WideFind has attended the yearly Bergforsk- and STRIMdays conference where the Swedish mining industry and its stakeholders gather for presentations and discussions on a multitude of matters related to mining. Among other topics, the conference featured the current status of the Swedish R&D landscape, news on technological developments, and the sustainability and social acceptance of mining operations. Additionally, SIP STRIM and Svemin released an updated version of the strategic research and innovation road-map for the Swedish mining, mineral and metal producing industry.
WideFind has attended a two-day forum organised by the Global Mining Guidelines Group at Luleå University of Technology. At the forum, issues such as autonomous mining, interoperability, and digital mines were discussed by prominent people from the mining industry. The event gathered industry representatives from all over the world. From the discussions at the forum it is evident that positioning technology can contribute substantially to the efficiency of mining operations and to the safety of miners.
WideFind is aiming to create an evolution in the area of drone applications by enabling the missions with accurate, fast and reliable positioning. 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.
The positioning modules of WideFind have been the fundamental positioning infrastructure for enabling autonomous collaborative aerial inspection of a wind turbine at Skellefteå Kraft in Sweden. In the field trials the WideFind system has delivered positioning with an accuracy of a few centimeters, which enabled autonomous flying of the drones around the wind turbine.
Such positioning solutions are ideal for areas or infrastructures that have no sufficient good visual features for allowing successful 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 centimeters.
WideFind is providing fast and reliable positioning solutions for 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 positioning 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 applications is the need for fast, reliable and accurate position information that WideFind is fully capable to provide. Finally it is worth to mention that AEROWORKS is one of the biggest projects in Europe in the field of aerial infrastructure inspection and the utilization of WideFind’s solution is expecting to have a direct impact to the aerial robotics community.
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 equipment and people in a mining environment using smart local indoor (GPS like) positioning 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.
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WideFind has been invited to talk about our innovative positioning 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 positioning for Industry 4.0".
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WideFind has been granted an ESA BIC proposal for obtaining significant support towards the incorporation of the Galileo Positioning Systems. The grant will last for 3 years and is putting WideFind in the number of cutting off spin offs working in advance positioning technologies in Sweden.
WideFind has been turned from idea to reality. We aim to revolutionize positioning accuracy!
The future is now!