Never Water in the Rain Again - Set Your Sprinklers Via the Web
While it’s great for residential homes, especially if you’ve headed off for vacation without changing your settings, it’s especially impactful for businesses and industries with a whole lot of watering to do, helping to cut down on site visits and overwatering. In fact, the company estimates they helped conserve 6.7 billion gallons of water last year alone.HydroPoint Data System’s WeatherTRAK allows users to control sprinkler systems across multiple properties from a single web interface. By working with over 40,000 weather stations, it provides high-resolution weather maps and real-time feedback on field conditions.
Businesses with a lot of landscaping find this software incredibly useful, and people living in agricultural areas will be particularly excited about the potential this holds for watering only when necessary, and only at the most ideal times.
Landscape maintenance contractors simply program into the system a few key environmental factors, like what sorts of plants they’ve planted and what the soil type is; WeatherTRAK will then water the landscape on schedule with minimal waste. The company estimates that in 2007 alone, its 15,000 subscribers saved more than 6.7 billion gallons of water, reducing their costs by $60 million. And that’s just a drop in the bucket in terms of water waste in the U.S. Some areas of the country are so water-constrained they’ve even set up whistle-blower programs.
It’ll be great to see how this software grows, and if we’ll see it soon put to good use in places like farms, golf courses, and resorts. Check out some cool videos explaining more about it at the WeatherTRAK website.
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