Description

The Starter Set Super-MP-3D is designed for precise indoor positioning and navigation. It can be used for autonomous navigation of mobile robots, vehicles and drones; for industrial applications, for example, forklifts or people tracking in a warehouse for safety and productivity.

The set is particularly good for: production automation, warehouse automation, safety and productivity for people and vehicle tracking; building geo-fencing zone and tracking inside them.

The starter set is a multi-purpose (MP) set based on Super-Beacons.

Particular focus of the set is on accuracy of positioning. The set can provide up to ±2cm precision even before additional sensor fusion or filtering. That accuracy is about 10 times better than what ultra-wide band (UWB) provides and about 100 times better than it can provide BLE (iBeacon) based systems.

It is the most versatile (see supported architectures below) and the easiest to set up and deploy (no need for manual distances measurement or calibration) set available today (May 2020).

By default, Starter Set Super-MP-3D supports NIA (https://marvelmind.com/pics/architectures_comparison.pdf):

  • 1D – up to 4 mobile beacons
  • 2D – up to 4 submaps, including fully overlapping submaps and 2N beacon redundancy for optimal tracking
  • 3D – up to 1 submap with N+1 beacon redundancy

With additional licenses Starter Set Super-MP-3D can support:

  • 3D Inverse Architecture (IA) with N+1 beacon redundancy
  • IA in TDMA Type 2 (fully-overlapping submaps) – 2N redundancy
  • Up to 3 submaps in 2D IA mode and 1 mobile beacon
  • Upcoming Multi-Frequency (MF) NIA in 3D with N+1 beacon redundancy
  • Upcoming Multi-Frequency (MF) NIA in 2D with N+1 beacon redundancy

 

Super-Beacons support both IA and NIA. Notice, that the set is designed for IA, i.e. beacons have ultrasonic transducers with different ultrasonic frequencies: 19kHz, 25kHz, 31kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz.

Content:

  • 4 Stationary Super-Beacons (19kHz, 25kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz)
  • 1 Mobile Super-Beacon (identical to the stationary Super-Beacons, but on 31kHz)
  • 1 Modem HW v4.9 supporting up to 250 beacons

All beacons (stationary and mobile) are equipped with with 6D IMU (3D accelerometer + 3D gyroscope) and standard 50mm antennas. Effectively, you are getting 5 absolutely similar Super-Beacons

The HW of the system supports two bands:

  1. License-free ISM band (915 MHz) for the US and countries in Region 2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITU_Region)
  2. License-free SRD band (868 MHz) for the EU and other countries: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-range_device#SRD860)

We always recommend to check your country’s local regulations.

 

Without additional SW license, it supports Non-Inverse Architecture (NIA): https://marvelmind.com/pics/architectures_comparison.pdf. Effectively, it becomes equal to the Starter Set Super-NIA-3D: https://marvelmind.com/product/starter-set-super-nia-3d/ supporting NIA 3D, NIA 2D and NIA 1D. The only difference between them is that in Starter Set Super-MP-3D all beacons have transducers on different ultrasonic frequencies whereas in Starter Set Super-NIA-3D they all work on the same 31kHz

The upcoming Multi-Frequency NIA allows having up to 5 times update rate increase for multiple mobile beacons without location update rate reduction inherent to regular NIA with multiple mobile beacon (“hedges”). Check more about different architectures: Architectures comparison.

All essential SW as well as Marvelmind Dashboard API are already included in the price. Just download the Marvelmind SW pack: https://marvelmind.com/download/ => https://marvelmind.com/pics/marvelmind_SW.zip.

