Increasing digitalization, as well as price pressure and a shortage of skilled workers, are making agriculture more autonomous. At the same time, autonomous vehicles cannot currently be used for safety reasons. The challenge is to provide Smart Farming functionality in autonomous machines while taking functional safety into account.
Especially in landscape maintenance, work processes need to be facilitated and automated. Therefore, vehicles today are often autonomous, but manually controlled by the operator to ensure safe use for public spaces. However, pure radio control does not currently permit automation of the machine.
SIS REMOTE masters challenges
Safety for operators and the environment
Due to the entire concentration being on the machines, hazards are detected too late. Pure tablet control of the machine is not possible because there is no safe emergency stop mechanism and a WiFi connection is insecure. With SIS REMOTE, the autonomous machine returns to a safe state at any time. This reduces the dangers for the working environment and the operator and provides a higher safety level, as well as a better view of the working process.
Operator comfort and automation
With purely manual control, the operator must constantly correct the direction of travel. Particularly at a greater distance from the machine, there is more frequent overlapping of the working width and thus lower efficiency. If several work processes are to be controlled simultaneously, this leads to high driver stress and rapid fatigue. In addition, when steering the machine, the focus is not on the implement or work process, which means that the work result is often unsatisfactory. Due to the high level of concentration on the machine, there is a very high potential for danger. SIS REMOTE relieves the operator, increases efficiency, perfects work processes and makes it possible to operate several machines simultaneously.
Protection of the environment and resources
Manual steering and jerky movements damage the vegetation layer, which leads to increased erosion. In addition, overlapping and multiple driving over the area lead to high fuel consumption and higher ground pressure. Furthermore, there is often a lack of skilled workers, which makes efficient and low-wear work impossible. In addition, the high physical strain sometimes overstrains the operator, causing damage to vegetation, watercourses and infrastructure, as well as high wear and tear. Thanks to SIS REMOTE, resources are conserved as the injury to the vegetation layer is reduced, operating resources are saved and machine utilization is increased. Moreover, for the maintenance of hard-to-reach areas, the right technology is crucial for the ease of operation of the work process.