Collections, Locations, Modes

As your fleet grows, InOrbit allows you to organize your robots according to different criteria, such as hardware iteration, customer deployment or location. This allows you to filter or group robots on InOrbit Mission Control based on these different criteria.

Each grouping of robots is called a collection; each robot may be part of one or more collections. All robots are members of the default collection called Fleet.

You can customize the collections and robot membership in each collection by going to Settings > Organization in InOrbit Mission Control.

Manage Collections

Use the Locations tab in Settings > Organization to define all the locations or sites you want to track. To add a new location, click the circled + sign. All locations are part of a collection type called Locations.

Select a unique name for the location; this can be whatever you need it to be, from a city to something that makes sense within your system, such as Store #1234.

Add an address to be able to show the location on a world map. Note that these locations are assumed to be fixed. Optionally add notes to help you with location management. You can also select if you want new robots to be added by default to a given location.

Modes are a special collection type that can be used to indicate the state or mode in which a robot is operating. This value can change dynamically and is assumed to be MECE (Mutually Exclusive and Collectively Exhaustive), i.e. each robot can be in one and only one mode at any given time.

Some common modes may be Charging, Idle, or Mission. You can define them in the Modes tab in Settings > Organization. Modes are reported in a custom data source. It is up to your application code to report these modes; any modes reported in the data source that do not match the modes defined here will be reported as Other.

You can also change the order of modes to match the robot behavior; for example, if your robots usually change from Charging to Idle to Mission and back to Charging, you may organize them in that order. Colors are automatically assigned to each mode.

All other collections can be defined in the Collections tab in Settings > Organization. You can add your own collection by clicking the circled + sign. Choose a type such as Customer or Hardware. Some collection types are defined as Exclusive, i.e. each robot can only belong to one collection for that collection type.

Enter a unique name, optionally add notes and whether to automatically add new robots to that collection.

Listing and adding robots to collections

You can see a list of all the robots in the system and the collection(s) each robot is part of in the Robots tab in Settings > Organization. Each collection is annotated with an icon indicating the type of collection.

To add or remove collections for a robot, click on the collection list; you’ll be able to to select multiple collections, subject to their respective exclusivity constraints.