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(2016) List of Top 100 Geospatial Startups and companies in the world

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Maps, drones, apps, ibeacons, navigation, GPS, remote sensing… we love everything “location”. This of course includes geospatial companies and start-ups. We talk to them and write about them.

We’ve decided to work on a data base of geospatial comapanies. It’s a long term project but we’ve got some first results to share with you. Here is the list of the top and the most influential geospatial companies across the world.

wdt_ID Organization Name Industries Headquarters City Headquarters State Headquarters Country Total Funding (in USD) Operating Status Founded Full Description Website
1 Maxar Technologies Aerospace, Geospatial, Government, Information Technology, Real Estate, Software Richmond Hill Ontario Canada 1.053.700.000 Active 1.969 MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provide information solutions for decision making and operational performance to businesses and governments worldwide. It operates through two segments, Information Products and Informat http://www.maxar.com/
2 Momo Location Based Services, Mobile Apps, SMS Beijing Beijing China 998.844.306 Active 2.011 Momo is a free location-based services instant messaging application that enables smartphone users to chat with people nearby. It allows users to connect with others in the same location and share free texts, audio notes, and photographs over the internet http://www.immomo.com
3 Pioneer Corporation Consumer Electronics, Manufacturing, Navigation, TV Production Kanagawa Fukushima Japan 539.490.114 Active 1.938 Pioneer Corporation is a global manufacturer of electronic products for the consumers and professional markets. It manufactures and sells audio and video equipment for household, industrial, and automobile use. The company produces and sells visual and mu http://pioneer.jp/
4 Planet Aerospace, Big Data, Geospatial San Francisco California United States 351.100.000 Active 2.010 Planet is a startup based in San Francisco and founded by former NASA employees that collects information about our changing planet via a fleet of compact, highly capable Earth-imaging satellites. Planet's mission is to image the entire Earth every day, a http://www.planet.com/
5 NextNav Electronics, Location Based Services, Mobile, Navigation, Telecommunications, Wireless Sunnyvale California United States 278.425.496 Active 2.008 NextNav operates a platform intended to offer indoor location services and applications. Its platform offers location-enabling technology with carrier-grade reliability for use in buildings and urban areas where satellite-based geographical positioning se http://www.nextnav.com/
6 Innoviz Technologies Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, GPS, Robotics Tel Aviv Tel Aviv Israel 252.000.000 Active 2.016 Innoviz is a leading manufacturer of high-performance, solid-state LiDAR sensors and perception software that enable the mass-production of autonomous vehicles. InnovizPro is a solid-state LiDAR that offers outstanding performance and value for automotive http://www.innoviz.tech/
7 Zipline Drones, Logistics, Robotics Half Moon Bay California United States 233.000.000 Active 2.014 Zipline is a California-based automated logistics company that designs, manufactures, and operates drones to deliver vital medical products. Zipline's mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. In 2014, Zipli http://flyzipline.com/
8 Mapbox Automotive, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Visualization, Enterprise Software, Location Based Services, Mapping Services, Open Source Washington District of Columbia United States 227.175.000 Active 2.010 Mapbox is the leading location data platform providing maps, turn-by-turn navigation, location search, and data to over 1.7M registered developers — powering companies like Facebook, IBM, Instacart, Lonely Planet, Snapchat, Tableau, The Weather Channel, http://www.mapbox.com
9 Momenta Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Information Services, Mapping Services Beijing Beijing China 203.150.880 Active 2.016 Momenta is an autonomous driving startup operating out of Beijing. Its deep-learning based software in perception, HD semantic mapping, and data-driven path planning enables the realization of full autonomy. Momenta offers multi-level autonomous driving s https://www.momenta.ai/
10 Smartbox Group E-Commerce, Gift Card, Internet, Location Based Services, Retail, Retail Technology Dublin Dublin Ireland 196.635.530 Active 2.008 Smartbox is a provider of experience gifts across eleven countries in Europe. With almost 40,000 providers, the company distributes experience vouchers and gift cards online and 12,0000 points of sale through its branded websites and e-retailers. http://www.smartbox.com/
11 3D Robotics Drones, Robotics Berkeley California United States 178.775.000 Active 2.009 3DR makes advanced drone technology easily accessible to the construction, mining, and surveying industries for use in data analysis. It helps users in land mapping and site scanning services in collecting accurate aerial data of the jobsite, turning urns https://3dr.com/
12 Telogis Enterprise Software, Fleet Management, Navigation, SaaS, Software, Transportation Aliso Viejo California United States 141.280.000 Active 2.001 Telogis provides a comprehensive cloud-based Mobile Enterprise Management (MEM) software platform for companies that require dynamic routing, real-time work order management, navigation, telematics and mobile integration services for their mobile workforc http://www.telogis.com
13 Qianxun Spatial Intelligence Geospatial, GPS, Location Based Services, Navigation Shanghai Shanghai China 141.209.031 Active 2.015 Qianxun Spatial Intelligence is a world’s leading high precision positioning service provider for government, enterprises, and consumer markets needs. The company offers dynamic centimeter and static millimeter positioning capabilities. Qianxun Spatial https://www.qxwz.com/
14 PrecisionHawk Aerospace, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Robotics Raleigh North Carolina United States 136.000.000 Active 2.010 PrecisionHawk is an information delivery company that combines unmanned aerial systems, remote sensing technologies, and advanced data analytics to improve business operations and day-to-day decision making. PrecisionHawk brings value to an emerging marke http://precisionhawk.com
15 Quanergy Systems 3D Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Information Services, Information Technology, Mapping Services, Navigation, Robotics Sunnyvale California United States 135.308.960 Active 2.012 Quanergy Systems is a Silicon-Valley-based technology company offering smart sensing solutions. It is the leading provider of time-of-flight LiDAR sensors and perception software for real-time capture and processing of 3D spatial data and object detectio http://quanergy.com
