Discrete and Process Automation

634AI selects RTI Connext software for its MAESTRO autonomous mobile robot navigation and fleet management solution

25 May 2021

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), a developer of software frameworks for autonomous systems, has announced 634AI, a MushashiAI spin-out company, has selected RTI Connext data distribution service (DDS) for real-time connectivity between its MAESTRO system, a robot-as-a-service software solution, and its Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) platforms. Connext allows for real-time connectivity between systems, supports fast, reliable communication, and enables 634AI to offer a central control tower that can streamline the management and control of AMR tasks on an industrial floor.

As the automation landscape advances rapidly, more suppliers are replacing forklifts with AMRs to complete a wide variety of tasks including navigating around factories and warehouses, and guiding autonomous cargo ships across oceans. However, AMRs tend to run unique or proprietary operating Connext software provides real-time connectivity between distributed autonomous systems. Source: RTIConnext software provides real-time connectivity between distributed autonomous systems. Source: RTIsystems, navigation systems and fleet management systems. The challenge lies in achieving interoperability between equipment and systems that were never designed to communicate with each other in the first place.

634AI created its MAESTRO solution to give customers control and management of AMRs in one centralized artificial intelligence (AI)-based system. RTI Connext DDS software supports fast, reliable communication between the MAESTRO system and AMRs with near-zero latency for critical data, while providing real-time connectivity over Wi-Fi networks. Connext enables easy deployment, while allowing 634AI to avoid investing unnecessary time in building out robust, scalable connectivity systems. With Connext as the underlying communication framework, 634AI is able to add new messaging and devices seamlessly, with zero latency and minimal effort. Due to RTI’s proven software connectivity platform, 634AI now has a common, shared infrastructure to develop, deploy and maintain fully interoperable systems.

The data-centric nature of Connext allows MAESTRO users to gain a real-time overview of the entire industrial floor with continuous tracking and tracing of AMRs, including object identification and recording of movement and inventory. Users can also achieve higher levels of productivity, as the AMRs are now able to consistently avoid obstacles and humans through recognition and real-time path adjustments and alerts, while significantly increasing the efficiency and productivity of indoor operations. With this optimized functionality, equipment and mobile robot manufacturers are freed from solving the complex challenges of autonomous mobility and can focus more heavily on product and technology innovation.

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