Freitag, 23 Juni 2017 iMAR Navigation at AMT 2017 in Stuttgart

iMAR Navigation at Automotive Testing Expo 2017 in Stuttgart

iMAR presents proving ground equipment for up to SAE level 5 testing

In June 2017 iMAR exhibited at Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart / Germany and presented its proving ground equipment for testing & verification of vehicles up to SAE level 5. We also presented, besides our traditional systems of type  iTraceRT, our system family iTraceRT-MVT, iNAT-FSSG, iNAT-FSLG and iNAT-M200, our latest generation of inertial measurement systems, which are designed for both, for the high accurate surveying and motion analysis as well as for the advanced automated and autonomous steering and control of vehicles with lowest latency and jitter.

The large number of visitors on our booth and the very detailed discussions with the highly skilled experts showed us the high relevance of our products for present and future testing of vehicles on the proofing ground and in the real world. 

Dienstag, 06 Juni 2017 iSWACO-ARGUS proving ground setup (localization, communication, vehicle control etc.) Test execution with VUT (VW Passat) and SCT (4a-Systems target with integrated iMAR iNAT-M200 navigation) iSWACO-ARGUS: Trajectory planning and execution - accurate, repeatable and efficient execution iTraceRT-MVT-500: INS/GNSS systems for vehicle motion measuring & trajectory control, designed for minimum lowest true latency & jitter

iSWACO-ARGUS: The Toolchain for Efficient Testing of Highly Automated Vehicles on the Road

iMAR presents Advanced Proving Ground Technology for up to SAE Level 5  

For more than 25 years iMAR is a leading company providing strapdown inertial reference systems for testing automotive driver-assistance systems and for driver comfort testing on highest and most durable performance level.

The introduction of highly and fully automated vehicles (i.e. from "hands off" up to SAE level 5 "optional wheel") requires extended testing, verification and homologation methods for the vehicles.

iMAR provides the required solution with iSWACO-ARGUS, enabling the user to perform fail-safe repeatable scenarios with up to 100+ moving objects (1 or more Vehicles under Test / VUT, several Traffic Simulation Vehicles / TSV and several Soft Crash Targets / SCT) on his proving ground.

Hence, iSWACO-ARGUS, which stays for "Swarm Control & Continuous Surveillance", is the unique toolchain for vehicle testing purposes specially designed to cover today's challenging requirements - including INS/GNSS based localization and control of all vehicles on sub-decimeter level, RF communication between all vehicles and the central mobile control center, data analysis as well as trajectory and scenario planning software to plan, simulate and execute complex perfectly emulated traffic scenarios on the proving ground, including operation of traffic lights, traffic signs or rain simulators etc.

All together, iSWACO-ARGUS enables the OEMS as well as the testing organizations to carry out the type approval or homologation for automated and autonomous vehicles, to test the VUT under probably all environmental conditions in real Traffic Scenarios now and in the future, up to SAE Level 5.       

Further information:

iSWACO-ARGUS: Product Flyer (4 pages)

iARGUS-CMD: Product Flyer - software to plan and execute complex traffic scenarios on the proving ground 

iSWACO-ARGUS: Video with complex conditional lane change traffic scenario (driverless driven iTSV-KIA-NIRO by iMAR technology without any need of any steering robot) on proving ground Zweibrücken / Germany 6/2018 according to the PEGASUS requirements (7:10)

iSWACO-ARGUS: iMAR wins the Tech.AD 2018 Award for iSWACO-ARGUS during an international ceremony

Video of SoftCrashTarget with iMAR's Navigation&Control Unit iNAT-M200 inside (in collaboration with 4a-Systems)

iSWACO-ARGUS: Video of operation with testing scenarios of traffic jam and a lane change (driverless driven TSV by iMAR technology without any need of any steering robot) on proving ground Pferdsfeld / Germany with TÜV-Süd Auto-Service GmbH and Volkswagen AG in 10/2017 (6:45)

iXCOM-CMD: Video of monitoring a lane change (driverless driven by iMAR's iSWACO-ARGUS setup without any steering robot) on proving ground Pferdsfeld / Germany with TÜV-Süd Auto-Service GmbH and Volkswagen AG in 10/2017 (1:47)

iSWACO-ARGUS: User Manual

iSWACO-ARGUS: Poster (PEGASUS contribution)

