In this Issue:

Hidonix Introduces ION (Indoor Outdoor Navigation)

LIDAR Technology

ATA's Updated Download Capabilities

This Issue's Toolbox Feature - Accident Reconstruction/Back to Basics


ION is Hidonix technology for indoor and outdoor navigation and the only positioning system capable of operating without hardware and internet connection.

Through ION, Hidonix can serve different business sectors with services based on user geolocation. These include airports, concerts and events, shopping malls, large offices, and manufacturing facilities

The cutting-edge technology behind ION leverages the interaction between the earth's geomagnetic field and the building materials of structures to precisely locate users and ensure smooth navigation from outdoor to indoor and vice versa. Thanks to extensive data collection, ION is also an excellent tool for analyzing the flow of people within mapped paths (both in real-time and to reconstruct previous events) and a valuable system for the prevention of risks related to overcrowding.

ION provides a safety and security technology platform with features that can integrate existing security systems, help manage large events and set up real time evacuation planning which provides safety and security for event attendees.

Hidonix is an Italian technology company that specializes in the development of technologies for spatial intelligence, security, and the innovative fruition of cultural heritage.

Hidonix is currently expanding in the US market with offices in LA, NYC, and Milan.

Indoor Navigation Video: Museum Navigation Demo




LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to variable distances that create point clouds from scanned objects that can be developed into measurable 3D models.

FARO created one of the first innovative LIDAR scanners commonly used in the reconstruction industry. These scanners provided good, dependable point cloud data, but required the use of an expensive scanning device that also required substantial set up time in a fairly large open space wherever the scans were being shot. There are also limitations concerning the thoroughness of the scanning data when shooting vehicles or objects with white or shiny surfaces. A FARO scanner will typically take at least 10 minutes per scan, with most vehicles or objects requiring at least three scans and an incident site requiring well more than three individual scans. After the physical scanning is completed, there is substantial processing time involved coordinating and “cleaning up” the various point clouds into a single, cohesive, useable model.

Methods and devices vary, but the evolution of this technology has continued with improvements in ease of use and efficiency.

The latest advancement comes packaged in the I-phone 13. By simply using the phone as the scanning device, a full scan of a vehicle can be created within 5 minutes. An understanding of the accuracy variables and the overall fidelity of 3D imagery produced by this form of the technology is still being qualified and is expected to improve rapidly.

What cannot be denied is that the simplification in both the use and access to LIDAR technology is just around the corner.

Image 1 and Image 2 show the quality of a 5 minute (4 minutes and 47 seconds) scan using an I-phone 13. This modified ATV has a wheel missing and is clearly displayed in the images.




ATA is committed to becoming the one stop location for all vehicle downloading demands. We do not need to be present at the time the module was extracted in order to perform the download. We can either extract the module ourselves or receive the module and execute a “bench download" and acquire the relevant data here at the ATA Technology Center. Below are recent updates per ATA’s capabilities for downloading information and data for both passenger vehicles and heavy trucks.

Concerning passenger vehicles, we now have the updated download kits required to perform downloads on Hyundai/Kia vehicles, newer models of BMWs and newer models of Volvos. ATA can now also perform downloads on certain types of Teslas. These are the Model 3, Model S, Model X and Model Y.

In addition, we now have the capabilities of downloading all Flex Ray vehicles through the Bosch CDR 500.

As for heavy trucks, we can now do bench downloads for all Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar ECMs (Engine Control Modules).


This issue’s toolbox will focus on our “Accident Reconstruction” drawer with a focus on our “Back to Basics” program. This approach utilizes proper investigative technique combined with a cost effective process, in which resources and data can be accessed if needed.

The path of events during the process of litigation take many twists and turns, with the unexpected around every corner. Our “Back to Basics” program is designed to deal with these eventualities.

To review our history and background in this discipline, visit:

ATA Toolbox - Accident Reconstruction/Back to Basics.