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TRACKER

Fast, accurate and precise object and rigid body tracking software

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Designed for engineering applications

Tracker is your engineering solution, from robot tracking to human factors engineering, design method optimization to virtual engineering and previsualization to virtual reality and more.

A simple to learn yet highly functional user interface and realtime data with minimal latency, combined with over 35 years of perfecting camera calibration and 3D reconstruction techniques has resulted in an accurate and affordable 3D tracking solution.

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Tracker
key features

Track multiple objects

Track more objects at higher camera counts with the powerful new core engine, developed from scratch in Tracker 3

Fast reliable data for creating a believable VR experience

Tracker 3 can process data in as little as 1.5ms, at more than 500 frames per second, which is up to five times faster than other systems. Smart algorithms select the best data to use from the cameras, and new adaptive filtering techniques change according to how fast an object is moving to create your VR experience.

Single camera tracking

Your data will continue even if the markers become visible to only one camera, with the added ability to recognize rigid bodies in 2D. This results in fewer gaps and more reliable data.

Real-time system modeling with SimuLink

Vicon is now the only optical motion capture provider to be able to offer low latency real-time modeling of robots out-of-the-box. Streaming data by UDP, Tracker 3 talks directly to Mathworks’ Simulink package for hardware in loop (HIL) testing. Get feedback from your robot directly from Tracker 3 into SimuLink for fast, low latency end to end system testing.

Flexible integration

Tracker’s robust integration methods enable you to read data in UDP, TCP, and the VRPN Open Source protocol or take advantage of the Datastream SDK.

Compatible

Whatever your application, Tracker 3 can quickly stream real-time data into it. Tracker is also compatible with the Vicon Virtual System, enabling you to prototype integrations into your software without any hardware.

Eye tracking

Native implementation of the Dikablis Eye Tracking system within Tracker 3 allows gaze data to be incorporated with your application via VRPN as well as our DataStream SDK.

New in
Tracker 3.7

Optimal hybrid 2D/3D rigid body tracker

Provides the best quality 6 degree of freedom solves from rigid clusters of markers by fusing 2D observations and 3D reconstructions, resulting in gap-free 3D data even when only a single camera can see the markers. End to end latency from observation to availability of the 6DOF data in the client application as low as 5ms.

Integration

Tracker’s support of the Vicon DataStream allows both Unicast TCP connections and Multicast UDP connections. This is useful when latency is critical, such as transmitting real-time data over Wireless data links for UAV tracking and controlling the flight of a helicopter or path of a robot. TrackD and Autodesk MotionBuilder allow further support in various CAVE environments and other virtual simulations.

System connection

Works with all Vicon Vantage, Vero, T-series and Bonita cameras.

Improved speeds and performance

With the added ability to recognize rigid bodies in 2D, your data will continue even if the markers become visible to only one camera. This results in fewer gaps and more reliable data.

Technical information

SPECIFICATION

DOCUMENTATION

DOWNLOADS

FAQS

What is the recommended PC specification to run my Vicon Tracker System?

Vicon recommends the following specifications for use with your Vicon Tracker System. If you are using an older version of Vicon software, please contact Vicon to ensure there are no issues or driver limitations if you are upgrading your PC. Your choice depends on your application requirements and the size of your system.

Please note the following:

  • Windows 10 (64bit) Tested and Supported OS
  • .NET Framework 4.5 above
  • 2 GB NVIDIA Quadro P620 Tested and Supported Graphics Cards
  • INTEL ETHERNET i350/i340 T4 SERVER ADAPTER RJ45 PCI−E and INTEL ETHERNET i210−T1 GBE
  • NIC Tested and Supported Network Cards (NIC)
Standard PC

Dell Precision XL Tower 5820
Intel Xeon Processor W-2123 (3.6GHz, 3.9GHz Turbo, 4C, 8.25M Cache)
16GB (2x8GB) 2666MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC
2 x 2TB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive
Non RAID
8x Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive
2 GB NVIDIA Quadro P620
Windows 10 Pro English
INTEL ETHERNET i350 T4 SERVER ADAPTER RJ45 PCI−E – to connect Vicon System

What operating system (OS) can I use with my Vicon Software?

