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AWS is How: WORX Optimizes Costs, Increases Developer Productivity and Innovation

By using AWS services, WORX was able to develop and launch the Landroid within a 6-month time frame.

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We all appreciate tools that save time and make our lives simpler. And when those tools are produced in an environmentally responsible way, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

WORX has received the World Wildlife Fund’s Platinum award for Low Carbon Manufacturing and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction Platinum distinction for its green building. The company is also helping customers to be more environmentally responsible through its offering of a line of battery-powered, cordless tools.

One of the newest additions to this line is the innovative Landroid robotic lawn mower. The Landroid has GPS, anticollision technology, and an antitheft plug-in. It can also navigate right-angle turns—an advanced feature for a robotic lawn mower.

The technology behind the Landroid is what sets it apart from other robotic mowers. WORX developed the Landroid using Amazon Web Services (AWS). As a smart device, the Landroid uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to interconnect with other devices that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies. The Landroid uses weather data and lawn preferences, selected by the user in the Landroid app, to configure the ideal mowing schedule. Its patented algorithm creates random paths for the mower so that the entire yard will be mowed over the course of 1 week. Impressively, WORX was able to turn a lawnmower into an IoT device within 6 months. But how did WORX accomplish this?
 
A team of four engineers worked exclusively on the Landroid to develop its infrastructure in the cloud, where software and services run on a global network of servers instead of on local computers. WORX took advantage of managed services on AWS, which helped the company to focus on developing the features of the Landroid rather than spending time managing its infrastructure. Using managed services on AWS also helped WORX to optimize its costs.

By using AWS services, WORX was able to develop and launch the Landroid within a 6-month time frame. The result was a stable and highly available service from the first release. The Landroid is one of the best-selling products in its category and was named Best Value in PCMag’s Best Robot Lawn Mowers for 2022.

WORX relies on AWS for its IoT services as well. As of 2021, the company had over 350,000 robots registered on AWS. In the future, WORX will continue using AWS IoT solutions to add new features, such as the inclusion of a machine learning solution for grass-type recognition in a new generation of robotic lawn mowers, and it plans to use AWS IoT solutions for other products as well. The company is also exploring adding voice control powered by Amazon Alexa.

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