Smarter Robotic Lawnmower Functionality from ZCS, Courtesy of Quectel

By Alex Passett October 27, 2023

From simplified connectivity packages to a diverse portfolio of modules, IoT solutions provider Quectel strives to connect hard-working people and IoT devices to networks and services that streamline safe operations, positively impacting industries. Quectel has excelled in numerous areas; automotive telematics, satellite modules, key asset-monitoring for industrial fleets, enterprise-grade device security, robotics and with must-have connectivity-centric solutions through 2G/3G, 4G/5G, LPWA, Wi-Fi, GNSS, and more.

The long-story-short, right out of the gate? Quectel’s mission is to continue innovating at the cutting edge of IoT.

So, bear all that in mind as we transition slightly from a broader view of cutting-edge IoT, to cutting the edge of your grass outside.

(Okay, perhaps not the smoothest pun or segue, but hear me out.)

Earlier this month, Quectel’s technologies were chosen by software, hardware, robotics and automation developer, Zucchetti Centro Sistemi (ZCS). ZCS chose Quectel’s LG69T series GNSS module, more specifically, for its new Twenty 29, 4.0 – 4.36 – 4.50 Elite RTK lawnmowers. (RTK meaning Real-Time Kinematic for satellite navigation systems, part of the ZCS Cloud.)

A lot of details, I recognize. Here’s the lowdown:

The Quectel LG69T series is incredibly versatile; use cases can include ADAS and DMS, for mining and marine operations, drones, delivery robots, and precision agriculture.

So, when used with the ZCS Cloud RTK, the LG69T achieves centimeter-level accuracy, allowing one or more lawnmowing-designated robots to handle an exceptionally wide working area. (i.e. 30,000 square meters, or up to 80,000 square meters under certain conditions)

With impressive navigation accuracy (while harnessing the synergy of satellite tech and cloud platforms for consistent updates via a GPS antenna), this enables, as the official announcement described, “extreme navigation and high precision of grass cutting – up to 5 centimeters from the edge of an area and even narrow, hard-to-reach spaces or uneven terrain with large slopes, guaranteeing an even and exact cut across the entire area.” The main advantages also include better working efficiency, zero need for wire installations, and more versatility through its navigation system that is equipped with ultrasonic sensors. That makes it possible to manage large areas while still maintaining that high degree of accuracy, even in the event of signal loss.

“Quectel is thrilled to provide ZCS with the LG69T-AM module for its innovative robotic lawnmower that incorporates advanced positioning technology,” commented Norbert Muhrer, President and CSO, Quectel Wireless Solutions. “This lawnmower utilizes the functionality of the advanced Quectel LG69T series GNSS module to deliver centimeter-level accuracy, facilitating extremely precise navigation.”

In terms of general availability, more information from Quectel and ZCS is expected.

For other Quectel stories, read here.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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