Smart sprinkler controllers

2013-05-18T03:00:00Z Smart sprinkler controllersMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 18, 2013 3:00 am  • 

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 3 billion gallons of landscape-irrigation water are wasted every year. With more than 13.5 million landscape irrigation systems currently in use across the US, upgrading them to include properly installed and programmed WaterSense-labeled irrigation controllers can significantly reduce water waste, provide convenience and meet water needs of plants while promoting healthy landscapes.

Smart Sprinkler Controllers use local weather data (accessed through cloud computing) along with plant, sprinkler, soil, slope and sun-exposure data to calculate evapo-transpiration and provide just the right amount of water to maintain the health of different plant species and avoid overwatering.

Cyber Rain Inc.’s full line of weather-based controllers is the first outdoor technology to earn the EPA’s WaterSense label and was recently named a top ten environmentally innovative product for 2013 by the editors of Building Green’s GreenSpec and Environmental Building News.

With special systems designed for professional, school, public sector and residential applications, Cyber Rain Smart Irrigation Controllers have been shown to reduce water costs by up to 40 percent annually. The residential line of products works with all standard automatic sprinkler systems, can be customized to any size yard or plant landscape, and automatic weather updates mean no more watering in the rain.

According to Cyber Rain, installation is as easy. Simply remove the existing controller, mount Cyber Rain and plug in the valve wires. No digging required.

Next, Cyber Rain creates its own two-way wireless network when you plug the Cyber Rain Gateway into your home network. Updated schedules are automatically sent to the controller. A record of irrigation activity is sent back.

Then, follow the Cyber Rain Smart Scheduling Wizard to set a water-wise irrigation schedule customized to your landscape. For zones with dense soil or on a slope, Cyber Rain will even water a little, wait and water again to avoid run-off. From there, Cyber Rain will use your computer’s internet to check the weather throughout the day and automatically adjust sprinkling times.

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