Note: The above mentioned development activities are partially based upon governmental funding within the project PEGASUS by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, where iMAR Navigation had been invited to participate and to contribute it's deep know-how and knowledge in automotive testing with inertial, GNSS and stereo vision based sensor technologies. See the following link for details: 


Donnerstag, 01 Juni 2017 iMWS: Magnetic Wheel Sensor

Delivery of 500th Magnetic Wheel Sensor iMWS

iMAR's iMWS vehicle motion sensor in many navigation and surveying applications  

Since more than 10 years iMAR manufactures the iMWS wheel speed sensor and this month we manufactured the 500th of it. For skilled integrators, following the instruction manual step by step, the integration of this sensor on the rim of the wheel is much faster than to integrate a full incremental encoder. It is used where a resolution of few centimeters is sufficient and where a fast integration is mandatory. As it is mounted on the wheel itself, the magnetic strip and the adjustment of the sensor head has to be executed again when the wheel is exchanged. Also a periodic imechanical nspection is recommended.    

Further information:

Product Information iMWS-V2

Donnerstag, 01 Juni 2017 Training of fire brigade at iMAR facilities in 2017 Report about the training of the fire brigade at iMAR in the local newspapers

iMAR sponsoring "fire brigade project" at local school in St. Ingbert

Social/technology education for kids to help people in need   

The local integrated school of Rohrbach / St. Ingbert has started a new project: Together with the local volunteer fire brigade they founded a project group for about 20 pupils to stimulate their interest in technology in combination with reinforcing their social engagement to be a helper for people in need and to protect lifes and goods.

We, iMAR Navigation, found this idea very interesing and sponsored these activities significantly with basic equipment like clothes and firefighter's helmets for kids. 

Press Release from the local volunteer fire brigade Rohrbach / St. Ingbert:

iMAR unterstützt Projekt Feuerwehr-AG in Rohrbach / St. Ingbert (in German language)

Montag, 03 Oktober 2016 iNAT-M200/SLN: Advanced INS/GNSS Solution with integrated Black-Box Functionallity iXCOM-CMD GUI software for system configuratin, system operation and data visualization / conversion (map: Dolderer's qualifying 2016-08-14) Photograph of Dolderer Team after pre-qualification on Abu Dhabi, 02/2015

iMAR at Red Bull Air Race with iNAT-M200/SLN (Ascot / Lausitz / Indy 2016)

iMAR's iNAT-M200/SLN used in Team M. Dolderer for Flight Path Optimization

Since 2 years Matthias Dolderer, the German aerobatic pilot of the Red Bull AirRace Master Class World Championship, uses sucessfully iMAR Navigation equipment for flight path optimization and demonstrated the advantages of using our INS/GNSS measurement data by becoming the 2016 World Champion at the penultimate race in Indianapolis / USA in October 2016. Congratulations to Matthias Dolderer from all iMAR Navigation team!

The MD21 team uses the iNAT-M200/SLN, which provides high accuracy, data rate up to 500 Hz, sub meter accuracy, up to 30 g range and all that within a very low weight and small enclosure.

Other Applications: iNAT-M200 for Trainer Aircrafts and UAVs

The RedBull application has powerful demonstrated, that the iNAT-M200/SLN is the best choice to monitor the flight motion of trainers during pilot's education as well as to navigate and control even most dynamic UAVs.  

