Dragonfly

Precise 3D location for robots and drones using standard cameras

Dragonfly Visual Positioning System provides accurate indoor location to robots and drones in GPS-denied environments, using a standard camera.
Dragonfly’s patented technology uses simultaneous localization and mapping (visual SLAM) technology to deliver indoor and outdoor location with centimeter accuracy, by analyzing in real time the video stream coming from an on-board camera. Dragonfly is a cheap alternative to LiDAR and UWB, and can be used for precise indoor positioning and navigation of automated guided vehicles, AGVs and UAV, or to perform forklifts tracking inside warehouses.

Dragonfly Visual Positioning System provides accurate indoor location to robots and drones in GPS-denied environments, using a standard camera.
Dragonfly’s patented technology uses simultaneous localization and mapping (visual SLAM) technology to deliver indoor and outdoor location with centimeter accuracy, by analyzing in real time the video stream coming from an on-board camera. Dragonfly is a cheap alternative to LiDAR and UWB, and can be used for precise indoor positioning and navigation of automated guided vehicles, AGVs and UAV, or to perform forklifts tracking inside warehouses.

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How it can be used

Sample applications

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  • Logistics Automation: Tracking and locating autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and automated guided vehicles (AGV) to allow indoor navigation. Equipment tracking indoors is also enabled.

  • Warehouse management: Tracking the location of mobile robots and lift trucks enables automating inventory management, as items are placed on racks.

  • Forklift Tracking: Forklift location tracking facilitates accident prevention and enables fleet management.

  • Autonomous Robots: Autonomous self-driven robots, often used in retail and healthcare, can navigate indoors and outdoors using Dragonfly’s centimeter precision location technology and allowing remote monitoring of their position in real time.

  • Various industries: Drones 3D indoor location and navigation enables inspections and tasks requiring visual identification. Drone positioning and tracking indoors is also possible.

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System Architecture and Features

How it works

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Dragonfly is a visual 3D positioning/location system based on Visual SLAM:

  • A valid alternative to LiDAR and Ultra Wide Band for accurate indoor positioning and location of drones, robots and vehicles.
  • Based on a patented proprietary technology.
  • Computer vision and odometry to create an accurate SLAM system.
  • Just an on-board camera (mono or stereo) required.
  • The SLAM location engine can run on board of the device or on a remote server (local or cloud).

API for Developers
Dragonfly gives access to an indoor positioning location library and API that can be implemented to achieve centimeter accuracy, indoors and outdoors.

6-DOF, x,y,z and WSG-84 Location
The output of this 3D positioning system is provided to developers as

  • latitude, longitude (WSG-84) + altitude from the floor in meters,
  • x, y, z Cartesian coordinates, where x, y and z measure the distance from the origin (0, 0, 0) in meters + Yaw, pitch, roll (6-DOF). This indicates the orientation of the device.

Dragonfly’s accurate indoor location system is based on venue and place recognition:

  • Dragonfly navigates and creates a 3D map in real time.
  • The map can be shared among different devices.
  • Dragonfly comes with an intuitive camera calibration tool for the configuration of the on-board camera.
  • 5 cm accuracy.


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Features

  • Modular Architecture: Dragonfly SLAM engine can run locally on board of the device or on a remote server.

  • Location Provided as 6-DOF (x,y,z, + yaw, pitch, roll) or WSG-84: latitude, longitude and altitude (off the floor). Centimeter-level indoor location is provided.

  • Accuracy Dragonfly can provide location accuracy within a few centimeters when properly calibrated.

Components

  • Mobile equipment such as autonomous mobile robots or drones have to be equipped with monocular or stereo cameras


  • Modular software can run client-side or on a local server


  • An on-board camera, monocular or stereo, is the only required sensor to use Dragonfly visual positioning system


  • A Dashboard is provided to manage the devices and to perform real time tracking


  • API for custom development and integration


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FAQs


  • Is Dragonfly open source?

    No, Dragonfly is a commercial technology that offers API to be integrated into custom applications. At Accuware we are open to customize Dragonfly to provide a unique version to address your requirements. Please contact us at this link to speak about the business models available.

  • Can I use Dragonfly to create 3D maps and model?

    Dragonfly is meant to provide precise indoor location to vehicles, drones, robots… It created a 3D map that is not meant to be human intelligible. Dragonfly is not designed to deliver end-user 3D maps, but rather to provide the precise location of a moving device through space.

  • What is the precision of Dragonfly?

    Dragonfly can provide a centimeter accuracy. You can find more information at this link.

  • Can I use Dragonfly to track the precise location through unknown environments?

    Yes, Dragonfly can work inside unknown spaces. Please contact us at this link to analyze your project and requirements with one of our specialists.

  • How can I integrate Dragonfly?

    Dragonfly comes as a JAVA application for Linux and Mac OS that exposes API for custom integration. All the API is extensively documented, and our team is open to discuss custom development on different O/S and in different languages.

  • Can I use Dragonfly with ROS?

    Yes, Dragonfly can be integrated with ROS and our R&D team can create a ROS version of Dragonfly as well. Contact us at this link for more details.

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