Full control over 36 machines
Even at a distance of up to 65 kilometers
With SmartRain, farm manager James Thorpe (2nd from left with John Milner (left, Rainmec), Adrian Tindall and Rob Jackson (3rd and 4th from left, both the Bauer Group)) has full control over all 36 machines even at a distance of up to 65 kilometers. The Rainstars are controlled in teams of five to eight machines. The data provided by the app enables detailed planning of the irrigation as well as the necessary reports for environmental authorities.
The team managers are generally about 16 kilometers away from the Rainstars. Some of the irrigated fields are as far as 65 kilometers away from the home farm. But the systems can be monitored and controlled from any distance – even while on holiday!
SmartRain can also be easily installed on older devices. The two oldest Rainstars at Poskitts are 20 years old. The Rainstars only need an energy-independent GPS module for SmartRain to work.
Soil moisture data is currently collected manually. In the future, it could be integrated directly into the SmartRain system using a weather station.