16 Near Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Location Based Services, Marketing, SaaS Singapore Central Region Singapore 134.000.000 Active 2.012 Near is the world's largest source of intelligence on people and places, processing data from over 1.6 billion monthly users across 44 countries. The Near Platform powers data-driven marketing and enrichment offerings through a suite of SaaS products. The https://near.co
17 Moovit Internet, Navigation, Public Transportation, Ride Sharing, Software, Transportation Ness Ziona HaMerkaz Israel 131.500.000 Active 2.012 Moovit is a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider and the world’s #1 transit app. Moovit simplifies your urban mobility in +2700 cities all around the world, making getting around town via mass transit easier and more convenient. Moovit has more than 30 https://moovit.com
18 Orbital Insight Analytics, Big Data, Computer Vision, Geospatial, Machine Learning, SaaS Palo Alto California United States 128.700.000 Active 2.013 Orbital Insight is a geospatial analytics company, used by data-driven organizations that need to understand the changing physical world. Our SaaS technology unlocks global insights, anywhere and anytime, revealing hidden infrastructure, supply chain, soc http://www.orbitalinsight.com/
19 Mapbar Mapping Services, Navigation Beijing Beijing China 127.463.051 Active 2.004 Beijing Mapbar Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (Mapbar) is a domestic provider of online maps and wireless maps in China. The company has 3,500 local websites, industry portals, and cooperative partners such as Baidu, Tencent, Yahoo, Netease, Alibaba, Ct http://www.mapbar.com
20 Estapar Apps, Facilities Support Services, Location Based Services, Parking, Real Estate Sao Paulo Brazil Brazil 125.000.000 Active 1.981 Estapar manages and operates vehicle parking lots in Brazil. It provides technical, management, advisory, and relevant planning services to private and public companies, as well as for the special areas of paid parking on public roads or parks. Estapar b http://www.estapar.com.br/
21 Belvedor (ZhuBaiJia) Adventure Travel, Automotive, Location Based Services, Real Estate, Travel Beijing Beijing China 112.535.299 Active 2.012 Zhubaijia offers online booking for rental of apartments for short trips or special tours. It provides private guides, transportation, and tour services. http://www.zhubaijia.com/
22 Airobotics Aerospace, Drone Management, Drones, Internet of Things, Robotics Petah Tiqva HaMerkaz Israel 108.100.000 Active 2.014 Airobotics has developed a pilotless drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is avail http://www.airoboticsdrones.com
23 WayRay Augmented Reality, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Media and Entertainment, Navigation Zurich Switzerland 108.000.000 Active 2.012 WayRay creates cutting-edge augmented reality technologies for the automotive industry and beyond, in addition to offering unique consumer electronics products. WayRay was founded by Vitaly Ponomarev in 2012 and is headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, w https://wayray.com/
24 Latecoere Aerospace, Drones, Machinery Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Marketing Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees France 106.800.000 Active 1.917 Latecoere specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of structures for the aeronautics sector. Latecoere develops, manufactures and offers product support activities (repair, replacement, etc.) in the field of both Aerostructures and Interconnection S https://www.latecoere.aero/
25 DJI Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Drones, Manufacturing, Photography, Wireless Shenzhen Guangdong China 105.000.000 Active 2.006 DJI develops and manufactures innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. Their platforms empower them to capture images that were once out of reach. Their flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement a http://www.dji.com/
26 Factual Analytics, Digital Marketing, Geospatial, Internet, Location Based Services, Mobile, Mobile Advertising Los Angeles California United States 104.000.000 Active 2.008 Factual is the location data company the world’s most valuable brands and tech companies trust to understand and intelligently grow their businesses. Factual provides product and engineering teams, marketers and data analysts access to the world’s mos http://www.factual.com
27 YI Technology Consumer Electronics, Drones, Information Technology Bellevue Washington United States 100.000.000 Active 2.014 YI Technology, the leading international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, has announced the launch of the industry’s first and only action camera that provides 4K60 video recording with the longest ever recording time. http://www.yitechnology.com/
28 Baedal Minjeok Food Delivery, Location Based Services, Restaurants Seoul Seoul-t'ukpyolsi South Korea 98.000.000 Active 2.011 Baedal Minjeok Seoul-based restaurant delivery app. Baedal Minjeok, made by Korean startup Woowa Brothers, is similar to GrubHub in the US (which Goldman Sachs also owns a stake in) and FoodPanda in Singapore. Almost all of its transactions take place via http://smartbaedal.com
29 ispace technologies Manufacturing, Navigation, Robotics, Space Travel, Sustainability Tokyo Tokyo Japan 94.230.904 Active 2.010 ispace technologies Inc. is a space resource exploration company founded in 2013 to develop micro-robots that will locate the resources necessary to extend human life into outer space. Their main focus is to locate, extract, and deliver lunar ice to custo http://ispace-inc.com/
30 Grindr Apps, iOS, LGBT, Location Based Services, Social Media, Social Network West Hollywood California United States 93.000.000 Active 2.008 Grindr is an all-male location-based network that allows gay, bi, or curious men to connect and hang out with one another. Since launching in March 2009, Grindr has become a global sensation and surpassed 7 million users in 192 countries. On a daily basi http://www.grindr.com
31 DroneDeploy Drones, Internet of Things, Mapping Services, Robotics, SaaS, Software San Francisco California United States 92.552.367 Active 2.013 DroneDeploy is a provider of cloud-control software solutions for drones which include automated flight safety checks, workflows, and real-time mapping and data processing.The company has partnered with leading drone manufacturers like DJI to provide its http://www.dronedeploy.com
32 DeepMap Autonomous Vehicles, Computer, Machine Learning, Mapping Services, Software Palo Alto California United States 92.000.000 Active 2.016 DeepMap is solving the HD mapping and localization and big data management challenge for L4/5 autonomous vehicles. They are based in Palo Alto, CA, and have blue-chip investors supporting a world-class team from Google Earth, Google Maps, Apple Maps, and https://www.deepmap.ai/
