01/08/2019
Robots o My!
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10 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA
Description

Hey remember us?

 

Well after the hurricane Nick and I had a job to do, in Hawaii! See we support an International Robotics competition called RobotX. It takes place every 2 years and offers students and industry professionals a chance to test new and interesting autonomous robotics solutions in a real-world environment. Over the course of a week teams from across the world compete against static and dynamic course elements. And it’s not them competing, it’s the robot they designed. See, it’s full hands off here, the boat has to navigate, observe and make decisions all on its own. They start with a standard base platform, and have to add propulsion, power, processing, sensing, and everything in between. Challenges include automated docking, obstacle avoidance, underwater localization, and marine navigation. 

 

And an important part of their solutions is C2C, or Command and Control. The wireless link needed to R/C their boat (between runs) download logs, change and upload code and stream real time telemetry between the robot and the developers/operator. It’s always been a struggle to have so many teams (15 this past year) in such a small space all trying to use Wifi for this task. I once measured the noise floor at -70 in the venue one year.

 

But there’s been one clear, inexpensive and reliable brand of radio for the task, but you could have guessed it right?IMG_20181214_081219.jpg

 

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And as event staff, we rely on Ubiquiti as well. We had a Unifi system on site providing internet to the teams across the venue via 13 Unifi mesh Aps, 2 Unifi Switches, 2 Edge Switches and an EdgeRouter. We also have a mixture of Airmax Nanostations and Airmax Bullets for the links required to control the dynamic elements of the course out on the water.

 

 

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This year National University of Singapore took home the grand prize. In 2016 the University of Florida won, and in 2014 a joint team of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Olin College of Engineering took top spot. 1st_Place_NUS_RX18.jpg

 

 

 

Robots o My!

by ‎01-08-2019 07:22 PM - edited ‎01-09-2019 05:54 AM

Hey remember us?

 

Well after the hurricane Nick and I had a job to do, in Hawaii! See we support an International Robotics competition called RobotX. It takes place every 2 years and offers students and industry professionals a chance to test new and interesting autonomous robotics solutions in a real-world environment. Over the course of a week teams from across the world compete against static and dynamic course elements. And it’s not them competing, it’s the robot they designed. See, it’s full hands off here, the boat has to navigate, observe and make decisions all on its own. They start with a standard base platform, and have to add propulsion, power, processing, sensing, and everything in between. Challenges include automated docking, obstacle avoidance, underwater localization, and marine navigation. 

 

And an important part of their solutions is C2C, or Command and Control. The wireless link needed to R/C their boat (between runs) download logs, change and upload code and stream real time telemetry between the robot and the developers/operator. It’s always been a struggle to have so many teams (15 this past year) in such a small space all trying to use Wifi for this task. I once measured the noise floor at -70 in the venue one year.

 

But there’s been one clear, inexpensive and reliable brand of radio for the task, but you could have guessed it right?IMG_20181214_081219.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072639.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072658.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073140.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073147.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073640.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_075729.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_080205.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_084137.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_104124.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_104635.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_123510.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181208_174319.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_081225.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_131706.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_145746.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_145805.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_072617.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_073119.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_075712.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_080246.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_084201.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_104141.jpg

 

 

 

And as event staff, we rely on Ubiquiti as well. We had a Unifi system on site providing internet to the teams across the venue via 13 Unifi mesh Aps, 2 Unifi Switches, 2 Edge Switches and an EdgeRouter. We also have a mixture of Airmax Nanostations and Airmax Bullets for the links required to control the dynamic elements of the course out on the water.

