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Unites all senses: the new O3R camera platform

  • Central processing of image and sensor information
  • Synchronisation of several cameras for 360° coverage
  • Flexibility through different camera versions
  • Standardised SDKs for Docker architecture as well as Python, C++, CUDA and ROS
  • Latest time-of-flight imager with high extraneous light stability

Integrated and upgradeable vision system

The O3R platform is the comprehensive solution for centralised, synchronised processing of image and sensor information in autonomous mobile robots such as AGVs. The simplified integration and reliable interaction of cameras and sensors enables the robust implementation of relevant functions such as collision avoidance, navigation and positioning.

In addition, analysis and dimensioning of stationary objects can be implemented, and is handled more effectively by means of several cameras. Examples include the measurement of pallets, logs, packages or suitcases.

Powerful and open: the central unit for sensory processing

The core of the system is a powerful computing unit called a Video Processing Unit (VPU), which uses a yocto Linux on an NVIDIA Jetson TX2 embedded hardware. Based on a Docker architecture, open development environments such as Python, C++, CUDA and ROS are supported. Up to six camera heads can be connected to the computing unit. Additional sensors, such as for distance detection, can be connected via a Gigabit Ethernet interface. All relevant “senses” that an AGV needs for safe autonomous navigation are thus available at a central point.

Camera head with imager developed in-house

ifm also offers suitable, high-performance camera heads as part of the platform solution: The 2D/3D cameras have an angle of aperture of 105 degrees and are equipped with the latest time-of-flight imager from pmdtechnologies ag. This company of the ifm group of companies develops all sensors for the vision products of the automation specialist and adapts them precisely to the respective requirements.

Thanks to the modulated infrared light, the 2D/3D camera detects objects with maximum reliability even with increased exposure to ambient light.

Multi camera and sensor system for mobile robotics

Unites all senses

The O3R perception platform is a multi sensor and camera gateway in the size and cost structure of consumer products - with the long-term availability and robustness of industrial products. Up to six camera heads can be connected to the central processing unit via FPD link and additional sensors such as radar or lidar can be connected via Gigabit Ethernet interface.

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