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Update on omlox, the world’s first positioning standard for industry

Published: 14 January 2021 - Michelle Lea

omlox is the world’s first open locating standard!

omlox paves the way to industry 4.0 and supply chain transparency by unifying all locating technologies in one open, interoperable standard. While supporting location technologies like GNSS, 5G/LTE, WIFI, RFID or BLE, omlox has a specific emphasis on ultra-wideband (UWB), as THE rising star in the field. omlox specifies an open ultra-wideband system, that ensures complete hardware interoperability, and which enables multi-purpose infrastructures, e.g., for multi-site asset tracking and AGV navigation. By means of lightweight APIs and flexible operation setups, omlox can be easily integrated into existing software and hardware scenarios. Retrofit and future proof – with omlox there is no conflict.
 
omlox architecture – a holistic approach for locating systems
 
The omlox standard is comprised of two main elements:
 
omlox hub: A lightweight middleware that provides standardized interfaces to location data and location services – across technologies and vendors.
omlox core zone: An open ultra-wideband system, that facilitates a plug-and-play, real-time tracking of hardware from multiple vendors.
Both elements of omlox already provide great value and flexibility while setting up a locating system or using location data for industrial use-cases individually. But the combination is even more powerful – especially in real-time use-cases on a shopfloor or in a warehouse.
 
Ultra-Wideband
 
ultra-wideband (UWB) is >THE< rising star of location technologies, being integrated into smartphones, laptops and cars these days. UWB is a radio technology that uses short impulses on a broad frequency band. This approach is very robust when it comes to reflections on metallic surfaces and allows for very fast and precise computation of location. But in an industrial setup UWB is even today a very fragmented landscape with small vendors that provide proprietary technologies.
 
This is about to change with omlox!
 
By specifying the wireless interface, how UWB-enabled devices like tags, tools or AGVs should communicate with an UWB infrastructure, an interoperable setup can be achieved. One omlox core zone can service multiple use-cases and can locate hardware from multiple vendors. This allows for a much lower total cost of ownership and a faster return on investment. 
 
omlox hub
 
An omlox hub is specified as a lightweight locating middleware with very easy to use APIs. It allows for seamless access to location data and services – no matter which location technologies are been used.
 
Software vendors and integrators do not have to implement custom interfaces for different vendors anymore. Location-technology providers can benefit from a wide array of existing software.
 
An omlox hub is built on very powerful software concepts and functionalities:
 
Geo-Referencing: An omlox hub provides location data in local and global coordinates – no matter whether something is inside or outside of a building.
Identity Management: An omlox hub provides consistent identity management for moving things – across locating technologies.
Geo-Fencing: An omlox hub supports geofencing functionality – independent of the locating technology.
Distance computation: An omlox hub can compute distances between moving objects in local and global coordinates.
 


 
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