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Zucchetti Centro Sistemi: Making Lawn Care Easy with IoT-Enabled Autonomous Lawn Mowers

One Hour of Grass Cutting Equals 100 Miles Worth of Auto Pollution

Reducing emissions lies at the heart of the worldwide fight against climate change, with the combustion engine a significant contributor worldwide. Few are likely to think of lawn mowers included in a category that includes transportation, manufacturing and agriculture, but in countries such as the U.S., lawn mowers account for as much as 5% of the nation’s total air pollution. The EPA estimates that 54 million Americans mow their lawns weekly, using 800 million gallons of gas yearly — and wasting 17 million gallons because of spillage during refueling.

In Europe, a first-of-its-kind report from researchers in Sweden compared lawn mowers to automobiles, indicating that one hour of grass cutting equals 100 miles worth of auto pollution. Environmental experts explain how their toxic exhaust emissions pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change and threatening human health. Add to that the noise pollution from lawn mowers, which registers around about 90 decibels (dB). In general, sounds above 85 dB are harmful depending on how long and how often the exposure.

Enabling the Smart Garden with the All-Electric Ambrogio Robot Lawn Mower Powered by Telit

We collaborated with Telit to create a smarter Ambrogio robot mower because we wanted to align the product with our mission: innovative, efficient, eco-friendly and competitive products to improve the quality of life for our customers.

Fabrizio Bernini, CEO, Zucchetti Centro Sistemi

Making Lawn Care Safer for Humans and Better for the Environment

Since 2000, Zucchetti Centro Sistemi (ZCS) has been designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative high-tech robots by combining information technology, electronics and mechanics expertise and the highest level of professional standards. Recognizing the need for a safer, more affordable and easier way to care for lawns, ZCS created the Ambrogio Robot Lawn Mower. As a highly intelligent, evolved robot with patented sensors and advanced navigation, Ambrogio runs according to programmed intervals, alternates cutting cycles with recharging and mows an entire lawn without missing an area or requiring human assistance once it is activated. Plus, its self-programming feature enables customers to optimize work times and vary blade speeds based on grass height.

The Ambrogio robot is the perfect ally to manage any lawn, from small residential spaces and traditional suburban gardens to sprawling green spaces and ball fields. Simple, silent and eco-friendly with easy and intuitive controls, the Ambrogio’s continuous mulching function leads to a healthy and lush lawn that requires fewer fertilizers — and there is no need to dispose of the grass.

High Performance and Precision under Any Circumstance

Ambrogio easily handles the most challenging slopes, up to 75% for the new model Quad Elite. The stainless-steel blades ensure precise cutting on any grassy surface. Ambrogio can operate in any situation and weather condition. The rain sensors, which can be turned off at any time, return the robot to the charging station in case of rain, helping to preserve the quality of the grass. With improved user experience and remote accessibility recently introduced, the Ambrogio now has predictive maintenance capabilities and an innovative navigation system — the Infinity system — that allows several robots to simultaneously manage a single area in a smart and integrated way:

THE AMICO Companion Device Keeps Animals out of Harm’s Way

The AMICO companion device for pets has built-in sensors that can detect when the animals are too close to the robot lawn mower. Worn as a collar, the AMICO sends a signal to the robot, which automatically shuts down the blade.

ZCS CONNECT Speaks the Language of the Future

Models equipped with ZCS Connect can communicate with the most popular voice assistants (Siri, Google Home, Alexa).

Cloud Connection via Braintree

Ambrogio robot mowers can connect to the cloud connection through Braintree, a subscription-based payment provider. A division of PayPal, it allows users to renew their subscription (every year after the first two years) and buy advanced services such as “Infinity,” an AI algorithm that manages the robots simultaneously operating on larger grass fields.

Telit Provides the Fundamental Building Blocks to Power Today’s Automated Machines

The company chose Telit’s OneEdge™, IoT platform and embedded, cloud-ready cellular modules, including the ME910C1-WW, which uses Telit simWISE™ for connectivity. By providing three fundamental building blocks (platform, connectivity and modules), Telit is powering end-to-end communication from the lawn mower robot to ZCS’ Ambrogio Connect mobile app. Data generated by the robot is stored in the Telit deviceWISE® CLOUD IoT platform, a cloud-based IoT subscription service. Then, the information is visualized by the mower’s connected app, allowing customers to interact with the robot remotely and securely. As a result, customers can manage and control their robots anytime and anywhere.

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