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Servosila unveils SDR-equipped UGV

25th September 2017 - 03:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Servosila has developed a new UGV called Radio Engineer, the company announced on 19 September.

The new UGV is a backpack-transportable robot with an integrated software defined radio (SDR) payload module.

The radio applications include localised frequency hopping pattern analysis, orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing waveform recognition, outdoor signal triangulation, cognitive mesh networking, automatic area search for radio emitters, passive or active mobile robotic radars, mobile base stations and mobile radio scanners.

The UGV’s rotating head acts as a pan-and-tilt device enabling various scanning and tracking applications. The neck of the robotic head is equipped with a pair of Servosila-made servos with a pointing precision of 3.0 angular minutes. This enables the UGV to point its antennae with high accuracy.

An on-board Intel i7 computer is internally connected to the SDR payload module, making it possible to execute GnuRadio applications directly on the on-board computer. Other sensors of the robot such as a GPS sensor, an IMU or a thermal vision camera contribute into sensor fusion algorithms.

Primarily designed for outdoor use, the SDR module is fully enclosed into a hardened body which provides protection from dust, rain, snow or impact with obstacles while on the move. The UGV and its SDR payload module are powered by an on-board battery making the entire system independent of external power supplies.

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