Microlocation services to support autonomous drones in Smart Cities and other challenging environments
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – May 24, 2018 – Humatics Corporation, the company delivering breakthrough microlocation products, today announced a partnership with Hangar Technology, Inc., the world’s first autonomous data acquisition platform for 4D Visual Insights™. The combination will add unprecedented centimeter- and millimeter-scale positioning to Hangar’s autonomous flight control engine – opening the possibility of true, scalable indoor and outdoor precision-captured asset imagery, bringing real-time microlocation to autonomous drones, cars and robotics. Enabling these capabilities in a complex urban environment is made possible by the integration of technology among the partners.
The commercial implementation of this unique partnership will include installations at Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge™, a platform that will enable high-precision navigation, industrial automation, next-generation construction, autonomous vehicles, and ultimately bring smart cities to life. The partnership is expected to collaborate on joint solution development and demonstrations in 2018, with commercial deployments in 2019.
Autonomous Robotics at the Kinetic Edge
The Humatics partnership expands on Hangar’s existing autonomous infrastructure leveraging Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge to plan and execute autonomous missions to produce 4D Visual Insights™. The Kinetic Edge will be rolled out in the US via Project Volutus, a partnership that was announced in June of last year. Project Volutus will deploy a nationwide network of Kinetic Edge micro data centers in key metropolitan cities, including Chicago as the first Kinetic Edge city.
Hangar’s Robotics-as-a-System on top of the Kinetic Edge will provide intelligent infrastructure for autonomous robotics across the entire network of Project Volutus cities as they come online. Together, Hangar and Humatics will enable new services for autonomous vehicles that include precision navigation, microlocation, and universal traffic assistance.
“The physical world moves rapidly and unpredictably. As autonomous systems such as drones, vehicles, and robots gain mass adoption, they’re going to require precise awareness of the environment around them,” says Jeff DeCoux, CEO and founder of Hangar. “Fractions of seconds and location accuracy are paramount. Humatics gives us the added ability to safely and seamlessly navigate complex environments with centimeter- and millimeter-scale accuracy.”
The Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform™ is comprised of its centimeter- and millimeter-scale microlocation systems and analytics software, capable of capturing and calculating precise 3D positions, both outside and indoors. This data stream allows for quick and robust drone positioning and navigation in any environment.
“We are piloting our breakthrough microlocation system with key smart city innovators like Hangar,” said David Mindell, Humatics co-founder and CEO. “High precision position data can dramatically improve safety, efficiency and productivity. We envision many applications for precise drone navigation in smart cities, from inspections of construction, transportation and other infrastructure, all the way inside buildings, where precision becomes even more critical.”
- Hangar’s Robotics-as-a-System at the Kinetic Edge
- Previous Hangar and Vapor Release
- Kinetic Edge Video
Humatics is pioneering microlocation technology, offering centimeter- and millimeter-scale positioning that is faster, more precise, and more affordable than any 3D positioning or location tracking technology on the market. Its breakthrough microlocation system and analytics software comprise a Spatial Intelligence Platform™ that will revolutionize how people and machines locate, navigate, and collaborate in the connected world. With its extensible architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs), the Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform™ will power an ecosystem of new position-based products and services with the promise to transform huge markets, including industrial automation, next-generation construction, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Humatics was co-founded in 2015 by chief executive officer David Mindell (a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and chair of MIT’s Work of the Future Task Force) and president and chief operating officer Gary Cohen, a technology industry veteran. More information is available at www.humatics.com.
Hangar, the world’s first Robotics-as-a-System™ data acquisition platform, exists to serve and nurture an ecosystem of mobile robotics software, hardware, services and data for large enterprises and infrastructure owners. Our partners include hardware manufacturers of aerobotic drones, mobile robots, and sensor platforms; professional service providers including drones-as-a-service providers, robots-as-a-service providers, and data transformation innovators, computer vision, machine learning and analytics software firms. This Hangar powered ecosystem shares a strong belief and desire to bring 4D Visual Insight to provide improved efficiency, safety, innovation and digital transformation and empowerment to our collective customers and their industries. For additional information, please visit www.Hangar.com.
Josh Meler for Hangar Technology
Andrea Dunbeck for Humatics