August 1, 2022
Israel-based Cogniteam, which develops the Nimbus drag-and-drop robotics operating system, has announced a partnership with AAEON, a designer and manufacturer of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and edge AI solutions. The partnership will develop ready-to-build robotic hardware with full Nimbus no-code integration, allowing companies to quickly develop and deploy advanced GPS, light and other sensors using field-tested software solutions.
Cogniteam said developing and deploying a robot is time- and resource-intensive, which can take years and risks putting the technology out of date. In response, the companies partnered to develop hardware systems that come with various foundational capabilities – all of which are pre-integrated with Nimbus. “Without this key advantage, operators lack cloud-connected capabilities, which allow for over-the-air updates, monitoring, insights and operational insights,” Cogniteam said.
The company said Nimbus has improved indetration and widespread adoption of ROS and NVIDIA’s Jetson software packagers, as developers can pick from a catalog of algorithms, AI, process control, spatial recognition and more. Robots can then be tested in simulation to understand how they will handle various scenarios before they ever leave a production floor.
“We are honored to have AAEON offer parts that are Nimbus-enabled, allowing rapid uptime by syncing with a virtual environment,” said Yehuda Elmalia, co-founder and CEO of Cogniteam (pictured above). “In a few clicks, developers benefit from a system that’s already familiar with AAEON’s hardware specifications and abilities. Developers can choose off-the-shelf parts and significantly cut development time.”
Moving integration from individual organizations to a centralized platform gives robot operators valuable analytics, fleet management capabilities, over-the-air updates, and remote control features, among others. “This integration allows anyone to access today’s most advanced capabilities using pre-integrated AAEON components,” said Owen Wei, marketing and BD manager at AAEON. “Adding a cloud layer to a robot’s design keeps it up to date with continuous communication to the home base.”
Cogniteam said integration demands will increase as edge devices begin carrying greater processor power and more advanced capabilities. Because features can be added over time, robots and components designed for cloud connectivity integrations benefit from a longer life. In addition, outfitting robots with tools for modern activities lets them remain in the field longer without the risk of becoming obsolete, Cogniteam said.