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omlox Technology

omlox is an open and interoperable standard for a real-time location system (RTLS) in industry. The focus of omlox is to define open interfaces for an interoperable localization system. omlox enables interoperability and flexibility amongst different trackable providers within single or multiple tracking zones.

omlox consists of two parts...

omlox hub

omlox core zone

... and defines their interfaces.

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omlox Core Zone

The omlox core zone works in conjunction with open interfaces and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. The UWB radio standard is often used for indoor locating tasks in factories, such as navigating automated guided vehicles (AGV), autonomous mobile robots (AMR) or drones, and locating materials or orders. On the one side, the omlox air-interface connects products (e.g. AMRs) and infrastructure (e.g. satellites). On the other side, the omlox hub API connects the core zone with the hub. Interoperability allows companies to easily network all omlox-enabled UWB products, regardless of the manufacturer.

Why use UWB?

High accuracy & precision (< 10cm)

Low sensitivity to interference (4GHz)

High data transmission rates

Low power consumption

Guaranteed interoperability

Different devices from different suppliers

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What about Line of Sight and UWB?

omlox needs to be able to handle No Line of Sight (NLoS) situations and reflections

Under these common industrial circumstances, UWB is the only appropriate air-interface

Sensors are able to distguish reflections

Measurement failure due to NLoS is minimized via trilateration

NLoS
RToF

Reconstructed Time of Flight (RToF)

RToF is a technique which enables trilateration based on distances from the mobile sensor and the fixed anchors. This calculation scheme has better tolerance for incorrect measurements, which can occur due to obstacles in NLoS instances.

omlox Hub

In addition to UWB, other locating technologies such as RFID, 5G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are often used in production, delivery, and storage. The omlox hub enables interoperability and flexibility across these different complementary zones. Applications such as production control systems, goods tracking, and navigation can therefore be networked across zones.

What are the benefits?

Open and interoperable (no lock-in effect)

Display of all elements in a smart factory map

Seamless indoor and outdoor tracking of assets across technology boundaries

Use of existing locating services (brownfield & retrofit)

Significantly lower amortization costs; elimination of expensive integration prjects

Easy to implement (plug and play)

Broad consortium with a wide range of products

omlox facilitates the transitions across, and unifies outdoor locating technologies and indoor locating technologies

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omlox hub API

Currently the omlox hub supports two connection and data transmission types – HTTPS/REST and WebSocket.

Zone API

The zone API describes the setup of a zone, including associated spatial operations like geo-coordinate transformation.

Trackable API

The trackable API deals with handling of trackable things within the omlox ecosystem.

Provider API

The provider API describes the setup of a location provider and the advertisements of location updates to an omlox hub.

Fence API

The fence API handles the creation, update and deletion of fences.

 

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