PNAV: Human Motion Labeling and Quantification for Personal Navigation

December 8, 2011 by  

PNAV: Human Motion Labeling and Quantification for Personal Navigation

Scientific Systems Company announces that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Computers and Electronics Research Development and Engineering Command (CERDEC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, to continue development of their PNAV system for quantifying human motion for improved navigation in the absence of GPS.  The PNAV system uses low-cost accelerometers like those found in a smart phone to accurately determine whether a person is walking, crawling, jumping, climbing, ascending or descending stairs, or performing other actions.  The system uses GPS when available to learn an individual Soldier’s motion characteristics and feeds this information into the Army’s next-generation navigation system to locate a Soldier indoors or in tunnels or caves.

The two-year contract is valued at approximately $750,000.  SSCI is supported in this project by the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Honeywell Corporation. 

 

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