DRAGONFLY

Precise 3D location for robots, drones, AGV and forklifts
using standard cameras and SLAM

Dragonfly Visual Positioning System is a Visual SLAM that provides accurate indoor location to robots, drones, AGV, forklifts and other vehicles, 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.

Therefore, Dragonfly is a cheap alternative to LiDAR and UWB, and offers an high ROI. As a result, it can be used for precise indoor positioning and navigation of robots, automated guided vehicles, AGVs and drones, or to perform forklifts tracking inside warehouses.

Dragonfly Visual Positioning System provides accurate indoor location to robots, drones, AGV and forklifts 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.

Dragonfly analyzes 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 robots, automated guided vehicles, AGVs and drones, or to perform forklifts tracking inside warehouses.

FEATURES

Real time 3D navigation

Up to 10 cm of accuracy

Venue recognition and re-location

No internet connection required

Dragonfly’s accurate indoor location system is a visual 3D positioning/location system based on Visual SLAM.

The Location is computed in real time using just an on board camera, thanks to our proprietary patented SLAM algorithms. Computer vision, odometry and artificial intelligence are used to create an accurate SLAM system, in order to deliver a precise location for multiple applications. It is an excellent SLAM for Drones and Robots and a precise tracking system for AGV and Forklifts. In particular, Dragonfly enables SLAM Navigation in 3D.

WHY DRAGONFLY

Dragonfly is an exceptionally flexible technology for precise positioning

Alternative to Lidar and UWB

Accurate indoor positioning and location of drones, robots and vehicles. It is the best SLAM system for drones and robots.

No hardware in your venue

No receivers, no antennas, no "nodes". Nothing has to be deployed through the venue. As a consequence, Dragonfly is a super flexible technology for indoor SLAM and positioning.

Easy setup

No tech skills required, no difficult instructions. As a result, Dragonfly can be installed and configured in a few minutes.

One on-board camera

Dragonfly does not need specific hardware, IMU, no sensor fusion, LiDAR, magnetic stripes, QR codes... It just needs a single camera mounted on board of the unit to be tracked.

Completely offline

No internet connection needed. As a result, Dragonfly can run completely offline: on board the device/robot/drone/forklift or on an on-premise server.

Cost Effective High ROI

Since Dragonfly allows you to optimize your operations, it increases the productivity and effectiveness of vehicle management. Therefore its ROI is typically higher than other technologies.

For all these reasons, our customers consider Dragonfly to be the solution to their location problems.

ARCHITECTURES

Dragonfly can work on a local on-premise server or directly on board of the device. Let us help you pick the best option.

Local Server

Easy to setup.
Computation on an on-premise server.
Local WLAN connection required.

On Board Processing

Computation on board of the device.
No Internet or local connection needed.

USE CASES

How can Dragonfly be used? What are the most common use cases?

Forklift tracking

Forklift location tracking facilitates collision avoidance and enables fleet management. Therefore, it helps to optimize operations and productivity. Furthermore, our tools allows customers to monitor the effectiveness of their forklifts.
Read more about this use case...

Logistics automation

Tracking and locating autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and automated guided vehicles (AGV) to allow indoor navigation. As a consequence, equipment tracking indoors is also enabled.

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. Dragonfly is a SLAM for ROS technology, as we provide ROS (Robot Operating System) nodes for integration.

Warehouse management system

Tracking the location of mobile robots and lift trucks enables automating inventory management, as items are placed on racks. As a result, warehouse management can be significantly improved.

Are you interested in a ready-to-use WMS? Take a look at the On.Plant WMS!

SLAM for drones

Drone 3D positioning and tracking is also possible with this indoor SLAM system.
As a consequence, Drones can be used for inspections and tasks requiring visual identification.

Custom projects

Dragonfly is a flexible technology that can be adapted to multiple projects: for this reason, you can connect with our team and explain your use case. We will be glad to analyze the best architecture for you.

Download the Case Studies and learn how Dragonfly is improving the operations of our customers!

DISCOVER

Modular architecture

Dragonfly SLAM engine can run locally on board of the unit to be tracked or on a local server, thus giving you all the flexibility you need.

3D location

Dragonfly is a 3D SLAM system and the location is provided as 6-DOF:

  • X, Y, Z metric distances from an origin;
  • WGS-84 latitude and longitude coordinates;
In addition to this Dragonfly provides:
  • the orientation as yaw, pitch, roll angles;
  • the altitude off the floor (in meters).

Incredible accuracy

Dragonfly can provide centimeter level location accuracy. As a result it can be used for precise SLAM Navigation in 3D and is a perfect SLAM system for drones, robots, AGV and for forklift tracking.

COMPONENTS

Wide angle camera

No external sensors, hardware or antennas have to be installed in your venue. An on board wide angle camera (monocular or stereo) is the only required hardware to use Dragonfly.

Computing unit

Dragonfly can run on a local server or on board of the device that needs to be tracked. As a result, you can pick the best architecture for your needs.

Dashboard

A dashboard is provided to: configure Dragonfly, track the units equipped with Dragonfly in real time, access historical analytics.

Integration tools

We provide an API to integrate the location data into your application. Moreover, custom ROS integrations can be developed upon request.

DASHBOARD

Track the real time location of devices

Add a floor plan to see the location on a real blueprint

View historical paths, heatmaps, spaghetti diagrams

FOR DEVELOPERS

REST API

Dragonfly gives access to an application programming interface (API) that can be use to manage each Dragonfly instance (running on board of the device that needs to be tracked or on a local server).

ROS integrations

Dragonfly is a visual SLAM for ROS (Robot Operating System) and allows to integrate its accurate location into robots and drones. For this reason, we are open to develop ROS nodes upon request to have a direct integration on-board.

FAQ

Is Dragonfly open source?

No, Dragonfly is a commercial technology that offers API to be integrated into custom applications.

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

Yes, Dragonfly can work inside unknown spaces. So, please feel free to contact us to analyze your project and requirements with one of our specialists.

Can I use Dragonfly to create 3D maps and models?

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

How can I integrate Dragonfly?

Dragonfly comes as a JAVA application for Linux and Mac OS that exposes an API for custom integration. The API is extensively documented.

WHAT IS THE ACCURACY OF DRAGONFLY?

Dragonfly can provide a centimeter accuracy. Read more about accuracy.

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 for more details.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO USE DRAGONFLY?

Dragonfly can run or on a local machine/computer. It is compatible with Linux and MacOS systems, and requires at least a quad-core CPU + 16 GB of RAM. Read more about the equirements of the computing unit.

I HAVE A CAMERA ON BOARD OF THE ROBOT/DRONE ALREADY, CAN I USE IT?

Dragonfly leverage on wide angles cameras. So, if your device mounts a fisheye camera then you can use it. Read more about the requirements of the camera.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, CAN I SPEAK WITH A SPECIALIST?

Sure. Our team will be glad to help you. Therefore, click here to contact us and speak with a specialist.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR PROJECT

We understand that every project is unique: for this reason we offer also custom developments and RTL.
Please contact us to discuss your specific needs. We will be glad to help you.