The electronics industry is increasingly using intelligent and automatically guided
vehicles to transport materials on its production lines. A light-weight and easy-to-use
remote control system has been developed for these vehicles. The new system is adaptable
and allows production lines to be modified with ease.
The remote control system has an internet-based user interface, which allows the
intelligent vehicle to be controlled and taught from any remote location. For example,
trials have demonstrated that an intelligent vehicle based in Finland can be successfully
controlled via the internet from Japan. The operator controls and monitors the vehicle on
the basis of location data and video images.
The user interface is loaded via the internet and its runs within a web browser. The
latest version of remote control software is always loaded for use. Even a GSM mobile
phone and a laptop computer can function as a control terminal via the internet link. A
user ID and password prevent unauthorised access to the control system.
The method developed can also be used in the remote control, remote monitoring and data
collection of different types of processes.
The remote control system was developed by VTT Automation and the development work was
funded by the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and the National Technology
Agency of Finland (TEKES). Salcomp Oy and Kaski-Tech Oy also participated in the system's
Additional information: VTT Automation, Matti Annala, tel. +358 8 551 2352, GSM
mobile + 358 40 552 6329