Telemetry system can deliver real-time crop data
09 March 2011
McCrometer’s RemoteConnect Telemetry System, featuring 24/7 pump monitoring, notification and control capability through wireless remote communications, could help irrigation system managers meet WQT05 Criteria by delivering real-time crop data.
WQT05 is a Water Quantity Enhancement Activity developed by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for the CSP Program that requires remote monitoring and notification of irrigation pumping plant operation. It was initiated to help farmers and ranchers conserve irrigation water usage & energy costs and prioritise field visits.
Irrigators that qualify for CSP will be able to deploy the System to qualify for the WQT05 Enhancement Practice.
As a turn-key wireless remote monitoring system with 24/7 capability, the System reduces costly manual data collection. It features secure-access and an intuitive web-based interface that automatically notifies operators of any changes in the irrigation system via the Internet, email, mobile phones, texting and pagers.
The system enables irrigators to monitor water-use quotas, set alarms to indicate high/low usage rates, and track crop data.
Simple to install, the system supports existing flow meters, meters from other manufacturers and other crop management sensors.
The availability of flow data helps irrigators ensure accurate billing and water allocation records. Irrigators are also alerted when they are close to exceeding allocation limits, helping to reduce costs and meet conservation objectives.
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