Sygic (/ˈsɪk/ SYE-jik[1]) is a Slovak company of global automotive navigation systems for mobile phones and tablets. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia. It became the first company to offer navigation for iPhone and second for Android.[2] In 2015 Sygic reached milestone of 100 million downloads of its navigation app.[3]

Sygic a.s.
IndustryGPS navigation software
Founded2004; 18 years ago (2004)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Michal Stencl (founder) Martin Strigac (CEO)
Products
  • GPS Navigation & Maps Sygic
  • Trip Planner Sygic
  • Fuelio: Gas log & costs
  • Speed Cameras & Traffic Sygic
  • Family Locator - Phone Tracker
  • Sygic Truck GPS Navigation
  • Sygic Taxi Navigation
  • Sygic FleetWork & Job Dispatch
Number of employees
190+

HistoryEdit

The company was founded in 2004 by Michal Štencl, Martin Kališ, and Peter Pecho with Michal Štencl serving as company CEO since then.

In 2009 Sygic became the first company worldwide to offer GPS navigation for iPhone.[4]

In 2015 company reached milestone of 100 million downloads of its navigation app.[3]

In 2016 Sygic made an acquisition of Czech startup Tripomatic to expand its services to travel planning and travel management.[5]

OverviewEdit

Sygic navigation systems work on mobile phones and tablets with GPS and use screen and audio signals to provide door-to-door information for well-oriented travel, live traffic & police radar/speed camera warnings, parking place, and gas prices suggestions.

Sygic GPS navigation focuses on its wide usability.[6] It can be used both online and offline, runs on Android, Android Auto, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian operating systems, offers maps for more than 200 countries in the world and operates in more than 30 languages.

Sygic navigation uses 2D & 3D maps from TomTom for both online and offline use.[7][8]

Users of Sygic GPS navigation can download maps to their devices and use them when they need navigation but have no internet connection. Sygic optimizes data download sizes to allow users to use maps offline while using the minimum amount of memory on their devices.[9][third-party source needed]

Sygic delivers its GPS software worldwide in more than 30 languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Russian and many European languages. In 2016 Sygic created a translation project on Crowdin "dedicated to localization of Sygic app to all languages".[10] Project localization is open to the public that can contribute to Catalan, Urdu, Persian, Malay, Tamil, Latvian and other languages.

Real-time traffic information is based on TomTom Traffic. Traffic information is collected from more than 400 million drivers and updated every 2 minutes. "GPS data is collected from connected personal navigation devices (PNDs), commercial fleet GPS devices, mobile phone signals, road sensors, journalistic data, smartphones and car dashboard systems."[11] Users do not report anything - the data is collected automatically and anonymously.

PrivacyEdit

NRK (Norwegian national broadcasting service) published a report about Sygic sharing data with data brokers like Gravy Analytics, part of Ventell for purposes like fraud detection, law enforcement, and national security. GDPR is setting strict limits and requirements for what companies can do with our personal information. According to lawyers, this is in violation of the GDPR.[12] However, nor Gravy Analytics nor Ventell are partners of Sygic, and there is no proof of the fact that the source of the data referred to was Sygic.[13]

AwardsEdit

Sygic has been cited by Deloitte as the:

  • 6th Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the years 2007 and 2008[14]
  • 2nd Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the year 2009[15]
  • 3rd Technology Fastest-growing Technology Company in Central & Eastern Europe for the year 2010 and #143 in EMEA[16]

Additionally, there are:

  • Global Champion Award 2021 awarded by the Emerging Europe Platform[17]
  • Superbrands Slovakia Award 2021 from Superbrands Brand Council[18]
  • Top CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Innovation Award 2020 for Real-time Traffic Lights in Sygic GPS Navigation[19]
  • Innovation Radar Prize 2018 for Sygic’s intelligent routing algorithm[20]

MembershipsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Real-time Traffic Information in Sygic GPS Navigation". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ Cameron, Rob (2014-07-20). "The man behind one of the world's most successful apps". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. ^ a b Privat, Ludovic. "Sygic Reaches 100 Mio Downloads of Navigation App". GPS BUSINESS NEWS. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  4. ^ "Sygic Mobile Maps 2009 iPhone app". Good Gear Guide. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  5. ^ O'Neil, Sean (April 27, 2016). "Sygic takes majority share of Tripomatic, rebrands its travel app". Phocuswire.
  6. ^ "Sygic: all-round navigation success - Android App Reviews - AndroidPIT". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  7. ^ Null, Christopher (April 6, 2015). "We Tested 4 GPS Apps That Work Even When You're Offline". Wired.
  8. ^ "Best offline GPS and navigation apps for Android". AndroidPIT. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  9. ^ "Offline maps & navigation: Why Sygic beats Google Maps". www.sygic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  10. ^ "Sygic — Translation Project on Crowdin". Crowdin. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  11. ^ "Real-time Traffic Information – How Does it Work?". www.sygic.com. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  12. ^ "My Phone Was Spying on Me, so I Tracked Down the Surveillants". NRKbeta. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  13. ^ "Standpoint on media coverage regarding the personal data processing of Sygic navigation app's users". Sygic. Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  14. ^ "Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2008 - Deloitte" (PDF). 2008.
  15. ^ "Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe - 2009 - Deloitte" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Technology Fast 50 Central Europe 2010 Ranking and CEO" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Emerging Europe recognizes its brightest and best in Brussels awards ceremony".
  18. ^ "Slovenský klenot: Sygic získal prestížne ocenenie už 4x po sebe!".
  19. ^ "CES 2020 Innovation Award Product: Traffic Lights for Sygic GPS Navigation".
  20. ^ "Discover Great EU-funded Innovations".