DEVICES

Velodyne Lidar Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Stanley Robotics

Velodyne Lidar | September 29, 2022 | Read time : 03:32 min

Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced a multi-year agreement to provide its lidar sensors to Stanley Robotics for an automated valet parking solution. The innovative service uses autonomous handling robots to help car parks to improve the customer experience and increase the number of vehicles that can be stored.

Stanley Robotics is working with Velodyne’s Puck and Velarray M1600 lidar sensors to provide perception and navigation capabilities that enable its all-electric Stan robot to operate autonomously and safely. The sensors provide real-time 3D perception data for localization, mapping, object classification and object tracking. Velodyne’s power-efficient sensors support Stan robots in a wide range of challenging environmental conditions, including varied temperature, lighting and precipitation.

The Stanley Robotics automated valet parking solution equipped with Velodyne sensors is already in operation in airports and finished vehicle logistics in Europe and Japan, with further deployments expected in 2023, including North America.

“High-performance sensors are key to enabling our autonomous mobile robots to reliably navigate and maneuver in narrow parking lanes, Velodyne’s lidar sensors deliver the performance for Stanley Robotics’ innovative solutions. This agreement reflects Velodyne's ability to serve the unique nature and high-level requirements of our use cases. This partnership with Velodyne also provides Stanley Robotics privileged access to best-in-class technology in the field of lidar sensors.”

Mathieu Lips, COO, Stanley Robotics

“Stanley Robotics is transforming logistics for vehicles with its autonomous mobile robot technology,” said Laura Wrisley, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Velodyne Lidar. “Equipped with Velodyne’s lidar sensors, Stan robots provide the precision needed to safely move, park and deliver cars where and when customers need them. This advanced system aligns with efficiency and sustainability goals of car park operators, parking cars in dense blocks and relieving the need to add costly new parking areas.”

Stanley Robotics is partnered with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) to deliver business opportunities in Japan and Asia-Pacific and collaborate on future industrial projects. The initiative combines Stanley Robotics’ advanced expertise in autonomous mobile parking robots and MHI’s industrial power. Also, MHI invested in Stanley Robotics technology to accelerate the delivery of value to customers.

Transforming Car Parks with Advanced Technology
Using the Stanley Robotics parking service, equipped with advanced autonomy technology utilizing Velodyne’s lidar, drivers leave their vehicles at a dedicated drop-off/pick-up area where the robot takes the car to a secure parking area not open to the public. When customers return, the car is waiting in the designated area, providing drivers with significantly enhanced convenience. The Stanley Robotics automated valet parking service, powered by Velodyne’s lidar, enables efficient use of limited parking space at airports, shopping malls and more, fitting more vehicles in a single line just centimeters apart. Car parks can then increase the number of cars in a given area by up to 50 percent.

About Velodyne Lidar
Velodyne Lidar ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, the global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including robotics, industrial, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

About Stanley Robotics
Stanley Robotics is a deep tech company that combines hardware and software to provide solutions for outdoor logistics. The technology lies in a robot lifting and moving cars autonomously and in an intelligent storage management software. Robotics has transformed indoor logistics (e.g., in warehouses), resulting in a spectacular increase of productivity. Stanley Robotics’ ambition is to bring this transformation to outdoor logistics with their proprietary technologies. Founded in 2015, the SME is headquartered in Paris, France, and is also behind the world's first outdoor robotic valet parking service.

Spotlight

Internet of Things (IoT) market forecasts show that IoT  already making an impact on the global economy. While estimates of the economic impact during the next five to ten years vary slightly (IDC estimates USD 1,7 trillion in 2020 [1], Gartner sees a benefit of USD 2 trillion by that time.


Other News
SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Molex Explores the Potential of the Industrial Metaverse to Accelerate Next-Gen IoT Infrastructures in New Research Report and Webinar

