Maintenance of urban spaces

The tasks of a local council or municipality for maintaining their green urban spaces often require the use smaller vehicles, such as a lawn mower or sweepers. By integrating the accurate positioning from TAPAS with a municipality's software solution for maintaining urban spaces, a pilot project has succeeded in demonstrating that these tasks have the potential to be automated and more efficiently solved than is the case today.

Initiative 5.3 of the Danish digital strategy: Maintenance of urban spaces

In the fall of 2018, a project focusing on the maintenance of urban spaces tested the possibility for streamlining a municipal task of maintaining a public lawn through autonomy, digitization and use of very accurate GNSS navigation data obtained through the TAPAS platform. The project forms part of the Digital strategy 2016-2020 initiative 5.3 on Infrastructure for positioning and navigation data.


The project

The project on maintenance of urban spaces had two main aims. The first was a test of whether the accuracy of a GNSS / TAPAS-based semi-autonomous vehicle (a self driving lawn mower) in combination with Aarhus Municipality's records of the physical conditions around a green area (here Vestre Kirkegaard in Aarhus) can form the basis for automating a public maintenance task sush as mowing. The second aim was to assess the potential for smarter workflows by enabling a municipality to have easy access to real-time and historical positioning of its autonomous vehicles (which vehicles performed which tasks, where, when).


Why is the maintenance of the urban area project important?

The results of the project show that with a sufficiently detailed technical map and TAPAS positioning data it is possible to convert a so far manual task of mowing to be handled by an autonomous vehicle showing deviations of less than + - 1.5 cm. At the same time, real-time data transfer to Aarhus Municipality's operating software was established across existing software systems and silos. This opens perspectives for streamlining so far manually performed tasks relevant to both municipalities and private companies.


Project Partners:

The project group consisted of SDFE as project manager and with Aarhus Municipality, Conpleks, KL and Sweco as project partners.



Per Kolbeck Nielsen

26 JULY 2021