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Measuring360

Measuring360 (M360) is an innovative technology based on image recognition, using an optical system (camera) to position objects inside buildings. The system consists of a camera (or several cameras), a computer and the unique M360 software. The software analyzes the image seen by the camera and then recognizes the position of special markers (multicolored concentric circles) placed on the walls or ceiling of the room. On this basis, it calculates, with high precision (10cm - 30cm), the location of the object. The whole system is coupled with an external application monitoring the movement of objects inside the building. 

Advantages of Measuring360 system:
  • Very accurate indoor positioning - object can be located with very high precision - less than 30cm
  • Low installation and operation cost
  • Easy and inexpensive deployment
  • Barcodes recognition
  • Can be used in places where radio wave interference occurs
  • The ability to measure the height of the object and the direction of movement
  • Very easy integration with other systems - outputs data in easy to digest CSV file​
Overview
Indoor Positioning System (IPS) is a solution that continuously and in real time determines the position of a person or object inside a building. Such buildings can be: factories and warehouse halls, shopping centers, airports, multi-storey buildings, museums and amusement parks, and many others.
IPS is a component of larger solutions. Examples include systems enabling navigation in buildings, solutions ensuring the avoidance of obstacles by automated guided vehicles (AGV) or systems supporting the optimization of logistics processes.

Measuring360 (M360) is an innovative technology based on image recognition, using an optical system (camera) to position objects inside buildings. The system consists of a camera (or several cameras), a computer and the unique M360 software. The software analyzes the image seen by the camera and then recognizes the position of special markers (multicolored concentric circles) placed on the walls or ceiling of the room. On this basis, it calculates, with high precision (10cm - 30cm), the location of the object. The whole system is coupled with an external application monitoring the movement of objects inside the building.
 
Parameter M360
Technology Image recognition
Dead reckoning
Accuracy 10 – 30cm
Range Up to 20m
Measurement frequency 0.1 second
Positioning Calculated during movement
Direction of movement Directly calculated by M360
Communication No need to modify the building structure
Power No need to modify the building structure


Link to the manufacturer's website (in Japanese).

 
Features
Accurate indoor positioning
High accuracy of the provided measurements - better than standard IPS implementations based on radio technology: Bluetooth, RFID, UWB, and Wi-Fi.

Measuring of position and movement direction
The system provides the current position in real time (RTLS) and allows to calculate the direction of movement.

Objects’ height measurement
The M360’s image recognition algorithm also provides height measurements of objects in the camera’s field of vision.

Barcodes recognition
M360 recognizes barcodes, which allows you to manage information about the location of stored goods.

Easy deployment
High scalability, easy and low-cost maintenance, and flexibility to fine-tune and improve measurements are the advantages of using the M360 technology.

Operating in tough environment
Image recognition on M360 addresses a number of challenges that radio technologies usually cannot handle: high-energy electromagnetic fields, radio wave interference, white spots caused by solid metal structures, etc.

 
Applications
Real-time locating systems (RTLS)
  • Vehicle tracking (e.g. forklifts) inside the warehouse
  • Vehicle control (AGV)

Inventory management - barcode reading

High scalability and ease of implementation allow the use of M360 in the management of temporary warehouses - optimization of warehouse space

The use of image recognition and positioning technology to improve remote work
  • The picture of work progress is superimposed on the construction design (CAD)
  • Possibility to assess the progress of works without the need to visit the construction site (COVID-19)
Specification
Technical parameters:
  • Hardware
    • Windows PC
    • Wide angle camera (ELP USB) or 360-degree camera
    • Positioning camera: Intel RealSense T265
    • Colored markers to be placed in predefined places inside the building
  • Software
    • M360 installed on Windows PC
  • Architecture
    • Position calculations performed directly on the workstation
    • Flexibility to build other architectures in the target solution (e.g. collecting the positions of all vehicles on a central server)


M360 can operate in two configurations using one 360-degree camera (e.g., RICOH THETA V) or a system of two cameras: wide angle (e.g., ELP USB) and positioning camera (Intel RealSense Tracking T265). The position of the system is determined by M360 based on colored markers placed at predefined locations inside the building. The result in the form of a CSV file is sent to the management system.

Measuring360 – technical parameters – one camera
  • 360-degree camera – e.g. RICOH THETA V
  • PC (Windows; Intel Core i3 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB free disk space)
  • Colored markers to be placed inside the building at sites defined during the implementation phase. Markers are multi-colored concentric circles
  • Technology
    • Image recognition
    • The photo must contain three markers
    • Based on the position of the markers, the position of the object is calculated
  • The measured position is sent to an external application via a CSV file
  • Additional functionality - barcode recognition

Measuring360 – technical parameters – two cameras
  • Cameras:
    • Intel RealSense Tracking T265
    • Wide angle e.g. - ELP USB 180 Degree
  • PC (Windows; Intel Core i3 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB free disk space)
  • Colored markers 
  • Technology
    • The tracking camera enables precise movement and position measurement 
    • The positioning error is corrected by measuring the position of the markers
  • The measured position is sent to an external application via a CSV file
  • Additional functionality - barcode recognition

 

Measuring360

Measuring360 (M360) is an innovative technology based on image recognition, using an optical system (camera) to position objects inside buildings. The system consists of a camera (or several cameras), a computer and the unique M360 software. The software analyzes the image seen by the camera and then recognizes the position of special markers (multicolored concentric circles) placed on the walls or ceiling of the room. On this basis, it calculates, with high precision (10cm - 30cm), the location of the object. The whole system is coupled with an external application monitoring the movement of objects inside the building. 

