This week, nanotron announced a new collision avoidance system specifically designed for mine safety. Here is a brief look at this new product.
The PDS2400 Collision Avoidance System (CAS) is the result of collaboration between Selectronic, a pillar of industrial security, and nanotron Technologies GmbH, a provider of location-aware wireless and IoT sensors.
The PDS2400 uIt uses the swarm nanotron family of smart RF modules for location sensing. The new system aims to offer designers modular solutions that will reduce the time required for successful customization and implementation of the system.
The PDS2400 collision avoidance system. Image source: nanotron.
The RF-based system monitors various V2X (“vehicle ax”) measurements, focusing on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-person proximity, specifically for safety in open pit mines. With the LE Bee Swarm, the location of the vehicle can be determined within 1 m in a range of 100 m or more. The swarm ER (improved resolution), meanwhile, is designed to work at a distance of 10m, and the location of the vehicle can be accurately measured within 10cm.
The PDS2400 CAS has been specifically designed to monitor the location, direction and speed of mine vehicles to greatly reduce the chances of accidental collisions.
The swarm bee module
swarm bee is a self-contained radio module based on the nanotron ranging and communication transceiver chip, nanoLOC.
Bee module swarm. Picture of nanotron
The module consists of a microcontroller and a transceiver. For deployment, the only other components required are the battery and antenna.
For more information on this technology, see our article on The location recognition engine and hardware behind nanotron real-time location system tracking.
Bee Swarm Development Kits
nanotron offers the Swarm bee Development Kit Plus (“DK Plus” for short) to help developers get started quickly.
swarm bee development kit. Nanotron image.
Kit can be specified for LE (low energy) or ER (enhanced resolution) versions. It comes with various boards and antennas, as well as development software.
The big picture of the asset tracking world.
There is a worldwide movement to exploit the IoT, and many manufacturers are striving to make it as easy as possible without the need for designers to reinvent the wheel.
Two other examples of companies that work with asset tracking are:
- Telit is a provider of tracking modules for Cellular, as well as for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Targeted applications include smart buildings, the connected home, wearable devices, healthcare, and automotive.
BlueMod + S50 by Telit for Bluetooth. Image source Telit
- PoLTE Reportedly, he does not like to rely on GPS because its signals cannot penetrate all materials. They also aim to avoid the limitations posed by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth due to their short signal ranges. Their solution is to use more robust cellular signals, with a little help from the company’s cloud-based algorithms, to identify the location.
Real-time asset tracking and location detection is likely to become a major driving force in the development of IoT. Companies like these aim to lead the way in developing more reliable, lower-power, and stronger hardware. Additionally, the collaboration between Selectronic and nanotron is becoming more common as IoT leaves the lab to become a mainstay in 21st century life.
The PDS2400 will be officially unveiled at the Embedded World Trade Fair in Nuremberg in February 2019.