Bristol based FocalPoint Positioning appoints new Chief Experience Officer

FocalPoint Positioning, Jim LaMance

FocalPoint Positioning, a Bristol-based deep tech startup founded in 2015 whose patented technology dramatically improves the performance of GPS chips in smartphones, wearables and vehicles, has appointed a Chief Experience Officer.

GPS industry veteran Jim LaMance will support the growth of the business as it ramps up in-market trialling and integration activities.

More than a trillion dollars of the US economy and more than 800 billion euros of the European economy currently depends on Global navigation satellite system GNSS, the positioning and timing system. However, the sensitivity and accuracy of current receivers fail the levels of performance 21st century businesses and individuals demand, says the company. Its  “revolutionary technologies” transform the capability of all GNSS systems worldwide.

Jim is the company’s second executive hire in the past quarter, hot on the heels of new CEO Scott Pomerantz who joined earlier this month. His hiring comes amid significant growth across its field engineering and software teams, with the company’s year-on-year headcount set to double by the end of 2021, to 34.

Jim LaMance’s career highlights include the development of GPS navigation system for the NASA X-34 rocket plane while at Constell and developing high-sensitivity track-less GPS receiver pioneered by Global Locate (acquired by Broadcom NASDAQ: AVGO).

As CTO at Locata, he led the development of a high precision, time-synchronized, ground-based positioning system, before shifting to a customer-focused role, supporting the design, integration and development of precision positioning systems in partnership with some of the world’s largest industrial OEMs.

FocalPoint CEO Scott Pomerantz said: “Jim’s experience in this industry is unparalleled, we’re excited to have him join the team to lead our interaction with key customers. The respect he commands from colleagues and peers, combined with his track record of bringing groundbreaking GNSS products to market will take our field trialling and integration capabilities to the next level.”

Jim added: “Accuracy is addictive, I’ve seen it time and time again as positioning technologies have developed; and now we have Supercorrelation that adds supercharged value to any receiver. Right now, I’m focused on our customers’ pain points and ensuring our development team can service their requirements. We’re in this for the long haul.”

Scott and Jim will be attending in person this year’s Institute of Navigation ION GNSS+ Conference in St Louis, Missouri to connect with old friends and colleagues, advance current engagements and meet with businesses who are interested in exploring the potential for our Supercorrelation technology to drive gains in sensitivity, reliability and accuracy in GNSS receivers.