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Localization technologies are increasingly used in industrial manufacturing. But because they are based on different wireless standards, they normally only work on their own. 60 manufacturers and IT specialists from around the world got together to solve this problem, including TRUMPF , Heidelberg Mobil , Xetics , SICK AG , Pepperl+Fuchs AG and the research institute CEA Leti : Together, they developed omlox , a new standard for localization technology. It connects localization technologies like ultra wideband (UWB), RFID, 5F and GPS and displays all location data with a uniform coordinate system.

The focus of the development was the networked factory, where ultra wideband has become established as a particularly robust wireless technology. It can be used by driverless transport systems to better calculate positions or to help drones navigate more easily. The new standard allows devices from different providers to be connected directly and to be combined with each other.

The omlox initiative is open to new partners. The long-term plan is that an independent organization will take over the further development of the standard in the future.