USE CASE – Forklifts tracking

1 – Hardware

Camera physical location

You must place the camera on top of the forklift pointing towards the ceiling. If this is not possible please contact us at techsupport@accuware.com and send us a video or some pics of the environment (included ceiling images). We will be pleased to analyze the info provided and suggest you an alternative (if available).

Mini PC physical location

The Mini PC can be placed anywhere on the forklift. For the maximum protection (and to easier the maintenance) we suggest to place the Mini PC under the roof of the forklift.

Electrical wiring

For what concerns the electrical wiring you have two options:

  1. you can purchase a properly sized power inverter that takes as input the DC current from the forklift battery and provides as output an AC current that can be used by the transformer of the Mini PC.
  2. you can purchase a properly sized DC voltage regulator that takes as input the DC current from the forklift battery and provides as output a regulated DC current that can be used directly by the Mini PC (without the Mini PC transformer).

2 – Setup steps

Step 1

For each forklift to be tracked you have have to purchase the Dragonfly kit composed of a Mini PC and a camera already pre-configured and ready to be used. Alternatively your IT department can take care of purchase the hardware and setup the software following the instructions inside this page.

Step 2

Place the Mini PC on board of the forklift following the suggestions in the previous sections.

Step 3

Now you have to perform the mapping which is a one time process to be done using one of the forklifts equipped with the Mini PC. Here some details:

  1. The first thing to do is to connect to the Dragonfly Dashboard running on the Mini PC. ​To do so you must connect a mini LCD monitor, a mouse and a keyboard to the Mini PC. If this is not possible, you can alternatively connect the Mini PC to a WiFi network and access the Dragonfly Dashboard (running on the Mini PC) using a laptop.
  2. Perform the map calibration (using virtual or visual markers) and then the mapping following carefully these instructions and the video below. To get the best results we strongly suggest to perform the mapping using the forklift equipped with the Mini PC to create a map that represents as much as possible the conditions that will be faced by Dragonfly during its normal usage (height of camera, position pointed by the camera etc…). For what concerns the mapping speed: it is actually better to perform the mapping at a slower pace compared to the maximum speed at which can potentially go the forklift.

  3. Once the mapping has been completed to share the map among the other forklifts. You can use the map synchronization function available inside the Dragonfly Dashboard (or using the Dragonfly API). Anyway given the fact that the map will have to go to the Accuware cloud server, this can take a long time especially if the map created is big and the Internet connection on site is not fast enough. Alternatively you can share the map file manually using a USB dongle or remotely with a simple SCP for instance.

Step 4

Load the map generated at the previous step on board of all the other Mini PC and test the system.