Smart irrigation controllers are a major topic right now in the irrigation industry, and for good reason. Over the past five or so years there have been droughts and water shortages all over the world. This problem was solved in a few different ways, one being a forced hard look at water use by consumers as well as by big users such as farms. From this was a movement of Smart Irrigation controllers. Following the path built by mobile phone manufactures the irrigation industry realized that people need to be able to access and control their water system from any where that they are.
Smart irrigation controllers are amazing tools moving irrigation into the future. With the use of rain sensors and local weather data, controllers are able to better manage your irrigation system and water use automatically. With the rain sensor your irrigation controller gets a signal saying hey its raining we do not need to water today. The same goes for controllers receiving local weather data. The goal of these smart systems are to minimize the misuse of water in your irrigation system.
The real question is can these types of smart control systems be better? The answer is yes. There are two components that are under marketed in smart irrigation control systems; a master valve and a flow sensor. For us to make your irrigation system a true SMART irrigation system your system needs to be gathering data and making decisions to help you save water and money. Smart irrigation systems with these two components installed will allow you to minimize a big waste of water from things like broken sprinklers, broken pipes or even busted drip lines. The system with these installed along with the weather or rain data is going to give you a system that will recognize when it needs to skip watering due to rain as well as knowing when your system has a leak. This system will notify you as well as take action of either shutting down your system or moving to the next area.
We believe in helping you have a true SMART irrigation system, and making sure that your system is really helping you become a true water advocate. Please contact us with any questions or for more information.
*Brands vary in what they are capable of doing as far as including flow sensing and master valve control.