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G Shenton posted a topic in News and EventsLely selects PrismTech’s Vortex for Milking Robot System Vortex, based on the DDS standard, provides high-performance real-time data connectivity solution for Lely’s automated milking system http://www.prismtech.com/news/lely-selects-prismtech-vortex-milking-robot-system-vortex-dds Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – July 3, 2017 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its Vortex™ intelligent data sharing platform has been selected by Lely to ensure real-time data connectivity for the company’s automated robotic milking machines, the Lely Astronaut. Dutch based agricultural technology company, Lely, supplies a complete portfolio of products and services ranging from automated feeding systems to barn cleaners and automatic milking robots. The Lely Astronaut is an automated milking system that milks, feeds, and monitors the health of cows. The milking system also examines the quantity and quality of the milk received from the cows, and if necessary, it separates milk that is contaminated or is not to the correct standard. A transmitter on each cow enables the system to identify the cow via a unique number, and a management system maintains specific records for each cow. The Lely Astronaut uses these records to manage the milking and feeding of a cow when it enters the milking robot. PrismTech’s Vortex enables real-time data connectivity for devices and machines based on the Object Management Group®'s (OMG®) Data-Distribution Service™ (DDS™) standard. Vortex includes DDS implementations that can be used to support a range of device technologies, operating systems and programming languages required by a project. It is a key enabler for systems that have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of real-time data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service. Vortex provides Lely with a wide set of capabilities for its control monitoring systems such as automatic discovery, shared memory architecture, configurable QoS framework, and platform portability which, together enable system-wide scalability and save valuable development time. “Because of our constant drive to innovate we have been able to introduce a range of ground-breaking products to the market which really changed the lives of farmers,” said Nico Berkhoudt, Product Development Manager, Lely. “After an extensive evaluation, PrismTech was our clear partner of choice. Vortex will provide our systems with efficient, secure and interoperable real-time data sharing.” “We are very pleased to add Lely to our growing list of customers who are using Vortex in their agricultural systems,” said Hans van’t Hag, Vortex Product Manager, PrismTech. “This is another example of the proliferation of Vortex into new and exciting Internet of Things markets.” Further information about Vortex is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/vortex.
PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice Selected by DexROV Project to Help Deliver Safer and More Cost-effective Dexterous Undersea Operations with Remotely Operated Vehicles Vortex OpenSplice provides the robust low latency communications needed by the project Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – February 13, 2017 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its Vortex™ OpenSplice™ product has been selected by the DexROV project for dexterous undersea operations with Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). Part of the long-term EC Horizon 2020 Blue Growth strategy to support sustainable growth in the European marine and maritime sectors DexROV brings together seven different organisations from all over Europe to challenge what is possible in the realms of undersea operations. DexROV is using and evaluating new technologies to allow safer, more cost-effective undersea operations with ROVs. DexROV will greatly reduce the costs, hazards, and number of offshore personnel needed in underwater operations in the fields of energy, communications infrastructure, science, archaeology and shipwreck recovery by enabling delocalized supervision for deep-sea inspection and maintenance work. The goals of the project are to: move control of ROVs to shore, from a safe distance; overcome the latency involved between onshore control centres and ROVs through autonomous operations; and develop advanced dexterous tools with the capacity to grip and manipulate in ways similar to a human hand. The main challenges of the project include: undersea perception and modeling; navigation and manipulation control; deep water capable dexterous manipulators; far distance teleoperation; and haptic user interfaces. PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice is the leading commercial and open source implementation of the Object Management Group®'s (OMG®) Data-Distribution Service™ (DDS™) standard. DexROV has selected PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice DDS implementation for the project because of its rich set of Qualities of Service (QoS). Vortex OpenSplice is robust to disruptions allowing very low bandwidth network connectivity information sharing between the ROV, satellite and piloting centres. “PrismTech’s Vortex Innovator Program has allowed us to use Vortex OpenSplice on our project,” said Shashank Govindaraj, Robotics Software Engineer, Space Applications Services NV/SA. “We have been very satisfied with the low latency communications and QoS that Vortex OpenSplice has been able to deliver to the project.” The outcomes of the project will be demonstrated in a series of test campaigns culminating in a 1,300 meter deep representative trial in the Mediterranean Sea. Further information about the DexROV project is available from the website at: http://www.dexrov.eu. Full press release at: http://www.prismtech.com/news/prismtech-vortex-opensplice-selected-dexrov-project-undersea-remotely-operated-vehicles
G Shenton posted a topic in News and EventsPrismTech’s Vortex Enables TechOcean’s Internet of Robots Prototyping Modules http://www.prismtech.com/news/prismtech-vortex-enables-techocean-internet-robots-prototyping-modules Vortex, based on the DDS standard, provides platform and programming language independent real-time communications between modules Boston, MA, USA – August 22, 2016 – PrismTech, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its award-winning Vortex intelligent data sharing platform has been selected by TechOcean for its Internet of Robots modules, a system that will accelerate prototyping and implementation of robotics and automation applications. Currently in robotic systems one of the main inhibitors to rapid prototyping is the lack of standardized interfaces between components. This means that integration of a system’s components is often a significant and costly task. Integration of different types of components also demands that a user has specialist (expanded) knowledge and experience in electronics, software and communications technologies. Polish based startup, TechOcean, an automation and robotics specialist focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) for Robotics is now addressing this market need. Its goal is to allow robotic systems to be built more quickly, easily and efficiently. TechOcean’s Internet of Robots is a new distributed system of modules which accelerate the prototyping and implementation of robotics and automation applications. Internet of Robots modules control the internet, electronics, software and hardware of a robot. They allow the sending of data, engine control, management of environmental data and the ability to actually see what your robot sees. Typical users of the Internet of Robots are professional robotics and automation solutions integrators, robotics labs in academic institutions and robotics enthusiasts. A key requirement for the Internet of Robots is that communication between the modules is fast, reliable, real-time and will not be limited to one programming language, operating system or specific hardware. After a market assessment of best of breed communication technologies, TechOcean chose PrismTech’s Vortex for this task. Vortex enables real-time data sharing for devices and machines based on the Object Management Group™'s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard. Vortex includes DDS implementations that can be used to support a range of device technologies, operating systems and programming languages required by a project. It is a key enabler for systems that have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of real-time data with stringent end-to-end qualities of service. “Thanks to a wide range of Vortex tools we will have the possibility to give our users the best cross platform communication experience,” said Wiktor Krzeszewski, Co-Founder of TechOcean. “For us as a company the usage of Vortex DDS will benefit us by boosting product development and reduce time to market for our solutions.” As a startup TechOcean were able to benefit from the Vortex Innovator Program (VIP) designed to provide PrismTech’s latest technologies to startup IoT and very small companies on a cost effective basis. “Companies such as TechOcean truly benefit from our Vortex Innovator Program,” said Steve Jennis, SVP Corporate Development at PrismTech. “The program is ideal for innovative start-ups that desire flexible access to the latest versions of Vortex.” Further information about Vortex is available from PrismTech's website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex.