WO2007132033A1 - System for detecting, guiding or tracking devices or persons - Google Patents

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WO2007132033A1
WO2007132033A1 PCT/ES2006/070061 ES2006070061W WO2007132033A1 WO 2007132033 A1 WO2007132033 A1 WO 2007132033A1 ES 2006070061 W ES2006070061 W ES 2006070061W WO 2007132033 A1 WO2007132033 A1 WO 2007132033A1
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Lucas Roca Nieto
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    • G01SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
    • G01S15/00Systems using the reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves, e.g. sonar systems
    • G01S15/02Systems using the reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves, e.g. sonar systems using reflection of acoustic waves
    • G01S15/025Combination of sonar systems with non-sonar or non-radar systems, e.g. with direction finder
    • GPHYSICS
    • G01MEASURING; TESTING
    • G01SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
    • G01S3/00Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received
    • G01S3/78Direction-finders for determining the direction from which infrasonic, sonic, ultrasonic, or electromagnetic waves, or particle emission, not having a directional significance, are being received using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
    • G01S3/782Systems for determining direction or deviation from predetermined direction

Abstract

The subject of the present invention is a system for detecting, guiding or tracking devices or persons, which makes it possible, at all times, for a movable element to ascertain the position of a transmitter, since, owing to its special configuration, the system makes it possible, at all times, for the movable element to follow a device or person on the move or to be guided by fixed elements placed along its trajectory, by eliminating dead spots, and therefore, at all times, the movable element can ascertain the position of the transmitter and the response time is greatly reduced.

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DETECTION SYSTEM. GUIDED OR MONITORING DEVICE OR PERSONS

DESCRIPTION

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a detection system, guiding or tracking devices or people that can always know the position of a transmitter by a mobile element.

Due to its special configuration, the system can at all times follow the moving element to a device or moving person or be guided by fixed elements placed along its path.

The detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons allows eliminating dead spots so that at all times the movable member knows the position of the transmitter and the response time is greatly reduced.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

They are well known in the prior art systems having a transmitter and a receiver each of which is placed on a mobile device, so that the receiving device continues the sending device according to the detected signals.

Among the previous systems is referred to the publication US4844493 a vehicle by remote control in the receiving device and the sending device and received by Infrared, emit os.

Said vehicle by remote control has four receivers or infrared detectors, two of them to control the speed at which the vehicle must follow the issuer, depending on the distance at which it is located and two for controlling the direction the vehicle must follow the issuer, depending on the direction in which the issuer moves.

However, in the above system there are areas where the vehicle may lose the emitter due for example to rapid movement of the latter, since there are areas where if none of the detectors, both the speed and the direction, are driven issuer, the system interprets that the transmitter is in front of the vehicle and a short distance.

However, this same state detectors can occur when the transmitter is out of range of the detectors, so that if the issuer does not re-enter the range of range of detectors, the vehicle will not move.

All these drawbacks are overcome by the invention now proceeds to describe.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a detection system, guiding or tracking devices or people that can always know the position of a transmitter and track the same by a movable member.

The movable member has a set of position sensors covering a range up to 360 ° and are located in a horizontal plane so that always one of the sensors is faced with the transmitter.

Once the corresponding position sensor detects the transmitter location, this information is sent to a decoding unit receivers where the relative position of the movable element relative to the transmitter is stored.

Likewise, the mobile element has a distance sensor which determines the spacing between said movable element and the transmitter, then by sending the information to a remote control unit.

This distance sensor may be integrated into the sensor assembly position of the movable member.

The data stored in the receiver decoding unit and the control unit are sent away to a central control unit which is responsible for decoding, reorientation and positioning relative or absolute.

From here they are sent to a motion control unit that is responsible for sending a signal to motors arranged on the movable element to reorient its front position on the transmitter and approach him to a certain distance. - TO -

The whole process of screening and orientation of the movable element relative to the transmitter is carried out continuously so that the movable element while it moves will determine the position of the transmitter again so that corrects continuously without breaks his career .

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

herein, with a set of drawings, illustrating a preferred embodiment and never limiting the invention it is complemented.

Figure 1 shows a block diagram of the detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons.

Figure 2 shows a detail of the position sensors and distance of the movable member of the detection system, guidance or tracking devices or persons.

Figure 3 shows a schematic of semi path guido by the movable element when a predefined path describes a series of transmitters placed at fixed points.

PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION

In view of the above statement, the present invention relates to a detection system, guiding or tracking devices or people that can at any time know the position of a transmitter (1) and monitoring thereof by a element (2) mobile.

First preferred embodiment

In this first preferred embodiment, the transmitter (1) is coupled in a golfer, emitting in this preferred embodiment via infrared.

The mobile element (2) is a cart golf club provided with a set of sensors (2.1) position, which in this preferred embodiment are of infrared type, located equidistantly along a circle contained in a horizontal plane, so that always one of the sensors (2.1) position confronted with the transmitter (1).

