A standard consumer level irrigation control is designed to manage up to 12 valve stations at once. However, many large properties have more than 12 valve stations. What is a property owner or manager to do when they wish to implement the complete “smart system” with master valve and flow sensor (discussed in our last blog post, here ), but have needs that exceed these controllers’ abilities? They could always install multiple controllers, though, this quickly becomes expensive and difficult to manage.
For properties that span beyond the standard 12 valves system, we highly recommend a central management and control system. We love the RainBird IQ. These types of systems utilize a two-wire connection between the controller and each valve in order to allow programming and management of your ENTIRE system through iCloud based controls, no matter where you happen to be. The ultimate goal of a central control like the IQ is to be able to manage a large amount of irrigation valves automatically and manually from a mobile device while providing a full view of your system’s health. A few features that we love about the Rainbird IQ are the smart weather technology and its ability to send alerts directly to your phone when it foresees any problems or discrepancies.
We love central control system and the confidence they allow you to have in your systems efficiency, while saving time and confusion with their programming and mobile controls. If you want to know more or just have a few questions, feel free to reach out to us on our contact page.