We are happy to announce MowBotix Cloud. The human interface that makes operating the MowBotix MB-200 automation system a breeze that woks on mobile, tablet, and desktop.
In this blog post we’re going to touch on a few operations an operator would use in the field assisted by MowBotix Cloud.
My Mower has an App?
When discussing with operators a common question that gets asked is “how do I tell the mower what to do?”. The focus of an autonomous mowing system is how well the system performs in the field.
What gets overlooked is the administration from the operator and management perspective. These include tasks such as:
- Defining an area for the mower to mower, including obstacles
- Setting speed limits
- Programming Jobs
- Productivity Analytics
- Real-time Status
- Diagnostic information
We’ll deep dive on all of these subjects in the future. For now let’s take a high-level look.
New Site, No Problem
MowBotix Cloud makes it easy to define new job sites. Mapping a property consists of driving around the perimeter of a job site to define the “border”.
If the site contains any obstacles such as buildings, telephone poles, or areas you don’t want the mower to go near such as pools or ditches you can define them the same way as the border. Keep in mind this is only done once, and not before every mowing.
MowBotix Cloud takes advantage of cloud computing allowing operators to have an unlimited number of sites to be programmed.
How Do I Tell It To Mow?
MowBotix Cloud has site information to build jobs for us. A job is simply how the autonomous system will mow a specific site.
The clearest example of this is the angle of cut. Operators will alternate the cutting pattern to reduce turf and soil compaction to keep turf healthy. One week an operator may cut due North, and the next week due East.
With the site information MowBotix Cloud will generate a near optimal cutting job. Lets build a job for the above site at due East. We can build additional jobs of any angle to match the aesthetics of a site.
The above job is generated for a 60″ mower. In the event that the mower is unavailable, but a 72″ mower is, MowBotix Cloud will custom tailor a job for the 72″ mower.
How Do Operators Interact In The Field?
The majority of the time the operator won’t be mapping or programming, but instead informing the autonomous system to start mowing! Telling the system to mow is done in several clicks. Select the mower, the job, and press Start.
The operator will have a real-time interface to check on job progress and set mowing profiles to inform the system if the turf is moist and to take things a little slower.
If the system encounters any issues that impacts productivity MowBotix Cloud will ping the operator who started the job to quickly remedy any issues.
Just The Beginning!
We covered a high level look at common operations an operator in the field will use when pulling up to a new site, initial programming, and start cutting grass.
The announcing of MowBotix Cloud is a major moment for us, but one of many that we will be exploring in future posts.
For more information about the MowBotix Cloud or the accompanying MowBotix MB-200 autonomous system contact us.