Advanced Research was incorporated in Colorado in April 1993 by John W. Lavrakas and Steven Van Landingham. In 1995, Mr. Van Landingham fully divested interest in the corporation, and Mr. Lavrakas assumed control. In that year, Advanced Research developed the StarWatch Asset Location System, a GPS tracking system using satellite and cellular communication technology for tracking assets worldwide. StarWatch was low-cost, easy to use, and could operate anywhere. StarWatch was released later in 1995, and was sold until 2001. During this period, Advanced Research was an ORBCOMM reseller, providing low earth orbit satellite communications anywhere, Clients came from throughout the United States, and included applications in aquaculture, locomotive monitoring, weather balloon research, ocean observation, and private investigation.
In 2006, Advanced Research began providing positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) consulting services to clients in government and industry. Significant projects in 2007 included the National PNT Architecture development and GPS civil applications constellation assessment, intellectual property law cases, and Phase-Net communication-based PNT service testing. In 2008 this work continued, with additional work in intellectual property and criminal law cases involving GPS. In 2009, work continued on the National PNT Architecture transition planning, GPS Signal Monitoring, and development of a civil GPS PNT requirements document with the DOT Volpe Center Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
Advanced Research’s technical focus has now evolved to include marine science applications. In 2008-09 we developed and delivered the Pacific Fish Trax kiosk. In 2009-10 we performed an infrastructure assessment on wave energy and released the report, “Wave Energy Infrastructure Assessment in Oregon” for the Oregon Wave Energy Trust. We also developed and activated a database for managing salmon fisheries data for Project CROOS (Collaborative Research on Oregon Ocean Salmon).
Advanced Research has been instrumental in developing fishery information systems for Oregon, California and Salmon fisheries and for Gulf of Mexico reef fish. It has been part of Fish Trax, which has developed fishery information systems under the PacificFishTrax and GulfFishTrax brands, and designed and programmed the Fish Trax Marketplace seafood trace marketing program.
Today, Advanced Research focuses on GPS expert consulting services.