Case Study: How Sabanto Uses the GNSS Compass to Revolutionise Farming

How Sabanto Uses the GNSS Compass to Revolutionise Farming

 

Sabanto is an emerging FaaS (Farming as a Service) solution who have quickly earned acclaim for their innovative autonomous tractors and planters. They are well positioned to revolutionise the farming industry. Using autonomous equipment, Sabanto allows their customer’s farming operations to be faster, cheaper and more efficient.

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. 

 

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.

The Solution: A plug and play GNSS Compass

 

The GNSS Compass was ultimately chosen as the navigational system for its superior accuracy, reliability and ease of use in the challenging conditions Sabanto’s autonomous farming equipment would be operating in. 

“Durability, dependability, and dust and water proofing were large parts of our choice due to the harsh environment we operate in” said Craig. “All drivers for the GNSS Compass are open source, well documented, and easily available on GitHub.”

 

The Outcome: A reliable system enabling autonomous farming

 

“Advanced Navigation’s open source drivers allowed us to get up and running very quickly” said Craig. “The device required a single waterproofed cable for operation and never failed on us in the field. The reliability of the GNSS Compass gave us the piece of mind required to operate fully autonomously from Spring to Fall of 2020”. 

“The GNSS Compass enabled us to operate multiple autonomous agricultural equipment in the field without issue while we remained at home during quarantine. We were able to trust that our systems would safely stay within the field boundary outlined via our mapping software.”

 

How Sabanto will use the GNSS Compass in the future

 

This is only the beginning of what Sabanto will be using the GNSS Compass for, with the GNSS/INS solution proving to be well-suited for Sabanto’s future plans for expanding their fleet of autonomous farming technology. 

Reflecting on the future, Craig says “We plan on scaling up our usage of the GNSS Compass to support a multitude of units operating in different states across the country.”

The GNSS Compass in detail 

 

The GNSS Compass is an all in one GNSS/INS navigation and heading solution. As a cost-effective tool it is available in several different variants to best serve a project’s specific needs. It has a range of features that enable it to provide accurate headings, including: 

  • Fully integrated navigation
  • Performance and interface options
  • Industry leading positioning
  • Minimized size, weight and price

 

As a sophisticated navigation and heading solution, the GNSS Compass can be used for a variety of applications:

  • Marine vessels
  • Marine surveying
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Antenna targeting 

 

Learn more about using the GNSS Compass

 

You can learn more about Advanced Navigation’s GNSS Compass in more detail or get in touch with our team to find out how our navigation solutions can help you.