GeospatialWorld: Smart Wearables Firm Join Hands With NextNav to Boost Vertical Location Intelligence Capability

To find out the exact location in places like subway stations, multi-story skyscrapers and underground parking garage is difficult because generally the mass uses 2D maps (x and y-axis only). In case of public safety emergency in difficult areas, needs information on z-axis. Hence 3D location is gaining popularity to access the vertical accuracy, especially when workers are engaged in difficult places.

NextNav, the pioneer in location technology has partnered with Bodytrak, one of the leaders in intelligent, smart and connected safety solutions that deliver real-time first responder physiological data to command centres to bring mission-critical z-axis location intelligence capabilities to Bodytrak’s product range.

Bodytrak captures real-time physiological data from a wearable earpiece with multiple sensors and uses ML algorithms to provide critical alerts to both the user (via audio prompts) and a supervisor (via the real-time Dashboard). It also provide critical insights that can protect the team working at difficult areas from avoidable incidents and burnout. Workplace injuries amount to billions of dollars of losses every year.

Growing wearable market

From smart clothing to smart watches, wearable technology has become more popular in recent years with many advantages. Wearable technology is expected to reduce 16% of hospital costs by 2027, and by 2037, it could save $200 billion via remote patient monitoring.

According to, the global fitness tracker market was valued at $39.5billion in 2022 and is estimated to be worth approx. market size $187.2billion in 2032, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 17.3% between 2023 and 2032.

The popularity of wearable gadgets is increasing due to AI, IoT and wireless connectivity adoption and the market growth is driven by increasing awareness about health and fitness. The evolution of wearable technology is not only supporting the health sector but other sectors making significant strides in workplace health and safety, protecting workers and organisations from incidents before they happen.

“As the use of wearables increases in public safety, Bodytrak provides important capabilities for first responders and addresses the critical need for tracking personnel vitals and location information during emergency events,” added Rob Clark, Senior Director of Public Safety, NextNav.

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