CEO & Founder
Cyril Houri is founder, CEO and President of Navizon. A serial entrepreneur, he is responsible for Navizon’s leadership and innovation, bringing together a team of veterans in location-based services. In 2005 they introduced Navizon One, their flagship global positioning system for mobile phones. In 2011, they introduced innovative technology for indoor locating Wi-Fi enabled devices with Navizon Indoor Triangulation System (I.T.S.), and in 2012, Navizon Analytics was launched.
Prior to Navizon, Cyril founded two geolocation technology companies: InfoSplit and Mexens Technology. Founded in 1999, InfoSplit provided IP services to determine the geographic location of online visitors. InfoSplit was acquired in 2004 by Quova.
At Mexens, Cyril developed and launched the first geographic positioning system to combine GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular phone signals. This technology is used on millions of handsets today, and is based on a global database of Wi-Fi access point and cell id locations maintained through an innovative crowd-sourcing program that has grown virally. In 2005, Mexens Technology became Navizon. In 2006 and 2008, Navizon received patents for its geographic location methods for wireless devices.
Prior to Mexens, Cyril developed financial trading systems at Imagine Software. He holds an MS degree in engineering and computer science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France.
Director of technology
Dr. Gianni Giorgetti, Director of Research at Navizon, is responsible for overseeing research on novel positioning technologies and is in charge of coordinating the company's efforts to develop new software and hardware platforms for location based services.
Dr. Giorgetti started working on wireless positioning systems in 2005 as part of his doctorate work. Prior to joining Navizon, he participated in several research activities at the University of Florence and Arizona State University. His research interests include low-power sensor networks, remote monitoring, mobile computing, RF-based collaborative positioning, and AOA estimation using directional antennas.
Dr. Giorgetti has collaborated with research laboratories at Intel, Motorola and Qualcomm, working on mobile computing applications and real-time location systems. He has co-authored thirteen papers on wireless localization and target tracking that have been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Gianni earned a MS's degree in Computer Science from the University of Florence and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. He has over fifteen years of software development experience at various Italian companies.