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omlox is the world’s first open locating standard!

14 January 2021

omlox paves the way to Industry 4.0 and supply chain transparency by unifying all locating technologies in one open, interoperable standard.

While supporting location technologies like GNSS, 5G/LTE, WIFI, RFID or BLE, omlox has a specific emphasis on ultra-wideband (UWB), as THE rising star in the field. 

omlox specifies an open ultra-wideband system, that ensures complete hardware interoperability, and which enables multi-purpose infrastructures, e.g., for multi-site asset tracking and AGV navigation. By means of lightweight APIs and flexible operation setups, omlox can be easily integrated into existing software and hardware scenarios. Retrofit and future proof – with omlox, there is no conflict.

omlox architecture – a holistic approach for locating systems

The omlox standard comprises two main elements:

• omlox hub: A lightweight middleware that provides standardised interfaces to location data and location services – across technologies and vendors.

• omlox core zone: An open ultra-wideband system, that facilitates a plug-and-play, real-time tracking of hardware from multiple vendors.

Both elements of omlox already provide great value and flexibility while setting up a locating system or using location data for industrial use-cases individually. But the combination is even more powerful – especially in real-time use-cases on a shop floor or in a warehouse.

Ultra-Wideband

These days, ultra-wideband (UWB) is being integrated into smartphones, laptops and cars. UWB is a radio technology that uses short impulses on a broad frequency band. This approach is very robust when it comes to reflections on metallic surfaces and allows for very fast and precise computation of location. But in an industrial setup, UWB is – even today – a very fragmented landscape with small vendors that provide proprietary technologies.
 
This is about to change with omlox!

By specifying the wireless interface, how UWB-enabled devices, like tags, tools or AGVs should communicate with a UWB infrastructure, an interoperable setup can be achieved. One omlox core zone can service multiple use-cases and can locate hardware from multiple vendors. This allows for a much lower total cost of ownership and a faster return on investment.
 
omlox hub

An omlox hub is specified as a lightweight locating middleware with very easy to use APIs. It allows for seamless access to location data and services – no matter which location technologies are been used.

Software vendors and integrators do not have to implement custom interfaces for different vendors anymore. Location-technology providers can benefit from a wide array of existing software.

An omlox hub is built on very powerful software concepts and functionalities:
 

Geo-Referencing
An omlox hub provides location data in local and global coordinates – no matter whether something is inside or outside of a building.
Identity Management
An omlox hub provides consistent identity management for moving things – across locating technologies.
Geo-Fencing
An omlox hub supports geofencing functionality – independent of the locating technology.
Distance computation
An omlox hub can compute distances between moving objects in local and global coordinates.


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