3D GPS business NextNav will go public in SPAC at $1.2 billion worth

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NextNav plans to go public at a $1.2 billion valuation by means of a unique objective acquisition business, or SPAC.

NextNav has spent the previous decade attempting to generate 3-dimensional positional technologies so that smartphone customers can inform 1st responders and other individuals exactly where they are situated in a vertical dimension. If you are in a skyscraper, it can aid firefighters, police, and other 1st responders enormously if they know specifically what floor you are on. NextNav can provide that type of info in genuine-time.

This type of 3D geolocation technologies has a lot of individuals excited, which includes game organizations such as Epic Games and Niantic. I lately did a webinar with NextNav about the prospective for 3D geolocation technologies in games.

The deal

The SPAC deal will aid NextNav grow to be a public business more quickly than if it did a standard initial public supplying (IPO). NextNav will combine with Spartacus Acquisition Corporation, resulting in NextNav becoming a public business.

Gary Parsons, former chairman for Sirius XM Radio, will serve as chairman of NextNav, and NextNav equity holders will roll one hundred% of their current equity holdings into the combined business.

The transaction values combined business at a pro forma implied enterprise worth of about $900 million and completely diluted pro forma equity worth of about $1.2 billion and is anticipated to provide around $408 million in gross proceeds.

The deal also contains a private investment in public equity (PIPE) exactly where other investors have agreed to place $205 million into the frequent stock at $10.00 per share. Those are strategic investors that consist of Koch Strategic Platforms, a subsidiary of the Koch Investments Group, funds managed by Fortress Investment Group, Ophir Asset Management, Woody Creek Capital Management, Quantlab Disruptive Technologies, Iridian Asset Management, and Sponsor of Spartacus Acquisition Corporation.

Proceeds will aid NextNav’s next-generation, 3-dimensional geolocation platform across a $one hundred billion international total addressable marketplace serving public security, e911, mass-marketplace customer apps, eVTOLs, drones, and autonomous cars, Internet of Things, vital infrastructure, and several other sectors.

NextNav’s consumers and partners consist of AT&ampT FirstNet, Motorola Mobility, Gimbal, Epic Games, Joby Aviation, and other place-based applications. The business will be listed on Nasdaq beneath NN when it goes public in the third or fourth quarters.

“NextNav has spent over a decade developing its innovative 3D geolocation technology, bringing precise floor-level altitude to existing location services and in-building, resilient location and timing enhancements to traditional GPS capabilities,” stated Parsons, in a statement. “As with the creation of satellite radio, NextNav’s industry leading technology is unique, unrivaled and protected by more than 100 patents. I am excited about the positive impact NextNav’s 3D geolocation and timing capabilities can have in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure while meeting the advanced 3D location needs of public safety and emerging markets and applications.”


Image Credit: Adobe, Courtesy of NextNav.

NextNav CEO Ganesh Pattabiraman stated in an interview with VentureBeat that he and cofounder Arun Raghupathy started exploring 3D GPS as an extension of their work on 2D GPS and indoor navigation. They began the business to provide much better info to 1st-responder services like 911 so individuals could be very easily situated by way of their smartphones on the vertical access.

“We thought that if we can give you urban navigation, then you could really, truly unlock a whole new class of applications, just like GPS did for the outdoors,” Pattabiraman stated. “And so that led to the genesis of NextNav.”

One of the points that helped was that smartphone vendors started to consist of barometric stress sensors in their smartphones, and NextNav was in a position to use that information to ascertain how higher a person is, as the air stress modifications when you rise vertically. They developed what they get in touch with their Pinnacle service to measure vertical place. But they also required to know your 2D position on a map as nicely, so they could integrate it with GPS info. For this objective, they constructed out their TerraPoint 2D navigation service, which can pinpoint individuals on a 2D map with precise timing. The mixture of Pinnacle and TerraPoint enabled the business to generate a more correct image of exactly where a person was in the 3D space.

NextNav pinpoints where someone is in an Embassy Suites hotel.

Image Credit: NextNav

“We define it as adding a [3D dimensional] layer to GPS, which is more precise and resilient,” Pattabiraman stated. “There is a definite need for a more resilient position navigation and timing solution in the marketplace. And that requires to augment the Pinnacle capability with the TerraPoint service.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation recognized the tech. NextNav’s underlying assets consist of its international intellectual home portfolio of more than one hundred patents, a one-of-a-type nationwide portfolio of licenses for 2.4 billion MHz-PoPs of 900 MHz spectrum, and a deployed network live in more than 4,400 cities that covers more than 90% of all buildings taller than 3 stories nationwide.

“We will leverage the Pinnacle network to deliver the ‘z-axis’ capability and then with this TerraPoint service we will be augmenting it with more precise x-y or latitude and longitude and timing capabilities,” Pattabiraman stated.

Before the SPAC, the business had raised $300 million to date and it has about 80 personnel.

The important was possessing the ideal points fall into location, as the cell phone makers began placing a lot of sensors in their devices. NextNav can get its accuracy to inside 3 meters.

In suburban locations, height is hardly ever an situation. But in major cities and other urban locations, possessing the floor place can be particularly critical, and roughly 84% of the U.S. population lives in urban locations exactly where multistory buildings make up most of the landscape. In locations like midtown Manhattan, Chicago’s Loop, or San Francisco’s Financial District, there are not a entire lot of open, public spaces. Inside buying malls, it is not straightforward to discover a person, as satellite signals do not penetrate buildings.


Originally appeared on: TheSpuzz