The platform’s KinetIQ™ microlocation sensors and software bring unprecedented precision and robustness to a wide array of industrial applications
IMTS, CHICAGO, September 11, 2018 – Humatics Corporation, the company pioneering breakthrough microlocation products, today announced the commercial launch of its Spatial Intelligence Platform™. The platform comprises radio-frequency beacons deployed in a constellation, mobile sensors, and a software suite. Together, these ultra-precise positioning products will revolutionize how robots and industrial automation equipment locate themselves, navigate through complex environments, and collaborate with people.
The following are the first offerings of the Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform:
- The KinetIQ 300 system localizes mobile objects in 2D and 3D with an industry-leading 2 cm of precision at ranges up to 500 meters.
- The KinetIQ 100 system measures distances with 2 cm of precision at ranges up to 500 meters.
- The KinetIQ OS is a suite of spatial intelligence software providing provisioning, monitoring, and data analytics services along with an extensible API.
The KinetIQ family of solutions premiered today at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at booth #121226. Humatics also demonstrated a pre-release version of the groundbreaking KinetIQ 1000 millimeter-scale system.
“A select few of the many industrial applications to be transformed by the Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform.”
The Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform will create value across a wide variety of industrial applications, including:
- Automated guided vehicle (AGV) and mobile robot navigation
- Industrial vehicle tracking, collision avoidance, and platooning
- Tool tracking
- Crane positioning
- Drone navigation
- Digital twin and other IIoT applications
- Rail signaling
Unlocking the promise of Industry 4.0
Humatics also announced strategic partnerships, creating an ecosystem of organizations committed to the Spatial Intelligence Platform for mission-critical Industry 4.0 applications. Eckhart, ZPMC and Balluff are among the companies representing a wide range of industrial verticals that believe Humatics’ microlocation technology will become fundamental to their business.
“We see great potential in Humatics’ microlocation technology,” said Norbert Popp, vice president of product management at Balluff, one of the world's leading sensor manufacturers. “The ability to precisely and wirelessly locate objects at distances beyond one meter is a difficult challenge in today’s industrial environments. We look forward to partnering with Humatics to solve applications in material handling and intra-logistics vehicles, including mobile robots, AGVs, lift trucks, and cranes.”
“Humatics’ microlocation technology is breaking the chains that have bound the manufacturing industry and limited its breadth of potential applications,” said Andy Storm, CEO of Eckhart, a systems integrator for advanced manufacturing solutions. “Our partnership with Humatics is essential to accelerating the vision of Industry 4.0 for our customers as well as our AUTOCRAFT™ brand of AGVs.”
“We are currently working with the Humatics KinetIQ 300 solution. Its high precision and performance capability in all weather conditions have immense potential to bring new levels of automation and efficiency to ZPMC’s container shipping equipment and services worldwide,” said Haisheng Yang, general manager of the Smart Solutions Group at ZPMC, one of the world's largest manufacturers of cranes and heavy-duty equipment.
AGVs and mobile robots are essential to the Industry 4.0 ideal of smart, flexible factories and logistics centers, and the market is growing rapidly. However, deficiencies in existing navigation technologies limit today’s benefits. Magnetic tape and fiducial-based systems are inflexible and damage-prone, while LiDAR systems are expensive and restricted to indoor, structured environments.
The Humatics Spatial Intelligence Platform overcomes these challenges with three major advancements to the industry. First, it enables effortless route changes without remapping or infrastructure adjustments. Next, it works in both indoor and outdoor environments, robust to all weather conditions. Finally, it allows for navigation in open and constantly-changing environments where vision systems degrade.
Humatics’ Continued Momentum
These announcements lead numerous advances marking Humatics’ continued upward trajectory. The company has increased revenue year over year and made key additions to the leadership team, with a total staff of over 60 employees and a presence in Boston, Huntsville, AL, and the Bay Area. Additionally, Humatics is moving its headquarters in November 2018 to Waltham, MA, to accommodate its rapid growth.
“Microlocation will transform the industrial automation and manufacturing industries,” said David Mindell, Humatics co-founder and chief executive officer. “The commercial launch and technological breakthroughs advance our vision for revolutionizing the way people and machines locate, navigate and collaborate.”
The company will ship the KinetIQ 100 in Q4 this year with global availability. The KinetIQ 300 and KinetIQ OS are expected to ship in early 2019 in North America, with additional geographies becoming available during the following months.
- CEO David Mindell’s blog
- Live product demonstrations at Humatics’ IMTS booth #121226
- Spatial Intelligence Platform product webpages
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 sensors and analytics software comprise the Humatics 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 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. Humatics is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.humatics.com.