Reduces Water Costs While Maintaining or Improving Crop
Yields Reduces Electrical Costs by Minimizing Pumping Requirements
Reduces ongoing Operating Costs by Eliminating Manual Data Retrieval
Adapts to Multiple Soil Types, Terrain Variations and Micro-climates
Stores Sensor Data on Secure Servers for reliable Internet access anytime, anywhere
Controls Valves, Pumps, or Other Ancillary Equipment via the Web with any Smart Phone, Tablet, or Computer
Permits User Set up of Sensor Types and Display Options
Gives the Grower Control of Access to Sensor Data/System Controls
Allows user programmable Alarms sent by Email and/or Cell Phone TXT messaging
Offers Internet Connectivity Options Including GSM/GPRS, Analog Modem, and Ethernet
Purchase and Receive System Support Through Local Dealers
AquaMon™ can help growers meet today’s challenges. Rising populations increasingly compete for water resources while the available supplies remain fixed or, in some cases, are actually dwindling. Costs associated with collection and distribution of agricultural water supplies continue to increase.
Monitoring the soil is essential to reduce costs, minimize water consumption and, ultimately, increase crop yields. Attaining optimal levels of moisture in the soil is critical to maintaining crop health and maximizing production. Accomplishing this with less water requires timely soil condition data. Much as electronic monitoring systems permit automobile engines to increase power while reducing fuel consumption and emissions, real-time soil monitoring reduces grower costs and conserves water while preserving (and often increasing) product yields.
The AquaMon™ Soil Monitoring Network applies the latest communications technologies to assist growers in meeting these challenges. The AquaMon™ Soil Monitoring Network consists of three functional elements:
Sensor Nodes: The AquaMon™ System collects soil or system data from field Sensor Nodes and transmits this data to a network Base Station through a robust wireless network. The wireless transmitters within each Sensor Node provide a communications range of up to 10 miles line-of-sight. To overcome obstacles to RF signals such as hilly terrain or to communicate with distant fields, Sensor Node range can be extended by utilizing the repeater capability embedded in all Sensor Nodes. Each wireless Sensor Node includes 5 analog inputs to connect sensors (moisture, temperature, flow, etc.) and 12 digital I/O to control external devices.
Each AquaMon™ sensor network supports up to 65,000 network addresses. This permits the grower to install as many nodes as are needed to accommodate variations in soil type, terrain, and micro-climate.
Base Station: The base station collects soil data from the Sensor Nodes and uploads the data to the Internet via one of several methods:
Internet Access: The Internet allows sensor data to be viewed from any location at any time. AquaMon™ archives data on secure servers with password (user definable) control. The AquaMon™ RSVP Web based software permits archived data to be viewed on any MAC, iPad, smart phone, or Windows PC hardware platform providing Internet Access. Browsers supported by the AquaMon™ RSVP software include: Internet Explorer™, Safari™, FireFox™, Mozilla™, Opera™, and Google Chrome™.
Internet archival provides safe, controlled access to grower specific data. The AquaMon™ RSVP Web based software facilitates analysis of the collected data assisting the grower to assess trends, determine future watering schedules, etc.; or to consult with a colleague, fellow grower, university or industry expert. Both the grower and the expert can view the same data from separate locations, if necessary. The archived data may be downloaded by the user (supplied by the AquaMon™ servers in CSV format) for analysis utilizing alternate techniques and methods.
Remote Control: The RSVP software also allows the grower to turn valves, pumps or other ancillary equipment on and off in the field. The 12 digital I/O on each sensor node can each be connected to the equipment to permit both manual control, from buttons on the software display, and automatic activation when triggered by programmed timers or sensor readings.
Email and TXT Alarm Messages: The AquaMon™ system allows the user to set high/low sensor specific alarm limits. If desired, the RSVP software will automatically transmit Email and/or TXT Messages to user specified destination phone number(s) and email address(es). To receive TXT cell phone messages, the user must have this capability activated by their cell phone service provider.
CH850S: GSM/GPRS SINGLE NODE System FEATUREs
Network Components: The GSM/GPRS Single Node system is the simplest AquaMon™ configuration. In this configuration, the GSM/GPRS radio and Sensor Node are combined into one unit thereby eliminating the need for a separate Base Station. The GSM/GPRS Sensor Node is typically stationed in the field in close proximity to the sensors being monitored. This simplifies the installation process. CH850S Network hardware component summary:
CH850M: GSM/GPRS MULTI-NODE System FEATUREs
Network Components: The GSM/GPRS Multi-Node AquaMon™ network expands the GSM/GPRS Single Node System to include multiple Sensor Nodes. This incorporates a Base Station containing a GSM/GPRS radio and a 900MHz ISM RF Band transceiver. The 900MHz ISM RF Band transceiver communicates with 900MHz ISM RF Band-equipped Sensor Node(s); the GSM/GPRS radio moves data to the web server. In this configuration, the Base Station is strategically positioned to minimize system installation requirements. The Base Station unit can be powered by AC line voltage or by rechargeable batteries. The RF Sensor Nodes are typically powered by rechargeable batteries and are positioned in the field in close proximity to the sensors being monitored. CH850M Network component summary:
CH900M: ANALOG MODEM SINGLE/MULTI-NODE System FEATUREs
Network Components: The Analog Modem Single/Multi-Node AquaMon™ network is a lower cost alternative to the GSM/GPRS Systems. Internet access is provided via a dial-up telephone connection (provided by the user). The Base Station unit includes an Internet enabled Analog Modem and an RF Hub for communication with the Sensor Node(s). In this configuration, the Base Station is positioned with easy access to a PSTN connection to minimize system installation requirements. The Base Station is powered by an AC/DC power supply. The RF Sensor Nodes are powered by rechargeable batteries and are typically positioned in the field in close proximity to the sensors being monitored. CH900M Network component summary:
CH10BM: ETHERNET SINGLE/MULTI-NODE System FEATUREs
Network Components: The Ethernet Multi-Node AquaMon™ network provides a cost effective alternative for those users that have ready access to an Ethernet access point (e.g., router, WiFi link). The Base Station unit includes a user accessible Ethernet port (RJ45 connector) and an RF Hub for communication with the Sensor Node(s). In this configuration, the Base Station is strategically positioned to minimize system installation requirements. The Base Station can be powered by AC line voltage or by rechargeable batteries. The RF Sensor Node(s) are powered by rechargeable batteries and are typically positioned in the field in close proximity to the sensors being monitored. CH10BM Network component summary: