“Our mission is to be a household name in the world of smart gardening. We are committed to innovating and creating the ultimate smart garden experience, while protecting the planet and saving our customers money."
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 10, 2015
Smart watering is becoming increasingly imperative as professional gardeners and landscapers face mounting pressures to reduce water waste, while still achieving garden aesthetics. GreenIQ, a smart, wireless irrigation controller that’s leading the smart garden revolution, is further expanding its ecosystem of connected outdoor devices, with its latest integration with PlantLink. A highly adaptable and intelligent sensor, PlantLink, automates irrigation schedules so that they are specific to each plant’s unique watering needs.
With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enhanced connectivity, new smart irrigation controllers, like GreenIQ’s Smart Garden Hub, are now providing garden professionals increased visibility and autonomous control of client irrigation systems to improve and streamline lawn care management, while dramatically reducing customer water bills. With PlantLink joining GreenIQ’s now expanded connected garden ecosystem, professional gardeners and landscapers will benefit from the following features:
- Self-Sufficient Garden– Revel in a garden that manages itself. PlantLink’s sensors and database of over 50,000 plants ensures accurate plant identification and soil detection to ensure for ideal watering conditions.
- Long Range and Energy Efficient – With ZigBee-enabled connectivity, PlantLink allows the freedom to place links and monitor moisture levels from up to 100 yards away, while requiring minimal power usage.
- Prevent Under and Overwatering – Improve a plant’s health and lifespan with regular PlantLink’s water alerts. Using GreenIQ’s Hub, gardeners can pair PlantLink sensors with other ecosystem sensor partners, such as Netatmo’s Weather Station and Rain Gauge, for hyper-localized weather to prevent under or over watering.
- Connect Cost Efficiently – PlantLink’s base station can simultaneously connect up to six sensors to a single GreenIQ Hub, achieving a thoroughly networked lawn at a fraction of the cost.
With PlantLink’s 50,000 plant-powered database and watering prediction algorithms, the system can easily calculate varying watering schedules based on the hours that the user can actually water, i.e. “Sunday evenings” or “Monday mornings between '9 and 11am.” This formula creates an unrivaled user experience for both professional and amateur gardeners.
MarketsandMarkets forecasts that the soil moisture sensor market is expected to grow by 16.2% in the next five years. According to the report, the increase in the soil moisture sensors market is being driven by the shift in climate conditions, environmental regulations and improved productivity.
GreenIQ Pro Streamlines Lawn Care Management for Professionals
In addition to expanding its ecosystem of partners, GreenIQ is launching its dedicated support program for lawn care specialists called GreenIQ Pro. As part of the program, professional gardeners and irrigation management companies will soon be able to concurrently control any given number of Hubs from a single administrator account using the GreenIQ Pro mobile app –available soon via the App Store and Google Play – to better monitor, manage and simplify lawn care management.
Also ideal for municipalities, golf course, parks and recreation, real estate and property management companies and more, GreenIQ’s Hub allows the remote control of irrigation systems across multiple sub divisions, business parks, sporting grounds and even wider geographical regions. For example, using the GreenIQ Pro App, a property management firm can monitor its property portfolio in real time, switching irrigation on or off based on the latest local weather forecast. With the PlantLink integration, both Green IQ equipped lawns and planters, e.g. hanging baskets, lobby plants, can all be monitored via the PlantLink website.
GreenIQ also recently launched an industry-first flow meter that measures water usage by volume rather than units in time, giving professional landscapers and gardeners even greater control and visibility, while also allowing the easy detection of a potential irrigation water leak or pipe burst.
“Our mission is to be a household name in the world of smart gardening. We are committed to innovating and creating the ultimate smart garden experience, while protecting the planet and saving our customers money,” said Odi Dahan, founder and CEO of GreenIQ. “Our recent PlantLink partnership and support program is a testament to our dedication in delivering unique and intelligent watering options for garden and landscape professionals, while empowering them to streamline lawn care management and better serve their customers.”
Located at booth #519, GreenIQ will be putting the Hub and PlantLink sensors into action at this year’s Irrigation Show which takes place at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center from Nov. 11 – 12.
The vision for PlantLink started with a basil plant that would barely stay alive! PlantLink’s vision was a system that can monitor plants’ changing needs, accounting for sunlight, evaporation, and, of course, the plant’s biology.
In 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign brought PlantLink to the consumers. The massive response was no surprise: Appreciation for nature is on the rise. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homes are predicted to shrink in size by 10% in 2015. With smaller homes, people are taking to the outdoors for dining, cooking, and entertaining. In fact, the 2014 Casual Living & Apartment Therapy Outdoor Decorating Survey notes that 62% of Millennials, 46% of Gen Xers, and 24% of Baby Boomers are spending more time outdoors. According to the survey, 85% of Millennials rated outdoor rooms as “Very Important” or “Important” compared to 83% of Gen Xers and 74% of Baby Boomers (EnlightenmentMag.com, 2015). Users found that taming the plants they loved, and bringing a touch of the outdoors back inside is what PlantLink helps them do best. PlantLink’s success is also amplified by the open API, allowing it to integrate with smart irrigation controllers, like GreenIQ. Oso Technologies has been developing even better sensors and expansion products. Look out for PlantLink “Valve”, coming Spring 2016!
Founded in 2013, GreenIQ is an Internet of Things (IoT) startup that is leading the smart garden revolution. Ideal for home owners, professional gardeners, irrigation companies, commercial real estate and municipalities, GreenIQ’s Smart Garden Hub, allows garden lovers to better control irrigation scheduling based on hyper-local weather information, saving up to 50% on outdoor water consumption. The Hub is easy to install and connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, allowing it to be remotely controlled anywhere at any time via the GreenIQ app. The Hub is the only device that provides a full ecosystem for the outdoors, connecting to a wide variety of smart devices and sensors, including soil moisture sensors from Parrot’s Flower Power and Koubachi as well as Netatmo’s Weather Station and Rain Gauge, to determine ideal watering conditions. GreenIQ also works with IFTTT, allowing its customers – on iOS or Android- to set IFTTT rules using GreenIQ IFTTT Recipes or personalized ones to create automated triggers or commands to control their entire connected garden domain. GreenIQ is backed by Entree Capital and Gigi Levy among other investors, and its Hub was recently recognized for the Best of CES 2015 award.