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Localize everything, everywhere.
UWB positioning
from research to
business
K. Ödmark, WideFind CEO
E. Fresk and G. Nikolakopoulos
2/
Research
● Working under AEROWORKS
● Developing flying working robots
● Complex systems
● Path following/finding/generatio...
Solution
● Local enhanced GPS system
( down to 5 cm )
● Easy to install
● Easy to move around
● Faster localization
4/
Aerial Tracking Results
5/
Minimizing airtime in TWR
Aerial Tracking Results
6/
Aerial Tracking Results
7/
Interest from third party
● Third party interest in specific parts
● Camera company wanted position
for robotic camera
8/
Interest from third party
● Third party interest in specific parts
● Camera company wanted position
for robotic camera
9/
...
Interest from third party
● Third party interest in specific parts
● Camera company wanted position
for robotic camera
● M...
Trend
11/
World is ours!
12/
Where to go?
● Started looking into spin-off
● Knew of LTU-Business, contacted them
● Pointed us towards ABI
● Pointed us ...
Competition
● Started investigating the market
● Found competing solutions
14/
Competition
● Started investigating the market
● Found competing solutions
15/
Why us?
● In research we go for novelty
● In business our novelty is challenged
● Defend it! We find it interesting
● You ...
Understanding market
● Different kind of research!
● Everyone has different needs and usages!
● A one-fits-all solution so...
Beach-head
● Everyone has different needs and usages!
● The customer will buy what fits them best!
● Which customer do you...
Our position now
● Understanding our competition
● Contacting interested parties to learn
○ There largest problems
○ Which...
Contacts
Emil FreskKristoffer Ödmark G. Nikolakopoulos
info@widefind.se
20/
Team
● Research team in Robotics from LTU
● World leading expertise in estimation and optimization
● Solid technological b...
Importance of positioning
● Global positioning started WW2 (GEE ~500 m)
● First GPS-Satellite NAVSTAR 1978 (~50 m)
● Today...
Importance of positioning
Fundamental questions on
Automation/Robotics
● Where am I?
● Where have I been?
● Where should I...
Different methods
● TDoA ( Time Difference of Arrival )
○ Exactly the same as GPS
○ Clocks must be synced to < 1ns
○ Unlim...
Reflection
25/
Existing solutions
● Motion capture systems
● GPS
● WiFi localization systems
● Magnetic wire boundaries
26/
Advantages
● Opens new possibilities!
● Easy changeable / adaptable
● Demanding environments
● Virtual magnetic wire solut...
Application Areas
Warehouses/Factories:
● Inventory positions
● Location aware sensor
● Asset Tracking
● Security
Film:
● ...
Application Areas
Gyreatrics:
● Detection of falling
Domestical:
● Fleet Management
29/
Towards industry 4.0
Standardization of localization:
● Interoperability between systems
● Vendor agnostic, buy once use e...
How it works?
31/
How it works?
32/
How it works?
33/
Vision
34/
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WP3 3 - Start-Up - ESA Business Incubation Centre - Widefind - Localize Everything Everywhere - Kristoffer Ödmark

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Kristoffer Ödmark, CEO of Widefind, a ESA BIC Start-up, talks about the research spin-off from LTU: Widefind - Localize everything, everywhere - UWB Postitioning from research to business.

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WP3 3 - Start-Up - ESA Business Incubation Centre - Widefind - Localize Everything Everywhere - Kristoffer Ödmark

