ROBOT POSITIONING AND TRACKING WITH VISUAL SLAM

Robot Tracking and Localization is now possible using Accuware Dragonfly. This Visual SLAM technology allows you to monitor the location of robots, AGV, drones, using just the on-board camera. No hardware deployment required. No LiDAR.

Dragonfly, our Visual SLAM (vSLAM) technology, lets you get real-time 3D location of a robot.

Dragonfly can leverage the on-board hardware and work entirely offline. It can work inside known and unknown environments and does not require the deployment of specific hardware.

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DISCOVER

How does Dragonfly for Robot Positioning and Tracking work?

Dragonfly is a Visual SLAM technology that provides very precise location.

Dragonfly calculates the location using Visual SLAM, using just the on-board camera. No sensor fusion, no MEMS, no hardware to be deployed on site, no QR codes.

Dragonfly needs a 640×480 px video stream. The camera can be monocular (ideally wide angle) or stereo and it can point towards any direction.

An alternative to LiDAR

Dragonfly is the best alternative to LiDAR.

1. Price: a good LiDAR costs much more than Dragonfly.
2. Installation + calibration: the installation of a LiDAR is a very technical procedure while Dragonfly can be installed by anyone.
3. Damage: LiDARs are quite fragile and sensitive, everything works well until they end up against something.  It takes very little to break a LiDAR or put it off axis. Dragonfly works using the on-board camera and as long as the camera works, Dragonfly can work.

API, ROS, Dashboard

  • Dragonfly allows to monitor the real time location of the robots from the Accuware dashboard.
  • API can be used to integrate the location data into external applications.
  • ROS Nodes can be developed by Accuware’s team to ease the integration with ROS.

Are you ready to get started?

FEATURES

  • Real-time 3D position (6 DOF).
  • Less than 5 cm accuracy.
  • Venue and place recognition and re-location.
  • Map shared among different devices.
  • Offline version available, no internet connection required.

WHY DRAGONFLY CAN BE THE SOLUTION TO YOUR LOCATION PROBLEMS?

Dragonfly is an exceptionally flexible technology for precise positioning.

Alternative to Lidar and UWB

For accurate indoor positioning and location.

No Hardware Infrastructure

No receivers, no antennas, no "nodes". Nothing has to be deployed through the venue.

3D Location in real time

Dragonfly elaborates the location in real time, no latency. X, Y, Z location + orientation (yaw, pitch, roll).

Just one on-board camera required

Dragonfly does not need specific hardware, IMU, no sensor fusion, LiDAR, magnetic stripes, QR codes... The existing on-board camera can be leveraged.

On the Cloud
or Offline

Dragonfly can run on board the robot, or on a server, completely offline. No internet connection needed.

It scales with you

Dragonfly is a scalable technology: there are no minimum or maximum number of devices that can use the technology at the same time.

API for Custom Integration

RESTful API provided to integrate the location data into external application, navigation systems, remote tracking software and more.

Map Shared among the robots

Robots can share the same map and collaboratively work on it. The Robots update the map while moving throughout the venue.

5 cm Accuracy

Dragonfly's accuracy is about 5-10 cm in almost every environment. This can be achieved by simply following our easy steps to get started.

ARCHITECTURES

Cloud

Easy to setup.
No maintenance required.
Monthly or annual fee.
Internet connection required.

Local Server

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

On Board Processing

Computation on board the device.
One time fees.
No Internet or local connection needed.

Our customers consider Dragonfly
to be the solution to their location problems.

FAQ

We know you have questions: here some answers.

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. Contact us to speak about the business models available.

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

Yes, Dragonfly can work inside unknown spaces. 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 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.

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 Operating Systems and in different programming languages.

WHAT IS THE ACCURACY OF DRAGONFLY?

Dragonfly can provide a centimeter level 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 ROS nodes for Dragonfly as well. Contact us for more details.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO USE DRAGONFLY?

Dragonfly can run on our servers, using the Dragonfly Streamer, or on a local machine. It is compatible with Linux and MacOS systems, and requires at least a quad-core CPU + 16 GB of RAM. Click here to check the list of requirements.

How much does Dragonfly cost?

The price of Dragonfly depends on several factors and scales with volume. A single perpetual license costs 1,987 USD per-device.

I HAVE A CAMERA ON BOARD THE ROBOT ALREADY, can I use it?

YES. Dragonfly is a hardware agnostic SLAM that can leverage the existing camera. Read more about the requirements to use Dragonfly using the existing hardware.

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

Sure. Our team will be glad to help you. Contact us to talk with an expert.

Do you want to test Dragonfly?

Download the Dragonfly app for Linux or Mac OS

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Testimonials from real customers

5/5
Incredibly helpful technology. Most intelligent customer service experience I’ve ever had.
Samir K.
CTO AT *********
5/5
With Dragonfly we are now able to locate and track hundreds of forklifts across 28 warehouses in the USA. The ROI generated is way higher than our expectations, since we have been able to optimize the routes, picking processes and aisle management.
Mark A.
CEO at H******
4.5/5
A wonderful Support team and a very useful product, very well structured.
George K.
Director of Robot Integrations
4.5/5
The team has been very supportive and the installation is fairly simple. We hope to keep moving ahead with you and the approach you suggested supports that. Again, we appreciate the continued support and direction as we work through our proof of concept and pilot phases.
Tim W.
CTO AT ***********

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