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Irrigation equipment companies today have their heads in “the cloud.” And that’s not a criticism. The same technological explosion that’s affecting all of our electronic devices is happening to irrigation controllers, too. They’re getting smarter all the time, adding functionality and gaining ease of use, and they’re using the cloud to do it.

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<![CDATA[Wireless Irrigation Technology - ]]> No question about it, wireless technology has changed all of our lives. No longer are we tethered to telephones attached to walls or boxes. We can talk on the phone just about anywhere, and do it hands-free. Wireless GPS devices mean that no one ever has to get lost again.]]> <![CDATA[In the Commercial Market Smart Controllers Reign - ]]> .]]> <![CDATA[In the Commercial Market Smart Controllers Reign - ]]> Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when the old one works just fine?"]]> <![CDATA[Smart Controllers for the Residential Market - ]]> Remember The Flintstones? The “Modern Stone-Age Family” that powered their cars with their feet and used dinosaurs as power tools? That was a great little cartoon, but it has nothing to do with anything happening today, right? Well, if you’re a landscape contractor with residential clients, you may have seen irrigation controllers that look like they were made in Bedrock. ]]> <![CDATA[Making Your Controllers Smart! - ]]> It’s no secret that smart controllers are the future of irrigation. Increasingly, that future is now. Smart water, smart irrigation—whatever it’s being called at the moment—is being mandated by more and more governmental entities, especially as changing weather patterns seem to indicate that water is becoming a scarce commodity.]]> <![CDATA[Smart Controllers—E.T....Phone Home - ]]> Once upon a time, there was little need for smart irrigation. Water was plentiful, falling from the sky at regular intervals. Oh, there might be a dry spell once in awhile, but soon enough, the rain would fall again, turning everything green once more. If a site had an irrigation system, it was usually cranked up full bore, with little concern for conservation.]]> <![CDATA[Controllers Past... Present... Future - ]]> <![CDATA[Masterminds of the Irrigation System - ]]> As a landscape pro installing irrigation, you look at water in a different way. Your early morning commute on a warm weather morning might take you past a block of homes where every sprinkler is going full blast. You wince, and two thoughts come to mind. First, those homeowners are wasting water and money.]]> <![CDATA[CASE STUDY: Mind Over Water - ]]> <![CDATA[CASE STUDY: Baseline - ]]> <![CDATA[Irrigation Controllers: The Old... The New and... The Future - ]]> There is an old saying, “In order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you came from.” When it comes to the future of irrigation, it is important to know a bit of history in order to establish where we are today, to see where we’re heading. ]]> <![CDATA[Case Study: The Hermit Crab - ]]> Patrick Crais is the owner of Blue Watch Dog Systems, a San Diego-based water conservation company. Blue Watch Dog works in conjunction with landscape companies, and commercial property owners, to manage water use for residential and commercial sites. “We help solve their customers’ water use problems,” said Crais. ]]> <![CDATA[Take Control with Smart Controllers - ]]> When they first came on the market, conventional landscape irrigation controllers were a marvelous innovation. Automated watering meant you could set the controller and plants would have plenty of water when they needed it ...and even when they didn't. Enter the Smart Controller. ]]> <![CDATA[Getting Smart with Smart Water Controllers - ]]> It wasn’t so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been seen. ]]> <![CDATA[2Wire: Getting More for Less - ]]> IN 1966, A PROFESSIONAL plant pathologist named Walter Cordua created a brand new type of irrigation system for farmers to use to better water their crops.]]> <![CDATA[Central Control Systems - ]]> It was only a few decades ago that central control systems were expensive and unnervingly complicated. ]]> <![CDATA[Case Study: 2-Wire Systems - ]]> THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass existed was as shriveled as old husk.]]> <![CDATA[With just a click . . . - ]]> Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and computerized timekeeping services, to name only a few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into higher tech pastures. ]]> <![CDATA[Battery Powered Profits - ]]> "An up-to-date contractor has to have battery-operated controllers in his arsenal,” says Randy Symonds, electronic product manager for Peoria, Illinois-based L.R. Nelson. ]]>