Once the sensor (2.1) position which is faced with the transmitter (1) detects the location of this, this information is sent to a unit (3) decoding receivers where the relative position of the element is stored (2 ) movable relative to the transmitter (1).

Likewise, the mobile element (2) has a sensor (2.2) away, in this preferred embodiment is of the ultrasonic type and is integrated in the sensor array (2.1) of position by the separation is determined between the movable member (2) and the transmitter (1), after being sent to the information unit (4) control distance.

The data stored in the unit (3) decoding receivers and the unit (4) control distance are sent to a unit (5) central control handles decoding, reorientation and positioning relative or absolute.

From here they are sent to a unit (6) motion control that is responsible for sending a signal to a motor (7) arranged on the movable element (2) to reorient its front position on the transmitter (1) and approach it to a certain distance.

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In this second preferred embodiment, a series of transmitters (1) placed along a path defining the trajectory of the moving element (2), which in this preferred embodiment is a loading robot that follows employ a tour through the halls of a factory.

The mobile element (2) is provided with a set of sensors (2.1) position, which in this preferred embodiment are of infrared type, located equidistantly along a circumference contained in a horizontal plane, so that always one of the sensors (2.1) position confronted with the first transmitter (1).

Once the sensor (2.1) position which is faced with the first transmitter (1), detects the location of this, this information is sent to a unit (3) decoding receivers where the relative position of the element is stored ( 2) movable relative to the transmitter (1). Also, the movable element (2) has a sensor (2.2) away, in this preferred embodiment is of the ultrasonic type and is integrated in the sensor array (2.1) of position by the separation is determined between the movable member (2) and the transmitter (1), after being sent to the information unit (4) control distance.

The data stored in the unit (3) decoding receivers and the unit (4) control distance are sent to a unit (5) central control handles decoding, reorientation and positioning relative or absolute.

From here they are sent to a unit (6) motion control that is responsible for sending a signal to a motor (7) arranged on the movable element (2) to reorient its front position on the transmitter (1) and approach it to a certain distance.

Once the element (2) movable, in this case the robot is at a certain distance from the first transmitter (1), the mobile element (2) can be stopped to stop emitting the first transmitter (1) or be directed so continues into a second transmitter (1) immediately starts emitting and located at a certain distance from the first transmitter (1).

For this to occur, the sensor (2.1) of position of the mobile element (2) that faces the second transmitter (1) has detected the location thereof and the sequence continues as described for the first (1) Transmitter. The mobile element (2) follows the path described by the set of transmitters (1) knowing at all times the following displacement in its route.

Third preferred embodiment

In this third preferred embodiment, the transmitter (1) is coupled to an operator and the movable member (2) is a charging device where the other elements are the same as cited in the first embodiment, meaning no necessary to quote them back again.

In other exemplary preferred embodiment, the transmitter (1) and the sensors (2.1) and position sensors (2.2) from the mobile element (2) can be of infrared type, ultrasonic, radio frequency or a combination thereof .

In all above embodiments, the detection process and orientation of the element (2) movable relative to the transmitter (1) is performed continuously so that the element (2) moving, while it moves, is determining by the unit (6) of the new central control position of the transmitter (1), if it had changed its location, which corrects continuously without breaks his career.

Do not alter the essentiality of this invention variations in materials, shape, size and arrangement of the component elements, described in non-limiting manner, sufficient to proceed to its reproduction by an expert

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I to .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons wherein allows always know the position of a transmitter (1) and track the same by a movable element (2) due to the presence of a set of sensors (2.1) position covering a range up to 360 °, so that always one of the sensors (2.1) position confronted with the transmitter (1) to detect the location thereof, further having the element (2) moving a sensor (2.2) away by the separation between the movable element (2) and the transmitter (1) is determined, sending the information to a unit (3) decoding receivers and a unit (4 ) remote control, which data are then stored in a unit (5) central control, followed by a unit (6) motion control that is responsible for sending a signal to a motor (7) arranged in the element (2) movable to reorient ar its front position on the transmitter (1) and approach him to a certain distance.
2 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 characterized in that the unit (3) decoding receivers relative position of the element (2) is stored movable relative to the transmitter (1)
3 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 characterized in that the unit (5) of central control is responsible for decoding, reorientation and positioning of relative or absolute. 4 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 wherein the sensors (2.1) of position of the mobile element (2) are of infrared type.
5 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 wherein the sensor (2.2) from the ele- to (2) is of the ultrasonic type mobile.
6 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 wherein the sensor (2.2) is integrated away degree sensor array (2.1) position.
7 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 wherein the transmitter (1) is coupled in a golfer, wherein the movable member (2) is a trolley of golf clubs.
8 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 charac- terized in that a plurality of transmitters (1) placed along a path defining the trajectory of the moving element (2) used is a robot that follows the predetermined path transmitters (D •
9 .- detection system, guiding or tracking devices or persons according to claim 1 wherein the transmitter (1) is coupled to an operator and the movable member (2) is a charging device.
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