Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program
New Delhi, October12, 2017 – Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and Wireless System Integration (WSI), an award-winning Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems, in their city robotic mower pilot program. Cities are using the Husqvarna mowers to collect data about the environment, the quality of air, water, and levels of light and sound, while maintaining the cities’ green spaces, saving time and money, reducing emission and noise pollution.
The mowers cut thegrass daily, within a boundary wire, rain or shine, keeping the grass cut andcollecting data 24 hours a day from the sensors. The sensors collectreal-time data on UV radiation, air quality, ambient noise, luminosity andvibration. The sensor box, designed by Telit, is a first for the industry. Thesensor box mounted on top of the mowers, uses the robots’ main battery forpower supply, thereby recharging whenever the robot returns to its base. Thesensor box transmits the data using Telit’s HE910 cellular module and Telit’s global IoT connectivity data plans (MVNO). The Telit IoT Platform seamlessly connects, manages anddelivers the environmental data in a ready-to-use format. In cooperation withHusqvarna, Quantified Planet, an organization that links innovation to science,receives the data and publishes it for citizens to review. The cities can thenanalyze the environmental data sent by the robots and implement programs toimprove the health of its citizens, based on these insights.
"Collectingthis city data gives researchers the opportunity to explore and research thehealth of urban public spaces in a way that has never been done before. Byusing the Quantified Planet data exploration platform, this new data canprovide insights and innovation on how to develop and improve sustainable opengreen spaces which impact the citizens living nearby. We are excited to be partof the project," said Maja Brisvall, CEO, Quantified Planet.
“The need for greenspaces is growing more and more in urban areas, and it is inspiring to thinkabout how parks in cities will be maintained in the future. I am excited aboutthe pilot program, learning more about the possibility to increasesustainability and productivity in professional landscaping for urban areas,”said Pavel Hajman, President of the Husqvarna Division.
“According tothe United Nations,66 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050,creating sustainability challenges for cities to manage. Cities that arealready using IoT are building the infrastructure to manage their assets andrelationships with their citizens,” said Yosi Fait, Interim CEO, Telit.“Husqvarna’s city mower program is an example of how cities are using IoT tobecome more sustainable and efficient. Through this collaboration we have beendemonstrating again our unique sensor to cloud capabilities, cutting ourcustomers time to market through our integrated lines of products and servicesas well through our professional services team’s significant IoT knowhow.”