The Internet of Moving Things: Centimeter-scale Precision in Autonomous System Navigation
BY KATHY WEBSTER, CORRESPONDENCE FOR MT360
Microlocation technology, the science of ultra-precise 3D positioning, should be “more precise,” says Phil Mann, VP of Sales at Humatics, a Boston startup pioneering microlocation products. Although some believe navigation and positioning remain problematic for autonomous systems in the manufacturing world, Mann knows that centimeter-scale precision can open new frontiers for the navigation of mobile robots, cranes, forklifts and other moving things in industrial environments. Mann is one of more than 25 speakers at MT360, a new event connecting manufacturers to the software developers and investors of Silicon Valley, taking place May 12 – 14, 2020, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif. MT360 is targeting startups with emerging technologies that can enhance and change the way manufacturing will take place in the future.
Mann will talk about new possibilities in the “Internet of Moving Things” citing examples of navigation solutions for autonomous mobile robots in manufacturing, warehousing, ports, and other environments. While Industry 4.0 is widely accepted as the latest state of automation technologies and trends as well as data exchange in manufacturing, Mann believes the term, in all the excitement of its underlying potential, is now becoming grounded in the here and now.
“Industry 4.0 is an overused, overhyped term, but its core tenets are quickly becoming reality. In order to optimize efficiency, increase worker safety, and find more productive uses for automation in the manufacturing and supply chain process, connected equipment and smarter use of that data into business and operation systems is becoming a must for competitive advantage,” says Mann. “MT360 is the perfect platform for this discussion.”
MT360 brings traditional manufacturers, non-traditional tech companies, and venture capitalists into one conference to learn about transformative technologies that will intersect all three worlds.
Cognitive Automation – A spectrum of AI or data-related tools that enable automation systems to sense and react to information.
Additive Manufacturing – Several related technologies that enable manufacturers to create complex parts and fixtures through 3D printing.
Augmented Reality – Technologies that use digital displays to assist with manual tasks.
Digital Thread – Electronic connections that allow manufacturing information to follow a product through its entire production process.
In addition to the speakers and panel discussions, MT360 will host a Virtual Factory, which will showcase companies involved in every aspect of these technologies. Attendees can visit and interact with software companies, hardware companies, complete AR-platform providers, and smart manufacturing.
Space is limited. Register today at mt360conference.com.
MT360, May 12 – 14, 2020, Santa Clara, Calif.