Molex | November 03, 2022

Molex, a global electronics leader and connectivity innovator, today released a new report that examines the emerging world of the industrial metaverse and its impact on next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures. To help companies prepare for what lies ahead, "Unleashing the Power of the Industrial Metaverse" offers pragmatic insights on the integration of physical and virtual technologies and processes to speed product-design cycles while improving production-line efficiencies and economics. "One of Molex's greatest assets is our engineering expertise, and the industrial metaverse will streamline everything from product development through commercialization and ultimately fulfillment, Modernizing IoT infrastructure to take full advantage of the metaverse is a strategic business imperative that will result in deeper, more productive customer experiences and richer data insights today and well into the future." Mike Giresi, Chief Digital Officer, Molex Industrial Metaverse as Productivity Force Multiplier Molex and Arrow commissioned the development of this report to offer perspective on how the industrial metaverse will transform manufacturing through increased adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), digital twins, Machine Learning (ML) and predictive analytics. These early enablers already are gaining traction in industrial settings to support manufacturing automation, process optimization, remote assistance, and training, as well as predictive maintenance. As these technologies and use cases establish a firm foothold, they will create momentum for consumer-focused applications by facilitating faster inflection points and quantum leaps in productivity. According to the report, a robust industrial metaverse will deliver unprecedented value, starting with the design and ideation phase of product development all the way through manufacturing, sales, service and maintenance. Immediate and Long-Lasting Impact on Next-Gen IoT The industrial metaverse also will have a major impact on next-gen IoT infrastructure while creating new opportunities and challenges for today's engineers. As such, engineers are uniquely positioned to be among the first group to tap the full potential of the industrial metaverse. To that end, the report addresses five functional pillars, including speed and bandwidth, signal integrity, form factor, power consumption and electromagnetic interference (EMI). In addition, the report offers guidelines for how companies can get started, as well as advice on integrating core capabilities throughout their internal and external business processes while ensuring secure connectivity and seamless data analysis. Molex and Arrow Sponsor Industrial Metaverse Webinar The webinar "Unlocking the Potential of the Industrial Metaverse" will be held on December 6, 2022, at 9AM PT/12PM ET Expert panelists will discuss how the industrial metaverse is transforming manufacturing and what to do to prepare for the next wave in digital transformation: Samantha G. Wolfe, Founder of PitchFWD, an emerging tech consultancy, adjunct professor at NYU's Steinhardt School and co-author of "Metaversed" Mark Schuerman, Senior Business Development Manager, Molex and industrial automation expert Rob Meyer, Digital Engineering Manager, Arrow and lead technical consultant for e-commerce operations Click here to register for the webinar Molex Reinforce Industrial Automation Expertise at SPS'22 Molex also will be joining other industrial automation leaders at SPS 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany, November 8-10, Hall 10.0, #110 Visit Molex to learn how the company is optimizing the power of Industry 4.0 technologies and delivering the latest Ethernet capabilities About Molex Molex is a global electronics leader committed to making the world a better, more-connected place. With presence in more than 40 countries, Molex enables transformative technology innovation in the automotive, data center, industrial automation, healthcare, 5G, cloud and consumer device industries. Through trusted customer and industry relationships, unrivaled engineering expertise, and product quality and reliability, Molex realizes the infinite potential of Creating Connections for Life.

Read More

ENTERPRISE IOT

Friendly IoT Platform to Manage Tens of Millions of IoT Devices

Friendly Technologies | November 25, 2022

Friendly Technologies, the IoT and Device Management company, enters the realm of smart utilities with multiple new Internet of Things projects spanning the globe. Alongside the recent upgrade to Friendly IoT version 6.3.0 for telcos and IoT enterprises worldwide, Friendly Technologies will now manage tens of millions of IoT-enabled smart meters for water, gas, and heating utilities. Friendly IoT version 6.3.0 helps Friendly Technologies'' customers introduce new projects and verticals with ease. Friendly's new Application Enablement Platform combined with the Friendly One-IoT device management software allows organizations to manage devices, collect and analyze data, implement automated workflows, integrations, multi-tenancies, access control, create unique dashboards, and more - all in one user-friendly interface. The E2E device management platform from Friendly Technologies also stands out with its scalability - able to scale en masse without skipping a beat, as well as the capability to be deployed on-cloud or on-premise. Friendly Technologies began its journey in 1997 and currently has over 250 active customers worldwide. Some of the most significant communication service providers, including Tier-1 telecommunication and IoT-enabled businesses, use the Friendly IoT Device Management platform to provision, manage, and monitor their devices. It is an active member of the Broadband Forum and the Open Mobile Alliance, always staying future-ready. In addition to provisioning, management, and monitoring of devices, the Friendly IoT Management platform comes with robust security features and integrations with third-party tools, such as Microsoft Azure IoT and others.

Read More

ENTERPRISE IOT

Renesas to Bolster Low-Power WAN Product Line with NB-IoT-Capable Wireless Module

