Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

Sophisticated tools for outdoor use

By Claire Marchand

Modern-day technologies are not confined to homes, factories or offices. They have also reached the outdoors. While electric lawn mowers and gardening tools have been around for some time, they have, in recent years, benefitted from the numerous developments in the electronics sector, as have other outdoor devices and equipment.

Robotic lawnmower cuts the grass for you (Photo: Husqvarna)
Robotic lawnmower cuts the grass for you (Photo: Husqvarna)

Electronics for the garden

Take the lawn mower, for example. A long time ago, it was powered by humans. Pushing the lawnmower turned a cylinder of sharp blades. Then came the gasoline-powered version, the electric version, the ride-on version, and now the robotic version that will cut the grass in your backyard while you’re away. The battery-powered robotic lawn mower has sensors that recognize when it is over grass that has to be cut and that will cause it to reverse direction when reaching walkways or patios.  

One day you may even have robots doing all the trimming, pruning and planting for you.

Safety inside and out

Electronics play an important role in keeping homes and gardens safe. From outdoor lights with motion detectors to infra-red electronic fencing around the pool and wave detection alarm systems within, there is a whole range of devices and systems that can help you make the area around your house safer.

Because electrical and electronic products comprise many, sometimes running to hundreds of individual components and sub-assemblies, manufacturers want to be assured that the electronic components used in their products are of the required quality and reliability and are safe.

Eliminating inspection and quality-auditing costs

IECQ, the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components, is instrumental in proving the quality and reliability of electronic components. The system also helps manufacturers minimize incoming inspection costs and eliminate suppliers' auditing for quality, by favouring suppliers who hold IECQ product approvals for their components.

IECQ does more than just test and certify a wide range of electronic components. Through its IECQ HSPM (Hazardous Substances Process Management) programme, it also helps electronic component suppliers prove that their products comply with hazardous substances requirements.

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Robotic lawnmower cuts the grass for you (Photo: Husqvarna) Robotic lawnmower cuts the grass for you (Photo: Husqvarna)
Pool alarms detect accidental intrusions into swimming pools Pool alarms detect accidental intrusions into swimming pools
Security lighting with motion sensors. Security lighting with motion sensors.