 

 

IMG_20181204_092053.jpg

 

IMG_20181208_174525.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072559.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072738.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072815.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_074241.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_075650.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_072750.jpg

 

This year National University of Singapore took home the grand prize. In 2016 the University of Florida won, and in 2014 a joint team of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Olin College of Engineering took top spot. 1st_Place_NUS_RX18.jpg

 

 

 

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Comments
by
on ‎01-09-2019 07:36 AM

nice work! 

by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎01-09-2019 07:56 AM

Neat setup, thanks for posting.

by
‎01-12-2019 01:43 AM - edited ‎01-12-2019 03:03 AM

Twas very interesting to see QUT (A Queensland, Australia Uni) featuring prominently there. I studied in that group at QUT 10 years back (computer and comms eng - mostly FPGA'a and early embedded C programmable microcontrollers such as the ubiquitious MC68HC08 / 12 and lesser known microcontrollers such as the 'rabbit' that seemed like it was going to be the next arduino before arduino existed...).. most of us were involved with early stage drone technology (collision avoidance etc - walking around in the postgrad study block was always a bit interesting - duck and cover) under a professor by the last name Campbell. I was sponsored by agriculture so my stuff was a bit more boring - getting data from field to factory. I wish ubnt gear was available then.. The guys I was working with had autonomous decison making well advanced but comms was one of our major stumbling blocks..

 

Interesting post mate Man Happy

by
on ‎01-20-2019 10:18 AM

How does that Switch 8-150W not overheat? The side vents look almost totally blocked, unless there’s holes in the enclosure that can’t be seen in that picture. Would also be interested to know why UniFi here and EdgeMax there. 

by
on ‎01-21-2019 03:35 PM

This was December in Hawaii so ambient and breezy temps in the lower 70s. Did not have any overheating issues. 

 

Unifi needed for the APs but I'm an "old" Edgemax guy, so go with what I'm most comfortable. That, and we have some funky config requirements like 10ish VLANS with different firewall rules and some with remote DHCP servers with static DNS maps for redundancy. A single network manages the competition equipment (have to keep that secure from cheating and reliable (redundant)) and also provides Internet in various way/places. 

 

And the ER-4 is a perfect spec/form factor for our road kit. Better spec'd than a USG and 1/2 the size of a USG‑PRO‑4. 

by
a month ago
It seems that almost all boats were using Ubiquiti Rockets.
by
2 weeks ago

Aww, I wish I would have made it out to see your guys' setup.  Navatek's parent and sister companies all use Ubiquiti gear and one of our sister companies Pacific Shipyards has a massive install that includes an Ubiquiti Air Fiber link, AC Rockits, over a dozen 24 port Edgemax POE switches, over 20 access points and a Unifi Mesh network with 5 AP-AC-Mesh-Pro devices.  When you come back in 2 years to set up the next one, I'll be sure to stop by and introduce myself.  If anything I have tons of extra/backup Unifi and airMAX equipment and/or can source a lot of things locally if need be.

 

~Mitchel

by
2 weeks ago

@mikesg The ubiquiti hardware is pretty darn good at dealing with heat from what I've seen. I installed a 24 port unifi lite switch, no PoE in an enclosed metal rack at my previous job. It was installed in a room adjacent to the main building that was used as a laundry room. We were short on time so no change of rerouting all those feeds to another location. Anyways for like 2 months we didn't even have a rack in there, we just used what the previous contractors had left. A in wall circuit box thing with about 20 cat5e cables wraped around the previous switch to hold it in place. Obviously we didn't do that disservice to the unifi switch but the initial condition wasn't anything I would be proud of. 

 

All of this was also in South Florida, in the middle of summer 2018. Temps in the room could easily get to 90F+ and the leaking water pipes added moisture to the mix. 

 

The switch had no issues, we were also doing PoE using a WiFi Texas PoE injector, and there was a 250W rack mount UPS in there too. For about 2 or 3 months it ran fine in that mess, but we eventually put a wall mount rack in there and put everything in properly. Again no issues.

 

That one switch was the hottest switch in the entire place, we had 8 or 9 switches. It ran around 70 - 80C usually, but didn't have any performance issues. We had about 4 computers, two APs, three printers, and 4 VoIP devices on the switch. It was also daisy chained to another switch near by which also had 2 APs, and a bunch of entertainment devices hooked up. Between all this we had no issues that we could attribute to the switch's location or temperature. Any issues we had were either due to bad cables or the config.