Smart Sprinkler Control Uses Real Time Environmental and Weather Data Automatically Downloaded from the Web

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The advent of web-connected irrigation not only provides for monitoring and control of sprinkler systems from remote locations but also allows for receiving real-time weather data from the Internet. Weather data is converted into an evapotranspiration value, or ET as it is commonly called, a measure of how much water has been used by both the plant and the soil combined. The MCS-Rain8 combo is a very low cost ET solution with no monthly fees for applications ranging from 8 to 2000 zones.

WGL and Associates announced today a major addition to the popular Rain8 sprinkler controller product line.

The MCS-Rain8 system automatically adjusts the amount of water applied to your landscape based on weather conditions. Only the moisture your landscape has lost to heat, humidity and wind is replaced.

Any combination of control can be based upon calculated waterfall/evaporation, ET, measured soil moisture, or conventional timed control to provide the optimal irrigation for your situation.

Normal watering periods can be altered based upon current conditions such as wind speed, day-of-week, forecasted rainfall, and several other criteria to assure that water is applied only when needed and only when allowed by local regulations.

If it were possible to control the weather then we could more accurately maintain and manage our landscaping. Unfortunately this not an option, so the next best solution is to more effectively manage our application of irrigation water by using weather data for a specific locale to produce a customized irrigation plan that will maximize the health of your plants while conserving water.

Sprinklers use a significant percentage of the urban water in the US. Water savings are critical for both utility cost savings and continued real estate development. The MCS-Rain8 web based irrigation control system can reduce water use by up to 40% in both commercial and residential landscape applications.

You can view and control of your situation from anywhere in the world via the Internet. You can graphically see your Historical record of soil moisture level history, view your next expected irrigation, and observe the status of the parameters associated with your specific setup.

MCS-Rain8 zones can also be controlled via inexpensive, hand held RF remotes for checking out individual zones while walking around in the area of concern.

The Rain8net building block is an 8-zone module just a little larger than a deck of cards. Up to 250 additional modules may daisy-chained to a single computer by means of ordinary CAT5 patch cords for those big jobs of up to 2000 zones.

For more information on the MCS software

For more information on the Rain8 hardware

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Warren Lohoff