Link to Red Bull Air Race

Further information:

Datasheet iNAT-M200/SLN Miniaturized INS/GNSS Solution(0.03 deg roll/pitch, 0.05 deg heading, < 0.1 m/s speed error)

iNAT-M200: INS/GNSS for Trainer Aircrafts and Aerobatic Flight Surveying (2016)

Report iNAT-M200/SLN on Edge 540 during Red Bull AirRace in Ascot 2016

Mittwoch, 21 September 2016 iNAT-RQT-4003: High Performance Ring Laser Gyro Based Surveying & Navigation System Airbus Helicopters: Using iMAR's iNAT-RQT-4003 as Surveying Tool

Airbus Helicopters uses iNAT-RQT for Aircraft Testing & Certification

Measuring and Recording Trajectories and Flight Dynamics 

The iNAT-RQT-4003 is now also used by Airbus Helicopters to acquire the full flight motion dynamics in the test field to assist the qualification and certification of their helicopters.

The iNAT-RQT-4003 is an advanced INS/GNSS system with ring laser gyro performance, which allows the online output of all inertial measurements (position, velocity, RPY, rates, acceleration, all standard deviations, BIT etc.) via Ethernet, CAN and UART / NMEA0183 as well as the simultanous storage of all data with up to 400 Hz on an internal 32 GByte memory. 

The iNAT-RQT-4003 is free of any ITAR regulations and can be exported under simplified "dual-use" regulations worldwide. 

Further information:

Datasheet iNAT-RQT-400x


Freitag, 22 Juli 2016 iNAT-M200: Localization and Navigation on DESIRO Regional Train iXCOM-CMD GUI software for system configuratin, system operation and data visualization / conversion

iNAT-M200/SLN on DESIRO Train

Exploration of iNAT-M200 Performance for Train Location and Driver Assistance 

iMAR performed successfully a several days test campaign on a regional train of type DESIRO to demonstrate the high peformance and reliability of the iNAT-M200 system with its integrated INS/GNSS/ODO based data fusion. The iNAT-M200 is used for train localizatin as well as for attitude & heading reference, also to aid other sensors which might observe the train's surroundings and to assist the train driver (ADAS).

Further information:

iNAT-M200 Datasheet (INS/GNSS with included odometer interface and sophisticated data fusion)

Paper: iNAT: INS/GNSS/Odometer Data Fusion in Railway Applications (2016)

Dienstag, 19 Juli 2016 Gyro Compass Memorial at iMAR in St. Ingbert Gyro Compassing Icon / True North Indication (TN)

iMAR erects Memorial in St. Ingbert in H. Anschütz-Kaempfe's honour, Inventor of Gyro Compass

iMAR errichtet Kreisel-Denkmal in St. Ingbert zum Andenken an H. Anschütz-Kaempfe

1908 the first time ever a gyro compass had been used as a true heading reference - it had been on the German cruise ship SMS Deutschland.

1908 wurde erstmals ein Kreiselkompaß auf einem Schiff als Nordreferenz eingesetzt - es war auf dem deutschen Linienschiff SMS Deutschland.

The inventor of the gyro compass was Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe (1872 - 1931), who had been born in Zweibrücken, a town located only 15 km south-east of St. Ingbert, where iMAR has its headquarters. The gyro compass increased the navigation accuracy, seafety and had been the basis for the modern maritime traffic.

Erfinder des Kreiselkompasses war Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe (1872 - 1931), der in Zweibrücken, nur 15 km südöstlich des Unternehmensstandortes von iMAR in St. Ingbert, geboren wurde. Ohne ein solches "Gyro Compassing" zur präzisen Navigation wäre der folgende Ausbau der Schiffahrt kaum denkbar gewesen.


Freitag, 01 Juli 2016 iTraceRT-MVT-200: Navigation Kernel of iSWACO-M200

iSWACO-M200: Navigation and Vehicle Controller for Swarm Control

INS/GNSS solution with included LTE / GSM / WLAN and integrated vehicle control

Swarm Control is a most important application for highly autonomous operating vehicles. All vehicles have to operate within a shared space, a joined task has to be fulfilled and therefore the trajectory control of each swarm member (e.g. autonomous marine vessels, unmanned airborne vehicles, highly automated road vehicles etc.) is as mandatory as communication is between every member and - if desired - also with a control center.