Renesas | November 17, 2022

Renesas Electronics Corporation a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, is expanding its low-power WAN product line as part of its strategy to deliver connectivity devices used for smart cities, smart homes, medical devices and industrial applications. The new RYZ024A supports Cat-M1 and NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) internet connectivity without the need for a gateway and consumes just 1µA (microamp) while in power savings mode, significantly less than competing products. The RYZ024A supports extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) and has an extended voltage range from 2.2V to 5.5V which makes it ideal for battery-powered applications. Renesas announced the details of the new product at electronica, Munich, Germany, November 15-18, 2022. Similar to its predecessor, the RYZ014A module, the RYZ024A offers seamless Cat-M1 wireless connection capability, but the new module adds the option to integrate NB-IoT. While Cat-M1 and NB-IoT are both Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies, NB-IoT uses only a portion of the available spectrum, making it more power efficient and therefore extending the operational life of battery-powered systems. NB-IoT also offers excellent coverage depth, including underground and in enclosed spaces. The module provides two power amplifier output levels: 20dBm (decibel-milliwatts) and 23dBm, ensuring coverage at the cellular network’s edge as well as deep indoor environments. The RYZ024A is being developed in collaboration with Sequans, a leader in cellular IoT technology, and will be fully tested and certified to work with all major radio frequency regulatory specifications defined by organizations such as the Global Certification Forum (GFC) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB). The certification ensures compliance with complex RF regulatory and carrier-specific requirements so that engineers can immediately start building IoT systems for leading carriers in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. “Cellular LTE-M and NB-IoT categories are now the de-facto wireless standards for connecting low-power IoT devices with global network coverage, Renesas’ second-generation wireless module based on our Monarch 2 platform offers a certified hardware and software combination with all of the advanced features needed to accelerate the implementation of wireless IoT systems around the world.” Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans Renesas will provide all the tools and software that engineers need to design IoT-ready, power sensitive systems based on the RYZ024A, including an evaluation kit, a software stack and RF certifications. Compared to conventional chipset-based designs, designing in the RYZ024A module will reduce the PCB size by 60 percent and cut development time by up to 90 percent, since the product offers full hardware and software support to integrate the RA or RX family of MCUs. “Renesas has been aggressively expanding its connectivity portfolio with strategic partnerships and acquisitions for the past five years,” said Roger Wendelken, Senior Vice President in Renesas’ IoT and Infrastructure Business Unit. “The RYZ024A is a great example of our expansive connectivity solution offerings that complement our broad range of embedded microcontrollers and microprocessors to deliver performance, scalability and exceptional reliability.” RYZ024A Winning Combinations Renesas has developed the "Solar Powered Location Tracker" solution, which is a modular asset tracking solution with flexible wireless options that efficiently transmit data. The solution is controlled by a central MCU (RA2L1) that balances low-power requirements, interfaces, performance, and flexibility. Along with complimentary Renesas products such as power ICs and communication modules for Wi-Fi (DA16600MOD), and Cat-M1 and NB-IoT module (RYZ024A), this solution provides connectivity options and an optimized power supply system that has been tested to accelerate development of tracker platforms. This solution is part of Renesas’ Winning Combinations, which optimally combine mutually compatible Renesas devices that work together seamlessly to reduce user design risk and shorten time to market. Renesas offers more than 300 other Winning Combinations with a wide range of products from its portfolio.

Read More

ENTERPRISE IOT

Sateliot, the world's first satellite operator to provide standard 5G NB-IoT connectivity, joins IMC

IoT M2M Council | September 12, 2022

Satellite connectivity provider Sateliot has joined the largest trade organization serving the IoT sector – the IoT M2M Council (IMC) – to raise awareness of its novel technology that seamlessly combines low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity with more traditional cellular networks and for the first time in history under standard 5G protocol. Sateliot provides connectivity for off-the-shelf, unmodified 5G NB-IoT devices covering 100% of the Earth. The IMC is comprised of 25,000 product makers/designers and enterprise users that deploy IoT solutions in a wide range of vertical markets around the globe. "Our solution allows the same few-dollars NB-IoT RF module that works over cellular to connect, without any change in hardware, to our constellation of satellites, allowing basically seamless everywhere connectivity" says Sateliot CCO Gianluca Redolfi, who will represent the company on the IMC Board of Governors, "We look at the IMC as an ideal platform to establish thought leadership in crucial vertical markets – IMC membership will drive awareness among buyers of IoT technology." The combined connectivity service allows for ubiquitous global coverage at a fraction of the cost for traditional satellite connectivity. Sateliot's Early Adopters Program (EAP) is still open and offers early access to the technology at better conditions, already attracting hundreds of companies interested in deploying the services. The company's first satellite was launched in March of 2021 and plans call for the launch of a broader constellation by first quarter of next year via the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (also known as the SpaceX program), with an eye towards commercialization in mid-2023. "We welcome Sateliot and its unrivaled new technology to the IMC Board of Governors, and we expect to be hearing a lot more about it – and LEO technology in general – in the coming months," IMC Chairman Romil Bahl, President & CEO of KORE For its part, the IMC provides template RFPs to help its rank-and-file membership source IoT technology, organizes educational events, and provides tools to help assess IoT readiness. About the IoT M2M Council The IMC is the largest trade group dedicated to the global IoT sector. Board companies include 1NCE, Aeris, Airgain, Astrocast, AVSystem, BICS, Blues Wireless, Digi International, Fibocom, floLIVE, Ground Control, Gurtam, iBasis, Ignion, IoT Launch, Keyfactor, KORE, Losant, Microsoft Azure IoT, MultiTech, Pelion, Pod Group, Quectel, RevX Systems, Sateliot, Somos, Tata Communications, Telit, Utimaco, Vodafone.

Read More