Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers can simplify home lawn and garden care, reduce water consumption, and help owner to utilize resources optimally.
Instead of fixed timers, these systems draw on data from sensors, weather forecasts, and plant-care databases to determine watering needs and deliver just enough moisture at just the right time. Lower your water bill, and check up on your plants from anywhere in the world using mobile and web apps. Usually, the solution consists of the followings:
Smart Gardening Hub:
This kind of hub controls irrigation scheduling based on current and forecasted weather and saves up to 50% on the outdoor water consumption. The device connects to the internet/cloud via Wi-Fi or 3G and is easy to install and setup. The Hub can be controlled from anywhere, at any time, using an app that works on iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, PC, or Mac.
This kind of soil sensors measure the moisture of soil bad trigger watering through the hub. Hub can read these sensors through wires.
The hub which can read the wire-connected rain sensor can hold back a scheduled watering if there is already a rain.
Based on light sensing hub will turn on and off your garden lights according to pre-defined schedules or on sunset and sunrise.
The hub can be connected to specific irrigation valves through wire and can control it.
A flow meter is a crucial component to make your smart garden smarter. Until you have a sensor on your pipe, you really don’t know how much water you are using — and possibly wasting. A slow leak can waste thousands of gallons water without anyone realising it. And knowing that your pipes are not flowing as fast as they should be also important, actionable information.
Use a flow Meter to keep tabs on your watering habits and detect possible problems. It sends data back to hub through a wire after being connected in-line to an irrigation pipe. The meter reports gallons/liters of water used to the controller, making the data available in the mobile app. The meter also helps you keep tabs on leaks, pipe breaks and slow water flow by alerting you through the app.
An Integrated Solution:
Garden’s water balance is compensated by natural precipitation and by irrigation system. The question is how to avoid over-watering and under-watering of your plants. Gardening hub automatically downloads data from the Internet on current and forecast weather conditions provided by the nearest weather station. Factors such as temperature, relative humidity (RH), wind speed and solar radiation directly impact the evapotranspiration in your garden.
Smart gardening hub schedules irrigation based on the start time and end time you programmed, and modifies the irrigation period according to evapotranspiration and latest/forecast precipitation. On very hot and dry days, your plants will get more water, and on cold and cloudy days – less water. On rainy days, the hub will turn off irrigation completely. As a result, your garden will get just the amount of water it needs. It keeps your garden looking great, it saves you money and it’s good for the environment.