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How Accerion simplifies the use of their localization solution

If mobile robots are to move autonomously, they must be able to determine exactly where they are at all times. The Dutch company Accerion has developed Triton, a localization solution that delivers high-precision position data. Via an interface with the XITO software, Triton is a third party building block in the XITO platform.

Integration into a system solution for robots

Accerion was founded in 2015 as a start-up in Venlo, the Netherlands, with the aim of developing infrastructure-free positioning technology for autonomous mobile robots. The result is Triton. This sensor component is based on a new concept for determining position in space. Instead of using laser scanners to scan the surroundings or relying on external infrastructure, such as beacons, Triton uses the floor. With the help of a camera, the smallest features on the floor are recorded, and these unique patterns are used to create a kind of fingerprint. This is then compared with a database so that the position can be determined with sub-millimetre precision. The same procedure is used in dynamic environments where people or forklift trucks move or the environment changes.

While dynamics in space pose significant problems for laser-based sensor systems, Triton’s localization remains stable even in dynamic environments. This enables powerful solutions for automated logistics, such as high-precision docking, virtual line tracking and working in large open spaces. The clincher: Everything needed to use Triton fits into a small box. What’s more, neither external building infrastructure, nor any other software or sensors are required. Triton is simple and quick to set up, not to mention inexpensive.

Despite these many advantages, Accerion had to work out how to integrate Triton into robotic software systems. In general, integrating single modules into a complete system is the biggest cost driver when it comes to developing customized robot solutions. Accerion is determined to minimize the work that this entails for its customers, so that Triton can be freely combined with modules from other manufacturers. As Triton is a novel solution to the problem of localization, it needs visibility to attract new customers that are not yet aware of the kind of technology. Triton’s success is therefore heavily dependent on how these challenges can be solved.

Inclusion of the Triton module in the XITO marketplace

In order to combine components from different manufacturers in one robot, software and interfaces usually require complex programming in C++ or other languages. The inclusion of the Triton module in the XITO marketplace eliminates the time-consuming and expensive programming needed to adapt the interfaces. Only the interface of the Triton device is digitally modelled on the XITO platform. This digital model thus becomes a compatible building block that can be combined with other XITO modules and easily integrated into the desired robot application. Software integration now becomes a convenient plug & play experience.

Venlo, the Netherlands
Autonomous Mobile Robots

We align with XITO

"XITO is exactly the right marketplace for us. For solution providers and end users, XITO offers a wide variety of modules for customiszed solutions"

Jordan Fryers, Business Development Manager
Accerion (Unconstrained Robotics B.V.)

XITO also makes Triton interesting for end-users

“XITO is exactly the right marketplace for us. For solution providers and end users, XITO offers a wide variety of modules for customised solutions,” says Jordan Fryers, Business Development Manager at Accerion. “We are particularly impressed by how easy it is to combine the modules to form a complete package. This also makes our product more attractive for customers. We can now open up new distribution channels and at the same time focus on what we do best, i.e. offer the best localization solution.”

Up to now, Triton had only been interesting to solutions providers due to the integration work required. Thanks to XITO, users with no programming skills can now also integrate the localization system into their own application. One example of this is the mobile transportation robot which Transpharm Logistik GmbH has implemented with the help of the XITO platform. The robot is used to support the picking of specific orders of advertising materials for pharmacies and transports goods between the shelving system and the packing station. The company opted for Triton which now enables the robot to precisely localize its position at any particular time. Another example is the ‘Robotino’ service robot from FESTO. Thanks to XITO, Triton can now be added to this robot as an optional extension.

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