Description

The Starter Set Super-NIA-3D is based on Super-Beacons.

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 are based 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, like 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, taking 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 another
  • 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 to 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

Super-Beacons support both IA and NIA. Notice, that the set is purely NIA, i.e. all ultrasonic transducers are on the same frequency 31kHz. But you can purchase additional Super-Beacons on other ultrasonic frequencies (19kHz, 25kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz) and re-use earlier purchased 31kHz Super-Beacons and to build IA systems.

Content:

  • 4 Stationary Super-Beacons
  • 1 Mobile Super-Beacon
  • 1 Modem 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.

 

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-NIA-3D is based on Super-Beacons.

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 are based 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, like 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, taking 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 another
  • 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 to 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

Super-Beacons support both IA and NIA. Notice, that the set is purely NIA, i.e. all ultrasonic transducers are on the same frequency 31kHz. But you can purchase additional Super-Beacons on other ultrasonic frequencies (19kHz, 25kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz) and re-use earlier purchased 31kHz Super-Beacons and to build IA systems.

Content:

  • 4 Stationary Super-Beacons
  • 1 Mobile Super-Beacon
  • 1 Modem 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.

 

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

433 MHz (EU), 915/868MHz (US/EU)

Questions and Answers


Владимир
1 year 9 days ago

Здравствуйте! Можно ли купить этот набор в Москве ?

admin
1 year 9 days ago

Да, можно

Владимир
1 year 8 days ago

Напишите, пожалуйста, как это сделать. Если можно, мне на почту.

admin
1 year 8 days ago

Написал в почту

Felix
11 months 14 days ago

I would use the kit set as an indoor AR solution and need to grab the 3D coordinate of each mobile beacon, can it be done by acquiring data from the modem? If so, any wireless way for doing so like Bluetooth, WiFi or similar. In addition, is there any SDK to help fastening my developing task?
Many thanks.

admin
11 months 14 days ago

Yes, it is possible to use the system for VR/AR and quite a few people are using it.

Yes, you can get the data from the modem. But even better – directly from the mobile beacon. We have tested two options:
1) Via virtual UART over USB directly to Android devices, for example, Samsung Galaxy phones
2) Via UART to serial-interface-over-Bluetooth board => any Bluetooth-enabled device (tablet, phones)
https://marvelmind.com/download/ – ready to use Android code

But, we suggest IA systems for your applications – not NIA.

Ayaz
9 months 27 days ago

Здравствуйте где в Москве можно купить?

admin
9 months 21 days ago

Пишите письмо на info@marvelmind.com и все подробно ответим

Mike
9 months 18 days ago

If the mobile beacon needs line-of-sight to 3+ stationary beacons for x,y,z navigation, how does it work in a warehouse with multiple rows of floor-to-ceiling shelf units?

admin
9 months 18 days ago

Each aisle is a separate submap. Thus, the total number of beacons depends more on the complexity of the area rather than on the sheer floor size. So, you are absolutely right. For a warehouse with shelves, you would need significantly more beacons than for the same open floor.

No precise indoor navigation system can work without line of sight in a warehouse full of metal and other non-transparent objects. It is a matter of physics. Some materials are radio transparent for UWB, for example, it may work in a office environment with carton-like walls. But when you move to a warehouse, it doesn’t work. You need line of sight to have precise tracking for all systems: light-based, UWB, or our Indoor “GPS” (radio+ultrasonic based).

Nicholas
7 months 16 days ago

So how exactly do you need to position them? If I want to them into a building about 110m by 18m with a fair amount of noise interference, how many beacons would you say I need? Does it work to have the stationary beacon higher up and the mobile one right along the ground? Was thinking of having a tracking system in our chicken barn.

admin
7 months 16 days ago

Please, check the Placement Manual to start with: https://marvelmind.com/pics/Marvelmind_Robotics_ENG_placement_manual.pdf.
Yes, usually, we recommend to place stationary beacons on the ceiling or high on the wall facing down and mobile beacons as high as possible on your robot or a person facing up. In this way, you will minimize chances of obstruction. Direct line of sight/hearing from the mobile beacon to 2 or more stationary beacons within 30 meters is a must.

