Congatec has lately introduced a brand new Intel IoT RFP Kit for workload consolidation in vision-based situational awareness applications. The RFP kit is based on a COM Express Type 6 module equipped with Intel Xeon E2 processor, Basler vision camera, pendulum controlled by a demo controller, and an Intel Arria 10 FPGA card from REFLEX CES.
The platform has three pre-installed virtual machines (VMs) built on Real-Time Systems’ hypervisor technology for workload consolidation in vision applications. While one VM runs a vision based AI application on the basis of Intel OpenVino software for situational awareness, the other one is real-time capable and runs deterministic control software, and the third VM operates an IIoT/Industry 4.0 gateway. The third partition hosts a gateway for IIoT/Industry 4.0 connectivity. The congatec kit targets the next generation of vision-based collaborative robotics, automation controls, and autonomous vehicles for handling multiple tasks simultaneously including situational awareness utilizing deep learning-based AI algorithms.
The kit can consolidate different tasks on a single edge computing platform, thereby saving costs. The Intel OpenVino software delivers the appropriate artificial intelligence for situational awareness. OEMs just need to load their control to the real-time VM and they are ready to enrich their real-time control with data from the situational awareness VM and to communicate in real-time with IIoT/Industry 4.0 counterparts to enable tactile internet controls.