7 Nov 2017
Berlin, November 7th, 2017 – R3 Communications presents the EchoRing Radio Board at the SPS IPC Drives 2017 (Hall 10.1, Booth 10.1-232) on 28-30 November in Nuremberg. The EchoRing™ Radio Board is the first product on the market using R3 Communications’ novel deterministic ultra-robust wireless technology.
Today, in production facilities, wireless technology is mainly used for monitoring and maintenance tasks, e.g., by using standard tablets. For safety related applications, however, wired communications are still perceived mandatory, as today’s wireless systems are not providing the required performance in terms of reliability and latency. But with factories turning smart (Industrie 4.0) this is about to change as industry seeks more flexible applications that require robust wireless technologies. EchoRing is the perfect solution for that.
EchoRing’s approach is based on the logical token-ring methodology. In this case, the token packet (auxiliary packet to control a deterministic access to the radio channel) is also used to determine the channel states and the availability of each of the stations involved in the network. Thanks to the resulting complete information that each station has of the system, a “buddy” station is selected, through which the information could be relayed in the eventual case that the direct transmission is unsuccessful. This concept of using spatial diversity is called “massive cooperation” (more info at WWW.ECHORING.COM).
The EchoRing Radio Board that will be presented at SPS IPC Drives 2017 is a jointly developed product of R3 Communications and Schleicher Electronic. The EchoRing Radio Board, similarly to a WiFi module, can be used in any system. As a first application, it will serve as the basis for a Schleicher Tablet Dock HMI, which, by using ProfiSAFE, turns consumer tablets into wireless safety-ready devices.
“The application of EchoRing goes far beyond that, as the technology can be implemented in any system where cables are too inflexible or sensitive” says Dr. Mathias Bohge, Managing Director of R3 Communications. “In addition, highly reliable wireless communications enable new use cases like closed-loop robot control by edge computing nodes” adds Florian Bonanati, his Managing Director colleague. The latter is currently under investigation in the fastRobotics project, where R3 Communications contributes in a consortium built around the German robot manufacturer KUKA.
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About R3 Communications
The R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communications GmbH (R3Coms) has developed a worldwide unique software based technology. Now, it is possible to transform commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) wireless modules into highly reliable real-time wireless communication systems. Its performance characteristics fulfil the highest requirements of industrial IoT and Industrie 4.0 applications with respect to real-time (1ms latency) and availability (PERs up to 10-9). Furthermore, R3Coms also targets use cases in the field of automotive and aerospace. The founding team perfectly combines engineering and business expertise – including machine-to-machine communication professor James Gross – with more than 25 years ICT and more than 10 years of top management consulting experience. 2017, Creathor Venture und IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft strengthened the financial situation of R3Coms investing a seven-digit amount.
About Fast Robotics
The fastRobotics Project, launched in July 2017, aims to develop an innovative system solution that allows robots to communicate with one another, as well as with other sensors and mobile devices. The control concept to be developed in this project with distributed algorithms, sensors and actuators, requires, in addition to a new distributed architecture, real-time wireless communications and efficient coordination of the components. The project partners of the project are R3 Communications, Fraunhofer IFF, KUKA, O&O Software and TU Dresden. LINK TO THE PROJECT