October 23, 2016 12:34 PM ET

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Company Overview of NextNav, LLC

Company Overview

NextNav, LLC designs, develops, and deploys urban and indoor positioning technology solutions in the United States. Its positioning system allows mobile devices to determine their location in indoor and urban environments where GPS signals cannot be received, as well as offers location and height information with floor-level precision. The company’s positioning system is embedded into GPS chipsets, mobile phones, and other wireless devices. It offers its positioning services for E911, public safety, and emergency response, as well as consumer and commercial applications that require indoor location accuracy. NextNav, LLC was formerly known as Commlabs, Inc. The company was founded in 2007 an...

7926 Jones Branch Drive

Suite 500

Tyson's Corner, VA 22102

United States

Founded in 2007



Key Executives for NextNav, LLC

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Executive Chairman
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for Hardware
Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for Systems
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
Age: 48
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

NextNav, LLC Key Developments

NextNav Launches Metro Wide Timing as Service

NextNav announced the launch of its Timing as a Service, providing high-precision timing where GPS-based signals are not available. Diverse industries, from cellular network operators to utility companies to financial services firms will be able to take advantage of TaaS for lower cost and better performance in critical timing-based systems that traditionally have required expensive work-arounds. TaaS is delivered over NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System network, a wide-area location and timing network developed by NextNav to provide GPS-like services where satellite-based signals are not available. NextNav's MBS network is terrestrial, which allows strong location and timing signals to be received deep indoors and in urban areas where faint satellite-based signals are blocked. Historically, delivering high-precision time in these areas has required expensive venue-based solutions, including Dedicated Time Servers and Grand Masters, often coupled with costly construction and cabling requirements. TaaS is available directly over the air, and meets or exceeds the most stringent timing and synchronization requirements for current LTE and LTE-A small cells as well as those expected for upcoming 5G base stations. In addition to supplementing GPS in challenged environments, NextNav's MBS network incorporates atomic clocks at each beacon site, providing a high quality backup to GPS disturbances across NextNav's service area.

Nextnav Announces Release of 3GPP 13 Specification Adds Support for Metropolitan Beacon System

NextNav announced that the final specification for 3GPP Release 13 will include messaging support for Terrestrial Beacon System (TBS) location technologies, including the Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS). NextNav has adopted MBS for its nationwide deployment, an innovative “terrestrial constellation” bringing GNSS-like positioning performance to indoor and urban environments where satellite-based positioning is either unavailable or significantly degraded. By standardizing the core network information flow in 3GPP, support for MBS will become available across any Release 13-compliant LTE network platforms globally, similar to previously standardized GNSS systems such as GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo satellite signals. NextNav’s system is complementary to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and delivers high precision Latitude, Longitude and ‘floor level’ Altitude in GPS challenged areas such as indoors and urban locations across an entire metropolitan area. Unlike cellular positioning in LTE, MBS does not consume expensive wireless spectrum to do so. The MBS signal technology is available under FRAND terms, and multiple silicon vendors and core network element providers are integrating the technology into their platforms.

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. and NextNav, LLC Announce Integration of Viking P25 Radio and Metropolitan Beacon System Indoor and Vertical Location

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc., and NextNav LLC, announced the integration of EFJohnson's Viking P25 radio with the indoor location capabilities of NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS), providing the advanced, public safety grade wide-area indoor and vertical location for the public safety communities. The integrated system is available for demonstration to police, fire, and other public safety professionals. MBS provides an innovative terrestrial constellation, which brings GPS-like performance to indoor and urban environments where satellite-based positioning is either unavailable or significantly degraded. As proven in the FCC-chartered communications security, reliability, and interoperability council (CSRIC) trials, NextNav LLC demonstrated the superior performance of its MBS technology in accurately locating users in challenging indoor environments in both the horizontal and the vertical dimensions. This demonstration proves Public Safety products can be developed to enable real-time location tracking and monitoring of First Responders over the bandwidth constrained public safety network. The provision of this capability across an entire metropolitan area- in buildings, on multiple floors, and in areas where GPS positioning is severely limited- significantly enhances the overall operational effectiveness of the First Responder community. Given the widespread use of the P25 radio standard in the United States by Public Safety personnel, and the proven reliability accuracy of EFJohnson's Viking LMR P25 radios and of MBS, NextNav and EFJohnson believe the integration to be a significant step in providing the most advanced communications technologies to the front lines of the public safety community.

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