New Zealand, otherwise known as Aotearoa, is an island country based in the Pacific Ocean.
We have two main islands, the North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island or Te Waipounamu.
New Zealand is about 1,500 kms from Australia and 1,000 kms from the Pacific Islands. We’re a water-locked nation, so it’s no surprise that New Zealanders design and manufacture world-class marine navigation systems here. In fact, one of the first government agencies to be established here was the Marine Board of New Zealand (although it has undergone many name changes since the 1860’s). And of course, many years before this, maritime navigation is what led the first Polynesian canoe travellers to the shores of this beautiful country.
Coastal shipping, and thus skills in marine navigation, have always been important in New Zealand. Māori transported goods in wakas, a watercraft similar to a canoe, made of hollowed tree trunks and often decorated with intricate carvings. After the arrival of settlers from Europe, shipping moved to sail then to steamboats. Freight transported over water was the preferred method for a long time, due to our steep, mountainous landscape, thick bush, and the fact that most settlements were coastal.
As international trade increased, so did the development of ports that could handle bigger ships, and equipment to allow seafarers to safely navigate. Relying on the stars and ocean currents moved into reliance on more technical tools.
Then the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) were created, and by the 1980s use of GPS technology in the commercial sector was widespread throughout the world, including in New Zealand. Since GNSS was introduced, even more precise methods of navigation including SBAS and RTK have been developed, enabling the preciseness of location data to improve from a few metres to a mere centimetre.
Many manufacturers of precision navigation systems worldwide use this new technology to drive improvements in their systems.
Yet Navicom Dynamics remain unique.
A small company based on a remote Pacific Island that designs and manufactures world-class navigation systems to rival any larger organisation. So, how did Navicom Dynamics become a market leader in this niche market?