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New Mobile Supervisory System from ABD Solutions

ABD Solutions have developed a new Mobile Supervisory System for their Indigo Drive vehicle automation solution ABD Solutions have developed a new Mobile Supervisory System for their Indigo Drive vehicle automation solution

Works with Indigo Drive technology ecosystem to allow vehicle automation anywhere in the world

VEHICLE automation providers ABD Solutions have developed a new Mobile Supervisory System for their Indigo Drive vehicle automation solution, allowing off-highway vehicles to be automated anywhere in the world without the need for existing infrastructure.

‘Indigo Drive automates existing vehicle fleets, accelerating autonomy at a fraction of the cost of replacing the fleet with autonomous equivalents,’ said Matthew Price, managing director of ABD Solutions.

 

‘Autonomous vehicles are revolutionizing the mining industry by increasing efficiency, improving safety and reducing costs. Our new mobile solution is enabling these benefits to be extended across the entire mining operation, wherever it is in the world.’

An automated Rokbak RA30 with ABD Solutions’ Indigo Drive installed An automated Rokbak RA30 with ABD Solutions’ Indigo Drive installed

The compact Mobile Supervisory System consists of the servers and operator stations that enable a site to manage its fleet of automated vehicles. It can be fitted into various configurations, including a vehicle, such as a van, or a mobile container and can be placed in the most remote and hostile environments.

Acting as the operations centre for Indigo Drive, a technology ecosystem that allows a limitless number of vehicles to be quickly and cost-effectively automated, the secure system is IEC61508: 2010 and ISO17757: 2019 certified and includes a user-friendly software interface for route-planning, the hardware to move the vehicles (such as drive-by-wire and driving robots), communication (radio, V2X, GPS/GNSS), obstacle detection (LiDAR, camera, radar), and vehicle health and diagnostics (OBD2, telemetry, sensors). The system is completely modular and can be tailored around the specific vehicles and environments.

As a fully redundant high-availability system, the new Mobile Supervisory System ensures there is no single point of failure, providing a high level of reliability and continuous operation. The level of redundancy is scalable to meet the desired application.

Designed to operate in the most hostile of environments, the mobile system is powered by hot-swappable lithium-ion battery packs that provide 24h of operating life or can be recharged using solar power or hydrogen generators. The components are IP67 rated to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture, making them highly ruggedized and spray washable.

ABD Solutions have developed a Mobile Supervisory System demonstrator vehicle to prove the technology ABD Solutions have developed a Mobile Supervisory System demonstrator vehicle to prove the technology

ABD Solutions have also developed a Mobile Supervisory System demonstrator van that contains everything needed for operators to supervise a fleet of Indigo Drive automated vehicles. It will be used to demonstrate the technology to prospective customers at their sites around Europe or at ABD Solutions’ test track in the UK.

 

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