October 10, 2022

InOrbitDevEdition400x275Robotics software developer InOrbit, which develops cloud-based robot operations software, has announced the launch of a Developer Edition and the expansion of its InOrbit Connect program to a growing set of robots. The new edition allows companies deploying robots to build advanced solutions on top of InOrbit’s platform.

The newly announced support for interoperability standards and collaboration with leading robot developers expands the InOrbit Connect program, allowing end users in logistics and other industries to integrate robots from multiple vendors into their operations, InOrbit said.

Building on the existing InOrbit Portal, the Free Edition and InOrbit Connect, the new Developer Edition “empowers developers throughout the value chain to cost-effectively leverage the full scope of InOrbit’s developer platform to build tailored solutions for their unique needs and customers,” the company said.

InOrbit Connect is an industry-wide certification program for integrating smart robots into operations. The number of robot models certified by InOrbit Connect has grown more than 300%, InOrbit said, making it a great choice for end users looking for “a single pane of glass” to orchestrate heterogeneous fleets. Companies in the logistics, retail, hospitality and manufacturing space are looking at multi-robot, multi-site, multi-task and multi-vendor robot operations, and InOrbit said the InOrbit Connect platform can integrate robots via the native InOrbit Agent, the Robot SDK, through commercial fleet management software, or through emerging interoperability standards such as the VDA 5050 or MassRobotics AMR interoperability Standard. Companies can also discover a list of InOrbit Connect-certified robots through the company’s Robot Directory.

“We like to say InOrbit supports the three Cs of robot orchestration: co-existence (allowing robots to share the same space, helping improve safety and avoid traffic jams), coordination (using space optimally for maximum efficiency), and collaboration (enabling robots and people to work in efficient harmony)” said Florian Pestoni, InOrbit CEO and co-founder. “When robot developers participate in InOrbit Connect through one of our interoperability options, they can focus on delivering their unique value. End users can then pick the best robots for their operations.”

InOrbit said it has been involved in the open-source movement for a long time, participating in last year’s release of the MassRobotics connector. In addition, Clearpath Robotics, along with participation by Ekumen, have jointly participated with InOrbit in contributing a new open-source package on Github that allows any ROS2 robot to become VDA 5050-compliant. 

“Connecting VDA 5050 to ROS2 is a major step forward for the industry because now autonomous mobile robots can realize greater value for the largest customers who are unwilling or unable to standardize on a single AGV or AMR platform,” said Ryan Gariepy, co-founder and CTO at Clearpath and OTTO Motors. “The connector enables VDA 5050 compliant master controllers to manage potentially any ROS2-based AMR in addition to the AGVs they already support. This gives facility owners a single pane of glass for material handling management and reduces the risk of vendor lock-in.”

InOrbit also announced expanding its ecosystem of partners in Europe through a collaboration with Denmark-based Mobile Industrial Robots (a division of Teledyne). As a MiR Go partner, InOrbit joins other industry leaders in supporting one of the largest producers of AMRs.

InOrbit is participating in this week’s Association for Advancing Automation (A3)’s AMR & Logistics conference in Boston. Along with OTTO Motors, the company will demonstrate AMR interoperability as connected per VDA 5050 standard protocols.

For more details on InOrbit and its offerings, visit its website here.