Do you need to measure position, speed or attitude in areas where GNSS is not available?
Do you have a GNSS based product or technology that would benefit from an indoor extension capability?
Is your testing restricted to confined areas with a clear view of the sky?
Are you looking to extend your testing for a combination of indoor and outdoor scenarios?
Do you need an indoor positioning system that is easy to install and can be transferred to any of your facilities?
If so, you now have a reliable and easy to use alternative to GNSS that offers the same 2 cm accuracy and will extend your testing capabilities into any environment.
Additionally, you can seamlessly transition between GNSS (outdoors) and VIPS (indoors) offering a complete testing solution.
Connecting to a datalogger (eg. VBOX 3i) enables recording of VIPS data via Serial or CAN.
VIPS has been designed in-house by RACELOGIC engineers allowing for bespoke adaptations and making it an ideal solution for integration in to existing technologies. We are always keen to hear from engineers, integrators and technical partners to explore new applications and collaborations.
Using in-house technology developed by RACELOGIC, VIPS works by utilising a network of stand-alone, battery powered beacons which communicate using ultra-wideband (UWB). The beacons are placed around the perimeter of the operation area (eg floor plan of building or construction site), in known positions which have been manually surveyed using a handheld laser, Total Station or, if time is of the essence, a self-survey can also be performed. The accuracy of the known beacon positions directly corelates to the accuracy of the output measurement, allowing for flexibility in required accuracy verses set up time. The beacons are completely stand-alone, and the option of battery power makes deployment very rapid. A UWB receiver on the target object communicates with the beacons and uses trilateration to determine its position.
This data is combined with the measurements from a highly accurate inertial measurement system, proving real-time, 3D position to within 2 cm. This industry leading accuracy is a result of our custom hardware, software and calibration routines. Additionally, the beacons are temperature calibrated to ensure accuracy in all conditions, from -30°C to +60°C.
The dynamic measurement offered by VIPS makes it an ideal automotive solution for high dynamic vehicle test and validation procedures which are normally performed outside using GPS. Examples include acceleration, braking, handling, crash testing, tyre testing and ADAS sensor validation.
The system can also be used to fill in gaps in GPS coverage in areas such as heavy tree cover, tunnels and urban canyons.
However, the flexibility of VIPS makes it suitable for any application that requires accurate measurement and recording of 3D positioning in sectors including construction, mining and motion capture.
VIPS is also compatible with steering robots, offering highly accurate path following and repeatability for autonomous guidance applications.
Additionally, VIPS is ideal for integration in to existing technologies and product ranges. We are always keen to hear from engineers, integrators and technical partners to explore new applications and collaborations.
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Yes, VIPS can also be used outside as an alternative to GNSS, in areas with limited or no satellite signal.
Note that you would require a minimum of 6 beacons to cover any area, and the beacons require a power connection or battery supply.
What makes VIPS superior to GPS, is that it can acquire lock and achieve full accuracy in less than 0.2 s, so there is virtually no delay waiting for the system to lock onto the beacons.
Yes, it is compatible with steering robots, offering highly accurate path following and repeatability. We used the self-survey method to set up the system for this video, which took 2 people just 30 minutes to install, with no accurate measuring tools necessary.
If the beacons are surveyed using a Total Station, the positional accuracy is < 2 cm. If the self-survey mode is used (seeding the system with rough positions to within 5 m), the positional accuracy is 5-10 cm. The speed is accurate to within ±0.1 km/h, the pitch/roll ±0.1° and yaw ±0.5°.
Yes, the receiver includes a powerful processor which provides real-time information to the VBOX.