WF110 - Widefind releases optimized Drone Ready localization modules

 

WideFind is aiming to create an evolution in the area of drone applications by enabling the missions with accurate, fast and reliable localization. The WF-110 nodes have been specifically designed and optimized for the case of drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and provide rapid integration to the drone platform with accuracy of a few centimeters thanks to tight IMU sensor fusion and estimation algorithms. 

The modules and the corresponding API can be further adapted to the application needs on request.

 

WideFind localization enables unique field trials towards the autonomous aerial inspection of Wind Turbines

 

The localization modules of Widefind has been the fundamental localization infrastructure for enabling autonomous collaborative aerial inspection of a wind turbine at Skellefteå Kraft in Sweden. In the field trials the WideFind localization system has provided a localization with an accuracy of a few cms that enabled the authonomous flying of the drones around the wind turbine. 

Such localization solutions are ideal for areas or infrastructures that have no sufficient good visual features for allowing sucessfull visual odometry on the drones, while this demonstration is among the few, if not the unique, in the field of real life flying of autonomous drones with reliable and fast accuracy of a few cms. 

 

Widefind provides localization solutions to Horizon 2020 project AEROWORKS

 

Widefind is providing fast and realiable localization solutions to the Horizon 2020 project AEROWORKS that it is focusing in the field of aerial infrastructure inspection and maintenance based on autonomous aerial robots.

The AEROWORKS project has as main demonstration platforms the field of aerial inspection and demonstration of wind turbines and combustion chambers, however, the unique localization from Widefind can be directly applied to further real life applications, such as chimney inspection, dam inspection, power line inspection, building inspection (outdoors and indoors) and many many more.

A characteristic need in these type of applicatios is the need for a fast, reliable and accuracate localization information that Widefind is in full capability to provide. Finally it is worth to mention that AEROWORKS is one of the biggest projects in Europe in the field of aerial infrastcture inspection and the utilization of WideFinds solution is expecting to have a direct impact to the aerial robotics community.

 

WideFind wins a Pitch Competition organized by SIP STRIM and EIT Rawmaterials North

 

WideFind has won SEK 600 000 in an ideas competition organized by the Innovation program, SIP STRIM and EIT Rawmaterials North. The wining pitch was focusing on the company's smart solutions for the mining and metal extraction sector. The solution is to position the equipment and people in a mining environment using smart local indoor (GPS like) solutions. 80 participants were included in the day and a total of 17 companies came with their business ideas. The ideas ranged from the Internet of things and digitized mining, and environmental solutions.

For the full article please visit this link.

 

WideFind @ NFA Conference in Norway

 

WideFind has been invited to talk about out innovative localization technologies in one of the biggest industrial automation conferences in Norway, the NFA, which will be held from 15-16 of March, 2017. The talk will be " UWB localization for Industry 4.0".

For a full program and more information on the conference please visit the following link.

 

WideFind Press Release @ Norrbottens Affärer (In Swedish)

 

WideFinds idé bär ända ut i rymden

 

- Det känns faktiskt rätt så coolt att får vara med i en rymdinkubator, säger Kristoffer Ödmark, vars idé ska få extra hjälp ut på marknaden. 

 

Kristoffer Ödmark, 26 och Emil Fresk, 27 har med sitt lokala GPS-system i företaget WideFind AB kvalat in bland så kallade rymdbolag med sin uppfinning. De är ett av de första åtta bolagen som kommit med i den nationella rymdsatsningen, ESA BIC Sweden.  

 

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