Super-Beacons are a newer version of Beacons HW v4.9 and superior to them in nearly all aspects:

  • Super-Beacons have sharp DSP filters (like Mini-RX or Industrial-RX). The Super-Beacons are more sensitive and more interference resistant than Beacons HW v4.9 that rely on analogue filters
  • Super-Beacons have improved TX part and power-saving features that allows up to 10x battery lifetime improvement over Beacons HW v4.9 (depending on the settings and update rate)
  • Super-Beacons as well as Mini-RX and Industrial-RX use a single wide-beam microphone for receiving ultrasound, thus making submaps in complex conditions (larger distances, for example, or noisy environment) much easier to build, than that with Beacons HW v4.9, because the microphone is always on and it has a wide reception diagram. Whereas, with Beacons HW v4.9 in those challenging conditions, one would need to turn off some sensors and, generally speaking, take care about the number of sensors (RX1-RX5) turned on in order to provide proper coverage, on the one hand, and to maintain the right sensitivity on the other
  • All Super-Beacons have 6D IMU (3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope)

Super-Beacons are better than Mini-RX and Mini-TX as well:

  • Super-Beacons are dual-use: they can both receive and transmit ultrasound. You can absolutely freely use them as stationary and as mobile
  • Super-Beacons have external pins (UART, SPI, reset, etc.)
  • Super-Beacons have external antenna for longer radio range and larger maps

 

 

Marvelmind Indoor Navigation System is off-the-shelf indoor navigation system designed to provide precise (±2cm) location data to autonomous robots, vehicles (AGV), and copters. It can also be used to track other objects with a mobile beacon installed on them, for example, forklifts in warehouses or virtual reality (VR) helmets or helmets for construction workers or miners, etc.

The navigation system is based on stationary ultrasonic beacons united by radio interface in a license-free band (915/868 MHz ). The location of a mobile beacon is calculated based on the propagation delay of an ultrasonic signal (Time-Of-Flight or TOF) to a set of stationary ultrasonic beacons using trilateration. No manual calibration is required. No need to know exact locations of the beacons – the system builds the map of beacons automatically.

The set contains a mobile beacon with IMU that gives a possibility for ultrasonic + IMU (3D accelerometer + 3D gyro) fusion. That allows much faster update rate – up to 100Hz and above.

Key requirements proper system functionality:

  • For 3D (X, Y, Z) tracking – An unobstructed sight by a mobile beacon of three or more stationary beacons simultaneously
  • For 2D (X, Y) tracking – An unobstructed sight by a mobile beacon of two stationary or more stationary beacons simultaneously
  • Distance to the nearest 2 or 3 beacons – not more than 30 meters (recommended). In ideal conditions – up to 50 meters
  • Mobile beacon with IMU onboard
Technical Details

Distance between beacons

  • Reach up to 50 meters in lab conditions (Transducer4 to microphone looking straight at each other)
  • Recommended distance is 30 meters (Transducer4 to microphone looking straight at each other)

Coverage area

  • Reach up to 1000 m2 with the Starter Set configurations
  • Coverage for larger territories is similar to cellular networks

Location precision

  • Absolute: 1–3% of the distance to the beacons
  • Differential precision: ±2 cm

Location update rate

  • 0.05–25Hz
  • Can be set manually
  • Depends on the distance between the mobile and stationary beacons (shorter distance — higher update rate)
  • Depends on the number of mobile beacons: for example, update rate of 25Hz for 1 mobile beacon will result in update rate of 25Hz/2 for 2 mobile beacons, and 25Hz/3 – for 3 mobile beacons, etc
  • Depends on the radio interface profile (500kbps vs. 38kbps)
  • Slightly depends on the number of stationary beacons—different than for mobile beacons

Power supply

Internal:

  • LiPol battery 1000mAh
  • Battery lifetime depends on many parameters. Mostly:
    1. Mode  – transmitting or receiving
    2. Location update rate – faster update rate – nearly, proportionally shorter battery life-time)
    3. Radio profile – 500kbps better than 38kbps, because shorter
    4. Submap size or limitation of distance – shorter distance => longer battery life-time
  • Examples:
    • Receiving beacon 8Hz update rate and 10m submaps => up to 65h (tested)
    • Transmitting beacon 8Hz update rate => up to 130h (tested)
    • Receiving beacon 1/10Hz update rate and 10m submaps => more than 500h (tested)
    • Transmitting beacon 1/10Hz update rate => more than 500h (tested)

