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eProsima and Robotics

Robots are distributed systems consisting of networks of sensors and actuators, connected to one or many CPUs. These systems need middleware to connect all these nodes and share information in a real-time environment. 

eProsima develops two open-source middleware implementations based on the DDS standard of the OMG (Object Management Group), which combined or on their own serve to communicate bigger or smaller (resource constrained) distributed systems - Fast DDS  (formerly known as Fast RTPS) and Micro XRCE-DDS. These products play a essential part of the latest versions of ROS (The Robot Operating System) and its extension for microcontrollers, micro-ROS.

Over the years, eProsima has extended the range of open-source products with handy tools and features suitable for DDS environments:

  • DDS Router, which enables communication through WAN
  • Discovery Server, a mechanism based on a client-server discovery paradigm 
  • Fast DDS Monitor, a graphical desktop application aimed to monitor DDS environments

In addition, in 2022, eProsima launched Vulcanexus, the all-in-one ROS 2 tool set. Vulcanexus gathers all the necessary components and applications for an easy and personalized development of robotic applications. This ROS 2 based tool set is continuously updated with the latest versions of the eProsima products and tools, ensuring access to the latest features sooner than in the standard ROS 2 distributions in a unified solution. With Vulcanexus and eProsima's expertise, creating complex robotic systems over heterogeneous networks will be easier than ever before.

 

Why eProsima?

For years now, eProsima is heavily involved in the robotics sector with numerous projects in this industry including brands like Open Robotics, Rapyuta Robotics, Sony, Renesas, Amazon and many others.

Moreover, eProsima is the major european contributor of ROS, the Robot Operating System of the Open Robotics Org, providing its open source Fast DDS networking middleware. ROS 2 is the de facto standard for robot application development and selected Fast DDS as its default middleware.

eProsima also participates in micro-ROS, a European Horizon 2020 project, together with Bosch, PIAP and the FIWARE Foundation. micro-ROS is compatible with ROS 2 and helps to connect sensors or microcontrollers with traditional robots.

 

Examples of robotics success cases:

 

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