Reckon Point - founded in 2014 and based at Port San Antonio since 2018 - continues to thrive while setting its sights on greater heights.
Specializing in state-of-the-art indoor positioning technology, Reckon Point is part of a growing tech community that has helped create over 3,000 new jobs campus-wide in recent months. The company’s breakthrough technology has applications to improve the operations and quality of positioning and mapping data used by many global industries, including manufacturers, architects and operators of large public spaces such as airports, hospitals and stadiums.
Reckon Point addresses navigational and mapping issues that cannot be resolved with traditional GPS satellite data, which is inaccessible with a high level of detail inside buildings.
“We’ve developed a unique integration of robotics, sensors and machine learning to survey massive buildings—within two centimeters of accuracy,” says company CEO and founder Gabe Garza. “And can also do this with amazing speed, having mapped a 22-story building in just three days.”
To conduct this precise surveying, Reckon Point created a proprietary Mobile Indoor Geolocation Survey Unit (MIGSU) — a suite of services based on LiDAR scanning and artificial intelligence.
The company’s highly specialized robots use the Earth’s electromagnetic field to maneuver through a building and scan the environment, creating detailed maps of rooms, pathways, doors, windows and walls as well as smaller items, such as the location of electrical plugs and light fixtures.
“We took all these sensors and integrated them all into one mobile and highly sophisticated piece of hardware,” adds Garza. “We collect all the signals required for positions to create digital maps that are needed by many different uses—from architects to factory managers to everyday consumers.”
Reckon Point's technology continues to evolve, as robots will soon be able to go outdoors and traverse staircases and other multi-level platforms. As a result, the company is setting its sights on more intergalactic goals.
“Map caves on the moon for habitation - so we can see a version," continues Garza. "We have talks about how this could be used, that we can envision it being used to map caves on the moon.”
“Reckon Point is another important example of the type of innovation that continues to thrive in San Antonio,” says Port President and CEO Jim Perschbach. “What has been vitally important to the company is for its talented team to be able to work directly with industries in our region that will benefit from their technology—building important collaborations to ensure their products meet the needs of a local array of clients, which in turn allows Reckon Point to market their technology to the world.”