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Fully integrated AI platform for industrial robotics

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By Nick Flaherty


European AI specialist Mov.ai has teamed up with Lanner Electronics in Taiwan to provide a fully integrated platform for industrial robotics.

The two have combined Lanner’s Edge AI computing appliances, Mov.ai’s Robotics Engine Platform and Nvidia’s Isaac robotic operating system (ROS) platform. This integration provides Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) manufacturers and automation integrators with an AI platform that speeds up development, improves operational efficiency and optimizes robot performance in dynamic industrial environments.

Modern warehouses pose unique challenges for automation. Physical repetition, lack of distinctive features, or frequently changing items are a challenge for perception and navigation systems. Multiple robot types performing different tasks create synchronization and fleet management challenges and numerous integrations are required between management systems and IoT devices. Humans introduce uncertainty while new connected systems require security measures, policies, and update methods that are not engrained in traditional robot systems.

The integrated system uses Lanner’s EAI-I130 Nvidia Jetson-based edge AI computing appliance and Mov.AI’s Robotics Engine Platform that incorporates the Isaac hardware-accelerated packages for perception, SLAM navigation, image processing and more. Developers can drag and drop these Isaac ROS GEMs directly in the Mov.ai development tools to quickly build high-performance robots.

The joint offering provides robot developers with fully integrated high-performance hardware, hardware-optimized robotics SDKs and a visual IDE that wraps it together to speed up development. The solution speeds robot time to market and ensures high-performance robots.

“This is exciting on several levels. First and foremost the integration allows fast time to market for a superior product that meets the needs of today’s warehouse automation challenges. Logistics is a $9 trillion industry, and automation is playing an important role in its optimization,” said Motti Kushnir, MOV.AI’s CEO. “We are excited to integrate Isaac ROS GEMs as part of our strategy to improve operational efficiency and accelerate deployment of AMRs in warehouses and industrial manufacturing environments. Second, from Mpv.ai’s perspective, this is a huge achievement. Nvidia, with its Isaac platform, is a major force in the robotics industry, continuously driving it forward. Together with Lanner, we are honoured to partner to provide the robotics community with the tools they need to create robots that deliver value quickly and continuously.”

“Our expertise in creating NVIDIA-optimized edge computing servers, combined with MOV.AI’s state-of-the-art AMR software powered by NVIDIA edge AI and robotics technologies, provides an off-the-shelf platform to build enterprise-grade autonomous robots for today’s challenging industrial environments,” said Jeans Tseng, CTO of Lanner Electronics. “We are confident that our AMR platform will enable service providers and manufacturers to quickly deploy the top-performing AMR solution to the industrial IoT applications.”

www.mov.ai; www.lannerinc.com

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