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For autonomous navigation there are 3 main issues to be tackled: localization, route planning and map interpretation. The localization of an autonomous system can be achieved by using either one of, or combining GPS, triangulation and inertial navigation.

Outdoor Navigation

GPS is fairly straightforward, however, there are situations where GPS is not available, or the environment is not suitable (heavy forest or tunnels). Triangulation is useful either to improve the GPS navigation or to be used alone when both the positions and the throughput of the radio beacons are well known.

Inertial navigation, also called “dead reckoning”, does away with the need of external beacons of any kind, it is self-contained and can’t be jammed. It uses gyroscopes and accelerometers onboard the mobile robotic vehicle. The accuracy of inertial navigation is determined by the efficiency of the hardware, more precise gyroscopes and accelerometers produce better results.

However, over time, the minute inaccuracies can pile up, and regardless of the efficiency of the hardware used in the application, after a time, the overall accuracy can decrease. Inertial navigation systems need course corrections at certain intervals. Therefore, the best navigation system could combine all these methods, capable to assist and complement each other.

Indoor Navigation

Indoor navigation presents a somehow similar problem. Of course, standard GPS can’t be used, so an indoor navigation system will comprise of triangulation, inertial and some sort of shape recognition. The easiest way is to use a magnetic strip or colored strip on the floor. That is not actual navigation but just following a predetermined path. An autonomous mobile robot will use visual elements, such as QR labels – that will be the simplest way – to actually identify the surroundings. Triangulation can be used to a certain degree if, for example, the environment is static, rather than an always changing warehouse.

Our Vision

Business Intelligence is something that everybody seems to know how to do, but rarely people understand what it is about. Because the results, most of the time, are sub-optimal, the term has the characteristics of a buzzword. Business Intelligence is not about fancy reports with charts. Business Intelligence is, more than anything, Pattern Recognition. It is the capability to mine, analyze, interpret the data, recognize the patterns and determine the trends. That is what Business Intelligence has to do.

Business Intelligence needs to be able to compare data-sets, some of which are apparently unrelated, and connect the dots. It is, after all, what an intelligent person does when looking at multiple events or situations and getting to a conclusion a conclusion. A good expert system for example, does exactly that. Business Intelligence sits on top of Statistical Analysis which is precluded by Data Mining. Business Intelligence is aggregating Data Mining and Statistical Analysis results into determining patterns, trends and to formulate a conclusion akin to a human expert in that particular area.

The Importance of Learning

The capability of a system to learn from previous experiences is the main trait of its intelligence. The evolutionary processes in the biological world made the self-learning process the corner stone of survival. Without self-learning, any system is doomed to fail, in one form or another, sooner or later. A self-learning enabled system needs to be capable of recognizing patterns and the effects of these. Such a system needs to be able to make decisions and execute tasks without any prior programming.

Pattern Recognition is the basis of any intelligent system. Without pattern recognition life wouldn’t exist, to begin with. It is the capability of any life form or system to distinguish an edible fruit from a poisonous one, or a dangerous predatory animal from a tame herbivore. It is the bedrock of any system with any form of intelligence. Pattern recognition is related to shapes, colours, but also trends in datasets, from financial data to error logs.

Image processing is highly related to pattern recognition. Whether we are talking about face recognition or car plate recognition, the same type of algorithms are employed, more or less. In the case of facial recognition, a further step is emotion recognition, which is a subset of the same. Other types of image processing are related to identifying the type of objects based on certain characteristics.

Bayesian Networks are a boolean logical statistical application, capable of determining the outcome of certain actions with a certain degree of accuracy. It is similar to the logical analysis that human and any biological life forms do in different ways. One way or another, any life form does some form of risk assessment based on different inputs, previous experiences, and pattern recognition. In AI systems this process is simulated by using Bayesian networks to determine the best course of action. The applicability is vast, it can be used for more or less anything that requires a logical decision-making workflow.

Professional Solutions

We can design and quickly develop prototypes for mechanical and electromechanical systems together with one of our partner companies. Having access to modern manufacturing capabilities, and along with our software skills, we are capable of developing complete automated and robotic systems for industrial use.

Our skilled software engineers can help you develop software for you automation applications.

Why do you need it?

If you are a business owner then you need to ask yourself the following three simple questions.

1. Are any tasks in your business currently done by human workers, that are repetitive and boring?

2. Are any tasks a bottleneck to your businesses' productivity?

3. Do these tasks involve physical or visual activity?

If you answered yes to these questions then chances are you need our Software Automation services. Automation means using specifically created computer software, machines or other technology to carry out a task which would otherwise need to be performed by a human worker.

If you are remotely interested in automating your business then reach out to us to find out more about the kind of services we can provide.