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Navionics launches its app development arm in Estonia

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Navionics, Italy-based and the world’s largest database of marine and lake charts, has established a subsidiary in Estonia in order to start developing its mobile and web applications.

The company’s head, Giuseppe Carnevali, said that its Estonian arm is in the phase of recruiting personnel. The head of Estonia’s activities will be Raul Vahisalu, former head of GuardTime, Estonia’s successful startup for keyless signature technology. Vahisalu hopes to complete the hiring within two months. The company is looking for people who not only write the code but who are also interested in the real-world use of the products.

Navionics’ database covers the salt waters of the entire planet as well as tens of thousands of lakes and rivers. Carnevali said that mobile applications help users to access these databases via iPhones and other smart phones as well as iPads, which are easy to take with you to the sea. The apps cost between 25-50 euros for the user, and Carnevali says said that the aim is to create so much value that users are willing to pay for the service.

Navionics has up to 500 employees, located mostly in Italy, the US and India.

Source: Lõugas, H. (2013) Maailma merekaartide uuendaja avab Eestis arenduskeskuse. Eesti Päevaleht, 11. aprill.