33 Trapeze Networks Cyber Security, Information Technology, Location Based Services, Real Time, Security, Video, Wireless Sunnyvale California United States 91.120.000 Active 2.002 NonStop Wireless Trapeze solutions provide the highest levels of reliability, performance, security and management for today's most demanding mobile applications, including data, voice, video, and real-time location services. Trapeze is committed to deliv http://www.trapezenetworks.com
34 Bonial.com E-Commerce, Information Technology, Local Shopping, Location Based Services Berlin Berlin Germany 90.000.000 Active 2.008 Bonial.com operates the leading location based shopping platform worldwide, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products to connect shoppers with their favourite local stores and brands. Reaching 25 mln users each month, their brands focus on all http://www.bonial.com
35 Saildrone Drones, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine Technology, Robotics Alameda California United States 88.500.000 Active 2.012 Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We are busy building the world's largest high resolution ocean datasets, working wi https://www.saildrone.com/
36 BAE Systems Aerospace, Manufacturing, National Security, Navigation Arlington Virginia United States 84.787.828 Active 1.999 BAE Systems engages in the design, development, manufacture, and support of defense and aerospace systems used in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The company provides electronic systems and subsystems for military and commercial applications; sec http://www.baesystems.com
37 MapAnything CRM, Data Visualization, Location Based Services, Software Charlotte North Carolina United States 84.100.000 Active 2.009 Founded in 2009, MapAnything is a location services company for your Salesforce data. Its mission is to become the world’s leading business platform for “Where” software. MapAnything provides a suite of “Where” apps and platform services to d http://mapanything.com
38 Sandbox VR Content, Digital Entertainment, Location Based Services, Virtual Reality San Mateo California United States 82.000.000 Active 2.016 Sandbox VR is a virtual reality startup that offers a premium, fully-immersive virtual reality experience. The company combines motion capture in real time with virtual reality technology to create a new medium that is the closest thing to the Star Trek h https://sandboxvr.com/
39 Stereotaxis Biotechnology, Health Care, Medical Device, Navigation St Louis Missouri United States 80.000.000 Active 1.990 Stereotaxis is a healthcare technology and innovation leader in the development of robotic cardiology instrument navigation systems designed to enhance the treatment of arrhythmias and coronary disease, as well as information management solutions for the http://www.stereotaxis.com
40 Wayz.ai Location Based Services, Mapping Services, Navigation Wuhan Hubei China 80.000.000 Active 2.017 Wayz.ai is a Chinese smart location and mapping service startup. http://www.wayz.ai
41 Webraska Information Services, Navigation, Wireless Poissy Ile-de-France France 78.948.640 Active 1.998 Webraska is the worldwide provider of wireless navigation, mapping and traffic information services and technologies. http://www.webraska.com/
42 GeoEye Geospatial, Image Recognition, Service Industry Dulles Virginia United States 78.000.000 Active 1.991 GeoEye, Inc. provides imagery, imagery information products, and image processing services. http://www.geoeye.com
43 IP Unity Information Technology, Location Based Services, Mobile, Network Hardware, Telecommunications, VoIP Milpitas California United States 75.485.000 Active 1.999 IP Unity delivers a carrier grade services platform for enhanced voice and telephony applications over ATM, TDM and VoIP Networks. The company's media servers, applications servers, enhanced service applications, and application partners allow customers t http://ipunity.com/
44 TeleCommunication Systems Mobile, Navigation, Public Safety, Telecommunications, Wireless Annapolis Maryland United States 75.450.000 Active 1.987 TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) is a leading provider of mission-critical wireless data solutions to government customers, public safety, and carriers. TCS produces wireless data communications technology solutions that require proven high levels of relia http://www.telecomsys.com
45 AirMap Aerospace, Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data, Drones, Navigation, Robotics Santa Monica California United States 75.357.664 Active 2.014 AirMap is helping make drones a part of everyday life by building the foundations for the low-altitude air navigation systems of the future. The emergence of small, powerful, and autonomous drones, is transforming society. Drones are being used for agricu https://www.airmap.com
46 Validity Sensors Biometrics, Enterprise Software, Mobile Payments, Navigation San Jose California United States 72.600.000 Active 2.000 Founded in 2000, and headquartered in San Jose, California, Validity is the world leader in Natural IDâ„¢ authentication, providing fingerprint sensor solutions with the highest levels of performance, security, cost-effectiveness, and design flexibility. http://www.validityinc.com/
47 Utility Associates Hardware, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet, Navigation, Telecommunications Tucker Georgia United States 70.900.000 Active 1.998 Utility Associates, Inc. offers mobile resource management solutions to command and control field operations. It offers AVaiL, which delivers a mobile operations command and control service that provides a view of the current location and status of mobile https://www.bodyworn.com/
48 Interact Public Safety Computer, Electronics, Geospatial, Government, Information Technology, Public Safety, Security, Software Winston Salem North Carolina United States 70.202.607 Active 1.975 InterAct is a leading provider of public safety incident response and management software. We help first responders coordinate, communicate and react to unplanned events quickly, safely and accurately so these heroes can save lives. Founded in 1975, In http://www.interact911.com
49 Skydio Aerospace, Drones, Mobile, Navigation, Robotics, Sensor Redwood City California United States 70.000.000 Active 2.014 Skydio is a robotics company that makes flying tools that free your hands and mind. The company's unique computer vision and motion planning algorithms coupled with the same cheap image sensors and processors in mobile phones give drones the ability to na https://www.skydio.com/
50 Gearworks Location Based Services, Mobile, Wireless Eagan Minnesota United States 69.341.107 Active 1.999 Gearworks provides location-based mobile business applications – in collaboration with wireless carriers – that enable customers to manage their mobile resources. Gearworks products operate under the etrace, Field Force Manager, appmosphere http://www.gearworks.com
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This location-based app helps young Iranians avoid ‘morality police’

