dodge, Advisor to Google Ventures

"Navisens did a great tech demo at Launch Conference . Ashod is building a strong company to capitalize on indoor location."

Don Dodge, Launch 2013

Launch 2013 Best Technology

Navisens Winner Best Technology at Launch Festival 2013

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Navisens™ is a venture-backed startup headquartered in San Francisco. We design cutting-edge location and motion estimation technology for mobile and wearable devices. Our technology is used in Augmented Reality (AR) applications on the latest Head Mounted Devices (HMDs) and on diverse applications on smartphones.

Recent news coverage: Techcrunch

Our motionDNA™ technology uses inertial sensors and does not rely on any infrastructure in the environment and works indoors, outdoors, and underground. Our goal is to be the location platform for all mobile devices in all environments.

We are looking for candidates who are extremely motivated and exceptional in their ability and dedication. We offer them a chance to be part of a tech startup which is changing the nature of location based services and is defining core technology for fields such as Augmented Reality (AR).

Perks: Great location in SF, awesome rooftop for coffee & lunch, snacks, equipment budget, healthcare, building actual technology, lots of gadgets (smartglasses, wearables), internationally diverse team (Australia, France, USA, India, Taiwan and Catalonia), good beer on Fridays.

To Apply: Please send your resume and a brief description of why you believe you are the right person for this position to with the job name as the headline.

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Position: Build/Release & QA Engineer

As a full-time Build/Release & QA Engineer you will be responsible for handling the testing & building of Navisens software. This includes designing the Navisens SDK test benchmarks, designing and implementing distributed builds, network tests, continuous integration and delivery systems, platform benchmarks. This role is suited for fearless engineers who won’t take no for an answer; if you are extremely independent, a fast learner, creative and talented, this role is for you. We believe that strong experience speaks for itself, whether that experience is from a BS, Master's degree, previous job, or personal projects.

  • Design and implement test benchmarks
  • Automate result oriented navigation testing in various scenarios
  • CD/CI the company processes
  • Influence the technological decisions of Navisens
  • Reduce build/release friction for SDK deliveries
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS. in CS or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of computer science fundamentals and software engineering principles and processes
  • Knowledge in the following technologies: TeamCity (Or equivalent CI tools), IBM Urbancode Deploy (or equivalent CD tools)
  • Strong Unix experience
  • Good understanding of SQA methodologies & practices, including leveraging JIRA to track and drive issues to resolution
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in shipping SDK’s
  • Experience in embedded & system testing
  • Experience in developing automation using scripting or other languages (C/C++, Perl, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Objective-C, etc...)
  • Experience in Git, Nginx, Docker, NewRelic, Jenkins
  • Experience in distributed compilation
  • Embedded system theory
  • Strong skills in effective documentation
Position: Mobile Software Engineer

As a full-time Software you will be responsible for handling several aspects of Navisens software. This includes designing the Navisens SDK, integrating with Navisens libraries, designing and implementing industrial grade customer-facing both web and mobile applications with Navisens technology. This role is suited for fearless engineers who won’t take no for an answer, if you are extremely independent, a fast learner, creative and talented, this role is for you. We believe that strong experience speaks for itself, whether that experience is from a BS, Master's degree, previous job or personal project.

  • Design and implement Web & Mobile applications
  • Build Web/Mobile libraries
  • Design SDK/API interfaces
  • Influence the technological decisions of the company
  • Help customers integrate Navisens products in industrial grade systems
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS. in CS with experience or equivalent
  • Proficient in mobile application development, both iOS and Android, in depth knowledge of Objective C, Java, C/C++
  • Proficient in Web application development using the latest and greatest of web technologies, complete understanding of Javascript/HTML/AJAX
  • Good knowledge of shell scripting
  • Extremely independent
  • Excellent code quality is a must!
Desired Qualifications:
  • Significant UI/UX development on both Web and Mobile applications
  • Experience in writing custom QA & build scripts
  • Experience of Web & Mobile libraries,, Node, OpenFrameworks, AngularJS, WebGL (threejs, cesiumjs)
  • Experience in C/C++
  • Behavioral Driven Development
  • Familiar with the entire spectrum of web communication protocols
  • Experience in security systems

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