At APIUM we provide the tools that make swarming systems manageable and scalable.
When our technology is applied to autonomous vehicles they become communal, interacting cooperatively with each other to form a coherent whole. Our tools consist of algorithms for a variety of swarming conditions, including
(1) a swarm autopilot that lets an operator guide a swarm as a single entity while the complexity of local interactions take care of themselves
(2) a communications architecture that spontaneously optimizes as a swarm reconfigures and changes size.
These tools allow a single operator to take advantage of the power of swarming to scale automated operations, whether on land, sea or air.
Swarm-appropriate vehicles – We follow a philosophy of group support that seeks to keep individual vehicles as simple as possible, while maximizing the benefits of being in a group, such as distributed sensing and more accurate relative positioning.
Distributed architecture – Our proprietary neighbour-sensing and communication technology enables highly redundant systems and situational awareness, able to accommodate the limitations of aquatic environments.
Scalable logistics – We have solutions for handling large numbers. At the front end we are developing solutions for group charging and set-up. At the back end we are developing solutions for group data collating.
Applications – Through collaboration with oceanographers we are pioneering applications where a swarm yields superior and exciting new results over single AUV methods.
Management interface – We seek to maximize swarm agility while protecting the operator from complexity. Our swarms can be guided as a large, fluid mass. For oceanographers, the group delivers a map of real-time distributed data and can be actively guided to target areas of maximum interest. For Aquaculture, swarm site identification and gradient mapping of water quality in the region of interest is easily accomplished.