Jun 13, 2018
CUWB 3.0

Scalability and Regulatory Approval!

The latest release of Bernoulli, CUWB 3.2, is now available. Check out the announcement page or the documentation.
You can upgrade to CUWB 3.2 from CUWB 3.x in your terminal:
sudo apt update && sudo apt --with-new-pkgs upgrade

The Bernoulli revision of the Ciholas Ultra-Wideband (CUWB) system is designed for scalability and configurability. The system implements a full Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and maintains many features of the previous releases. Look below for new features and options available with this release.

Introducing Devices with Regulatory Approval!

Support for new FCC Approved and CE Marked Devices

Ciholas is proud to introduce a new line of products that are FCC approved in the United States and have CE marking in the European Union. Customers may now purchase and use the CUWB Network system for applications outside of research and development applications.

System Design for Scalability

Distributed Time Synchronization

The Bernoulli release of the CUWB system was designed specifically for scalability. The system can now synchronize time across the network without the need for a master device. In previous revisions the master device served as the network time synchronizer, which limited the size of installations to the UWB range of the master. The new CUWB systems allows multiple anchors to participate in time synchronization allowing networks to be built out over extremely large areas.

Web-Based Configuration

The system now has multiple tools that enable customers to easily manage their installations. The web-based CUWB Manager provides accessible configuration from anywhere on the user's network. Configuring and managing CUWB Networks is now much easier with a streamlined user interface and more manageable default configurations.

Server API

Software integration is essential to RTLS systems used in the real world. Users can now easily integrate software platforms to manage CUWB Networks in ways that make sense for their application. Through the API, users can now dynamically add and remove tags from the network, change anchor locations on the fly, disable and re-enable anchors, and much more.

Installation Management

Keeping the CUWB system up-to-date is now easily done through the Debian package manager. The package manager will pull in updates for the system as well as firmware updates for devices. When an update is available, the CUWB network can be configured to automatically update devices to the latest firmware either over-the-air or on-the-wire.

Firmware Updates

Updating firmware on devices is now much easier. Firmware update is now built into the CUWB Manager and devices can be bootloaded whether they are wired or wireless.

New 3D Visualization and Health Monitoring

Introducing the CUWB Viewer

The Viewer is a 3D visualization of the Ciholas Ultra-Wideband (CUWB) Real Time Location System (RTLS). It provides a user interface displaying the locations of CUWB network devices such as Anchors and Tags in real time. The Viewer also presents basic system information such as, device status, statistics, sensor plotting, and more.

Environment Modeling

The new CUWB Viewer was built with visualization in mind. The Viewer can import standard 3D model formats and has a library of primitive components that can be imported for environment modeling. These features enable users to create 3D environments that are representative of their application.

System Health Reporting

The CUWB Viewer allows users to view not only tag locations in real-time, but also anchor status and health. Status is displayed by the Viewer through the color coding of anchors. Placing the Viewer in UWB Heatmap mode allows users to see at a glance which anchors are contributing to the location solution for a tag.

Additional Features...

System Logging and Playback

The CUWB system now includes a CDP logger for logging system data. The logger can capture CUWB Network internal data and externally published data, such as position reports. Captured log data can be played back for review and analysis.

New Configurable Features

Tag beacon rates and schedules are now very flexible in the CUWB Network. In previous releases all tags operated at one beacon rate selected for the whole network. Tags may now be assigned different roles allowing them to operate at different beacon rates. It is also no longer necessary to stop and restart a CUWB Network in order to make changes. Tags can be configured on the fly allowing the user to add, remove, and configure tags without interfering with ongoing network operations.

Improved Power Management

CUWB Network devices default to low power modes while attempting to discover UWB networks in the area. By default, sensors and system components that draw power are placed into a low-power state unless explicitly configured for use.

Where do I go from here?

The latest release of Bernoulli, CUWB 3.2, is now available. Check out the announcement page or the documentation.
You can upgrade to CUWB 3.2 from CUWB 3.x in your terminal:
sudo apt update && sudo apt --with-new-pkgs upgrade