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Nanotron swarm Chirp + UWB fusion applications
swarm bee leads technology-independent time to market
"The powerful combination of Chirp and Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technologies now available in the swarm bee family provides an excellent way for customers to fuse technologies to provide both long range radio robustness and accuracy combined with short range high precision" commented Marcel Borwitzky, Senior Product Manager at nanotron.
Nanotron’s swarm bee LE (Low Energy) module is optimised for radio robustness and long range, providing up to 1.2km of range with 1m accuracy with a very high speed 1.8ms air-time ranging cycle. This provides an excellent low-latency platform for collision avoidance system (CAS) applications, particularly well-suited to managing high-speed vehicles in congested areas where there are large numbers of vehicles and personnel. The swarm bee LE module is complemented by the recently released nanotron swarm bee ER (Enhanced Resolution) module which is optimised for high precision providing an impressive 10cm accuracy even at close range. "This provides an excellent platform for exclusion zone applications where the goal is to keep people a safe distance from dangerous machines" added Borwitzky.
In both applications swarm bee modules are used both on the vehicle/machines and also inside personnel tags worn by the people. Warnings are trigged before collision conditions or when operators get too close.
Both products are based on the same swarm API, allowing software engineers to rapidly develop applications then cut and paste for the different technologies. For the first time engineers can easily and rapidly combine Chirp and UWB radio technologies into a single application leveraging the combined benefits of each radio technology and proving access to a new genre of smart industrial IoT applications.
The new swarm bee ER and LE development kits (DK+) provide a proven software and hardware platform for application development and comprise of three DK+ boards, swarm PC tools, and a comprehensive data package to facilitate easy and rapid development of location-aware applications. Customers benefit from several swarm tools including the node configuration device (NCD) boosting productivity if large numbers of radio nodes require configuration as part of network maintenance. Additional development boards are purchased separately if customers want to evaluate larger location-aware networks.
Both the swarm bee LE and swarm bee ER modules and the associated DK+ kits are available and shipping in volume now.
About the swarm product family
Swarm bee modules are available with Chirp or UWB radio technology. Both versions are sharing the common swarm API. The swarm product family targets the growing market for autonomous smart items and cuts time to market for location-aware products by 12 months. Very precise low-cost location technology can now be used without the need for RF-design capabilities or expertise on low level device drivers. Developers focus on application design.
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