  1. 1. Localize everything, everywhere.
  2. 2. UWB positioning from research to business K. Ödmark, WideFind CEO E. Fresk and G. Nikolakopoulos 2/
  3. 3. Research ● Working under AEROWORKS ● Developing flying working robots ● Complex systems ● Path following/finding/generation, Control algorithms, Mechanical designs, Power supply, Object detection, Usage of tools while flying, Sensors 3/
  4. 4. Solution ● Local enhanced GPS system ( down to 5 cm ) ● Easy to install ● Easy to move around ● Faster localization 4/
  5. 5. Aerial Tracking Results 5/ Minimizing airtime in TWR
  6. 6. Aerial Tracking Results 6/
  7. 7. Aerial Tracking Results 7/
  8. 8. Interest from third party ● Third party interest in specific parts ● Camera company wanted position for robotic camera 8/
  9. 9. Interest from third party ● Third party interest in specific parts ● Camera company wanted position for robotic camera 9/ http://insomnio.org/post/44471598/the-camera-robot-via-avi-abrams
  10. 10. Interest from third party ● Third party interest in specific parts ● Camera company wanted position for robotic camera ● Maybe there is other interested as well? ● Found a lot of usages 10/ http://insomnio.org/post/44471598/the-camera-robot-via-avi-abrams
  11. 11. Trend 11/
  12. 12. World is ours! 12/
  13. 13. Where to go? ● Started looking into spin-off ● Knew of LTU-Business, contacted them ● Pointed us towards ABI ● Pointed us towards ESA-BIC ● Guides us now 13/
  14. 14. Competition ● Started investigating the market ● Found competing solutions 14/
  15. 15. Competition ● Started investigating the market ● Found competing solutions 15/
  16. 16. Why us? ● In research we go for novelty ● In business our novelty is challenged ● Defend it! We find it interesting ● You have to make them find it interesting 16/
  17. 17. Understanding market ● Different kind of research! ● Everyone has different needs and usages! ● A one-fits-all solution sounds good! ● The customer will buy what fits them best! 17/
  18. 18. Beach-head ● Everyone has different needs and usages! ● The customer will buy what fits them best! ● Which customer do you choose? ● What needs do they have? 18/
  19. 19. Our position now ● Understanding our competition ● Contacting interested parties to learn ○ There largest problems ○ Which factors are the most important ○ Not only the accuracy ● Investigating interested parties to verify 19/
  20. 20. Contacts Emil FreskKristoffer Ödmark G. Nikolakopoulos info@widefind.se 20/
  21. 21. Team ● Research team in Robotics from LTU ● World leading expertise in estimation and optimization ● Solid technological background ● Industry driven orientation due to participation in multiple National and Horizon2020 projects 21/
  22. 22. Importance of positioning ● Global positioning started WW2 (GEE ~500 m) ● First GPS-Satellite NAVSTAR 1978 (~50 m) ● Today GPS is used everywhere. Cars, games and exercise etc . (~2-5 m) ● Tomorrow indoor positioning will enable new and cool technology based on GPS advances. 22/
  23. 23. Importance of positioning Fundamental questions on Automation/Robotics ● Where am I? ● Where have I been? ● Where should I go? GPS does not work indoors 23/
  24. 24. Different methods ● TDoA ( Time Difference of Arrival ) ○ Exactly the same as GPS ○ Clocks must be synced to < 1ns ○ Unlimited tags ● TWR ( Two Way Ranging ) ○ Tags actively communicate ○ Much better precision ○ Limits in tags 24/
  25. 25. Reflection 25/
  26. 26. Existing solutions ● Motion capture systems ● GPS ● WiFi localization systems ● Magnetic wire boundaries 26/
  27. 27. Advantages ● Opens new possibilities! ● Easy changeable / adaptable ● Demanding environments ● Virtual magnetic wire solutions ● Height information ● High precision vs. price 27/
  28. 28. Application Areas Warehouses/Factories: ● Inventory positions ● Location aware sensor ● Asset Tracking ● Security Film: ● Follow focus system / Auto filming 28/
  29. 29. Application Areas Gyreatrics: ● Detection of falling Domestical: ● Fleet Management 29/
  30. 30. Towards industry 4.0 Standardization of localization: ● Interoperability between systems ● Vendor agnostic, buy once use everywhere ● Safer investment for industries ● Enables Consumer market The same way WiFi works everywhere with different hardware and companies! 30/
  31. 31. How it works? 31/
  32. 32. How it works? 32/
  33. 33. How it works? 33/
  34. 34. Vision 34/

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