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Using speed bumps for locationing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244437D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 82K

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Abstract

Using speed bumps on the warehouse floor a location markers. Using the accelerameters on our devices (either vehicle mounts or handhelds in vehicle mounts) to detect the markers.

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Using Speed Bumps for Locationing

Unique speed bump patterns can be used within a warehouse system as a locationing system by utilizing accelerometers associated with vehicles within the warehouse to sense the motion of the vehicle in response to traveling over the unique speed bump patterns within a speed bump zone and associating that pattern to a distinct location within the warehouse.

There are many applications and features (including route optimization and analytics) that can be introduced into a warehouse if there is accurate location information of warehouse vehicles. However, most location technologies require additional infrastructure. This is a way to introduce a locationing system into a warehouse using already existing technologies and simple changes to the warehouse layout.

Unique speed bump patterns can be created by varying the size or cross section of the speed bumps or the spacing between the speed bumps. The speed bumps could be made our of inexpensive material and would not need to be very large. With the advances to the accuracy of accelerometers, the bumps could be smaller in relation to the forklift tire in order to create the necessary magnitude bump to register with the accelerometer.

The locationing system would work similarly to morse code with various size speed bumps acting as dots and dashes and spaces between the speed bumps acting as pauses within a morse code. The different bump and space combinations that can be created and fitt...