Current release version Windows 10 Windows 7 Linux OSX
Shōgun 1.2.1 64 bit 64 bit* x x
Nexus 2.8.1 64 bit 64 bit* x x
Tracker 3.7.0 64 bit 64 bit* x x
Polygon 4.4.2 64 bit 64 bit* x x
CaraLive 1.3.0 64 bit 64 bit* x x
CaraPost 1.2.0 64 bit 64 bit* x x
Pegasus 1.2.1 64 bit 64 bit* x x
ProCalc 1.2.1 64 bit 64 bit* x x
ProEclipse 1.2.1 64 bit 64 bit* x x
DataStream SDK 1.8.0 64 bit 64 bit* 64 bit 10.11
Bodybuilder 3.6.4 64 bit 64 bit* x x

Please do note:

  1. Recommended and fully supported in Windows 10 (64bit) — with .NET Framework 4.5 and above
  2. * Although Vicon Software may install and function under other Microsoft Windows operating systems
    (Compatibility tested only Windows 7 (64bit) — with .NET Framework 4.5) , this is not officially supported or recommended by Vicon.
  3. For Legacy version please contact Vicon Support

How do I set up my network card?

1. Open the Network and Sharing Center and navigate to Change Adapter Settings. Vicon Vantage/Vero cameras are designated to one port.  For each Vue (or Bonita Video) camera connected, there will be additional network port used.

2. Right click on the proper port and go into the Properties. The Local Area Connection Properties window will open. Make sure only Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) is selected.

3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) from the list and select Properties to assign the proper IP address.

a .Vantage/Vero cameras will have the following IP Address: 192.168.10.1 and Subnet Mask of: 255.255.255.0

b. The first VUE camera will have the following IP Address: 192.168.10.2 and Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0

c. Any additional VUE cameras the last IP value is incrementally increased by one. For example, the second VUE camera will be 192.168.10.3.

Select OK to close out of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties.  And OK again to close out of the Local Area Connection Properties.  This will make sure all changes have been saved.

4. Feel free to rename the network port so it is easily identifiable. Such as ViconMX, VUE1 or VUE2

For further assistance please refer to the Configuring Ports section of the PCSetupforViconSystems.pdf found in Downloads > Documentation

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Download File

Tracker _3.7.0

Important note: If using an existing Tracker 3.x network license, the license server needs to be updated to the latest version (SentinelRMSLicenseManager9.1.0).

Abstract

File Name: Tracker_3.7.0.111190h_x64.zip

Vicon Tracker: from robot tracking to human factors engineering, design method optimization to virtual engineering and previsualization to virtual reality, Tracker will enable you to do all of this and more.

Tracker 3.7 is a point release for Vicon Tracker, which includes improvements to the calibration volume reproducibility and firmware notifications. If the Vicon system is not using the latest firmware, Tracker will notify firmware update is available.

Addresses issues:

  • Improved functionality when capturing data in Tracker via the Control App (v 1.3).

Requirements

Windows 10 x64

Licensing: Tracker 3.x Safenet license

Tracker _3.6.1

Please note this version of the software no longer pre-installs with a 30 DAY FREE TRIAL

Important note: If using an existing Tracker 3.x network license, the license server needs to be updated to the latest version (SentinelRMSLicenseManager9.1.0).

Abstract

File Name: Tracker_3.6.1.107777h_x64.zip

Tracker 3.6.1 incorporates some bug fixes in addition to some minor changes to existing functionality and support for the new Vicon Lock Lab and Lock Studio devices:

Bugs fixed:

  • Objects loaded/created with spaces in the name can produce erratic behavior.
  • Tracker 3.6 ignores the minimum centroid radius parameter.
  • Objects’ ‘entrance threshold’ is per object rather than global.
  • Support for VESA 200 genlock mode to allow locking to 100 Hz square wave.

Requirements

Windows 10 x64

Tracker 3.6.0 has had limited testing on Windows 7

FAQs

What is Link Aggregation and how do I set this up in my Vicon System?

Link aggregation is used to describe various methods for using multiple parallel network connections to increase throughput beyond the limit that one link (one connection) can achieve. Link aggregation is supported in Tracker 1.3+, Nexus 1.8.5+, Blade 2+.

When setting up Link Aggregation ensure that you have the correct Network cards (Intel i340-T4 or the Intel i350-T4 cards) installed on your capture PC. Once you have the correct Network card(s) follow these steps:

1. Make sure your three network ports have fixed IP addresses 192.168.10.1, 192.168.10.2 and 192.168.10.3. A maximum of nine NICs are allowed (192.168.10.1 – 192.168.10.9 inclusive).

