Artificial Intelligence

Syslogic adds RTK capability to AI computer

15th May 2024
Harry Fowle

RTK (Real-Time Kinematics) technology enables positioning with centimetre-level precision. Syslogic is now integrating RTK functionality into its AI-enabled Rugged Computer RS A4NA.

This device is interesting for applications in agricultural technology, construction machinery or autonomous vehicles.

With the breakthrough of artificial intelligence at the edge, RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) technology is becoming increasingly important for mobile systems. RTK makes it possible to determine the position of a vehicle or machine with centimetre-level precision. This is an essential feature for autonomous mobile robots and vehicles.

Easy to integrate, no need for additional hardware

Syslogic relies on the technology of the specialist u-blox and has created a technologically interesting and cost-effective solution. The KI Rugged Computer RS A4NA can now be configured with up to two integrated u-blox receivers. This allows RTK functionality to be implemented quickly and without additional hardware. As a further highlight, Syslogic has integrated a heading function. This allows not only the position, but also the rotation angle of a vehicle or machine to be precisely determined. 

For this Syslogic uses u-blox ZED-F9P and -F9H modules in its rugged computer. The two modules are interconnected. The F9P by itself is an accurate GNSS receiver that receives positioning data from satellites. In combination with the ZED-F9H and u-blox’ own PointPerfect correction data service, it is possible to determine the angle of rotation and position with an accuracy of up to three centimetres.

Versatile applications in agricultural technology or construction machinery

With the new rugged computer, Syslogic is targeting users in the agricultural and construction machinery sectors, as well as autonomous mobile robots. Whether fields are being worked autonomously, construction machinery is moving autonomously in remote areas or AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) are navigating through a warehouse, the precise determination of position and rotation angle using RTK and heading is essential.

The Rugged Computer RS A4NA delivers AI computing power with the NVIDIA Jetson Orin platform. Complemented by sensor technology, the AI Rugged Computer RS A4NA is a smart and cost-optimised hardware solution for autonomous systems. Syslogic Product Manager Michael Jung says: "It has never been easier for OEMs and system integrators to implement RTK and heading”. According to Jung, customer demand for the new devices is correspondingly high.

Syslogic's first device equipped with u-blox modules is the NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano-based RS A4NA. The more powerful Jetson Orin NX and Jetson AGX Orin based devices will shortly also support RTK and can already be ordered today.

Technical information

  • NVIDIA Jetson Orin Nano 8GB
  • 4G LTE
  • RTK GNSS with heading
  • Wi-Fi 6E ax/ac/a/b/g/n & Bluetooth 5.2
  • 2x Gbit Ethernet
  • 4x GMSL2 camera inputs
  • 1x CAN 2.0A/B, CAN FD support, isolated
  • DisplayPort & 2x USB (behind service cover)
  • 240GB NVMe SSD, expandable up 2TB
  • 9-45VDC input with Power Ignition Controller

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