External:

  • microUSB – recommended for permanent use

Weight

Mobile beacon from Starter Set:

  • 59 grams (including battery 1000mAh and housing and antenna 50mm)
  • 27 grams (bare board w/o battery)

Beacon size

  • 55x55x33 mm (with 50mm antenna: 55x55x65mm)

Description

The Starter Set Super-MP-3D is designed for precise indoor positioning and navigation. It can be used for autonomous navigation of mobile robots, vehicles and drones; for industrial applications, for example, forklifts or people tracking in a warehouse for safety and productivity.

The set is particularly good for: production automation, warehouse automation, safety and productivity for people and vehicle tracking; building geo-fencing zone and tracking inside them.

The starter set is a multi-purpose (MP) set based on Super-Beacons.

Particular focus of the set is on accuracy of positioning. The set can provide up to ±2cm precision even before additional sensor fusion or filtering. That accuracy is about 10 times better than what ultra-wide band (UWB) provides and about 100 times better than it can provide BLE (iBeacon) based systems.

It is the most versatile (see supported architectures below) and the easiest to set up and deploy (no need for manual distances measurement or calibration) set available today (May 2020).

By default, Starter Set Super-MP-3D supports NIA (https://marvelmind.com/pics/architectures_comparison.pdf):

  • 1D – up to 4 mobile beacons
  • 2D – up to 4 submaps, including fully overlapping submaps and 2N beacon redundancy for optimal tracking
  • 3D – up to 1 submap with N+1 beacon redundancy

With additional licenses Starter Set Super-MP-3D can support:

  • 3D Inverse Architecture (IA) with N+1 beacon redundancy
  • IA in TDMA Type 2 (fully-overlapping submaps) – 2N redundancy
  • Up to 3 submaps in 2D IA mode and 1 mobile beacon
  • Upcoming Multi-Frequency (MF) NIA in 3D with N+1 beacon redundancy
  • Upcoming Multi-Frequency (MF) NIA in 2D with N+1 beacon redundancy

 

Super-Beacons support both IA and NIA. Notice, that the set is designed for IA, i.e. beacons have ultrasonic transducers with different ultrasonic frequencies: 19kHz, 25kHz, 31kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz.

Content:

  • 4 Stationary Super-Beacons (19kHz, 25kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz)
  • 1 Mobile Super-Beacon (identical to the stationary Super-Beacons, but on 31kHz)
  • 1 Modem HW v4.9 supporting up to 250 beacons

All beacons (stationary and mobile) are equipped with with 6D IMU (3D accelerometer + 3D gyroscope) and standard 50mm antennas. Effectively, you are getting 5 absolutely similar Super-Beacons

The HW of the system supports two bands:

  1. License-free ISM band (915 MHz) for the US and countries in Region 2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITU_Region)
  2. License-free SRD band (868 MHz) for the EU and other countries: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-range_device#SRD860)

We always recommend to check your country’s local regulations.

 

Without additional SW license, it supports Non-Inverse Architecture (NIA): https://marvelmind.com/pics/architectures_comparison.pdf. Effectively, it becomes equal to the Starter Set Super-NIA-3D: https://marvelmind.com/product/starter-set-super-nia-3d/ supporting NIA 3D, NIA 2D and NIA 1D. The only difference between them is that in Starter Set Super-MP-3D all beacons have transducers on different ultrasonic frequencies whereas in Starter Set Super-NIA-3D they all work on the same 31kHz

The upcoming Multi-Frequency NIA allows having up to 5 times update rate increase for multiple mobile beacons without location update rate reduction inherent to regular NIA with multiple mobile beacon (“hedges”). Check more about different architectures: Architectures comparison.

