Last week the Dukes research group conducted its third smart irrigation technology training of 2016. This collaboration with Tampa Bay Water and Florida Irrigation Society packed the Brooker Creek Preserve’s auditorium with area contractors, municipal reps, Extension faculty and local water management district staff eager to learn about water-saving technology.
Following proper design and regular system maintenance, irrigation best practices also include using smart water application technology to avoid unnecessary irrigation.
Next week: FL Irrigation Society & @TampaBayWater collab to train on smart water tech: https://t.co/O3JJFGrhDa pic.twitter.com/Q37ztuvtQq— UF/IFAS IrriGator (@IrriGatorUF) November 2, 2016
During the training, presenters covered types of smart technology and proper installation and programming. They also drew lessons from recent field experiences to underscore the importance of correct wiring to maximize device effectiveness.
|Hands-on station with water-use expert Bernard Cardenas (courtesy: Dave Bracciano)|
|Frank Galdo explains it all|
In the Clouds
Seven vendors were also in attendance last week. Despite the growing popularity of the cloud-based irrigation timer sector, trainers kept the focus on soil moisture sensor and weather-based irrigation controller basics.
Vendors, however, had plenty to present on their unique interpretations
of cloud-based irrigation technology – which allows for WiFi-enabled
weather-based programming as well as remote access to your timer from any
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