FCC Approves iRobot Lawn Mower

FCC Approves iRobot Lawn Mower
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted a request by iRobot Corporation to waive the prohibition on the use of fixed outdoor infrastructure to allow iRobot to obtain equipment certification for and market a robotic lawnmower. The said lawnmower to be developed by the company will operate in the 6240 to 6740 MHz frequency range and will need a fixed wireless infrastructure.


iRobot lawn mower requests waiver of Section 15.250

The company had particularly requested to be waived from FCC’s ruling regarding the operation of wideband systems in the 5925-7250 MHz frequency band which was adopted in 2004; specifically, Section 15.250.

Section 15.250 provides that “[e]xcept for operation onboard a ship or terrestrial transportation vehicle, the use of a fixed outdoor infrastructure is prohibited.” The rule further provides that a “fixed infrastructure includes antennas mounted on outdoor structures, e.g., antennas mounted on the outside of a building or on a telephone pole.”

“We find that granting this waiver is in the public interest because it will enable iRobot to market its robotic lawn mower without posing a significant risk of harmful interference to authorized users of the radio spectrum,” a document from the FCC stated.

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About the iRobot Corporation

The company designs and builds robots that make a difference, the company said in its website. It was founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists to make practical robots a reality.

In 2014, iRobot generated $557 million in revenue. In August 2015, it has received a $9.8 million order from the U.S. marine Corps Systems Command for 75 SUGV robot systems. The deliveries will be completed by the second quarter of 2016, the company said in its announcement.

iRobot is employing the industry’s top robot professionals, as well as mechanical, electrical and software engineers along with related support staff. Its corporate headquarters are located in Bedford, Mass. The company also has offices in California, the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong.

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