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Discover CAM Scale-Up through Albora Technologies

Anselm Adams introduces Albora and outlines their CAM Scale-Up journey. Learn more about their specialty, the testing progress and the results.

Albora Technologies and the Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme

A specialist in providing next-generation, high-accuracy geolocation technology for different sectors and industries, including challenging environments.

Albora’s powerful technology provides continuous high-precision geolocational positioning in the most difficult environments. From urban and industrial areas, to critical infrastructure, Albora utilises its software to provide an affordable, scalable and ubiquitous solution.

Albora was founded by Anselm Adams in 2017 with the intention to address the most pressing problems faced when using geolocational technology. His aim was to create a solution that provides continuous positioning that maintains its accuracy at all times.

Anselm explains:

All the solutions available were hardware focused, we knew we could disrupt the market with a software focused solution that’s extremely accurate, but also constantly improving. Not only will this offer customers and clients consistent updates that can be rolled out quickly and cost effectively, it’s extremely versatile and can connect with anything that has a GPS, from mobile phones, to smart watches, to E-scooters.”

Through assembling a multi-disciplinary team with backgrounds in business, technology, engineering and academia, Albora has created a unique technological solution that can pinpoint geolocational positioning with centimetre accuracy.

Anselm states that the key benefit to being involved in the Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme is the springboard it provides to connect with new clients as well as the opportunity it offers to show how highly accurate, reliable and robust Albora’s technology is.

What makes Albora special?

Albora addresses the key issues faced when using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to provide position information. Currently urban canyons result in position errors of between 15-500m, while positioning in indoor environments like multi-story car parks provides no information at all. In response to these challenges, Albora delivers robust, accurate data across all environments. It’s set up with central GNSS processing that works across all platforms including cloud, edge or local servers and can monitor geolocation both on and off premises.

Albora combines advanced GNSS algorithms with Dead Reckoning (DR) to provide high-accuracy geolocation that feeds back in real time and is precise to the centimetre. A key benefit of Albora’s technology is its capacity to augment information captured in the vehicle from GNSS, inertial sensors, and car telemetry. This provides robust feedback that isn’t negatively impacted when there’s no satellite view.

Using software-based technology makes it easy to integrate with existing devices, while also providing the capability to continuously monitor the geolocation of hundreds of thousands of assets or people in a central point. It’s a sustainable business model that moves the processing away from hardware, substantially reducing energy consumption, while offering high-performing, accurate information at a fraction of the price. The SaaS model also removes the need for costly hardware updates that need to be retrofitted, instead offering remote, regular software updates that will keep their clients benefitting from the cutting edge of GNSS technology.

Albora’s testing journey

Rigour testing their technology to provide a more robust dataset for partners within the Albora Ecosystem.

The Zenzic Cam Scale-Up programme offered Albora the opportunity to put their software through more stringent testing against the hardware it integrates with. They tested at UTAC Millbrook and Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL). UTAC Millbrook provided a high speed circuit with an open sky area, offering unobstructed satellites for accurate geolocation positioning. By working with SMLL, Albora were able to shorten their research and development timeframes by taking advantage of the dense urban environment provided, enabling them to assess their performance and adjust their technology for challenging environments.

Albora utilised the testbeds by testing every possible combination of GNSS, on-board diagnostic connectivity, inertial measurement unit, cheap antenna and helix antenna to discover RTK centimetre-level accuracy in complex environments and push their technology to the limit.

The data received from the tests will be used to inform their understanding of their current limitations and improve their technology. It will also provide a more robust dataset to provide potential partners in the Albora ecosystem.

What would success look like?

Success will come from more stringent testing and larger datasets, proving Albora’s capacity to provide accurate geolocation positioning in even the most challenging environments. It can offer proof that the technology is robust enough to implement in vehicles in a way that is both scalable and cost efficient.

We’re never finished stress-testing, validating and improving our technology, but we know that the sky’s the limit for Albora. Our ambition is multi-industry and global. Right now we’re focused on micro mobility, but we see Albora growing within IOT, industry 4.0, wearables, autonomous vehicles and drones.”

– Anselm Adams

Programme results

Albora’s testing programme has resulted in business success across three core aspects.

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