Manufacturers will be able to create faster and more accurate 3D simulations of their factory production lines due to a partnership between GeoSLAM and CSIRO.
Awarded $2 million through CSIRO’s Australian Growth Partnership (AGP) program, UK-based start-up GeoSLAM is partnering with CSIRO to enhance and add features to Zebedee’s underlying simultaneous localisation and mapping technology.
“We’re investing in developing this technology so that GeoSLAM, the leading player in the field, will continue to grow and enter new markets,” said the CSIRO digital productivity flagship’s Nick Marsh.
“GeoSLAM is a true start-up success story. It was established in 2012 as a joint venture between CSIRO and 3D Laser Mapping to commercialise our technology, and has since achieved major worldwide sales and recognition,” said Marsh.
Zebedee enables users to create accurate 3D maps simply by walking through a desired location.
“There’s real value for companies in mapping dynamic environments in real-time. For example, manufacturers can use the technology to map components on a production line and track their progress to improve efficiencies and flow,” said CSIRO’s digital productivity flagship director Michael Brünig
“There’s also the opportunity to use these technologies to create real-to-life simulations of the factory floor for training and quality control activities.”
The AGP funding was awarded to GeoSLAM through a competitive process, in recognition of the company’s rapid early success and the potential to advance the technology through CSIRO – which has Australia’s largest field robotics research centre.