Most of today’s irrigation controllers are using outdated technology and there is a huge opportunity to introduce smart wireless connected technology into that market. Some companies are already in the market with connected drop-in replacement irrigation controllers, however, the market remains ripe for systems that are reliable and have a good user experience. And very few, if any, are designed intentionally to detect faults in the irrigation system.
Optimal water usage in today’s drought climate is critical and loss of water through broken irrigation systems accounts for about 5% of all water usage. In addition, when an irrigation system is failing it often goes undetected for days or weeks causing damage to crops and wasted water. With this system, operators will know instantly through notifications that there is a problem in the system. Equally valuable is measurement of exactly how much water is applied, as opposed to estimating, so that over watering can be avoided.
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