Description

The Super-Beacon is a dual-use beacon – it can both receive and transmit ultrasonic pulses.

The Super-Beacon Beacon can be used in both the Non-Inverse Architecture (NIA) and the Inverse Architecture (IA): Architecture comparison.

Supports license-free 915MHz ISM band (US) and license-free SRD band 868MHz (EU). Support of the 433MHz ISM band (EU) comes with a larger order.

All Super-Beacons have 6D IMU (3D gyro + 3D accelerometer) onboard.

The Super-Beacon is an improved and in all-the-way superior version of Beacon HW v4.9:

  • The Super-Beacon has a separate receiving part with a single wide-beam microphone and sharp DSP filters (like Mini-RX or Industrial-RX has). Thus, it is more sensitive, than Beacon HW v4.9, more resistant to external noise, and easier to setup, because you don’t have to care about turning on and off ultrasonic sensors in order to optimize coverage vs. sensitivity
  • The Super-Beacon can receive any ultrasonic frequency from the bands: 19kHz, 25kHz, 31kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz. The filter can be simply selected in the Dashboard. At the same time, the ultrasonic frequency of Beacon HW v4.9 is HW-defined by ultrasonic sensors and can’t be changed
  • The Super-Beacon can receive several ultrasonic frequencies at once. That is used in the Inverse Architecture. See the comparison
  • The Super-Beacon has several-times improved battery lifetime in TX mode as compared with Beacon HW v4.9
  • The Super-Beacon can work with regular Beacons HW v4.9 and Mini-RX and Industrial-RX in any combination as a part of a Starter Set or as a part of navigation systems. In all cases, beacons shall use the same radio band

The Super-Beacons will supersede the Beacon HW v4.9 and the latter will be discontinued after a while.

Distance between beacons

  • Reaches up to 50 meters in lab conditions
  • Recommended distance is up to 30 meters (RX4 to RX4)
  • Range of stable tracking of Super-Beacon + Super-Beacon is 20-50% bigger, than the range of Beacon HW v4.9 + Beacon HW v4.9 in the same conditions

Coverage area

  • Reaches 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
  • Differential precision is on par or better than in the Beacon HW v4.9, partially, because the sensor is a point – not as spread sensors of HW v4.9; and, partially, because of higher processing power and more advanced algorithms of the Super-Beacon

Location update rate

Non-Inverse Architecture:

  • 0.05–25Hz
  • Can be set manually or in automatic mode
  • 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. – TDMA approach
  • Depends on the radio interface profile (500kbps vs. 38kbps)

 

Inverse Architecture:

  • 0.05–25Hz. Future SW releases are planned to support IMU fusion that will  enabled update rate of up to 100Hz
  • Can be set manually or in automatic mode
  • Depends on the distance between the mobile and stationary beacons (shorter distance — higher update rate)
  • Doesn’t directly depend on the number of mobile beacons – all of them are receiving
  • Depends on the radio interface profile (500kbps vs. 38kbps)

Power supply and battery lifetime

Internal:

  • LiPol battery 1000mAh
  • Battery lifetime totally depends on usage
  • Receiving beacon mode with 8Hz update rate and 10m-submaps => up to 30h
  • Transmitting beacon with 1/10Hz update rate => several months
  • Future power saving features may increase battery life to 1year and more (with very slow update rate or location update on demand)

External:

  • microUSB – recommended for permanent use

Weight

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

Size

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

Description

The Super-Beacon is a dual-use beacon – it can both receive and transmit ultrasonic pulses.

The Super-Beacon Beacon can be used in both the Non-Inverse Architecture (NIA) and the Inverse Architecture (IA): Architecture comparison.

Supports license-free 915MHz ISM band (US) and license-free SRD band 868MHz (EU). Support of the 433MHz ISM band (EU) comes with a larger order.

All Super-Beacons have 6D IMU (3D gyro + 3D accelerometer) onboard.

The Super-Beacon is an improved and in all-the-way superior version of Beacon HW v4.9:

  • The Super-Beacon has a separate receiving part with a single wide-beam microphone and sharp DSP filters (like Mini-RX or Industrial-RX has). Thus, it is more sensitive, than Beacon HW v4.9, more resistant to external noise, and easier to setup, because you don’t have to care about turning on and off ultrasonic sensors in order to optimize coverage vs. sensitivity
  • The Super-Beacon can receive any ultrasonic frequency from the bands: 19kHz, 25kHz, 31kHz, 37kHz, 45kHz. The filter can be simply selected in the Dashboard. At the same time, the ultrasonic frequency of Beacon HW v4.9 is HW-defined by ultrasonic sensors and can’t be changed
  • The Super-Beacon can receive several ultrasonic frequencies at once. That is used in the Inverse Architecture. See the comparison
  • The Super-Beacon has several-times improved battery lifetime in TX mode as compared with Beacon HW v4.9
  • The Super-Beacon can work with regular Beacons HW v4.9 and Mini-RX and Industrial-RX in any combination as a part of a Starter Set or as a part of navigation systems. In all cases, beacons shall use the same radio band

The Super-Beacons will supersede the Beacon HW v4.9 and the latter will be discontinued after a while.

Additional information

Weight 0.025 kg
Dimensions 4.7 × 4.2 × 1.5 cm

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