By Morgan Hopkins, FYN Agent UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County
Who would have thought that many of life's activities can now be accomplished with an app? From dating, to grocery shopping, and now irrigation scheduling - our hand-held computers (a.k.a. smart phones) have simplified so many of our tasks!
|UF-ABE's Dr. Kati Migliaccio knows a thing or two about irrigation apps|
Within the last year or so, we (the Florida Yards andNeighborhood Program’s Urban Conservation Unit) have seen more and more customers from our Landscape Irrigation Evaluation and Rebate Program (LIERP) show an interest in WiFi or cloud-based irrigation controllers – attracted by the appeal of convenience and high-tech features.
|A Rachio cloud-based timer with rain sensor in Coral Gables, FL|
When in Rome
If we see it in the field, we need to know how to use it! So thanks to some generous brand reps, we’re now using and learning more about how these new cloud-based, smart irrigation controllers work. Once connected to a local WiFi signal, these controllers generate run times based on external information, such as area weather data. The WiFi capability allows homeowners and property managers to access their systems from an internet connection anywhere in the world. Each brand offers several different interactive features, and most simplify the timer programming process through user-friendly app design.
|Miami-Dade FYN Agent Morgan Hopkins|
Irrigate From Anywhere
Curious about cloud-based irrigation? This video introduces some basic concepts.