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Three ways omlox helps Industry 4.0 as an open standard

Wireless technologies are growing and indoor location tracking is a major component of it. As an open standard, omlox can help Industry 4.0.

By Keshav Kumar July 21, 2021
Courtesy: PI North America

In the past, the emergence of various wireless technologies with different characteristics and applications has enabled indoor location tracking. With the adoption of such technologies emerged a new market landscape of vendors providing proprietary solutions. In this realm, omlox can help Industry 4.0 as an open standard.

1. Interoperability lowers TCO

There are several proprietary solutions for indoor tracking in the market today. The current solutions are vendor-specific, and any transfer to other applications needs the support of this specific proprietary vendor. Location tags, drones, autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and such hardware from different vendors are not interchangeable, and the installed solutions depend upon the flexibility and support of this specific supplier. Many of these might seem affordable at first, but then as the solution relies on a single vendor, one can easily notice this vendor lock-in leads instead to inflexibility and unpredictable costs for adaptations later on.

Now, this challenge can only be solved with a uniform standard from the industry itself. And we have it now, with the new open locating standard omlox. Unlimited amounts of different applications from different vendors can be realized interoperably, leading to a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

This is similar to Wi-Fi, where we are accustomed to purchasing the access points from different vendors and using the Wi-Fi signal in various different devices from different vendors. This particular scenario is also possible with omlox.

2. Consumer vs. industry: Data sovereignty

If you compare the consumer sector to the industry with regard to locating technology, you will see what stands out, in particular, is the speed. The consumer sector drives all participants ahead at a very high speed. This is surely because of the fact that this industry consists of comparatively few global players. However, there is another big difference; in the consumer sector, the end-user doesn’t really know or, in some cases, even care less about the ownership of the data generated. But in the case of the industrial sector, the situation is completely different. Here, for example, factory owners are more vigilant, and data sovereignty is very important.

3. Potential of indoor locating with an open standard

Digitalization in the industry has been taking place at a rapid pace and is widely expected to accelerate in the post-pandemic world. But many ideas can only be realized if there are affordable solutions. Assets like tools or orders need to be managed and tracked. Besides asset management and tracking, indoor locating can also guide autonomous vehicles and robots for transport.

The open omlox locating standard aims to support all of these applications and others, such as safety applications, social distancing, access control, and process optimization through analytics enabled by location intelligence.

Because omlox is an open standard, the final application can easily be sourced from different vendors and devices. Software-apps can be added at any point from any supplier, just like we do it every day with consumer devices. By using omlox, one can prevent vendor lock-in, and the locating system can stay flexible. An open standard for positioning solutions simplifies intralogistics and ensures efficiency gains in various industries and verticals.

This article originally appeared on PI North America’s websitePI North America is a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.


Keshav Kumar
Author Bio: Keshav Kumar, global market development – omlox Profibus & Profinet International (PI)