All4Elevation wants to provide accurate and affordable elevation data through combining smartphones, satellite navigation and the power of the crowd. Together with the European Space Agency we are developing a crowdsourced mobile application which allows to turn smartphones into “smart sensors” being able to conduct elevation measurements by utilising potentially millions of phones.
Technology validated in lab.
Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.
The idea of crowdsourced elevation data originated in 2016 with which we applied for the European Space Navigation Competition (ESNC) and won the Dutch regional prize. Beginning of 2017 we applied for the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation program in The Netherlands to which we got accepted and which now supports us with technical, business and monetary incentives regarding product development. The product development grant from the ESA was used to develop a Proof of Principle of our innovation in collaboration with CGI. Accordingly we situate our innovation between TRL 4 and 5 at the moment.

How does it work?

Our innovation is based on three pillars: 1. A mobile application which allows smartphones to collect relevant satellite navigation data necessary to derive an elevation point and send this data to our database 2. Our global database receiving the data from the crowdsourced application, combining the measurements with existing data and enriching it with dedicated algorithms 3. An online web interface presenting and offering the elevation data to our customers