The aionav® app concept revolutionizes the use and development of apps in multiple ways:
AIONAV Systems AG (derived from "Autonomous Indoor and Outdoor Navigation") was founded in 2011 as a spin-off from Graz University of Technology, based in Berne. The developer team of founder Ulrich Walder, former head of the Institute of Construction Informatics at Graz University of Technology, includes Thomas Bernoulli, Martin Krammer and Philipp Rausch. In addition to the aionav app technology, the autonomous indoor and outdoornavigation is one of the development priorities of the company.
The roots of the SciencePark Graz start-up are the development of the autonomous indoor and outdoornavigation system, which has been patented since 2011. In 2011, the TU team won the internationally-awarded order "Soldier of the 21st century" of the European Defense in the area of 3D positioning Agency. An ultramobile, arm-mounted PC with touch screen and an external sensor enable the positioning of forces, which can be tracked via a control center. As a long-term strategic partner, RUAG Holding AG, a Swiss technology group in the aerospace, defense and security sectors, supports product development. Apart from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Swiss Army or the MDA Corporation, a Canadian aerospace group, also use the positioning test systems developed in Graz. Research co-operation in various areas has existed with numerous universities and industrial partners.
The beginning of the commercialization of these positioning expertise via app use was part of the "Shopping of the Future" project for MIGROS, the largest retail trade company in Switzerland.