POINTER FAQs for Industry

POINTER FAQs for Industry

Walkie Talkies and a signal beacon

Who is leading POINTER’s research and development efforts?

S&T is funding the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, to develop the POINTER system. S&T is also working with industry partner Balboa Geolocation, Inc. to prepare the technology for the commercial marketplace in 2022.

Can the POINTER system be integrated with existing response technologies?

Balboa is currently working with industry, manufacturers and engineering firms on ways to deploy POINTER as both a standalone system and an integrated component in already-existing response technologies. 

Who are POINTER’s end users?

Initial end users are members of the fire service. Ultimately, POINTER could be adapted for use by law enforcement, military/Department of Defense, border security, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Secret Service, FEMA, even industry—for marine subsurface tracking; Internet of Things supply chain tracking; smart cities indoor tracking and navigation; robotics; safety and tracking of miners; and more.

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