With iSWACO (Swarm Control Navigation & Communications & Vehicle Control) iMAR has launched a family of systems to serve the needs of highly autonomous operating vehicles. Beside of the localization task (INS/GNSS etc.) it contains a powerful multi-band RF communication and also an integrated, but for safety reasons separated microcontroller which is used to inject set values to the vehicles actuators (engine torque, steering, brake...) in real-time for automated or autonomous vehicle control purposes.   

Hence iSWACO-M200 is a device with an integrated navigation solution based on inertial sensors and a highly sophisticated data fusion by incorporating information from GNSS, wheel sensors, RADAR or stereo camera for precise positioning as well as environmental survey.
Additionally iSWACO contains a powerful communication module for LTE, GSM and WLAN, to be able to interact with all other swarm members in the neighborhood as well as with an upper level control center.

Further information:

iSWACO-M200 Datasheet (INS/GNSS with included RF Communication and integrated Vehicle Control)

Donnerstag, 02 Juni 2016 Hexapod: 6DOF Motion Simulator with 1'000 kg Payload Capability

iMAR expands lab by powerful Hexapod for Testing Sensors and Stabilized Platforms

Motion Simulator for Real World Testing @ iMAR

Rate tables or turn tables are used to measure and calibrate inertial sensors and systems regarding angular rates or orientation in space, but they are not suitable to perform tests regarding linear motion or acceleration, as they are required for translational motion testing or tumbling motion testing under marine motion excitation.

To be able to test inertial sensors and systems or gimbals or gyro stabilized platforms regarding 6 DOF motion (roll, pitch, yaw as well as angular rates, acceleration, velocity and translational motion on all axes) during a FAT or within the development phase of new products, iMAR installed a powerfull hexapod. This hexapod can carry up to 1'000 kg payload and provides up to 1 g acceleration, up to +/- 450 mm displacement, up to 1 m/s speed, +/- 30 deg in roll / pitch / yaw and 50 deg/s angular rate. The hexapod is mounted in the new iMAR building C with access to the installed 5-to crane system for easy handling of the payloads.

The new hexapod completes the already available in-house testing equipment at iMAR, i.e. 40 kN vibration and shock test system, several multi-axes turntables and temperature chambers, centrifuge, 3D coordinate measuring machine, automatised (driverless) controlled automotive platform etc.       

Video of iIPSC-MSG-60 installed on iMAR's hexapod test facilities (70 MByte)   (c) iMAR Navigation GmbH


Mittwoch, 18 Februar 2015 ZEISS CONTURA coordinate measuring machine supports iMAR's mechanical manufacturing workshop Miniaturized RLG based navigation system of type iNAT-RQT-4003 during surveying of reference points

iMAR installs a ZEISS CONTURA Coordinate Measuring Machine

New Service for our Clients from the Surveying Business

For precise surveying applications using inertial or optical sensors, beside of a highly accurate time stamping and synchronization of all measurement data an most accurate mechanical reference of the systems is required for a seamless integration of the navigation Systems into the user's application.

iMAR now provides the Service to deliver the manufactred Systems with a measuring protocol containing the precise position off all mechanical reference locations of the system's  housing. A highly accurate coordinate measureing machine of type ZEISS CONTURA has been installed in February 2015 to provide this service to our customers.  


Dienstag, 23 Dezember 2014 iMAR's new building for production & design,  finished 12/2014

iMAR starts design & mnufacturing work within the new erected third building

Design & Manufacturing of iMAR Products now also inside the new 3rd Building

In May 2014 we started to build up our third building at our headquarter's area in St. Ingbert and now, end of December 2014, we are proud to start operation inside. With this building we expand our space being usable for design and manufacturing significantly.

The new building provides additional 750 sqm space and is connected via a bridge to the elder buildings, which we built in 2003. A 7 m height manufacturing area with an integrated crane for up to 5 tons payload is available also to support our manufacturing of high sophisticated latest generation tracking systems (e.g. cine-theodolite replacements) for even extra large payloads like gyro stabilized multi-antenna systems. The large integration hall will also be used to equip autonomous driving vehicles of our customers with our advanced measurement systems.

Montag, 01 Januar 2018 iMAR Navigation GmbH, Germany

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