Founded in 2018, Sabanto has introduced autonomy to agriculture, converting tractors into autonomous tractors with their systems and deploying them through franchises. Sabanto’s rapid success has come from constantly testing and innovating their system. As they continue to pioneer autonomous agriculture, Sabanto’s autonomous tractors and planters need to perform at the highest standard with no margin for error.
Their innovative approach to farming services has garnered Sabanto much praise in the industry, with their cutting-edge technology allowing them to win the 19th annual Chicago Innovation Awards program in 2020.
A key part of Sabanto’s success is the navigation system they are using, the GNSS Compass from Advanced Navigation.
The Challenges Sabanto faced
Sabanto sought to create autonomous farm equipment that could be operated by minimal personnel. In the wake of COVID-19, being able to operate autonomous machines efficiently and safely from home during quarantine made the need for a precise navigation and heading system paramount. But this comes with certain challenges:
- Accuracy: The navigation system needs to be highly accurate so the autonomous tractors and planters stay within the boundaries of which they should be working.
- Reliability: The accuracy of the navigation system also needs to be reliable enough to navigate efficiently in extreme weather conditions and landscapes, as any inaccuracies in satellite tracking could prove to be costly for the farm manager. Furthermore, the equipment has to operate effectively for long periods of time, in some cases up to 40 hours of work in the field. The navigation system used with the autonomous equipment would need to be consistently accurate to keep track of each tractor’s heading for that entire time period.
- A Plug and Play system: Sabanto needed a system that could be easily integrated into the technology they had developed. A simple, plug and play solution was required to be installed with no inconvenience.
“We needed a GNSS/INS solution that would provide superior localization while being rugged enough to survive an agricultural environment” said Craig Rupp, CEO of Sabanto.