Gershad app - GeoawesomenessMany young Iranians are pretty liberated guys. They like to party and wear fancy clothes but they happened to live in a country where it’s prohibited. There is special police force dedicated to ensuring Iranians follow strict rules on clothing and conduct, called the Gasht-e-Ershad (or Guidance Patrol, commonly known as the “morality police”). Part of their activities include setting up checkpoints around cities and randomly inspecting vehicles driving by.

Now there is a way to avoid the Ershad controls. An anonymous team of Iranian developers have come up with a crowdsource app that allow users marking risky spots on the city map to help others avoid it. Something like Waze but for a much different purpose.

The Gershad app is pretty simple and easy to use. Users can mark where they encounter the “morality police”. The data is added to a database and visualised on a map. The more reports in one place, the bolder the warning on the map. When the number decreases, the alert will fade gradually from the map. Simple as it is.

The statement on the Google Play store explains the motives behind the app:

“Why do we have to be humiliated for our most obvious right which is the right to wear what we want? Social media networks and websites are full of footage and photos of innocent women who have been beaten up and dragged on the ground by the Ershad patrol agents.

Police need to provide security for the citizens not to turn into a factor for fear. A while ago, angry with such unreasonable oppressions, we looked for a solution to find a practical way to resist the volume of injustices peacefully with low risk level, to restore part of our freedom.”

The app has been released yesterday and it already had 432 users giving it 5-star rating. Interesting how we can use similar location-based app concepts for so much different purpose.

Here is the website of the project.

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