Robotic mowers that utilize EPOS technology can be a viable alternative to traditional wired solutions. However, before investing in one, it’s essential to understand its limitations and the necessary installation guidelines.
Now to answer your question: Will EPOS work on my property?
Potential Challenges with EPOS Functionality
Here are some factors that might hinder the optimal functioning of EPOS:
- Proximity of Buildings: EPOS may struggle to receive satellite signals if buildings are situated closely.
- Metal Obstructions: Metal structures or obstacles can block the radio signal needed for communication.
- Tree Cover: Many trees or those with a thick canopy might obstruct the satellite reception.
- Charging Station Location: If the charging station is too close to buildings or other structures, it may interfere with satellite reception.
Optimal Environment for EPOS
For the EPOS system to function correctly, its installation consists of three main components:
1. EPOS Mower:
- Requires an unobstructed view of the sky to capture the GPS signal.
- Although EPOS doesn’t need a direct line of sight to the reference station, both should have a view of the same satellites.
- Note: Watch out for metal structures or obstructions blocking the radio signal.
2. The RTK Reference Station:
- It needs between 120-160° of open sky to capture the GPS signal accurately.
- Communicates with EPOS using a radio signal, refining the signal accuracy to within 5cm.
3. The Charging Station:
- Position it where it has a clear view of the sky since EPOS needs satellite visibility even when docked.
Note: For accurate positioning, both EPOS and the RTK reference station should be able to view at least 20 satellites simultaneously.