All essential SW as well as Marvelmind Dashboard API are already included in the price. Just download the Marvelmind SW pack: https://marvelmind.com/download/ => https://marvelmind.com/pics/marvelmind_SW.zip.

Super-Beacons are a newer version of Beacons HW v4.9 and superior to them in nearly all aspects:

  • Super-Beacons have sharp DSP filters (like Mini-RX or Industrial-RX). The Super-Beacons are more sensitive and more interference resistant than Beacons HW v4.9 that rely on analogue filters
  • Super-Beacons have improved TX part and power-saving features that allows up to 10x battery lifetime improvement over Beacons HW v4.9 (depending on the settings and update rate)
  • Super-Beacons as well as Mini-RX and Industrial-RX use a single wide-beam microphone for receiving ultrasound, thus making submaps in complex conditions (larger distances, for example, or noisy environment) much easier to build, than that with Beacons HW v4.9, because the microphone is always on and it has a wide reception diagram. Whereas, with Beacons HW v4.9 in those challenging conditions, one would need to turn off some sensors and, generally speaking, take care about the number of sensors (RX1-RX5) turned on in order to provide proper coverage, on the one hand, and to maintain the right sensitivity on the other
  • All Super-Beacons have 6D IMU (3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope)

Super-Beacons are better than Mini-RX and Mini-TX as well:

  • Super-Beacons are dual-use: they can both receive and transmit ultrasound. You can absolutely freely use them as stationary and as mobile
  • Super-Beacons have external pins (UART, SPI, reset, etc.)
  • Super-Beacons have external antenna for longer radio range and larger maps

 

 

Marvelmind Indoor Navigation System is off-the-shelf indoor navigation system designed to provide precise (±2cm) location data to autonomous robots, vehicles (AGV), and copters. It can also be used to track other objects with a mobile beacon installed on them, for example, forklifts in warehouses or virtual reality (VR) helmets or helmets for construction workers or miners, etc.

The navigation system is based on stationary ultrasonic beacons united by radio interface in a license-free band (915/868 MHz ). The location of a mobile beacon is calculated based on the propagation delay of an ultrasonic signal (Time-Of-Flight or TOF) to a set of stationary ultrasonic beacons using trilateration. No manual calibration is required. No need to know exact locations of the beacons – the system builds the map of beacons automatically.

The set contains a mobile beacon with IMU that gives a possibility for ultrasonic + IMU (3D accelerometer + 3D gyro) fusion. That allows much faster update rate – up to 100Hz and above.

Key requirements proper system functionality:

  • For 3D (X, Y, Z) tracking – An unobstructed sight by a mobile beacon of three or more stationary beacons simultaneously
  • For 2D (X, Y) tracking – An unobstructed sight by a mobile beacon of two stationary or more stationary beacons simultaneously
  • Distance to the nearest 2 or 3 beacons – not more than 30 meters (recommended). In ideal conditions – up to 50 meters
  • Mobile beacon with IMU onboard

Additional information

Frequency

915/868MHz (US/EU)

Questions and Answers


Mikha Bolon
8 days 23 hours ago

Hello
i want use this to contorl and monitoring my robot with arduino for microcontroller. Please give explaint about:
1. Intetrface to arduino..
2. How can i control the movement from your dashboard software
3. How can robot know the the distance and direction to next point?
Thaks

admin
8 days 11 hours ago

1) Please, check here: https://marvelmind.com/download/ => https://marvelmind.com/download/#arduino

2) Yes. There is a manual control. And you can send a path to the robot. Here are a few links:
https://youtu.be/vrn0N97A-8g
https://youtu.be/rjcnDvrS7yk
https://youtu.be/TBTw1njQ7QY
Also, please, check the Operating Manual for more details.

3) The path that is sent to the robot gives the robot the information about the next point. The Indoor “GPS” gives the robot the information about the robot’s current location.
For direction, we recommend the Paired Beacons: https://youtu.be/aBWUALT3WTQ?t=91