2. Connect the 192.168.10.1 and 192.168.10.2 ports to one Giganet/Power over Ethernet switch (POE) and 192.168.10.3 to the other Giganet/POE. You will need an extra cable connecting your Giganets/POEs.

3. Run Tracker/Nexus/Blade, set your workspace to Camera and select all the cameras in the System pane (you will need to expand Vicon Cameras). Please do note that there might be slight differences between the three applications.

4. Turn the Giganet/POE connected to 192.168.10.3 off then select all the cameras that just went red in the System pane.

Select the Destination IP Address drop-down and select 192.168.10.3.

5. Select the remaining (green) cameras then scroll down their Properties, select the Destination IP Address drop-down and select 192.168.10.2.

6. Turn the Giganet/POE connected to 192.168.10.3 back on. Select all the cameras in the System pane.

Save your System configuration.

Where can I find the latest Software documentation?

You can find the latest documentation for all current versions of software at here:

DOCUMENTATION HOME

Vicon Core Software will also install documentation/help guide when you install the software.

Once installed, launch the software and select Help > View Installed Help

The following software will install Help:

Nexus 2, Shōgun, Tracker 3, Blade 3, Pegasus, CaraLive, CaraPost, Polygon 4

How does Tracker work with VRPN?

The Virtual-Reality Peripheral Network (VRPN) is a library that provides an interface between 3D immersive applications and tracking systems used for Virtools. Vicon Tracker 3 has a built-in VRPN server that will stream data natively into these applications or will allow for the development of simple interfaces using VRPN.

How do I VRPN into Virtools from Tracker?

Virtools, a commercial application, has support for VRPN and can be configured to connect with Vicon Tracker as follows.

A full VRDevice.cfg file is included below.

Note

[email protected] is the way Virtools connects to the VRPN server within Tracker. The format is [email protected]_Name. This configuration file will look for an object called “Head” on the Tracker server called “TrackerPC.”

=======================================
vrpnTracker_0 [email protected]
neutralPosition_0 0.0 0.0 0.0
neutralQuaternion_0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
axisPermute_0 0 2 1
axisSign_0 1 1 1
trackerScale_0 1
TrackerGroup_0 T0:0:6
=================

This VRDevice.cfg also contains other directives that:

  • Map the Vicon coordinates properly to the Virtools coordinates:
axisPermute_0 0 2 1
axisSign_0 1 1 1
  • Add a tracker group with:
TrackerGroup_0 T0:0:6

To complete the process, do the following:

  • Add the VRPN settings to a VRPack.cfg file, which is in the same folder as the .cmo. That way it can be tested with Virtools Dev.
  • For versions of Tracker before 1.2 in the composition, activate the Use Scale option and change the value of
trackerScale_0

in your VRDevice.cfg file to 0.001 (converts Vicon mm to Virtools m).

For a full description of any of these configuration options, please refer to the Virtools documentation.

What is the recommended PC specification to run my Vicon Tracker System?

Vicon recommends the following specifications for use with your Vicon Tracker System. If you are using an older version of Vicon software, please contact Vicon to ensure there are no issues or driver limitations if you are upgrading your PC. Your choice depends on your application requirements and the size of your system.

Please note the following:

  • Windows 10 (64bit) Tested and Supported OS
  • .NET Framework 4.5 above
  • 2 GB NVIDIA Quadro P620 Tested and Supported Graphics Cards
  • INTEL ETHERNET i350/i340 T4 SERVER ADAPTER RJ45 PCI−E and INTEL ETHERNET i210−T1 GBE
  • NIC Tested and Supported Network Cards (NIC)

Standard PC

Dell Precision XL Tower 5820
Intel Xeon Processor W-2123 (3.6GHz, 3.9GHz Turbo, 4C, 8.25M Cache))
16GB (2x8GB) 2666MHz DDR4 RDIMM ECC
2 x 2TB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive
Non RAID
8x Slimline DVD+/-RW Drive
2 GB NVIDIA Quadro P620
Windows 10 Pro English
INTEL ETHERNET i350 T4 SERVER ADAPTER RJ45 PCI−E – to connect Vicon System

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