Advantages of Measuring360 system:
  • Very accurate indoor positioning - object can be located with very high precision - less than 30cm
  • Low installation and operation cost
  • Easy and inexpensive deployment
  • Barcodes recognition
  • Can be used in places where radio wave interference occurs
  • The ability to measure the height of the object and the direction of movement
  • Very easy integration with other systems - outputs data in easy to digest CSV file​
Indoor Positioning System (IPS) is a solution that continuously and in real time determines the position of a person or object inside a building. Such buildings can be: factories and warehouse halls, shopping centers, airports, multi-storey buildings, museums and amusement parks, and many others.
IPS is a component of larger solutions. Examples include systems enabling navigation in buildings, solutions ensuring the avoidance of obstacles by automated guided vehicles (AGV) or systems supporting the optimization of logistics processes.

Measuring360 (M360) is an innovative technology based on image recognition, using an optical system (camera) to position objects inside buildings. The system consists of a camera (or several cameras), a computer and the unique M360 software. The software analyzes the image seen by the camera and then recognizes the position of special markers (multicolored concentric circles) placed on the walls or ceiling of the room. On this basis, it calculates, with high precision (10cm - 30cm), the location of the object. The whole system is coupled with an external application monitoring the movement of objects inside the building.
 
Parameter M360
Technology Image recognition
Dead reckoning
Accuracy 10 – 30cm
Range Up to 20m
Measurement frequency 0.1 second
Positioning Calculated during movement
Direction of movement Directly calculated by M360
Communication No need to modify the building structure
Power No need to modify the building structure


Link to the manufacturer's website (in Japanese).

 
Accurate indoor positioning
High accuracy of the provided measurements - better than standard IPS implementations based on radio technology: Bluetooth, RFID, UWB, and Wi-Fi.

Measuring of position and movement direction
The system provides the current position in real time (RTLS) and allows to calculate the direction of movement.

Objects’ height measurement
The M360’s image recognition algorithm also provides height measurements of objects in the camera’s field of vision.

Barcodes recognition
M360 recognizes barcodes, which allows you to manage information about the location of stored goods.

Easy deployment
High scalability, easy and low-cost maintenance, and flexibility to fine-tune and improve measurements are the advantages of using the M360 technology.

Operating in tough environment
Image recognition on M360 addresses a number of challenges that radio technologies usually cannot handle: high-energy electromagnetic fields, radio wave interference, white spots caused by solid metal structures, etc.

 
Real-time locating systems (RTLS)
  • Vehicle tracking (e.g. forklifts) inside the warehouse
  • Vehicle control (AGV)

Inventory management - barcode reading

High scalability and ease of implementation allow the use of M360 in the management of temporary warehouses - optimization of warehouse space

The use of image recognition and positioning technology to improve remote work
  • The picture of work progress is superimposed on the construction design (CAD)
  • Possibility to assess the progress of works without the need to visit the construction site (COVID-19)
Technical parameters:
  • Hardware
    • Windows PC
    • Wide angle camera (ELP USB) or 360-degree camera
    • Positioning camera: Intel RealSense T265
    • Colored markers to be placed in predefined places inside the building
  • Software
    • M360 installed on Windows PC
  • Architecture
    • Position calculations performed directly on the workstation
    • Flexibility to build other architectures in the target solution (e.g. collecting the positions of all vehicles on a central server)


M360 can operate in two configurations using one 360-degree camera (e.g., RICOH THETA V) or a system of two cameras: wide angle (e.g., ELP USB) and positioning camera (Intel RealSense Tracking T265). The position of the system is determined by M360 based on colored markers placed at predefined locations inside the building. The result in the form of a CSV file is sent to the management system.

Measuring360 – technical parameters – one camera
  • 360-degree camera – e.g. RICOH THETA V
  • PC (Windows; Intel Core i3 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB free disk space)
  • Colored markers to be placed inside the building at sites defined during the implementation phase. Markers are multi-colored concentric circles
  • Technology
    • Image recognition
    • The photo must contain three markers
    • Based on the position of the markers, the position of the object is calculated
  • The measured position is sent to an external application via a CSV file
  • Additional functionality - barcode recognition

Measuring360 – technical parameters – two cameras
  • Cameras:
    • Intel RealSense Tracking T265
    • Wide angle e.g. - ELP USB 180 Degree
  • PC (Windows; Intel Core i3 64-bit, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB free disk space)
  • Colored markers 
  • Technology
    • The tracking camera enables precise movement and position measurement 
    • The positioning error is corrected by measuring the position of the markers
  • The measured position is sent to an external application via a CSV file
  • Additional functionality - barcode recognition