How it Works
The reference station component of EPOS utilizes RTK (Real Time Kinematics) to provide GPS correction data from a fixed point near the robotic mower. Traditional GPS does not provide the accuracy needed to the robot, but the reference station is able to ensure the unit is accurate within 2-3 cm when properly mounted and clear of obstructions.
The reference station is sold separate from EPOS mower units. Multiple EPOS units are able to use the same reference station for GPS correction. It is also possible to use multiple reference stations to expand the working area for large scale, multi-unit installs. This means there is no limit to the size of a working area other than the mowers battery and capability.
The robotic mowing technology of the unit is almost identical to the current generation of mowers provided by Husqvarna. It maintains all cutting, collision, safety and other systems as the traditional wired units.
The key difference is in how it is installed and how that installation is modified. Without the burried wire, adjustments to working areas can be made quickly and with far less effort than other models. One downside to keep in mind is that this means the installation area has to meet more requirements for an effective installation.
EPOS relies on the companion app for initial setup, monitoring and modification. Since there is no physical boundary wire to determine the working area, virtual boundaries for working areas, stay-out-zones and transport paths are setup via app connection.
During setup, the mower is driven through the app as you walk the installation area that will eventually be the mowers working areas. In addition to where you want to mow, you can easily set areas that it should stay out of as well as the transport paths that tell the mower how to access the working areas from its charging station.
These are the areas where the mower is allowed to mow. A single mower can have multiple work areas that may have different schedules or cutting preferences depending on the grass type and use.
These are the areas that may be within or near an installation that you do not want the mower to enter. They can be permanent like a drainage cover or temporary if there is construction or work taking place.
Included with the robot, the charging station is where the mower will automatically dock when the battery runs low. It will charge, update when needed, and continue to mow on the set schedule.
Sold separately from the mower, the reference station and mounting location are crucial for EPOS success. It must be mounted with a clear view of the sky and installation area, or the mower will not be able to receive the real-time GPS corrections for its location
Transport paths are set manually from the Automower Connect app when setting up the EPOS unit. The paths are used by the mowing unit to effectively access the work areas and return to the charging station.
The point of interest feature can used as a "parking point" outside of a working area and separate from the charge station. When the mower needs service, it can drive to this point which removes the need to transport tools to the mower or the mower to a separate location.