If you still have questions: https://marvelmind.com/help/

Felipe
5 months 26 days ago

I’d like to know, if I can get the position information online.
For example, this device is working at store and I get the real time positon XY in my home.

admin
5 months 26 days ago

Yes, it is possible with several ways:
1) When the Dashboard is running on your computer and the Dashboard is getting the location data from the modem, it can send the location data to your Dashboard at home anywhere in the world via UDP and you will be able to see the tracking. You won’t yet have a full control over the system, i.e. you can’t modify or set up the system, but you have all incoming data, including the telemetry from beacons, for example
2) In the near future, you will have similar functionality embedded in the Super-Modem, i.e. you wouldn’t need a computer with the Dashboard running next to the modem. The Super-Modem will do this by itself and you will be able to stream out via UDP. The next step – full remote control of the system via TCP-IP. It will be supported in the Super-Beacons

boris Todem
4 months 16 days ago

Hi, I have mounted an RFID System and your system (Super-NIA-3D) in the same Room and I would like to know, if I can receive the imformations of my RFID system in your system or the opposite send the information of your system to my RFID server?.

can I ask for a full description of your system (LOCALIZATION TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR LOCALIZATION).

I am a student and I chose your technology from Presente.

admin
4 months 16 days ago

Hello,

Yes, it is possible to send a few hundreds of bits per second from the mobile beacon (from your RFID) to the modem/central system and back as a payload.

Full description of the system:
https://marvelmind.com/download/#architectures
https://marvelmind.com/pics/marvelmind_presentation.pdf
https://marvelmind.com/pics/marvelmind_navigation_system_manual.pdf

BR,
Maxim

SYEDSHANU
4 months 7 days ago

Hi,
We order Starter Set Super-NIA-3D and well received the product ,but when we start for testing the Modem is not connecting with power and the led light is not blinking also using USB to PC connect to modem also not detecting but all the 4 Antenna tags are working fine also detecting when connected with PC via USB,It seems the Modem has power supply problem ,Looking forward for your early reply.
Thank You..

admin
4 months 6 days ago

Please, check usual suspects:
– USB cables. They are really different. Even when you have the same USB working with other Marvelmind devices, they may not work with some. Pure mechanical/electrical peculiarities of particular beacons
– Some USB cables don’t have data at all – purely for charging. Check that
– Always connect only one Marvelmind device at a time. Two or more simultaneously connected via USB Marvelmind devices may confuse the Dashboard
– If you really changed several different USB cables and they don’t work, then do DFU re-programming. Maybe, somehow, you lost the SW in your modem
– We ship 100%-tested units. Failures are always possible, but highly unlikely, especially, for the modem, because it is small mature product. It is not easy to kill either, because it is mechanically rigid

SYEDSHANU
4 months 4 days ago

We also test with another notebook connected the USP cable and connected the modem,Also installed the driver ,But we couldnt see the com port in Device manager also there is no led light blinking in the modem,We remove the modem and then connect the beacon and we can see the light blinking and in device manager the comport is added,Only for the modem its not connecting,Looking for early responses.
Thank You

admin
4 months 3 days ago

Sounds rather unusual. But DFU programming is the next step. Please, check the Operating Manual.
For DFU programming, you are not using the Dashboard, but rather the program from ST Microelectronics.

syedshanu
4 months 3 days ago

Thank you for the response as we observe the problem seems from the modem as its not detecting via USB in computer also not charging ,Might be it is defected ,How can we fix it as ,Kindly response ASAP,We need to start our demo app and then need to extend it to use in our factories and to our customer factories.

admin
4 months 3 days ago

Have you tried the DFU programmer? Please, share the photos/videos and the results via email.
This place is not the right for debugging – either FAQ forum and emailing is the right place. Let’s move there. This place is more about general questions about the product. Not for a debugging of basic connectivity or similar.
Thank you.