NAiSE in mission of defining the first open standard – OMLOX 

Date: 31.12.2021

Together with our partners: Heidelberg Mobil International, WAKU Robotics, TRUMPF and Safelog, we as a community of solutions providers for indoor-locating technologies defined the world’s first open standard – OMLOX. This way we are laying the foundations to make indoor-locating systems as flexible and user-friendly as possible. 

Even though AGVs/AMRs have become a focal point in today’s manufacturing automation industry, they face one key issue: missing interoperability between different types of AGVs/AMRs, location data, and communication interfaces. Historically, different interfaces have made it challenging to effortlessly control and manage third-party AGVs/AMRs, resulting in complex integrations. 

omlox, the world’s first open locating standard, unifies location data from all positioning technologies and enables vendor-independent locating of all moving objects. In the context of AGVs/AMRs, it complements VDA 5050 – a standardized interface for the communication between AGVs/AMRs and a master control (fleet management software). Together, omlox and VDA 5050 ensure interoperability between different types of AGVs/AMRs and fleet controllers.   

A milestone for companies on the path to Industry 4.0, omlox is an open and interoperable standard that is revolutionizing real-time locating. The result is an ecosystem of providers and solutions that finally makes industrial locating widely available. With omlox, products from different manufacturers can be networked together in a core zone and various locating technologies (ex. UWB, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5G, RFID, and BLE) can be easily connected, all for the first time. omlox works with open interfaces to guarantee interoperable use. 


What are the benefits of omlox?  

  • Open and interoperable – no lock-in effect 
  • Seamless indoor / outdoor tracking across technology boundaries 
  • Retrofit – backward / forward compatibility framework 
  • Plug & Play implementation 
  • Backed by leading solution providers 
  • Standardized open interfaces 
  • Generation of affordable location data 
  • Paving the way to smart factories 
  • Integration of multiple locating technologies 
  • Unlimited compatibility of infrastructures 

Who Needs omlox? Demonstrates Digital Twin of Your Factory 

omlox will make Industry 4.0 a reality. The factory of tomorrow is intelligently networked.  

The vision: In smart factories, all production steps are digitally mapped (with a “digital twin”) and linked to one another to facilitate data exchange. Industrial real-time locating is an important driving factor in achieving this goal. It already enables production processes to be tracked and controlled digitally. Even if not all machines and work steps can be integrated yet, the large quantity of location data ensures that processes are noticeably simpler. 

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