TRUMPF and Partners Present omlox, A Positioning Standard for Industry

By Chantal Polsonetti

Company and Product News

The high-tech company TRUMPF and some 60 partners are introducing a standard for positioning technologies.  Called omlox, this new industry standard provides the means to integrate all existing technologies, such as UWB, BLE, RFID, 5G or GPS, and deliver positioning data via a uniform interface.

Omlox may now be used worldwide.  Industry partners from all over Europe, Asia and the USA have committed to supporting it.  The initiators’ goal is to make it easier for industrial customers to use hardware and software from different vendors.

A global language for industry

They have since handed the project over to the PROFIBUS user organization, which is to advance the omlox standard globally.  PROFIBUS has been supporting various industry standards for 30 years now.  It operates worldwide with 1,500 members and 27 national subsidiaries. Interfaces to connect all products have already been defined for omlox.  Both hardware and software solutions will be able to access the standard.  A logo affixed to products will guarantee that they connect to omlox.

Products may be tracked across the board by incorporating various positioning technologies.  Omlox serves to pinpoint the location of forklifts, drones, driverless transport systems or tools from different manufacturers with one and the same infrastructure.  It enables position data to be used far more widely across the factory.  Users can even locate devices inside buildings with accuracy down to the millimeter range, much like what GPS can serve to do outdoors.

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