Toposens introduces processing unit for 3D collision avoidance

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The Toposens Processing Unit DK. | Source: Toposens

Munich-based startup Toposens released its plug-and play Toposens Processing Unit DK as a gateway between Toposens 3D Ultrasonic Sensors and customer applications.

The Toposens Processing Unit DK (TPU DK) makes it easier to integrate the company’s ultrasonic sensing technology into a customer’s existing platform to evaluate 3D collision avoidance. It interconnects the company’s 3D Ultrasonic Echolocation Sensor “ECHO ONE DK” to an automated guided vehicle (AGV) or autonomous mobile robot (AMR) infrastructure, enabling AGVs and AMRs to avoid collisions with all kinds of obstacles.

The TPU DK features advanced data processing algorithms which are used to communicate to an AGV’s or AMR’s control system via standardized outputs, whether an obstacle violates the user-configurable warning and stop zones. This takes away the hassle of complicated integration procedures. The user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) visualizes the adjustable 3D warning zones and stop zones, which are configurable to suit different use cases.

Individual sensor parameters can also be adjusted in the GUI together with the sensor vehicle positioning. Alternatively the sensor also offers a “fusion mode,” where the TPU DK delivers pre-filtered point cloud data to another processing device via ethernet.

“The combination of Toposens ECHO ONE DK and Toposens Processing Unit DK provides our customers with an unprecedented 3D Ultrasonic Collision Avoidance for AGVs and AMRs. By detecting even the most complex objects in 3D space with a small blind zone, customers are able to reduce costly accidents while ensuring highest safety in any industrial environment”, Alexander Rudoy, CTO and Co-Founder of the company, said.

The TPU DK offers multiple communication interfaces for flexible deployment, provides a user-friendly GUI and operates on a very low power consumption of less than five watts. Further information can be obtained on TPU DK product page.

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