Italian producer of attitude and heading reference unit is seeking for distributors/partners
An Italian company specialized in high-end inertial measurement unit has developed an attitude and heading reference unit that combines compensated temperature, accelerometer, gyroscopes and magnetometers. It provides a true heading under certain conditions which are outdoor use and not electromagnetic interference or magnetic disturbance. The company is looking for distributors/partners worldwide under a distribution services agreement.
Partners sought are resellers of products required by companies of the following sectors: • Marine sector: aviation - drones: gimbals systems stabilization in drones and UAV; • Robotics: humanoid robots and industrial robots; • Smart agriculture: precision agriculture; • Renewable energy: wind energy and solar energy.
The Italian company, based in the Latium Region, is an innovative startup that designs and commercialized high-end Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The company has built an AHRS (Attitude and Heading Reference System) sensor that provides true heading for outdoor use and not electromagnetic interference or magnetic disturbance. The unit is characterized for the extremely lightweight and size in the same category of sensors. This IMU has these specific tasks: • Measure Euler angles. roll, pitch, yaw, which is three angles that describe the orientation of a rigid body in the space with respect to a fixed coordinate system; • Linear velocities and the linear accelerations; • True heading for outdoor use. The AHRS unit contains a 3-axis magnetometer. The magnetometer measures the magnetic field at the sensor location. The sensor can be used to find the true magnetic north reference when influenced by the earth magnetic field. Any external magnetic signature has to be estimated and compensated, in order to obtain the best possible heading reference accuracy. The heading estimation is done by integrating the measurement from the magnetometer and the yaw gyroscope. The integration algorithm guarantees high accuracy heading measurement. The motion sensor is capable of reading standard format messages from external sources, such as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) signals or compass messages. The motion sensor uses some of the information to optimize the heading calculation. These AHRS sensors are being used mostly in aerospace applications, such as: • UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) navigation • UAV-based surveying, • Gimbal camera, etc. They can also be applied in sectors such as robotics, smart agriculture, automation & drones, renewable energy, helideck monitoring system and aviation. The company is now expanding globally and is looking for resellers with the competence to sell the device under a distribution services agreement.
Advantages and innovations
The device offers low cost, high accuracy IMU solutions, achieved by the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) & DSP (Digital Signal Processor) integration in the electronic design. FPGA offers a whole new level of real-time performance and filtering excellence. The platform is taking advantage of real hardware circuitry, allowing extremely low latency measurements and estimation. In addition, in the AHRS unit, the magnetometer is used to compensate for the low-frequency drift of the yaw gyroscope. With focusing on data processing and noise filtering and not extremely high-cost gyroscopes and accelerometers the device has achieved high performance at low cost and small size. An advanced distributed parallel calculation algorithm delivers the maximum performance of the unit.
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