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ADLINK Joins Robot Operating System (ROS) Global Open Source Project

POSTED 01/26/2018

As member of ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific, ADLINK will lend its capabilities to advance innovation in robotic platforms

Taipei, Taiwan – ADLINK Technology, Inc., a global provider of leading-edge computing solutions, has joined the ROS-Industrial (ROS-I) Consortium Asia Pacific. The company will be lending its expertise in data connectivity standards to the advancement of robotics.

The ROS-I Consortium APAC was started by the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in March 2017. It aims to encourage the adoption of advanced robotics and automation in Asia Pacific.

ROS-Industrial is an open source project that extends the advanced capabilities of the Robot Operating System (ROS) software to manufacturing. The ROS initiative is a worldwide, collaborative effort to simplify the vast complexity surrounding the development of robot platforms.

ADLINK is the first member of the ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific.

“The ROS initiative is democratizing the robotics technology stack and accelerating innovations in a domain that has been characterized by closed software and low innovation rate,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK Technology. “ROS has the potential to be as disruptive for robotics frameworks as Linux was for operating systems – we want to help make this disruption happen.”   

ADLINK’s IoT Solutions and Technology team has longstanding expertise and thought leadership with the Object Management Group®’s (OMG®) Data Distribution Services (DDS) standard, a proven international open standard for data connectivity that is ideal for business-critical IoT systems. DDS is at the core of ROS 2, the newest version of the ROS project currently under development, making ADLINK the right fit for providing support and guidance on this project.  
The ROS effort began in 2007 with collaboration that included the artificial intelligence research laboratory of Stanford University. Tens of thousands of users around the world are now working on the open source project ROS 2 Ardent Apalone.

“We’re excited to welcome ADLINK Technology to the ROS-Industrial AP Consortium, and we look forward to applying the company’s knowledge to our efforts,” said Min Ling Chan, program manager, ROS-Industrial Consortium Asia Pacific. “Industry collaboration is crucial when it comes to harnessing the strengths of open source for software development and hardware integration.”

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A leader in industrial hardware serving automation and robotics, ADLINK offers a number of solutions that work together with robotic platforms, including processing and controls to support automated manufacturing.

A proponent of open source efforts, the company features two open source solutions: Vortex OpenSplice and Eclipse Cyclone. Vortex OpenSplice provides device-to-device data sharing in real time and secure delivery of voluminous data. Eclipse Cyclone gives users efficient, secure and interoperable Internet scale real-time data sharing.

ADLINK Technology is leading edge computing with solutions that drive data-to-decision applications across industries. ADLINK offers a variety of building blocks and both generic and market-specific Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms to serve the automation, communications, medical, transportation, and defense/government verticals. Our products include motherboards, blades, chassis, modules, gateways, systems, and end-to-end solutions based on industry standard form factors, as well as an extensive line of test & measurement products and smart touch computers, displays, and handhelds that support the global transition to always-connected systems. Many products are Extreme Rugged, supporting extended temperature ranges, shock and vibration.

ADLINK is a Premier Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and is active in several standards organizations and interoperability initiatives, including PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG), PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGeT), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and Open Compute Project (OCP).
ADLINK is a global company with a local touch. Headquartered in Taiwan, ADLINK offers manufacturing in Taiwan and China; R&D and integration in the US, Germany, Taiwan and China; an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices; and a continually expanding partner ecosystem. ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified and is publicly traded on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).