Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and WSI in their city robotic mower pilot program.
There are already hundreds of consumer products based on the IoT that make our lives more connected than ever. Smart home devices, wearable fitness trackers and smartwatches bringing the power of smartphones directly to your wrist are just a few examples.
This we know. But that’s not all the IoT can do — not by a long shot. IoT technology is already becoming the tech-of-choice for ahead-of-the-competition cities that take climate change seriously. According to WBCSD, seven out of every 10 people on Earth will live in a city by 2050. This of course means sustainability challenges on a incomprehensible scale.
So, what can the IoT do to help? Well, the task of analysing the environment is too complex for one single technology or even the most skilled data scientists. This is why the IoT is a perfect tech, as it collects and analyzes data like humidity, temperature, air- and water quality or sound. It then communicates this data to other connected systems and back – or directly to us. Today IoT is probably the most critical enabler of smart city development.
It makes sense to design a business, a city, or a product to make a positive impact. We designed the smart sensor on top of Husqvarnas innovative lawn mower together with Telit. Jens Barkvall, our project manager in the Husqvarna project says it was a tad bit more dynamic and challenging than other projects. One of the problems that had to be solved was charging and recharging the sensor box on top of the lawn mower remotely. He also states that there are many weather stations to go around, but this is the first autonomous system for environment control in a lawnmower. And that – is really smart.
Husqvarna has now released this pilot and will hopefully, in the near future, make just that positive impact. The IoT isn’t just a new fad — it’s the key to creating a healthier and more sustainable future for all of us.
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