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We specialize in helping our clients innovate by providing superior engineering services in the fields of GPS and satellite navigation, automatic control, embedded-systems engineering, and hardware design. Our experienced engineers specialize in turning initial ideas into working prototypes.

Engineering Services

Overview

iKare Engineering Services is a small agile team with years of experience in quickly turning initial ideas first into working prototypes, and then into fully-fledged products. We take pride in providing our customers with extraordinary people who achieve extraordinary results.

Our California, Montreal, and Virginia-based design teams develop advanced product solutions for customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to new venture startups. From initial electronics architecture to new product manufacturing planning, we develop the hardware, firmware, and software to make those products run. iKare creates complex products integrating microprocessors, DSPs, FPGAs, analog/digital PCBs, RF front-ends, and other cutting-edge technologies. Our customers trust us to cost-effectively and rapidly deliver for their mission-critical product development plans. We are committed to our customer’s technical and business success.

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Core Competencies

iKare has extensive experience and expertise in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS, including: precision real-time kinematic GPS; various augmentation systems to enhance performance; indoor GNSS signal reception; GNSS and other satellite signal authentication; GNSS and inertial navigation integration. Additional core competencies include: autonomous vehicle control; high-precision measurement and control; ultra low-noise electronic design; satellite-system design and prototyping; embedded system design and analysis; algorithm prototyping, development and implementation; agile embedded software development.

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Meet The Engineering Team

Greg Gutt (pronounced gūt) is the founder and CEO of iKare Corporation. iKare is an outgrowth of Greg's personal experiences caring for elderly members of his family. Through development of their FamilyLink product iKare seeks to be the premier provider of social connectivity and wellness information for the elderly and their extended families.

Greg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of electrical engineering (1997). He spent his years at Stanford working both as a graduate student and as a professional researcher with the Gravity Probe B satellite program. The experiment was the first to verify key predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Greg's Ph.D. thesis concerned the development of the extremely sensitive superconducting sensors used in the experiment.

After Stanford, Greg became a founder and VP of Engineering at IntegriNautics Corporation. Greg led a team to develop precision GPS guidance systems for farm tractors. The success of that endeavor transformed the company. Greg became the first President of IntegriNautics Autofarm (now Novariant Inc.). Novariant is the market leader in high accuracy GPS guidance systems for farming with annual revenues of $50M.

An important turning point in Greg's life was the death of his mother which left him responsible for the care and supervision of his elderly stepfather (George). In response, Greg left IntegriNautics in 2001 and moved from California to Washington D.C. area to better support his stepfather’s needs. During that process Greg accepted a position with Boeing. At Boeing, Greg spawned a technology initiative in the company called ‘Boeing Time and Location’ based on low earth orbiting satellites that has exciting applications for indoor positioning and network authentication. Today, iKare continues a relationship with Boeing by providing technical leadership in the development of satellite technology founded on the  excellence of the iKare engineering team.

Greg holds 15 patents in the areas of: satellite navigation, guidance and integrated circuits. Numerous other patent applications are pending. His awards include: Boeing Breakthrough Achievement Award 2008; Boeing Technical Fellow 2006; Space Foundation - Space Technology Hall of Fame, Certificate of Commendation for AutoFarm System, 2006; Boeing Innovation Award for Technical Leadership on the iGPS Program 2005.

Greg was born in 1966 in Stuttgart Germany on a U.S. military base. His mother was German and his father American. He grew up in Vienna Virginia. Greg is married to Nathalia Peixoto (originally from Brazil), an Assistant Professor in Bio-Engineering at George Mason University. They have a 9 year old daughter and live in Ashburn Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC.

Dr. Michael O’Connor is President and a founding member of the Board of Directors of iKare Corporation. He joined iKare in an operational role in 2012 to help Greg and the team to bring FamilyLink to market and drive its commercial success. Michael has also led the intellectual property management activities for iKare’s Engineering Services business.

Michael is a recognized pioneer in the booming field of precision agriculture. While a graduate student at Stanford University in 1994, Michael led the team that invented the world’s first farm tractor steering control system using GPS. Upon graduation in 1997, Dr. O’Connor co-founded IntegriNautics (now Novariant, Inc), where he and Greg established the AutoFarm business and brought the first products based on this technology to market. This work formed the basis for what is now a $500M+ global market. As Novariant grew to 150+ employees and successfully raised over $70M in venture capital, Michael served in a variety of executive roles at the company, including CTO, Vice President of Business Development, and CEO.

In recognition of his visionary work, Michael has been honored by Technology Review Magazine as one of the world's Top Young Innovators, and was included in GPS World Magazine’s inaugural list of 50 Faces to Watch in GPS. Dr. O’Connor has also been inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Avionics from M.I.T., and his Master’s and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. In addition to his role at iKare, Michael is currently Chairman of Solum, Inc., and a Board Member of Autonomous Solutions, Inc.

Dr. David Lawrence is the Senior Satellite Navigation Engineer for iKare Corporation. He joined iKare in 2010 and as focused on signal processing and navigation algorithms.

Before joining iKare, David worked for 15 years at Novariant Corporation (previously IntegriNautics) where he was one of the founding engineers. His first role at Novariant was to adapt the IBLS aircraft landing system for TUAV applications. Subsequently, David worked on GNSS navigation processing including SPS, RTK, SBAS, Omnistar integration, attitude, ground-based augmentation systems, and inertial integration.

He was the primary navigation algorithm and software developer for GNSS phase processing used in all aviation and agricultural products at Novariant and prototyped the positioning software for mining products. He spearheaded the development of the first Novariant GPS receiver designs which were the basis for all subsequent Novariant navigation products. He was the technical manager and primary software developer for the X-31 landing navigation system.

David received a B.S. with distinction from Cornell University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University's department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he won the Hoff Award for outstanding masters degree student. He has been an author on over 20 technical publications and an inventor on 30 patents.

At Stanford, David developed the real-time positioning architecture and software for a successful demonstration of 737 automatic landings using GPS and provided the capability to perform in-flight accuracy assessment for WAAS.

Before Stanford, David worked for IBM where he created physical models and control systems for computer animation applications. While at Cornell, David worked for General Electric Astro Division doing thermal analysis for the EOS program and requirements traceability for the APAE element of Space Station Freedom.

Dr. Stewart Cobb is the Senior RF Hardware Systems Engineer for iKare Corporation. Stu joined iKare in 2011 and brings a wealth of expertise and hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing GNSS and other RF hardware receivers.

After earning his undergraduate degree from MIT in Aero/Astro Engineering (Avionics), Stu served six years as an Air Force officer, working with the Space Shuttle at NASA and with experimental spacecraft in Los Angeles. During his military service, he earned an M.S. in Systems Management from USC. He then returned to school full-time, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. His dissertation demonstrated that inexpensive ground-based GPS transmitters ("pseudolites") could be used to navigate aircraft with centimeter-level accuracy and "nine nines" integrity (less than one chance in a billion of an undetected failure).

Stu helped found IntegriNautics (now Novariant) to commercialize this technology. He led the design team for four generations of pseudolites and five generations of GPS and GNSS receivers, intended for precision guidance of aerospace and ground vehicles. One pseudolite system he developed was sold to Trimble Navigation and is now part of their Mining Solutions product line.

Stu holds a private pilot license and an Extra-class amateur radio license. He is named on at least 18 patents in the fields of satellite navigation and precision guidance.