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New Age of Smart Irrigation: IoT and Big Data Webinar

Jun 13, 2016
Video Length:  43:03
Presented By:  Chris Manchuck from Hydropoint
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Smart irrigation has come a long way since its debut, back when technology was focused on providing the right amount of water at the right time and in the right place. In the current era of increasing water prices and ever-changing water restrictions, the focus has shifted to getting the right piece of data to the right person at the right time - from a landscape maintenance contractor receiving real-time alerts and notifications of leaks, to a VP of operations overseeing water budgets on thousands of sites. Chris Manchuck will show how big data and the Internet of Things provide visibility and insight into improving water management and conservation.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro, Overview of HydroPoint
  • Definition and Overview of “Internet of Things” (IoT)
  • Definition and Overview of “Big Data”
  • Direct Drivers in the Need for Efficient Water Management
    • Drought
    • Compliance
    • Rising Water Rates
    • Shrinking Labor
    • Growing Demand and Requirements Around Corporate Reporting
  • Real-World Benefits of IoT and Big Data When Applied to Irrigation
    • Better Reporting
    • More Actionable Application of Data to Actual Systems
    • Real-Time Alerting
    • Operational Efficiency
    • Measurable Labor Savings
    • Better Large-Scale Management
    • Compliance Monitoring
    • Updatable Platforms
    • Better Water Budget Management
    • Improved Corporate Knowledge

0:00 – 4:17: Intro, Overview of HydroPoint

4:17 – 6:29: Definition and Overview of “Internet of Things” (IoT)

IoT is a network of Internet-enabled objects that can be sensed, monitored, and controlled via existing networks, integrating the real world to our fingertips.

 

Examples include thermostats, refrigerators, and irrigation control equipment.

 

In terms of irrigation controllers, IoT products range from the simplest of home devices (3 or 4 zones) to large golf course and commercial applications, entire cities and campuses, and regional networks. Combined with water meters, flow sensors, soil moisture sensors, weather sensors, and rain sensors, these devices make up a massive irrigation ecosystem that produces “big data.”

 

The main question: How can we harness the power of all that big data?

6:30 – 9:09: Definition and Overview of “Big Data”

Example of big data as it applies to irrigation: A 48-station irrigation controller running two cycles three days per week creates 15,000 irrigation events per year. Expanded over a large campus or city, that’s 1,000,000 or more irrigation events per year.

 

 

There’s a wealth of knowledge to be derived from those events: usage anomalies, trends, changes, spikes in usage, etc. How do we compile records of all these events and use them to make our organization better / make our jobs easier?

 

 

Why are we applying big data to water? Because efficient water management is becoming more crucial because of dwindling supplies and rising costs.

9:10 – 16:49: Direct Drivers in the Need for Efficient Water Management

Drought

In 2015, drought affected 21 states and 50 percent of the United States population for more than a 60-day period.

 

Compliance

(from “water cops” to water shaming)

 

Rising Water Rates

 

Shrinking Labor

We currently have fewer people trying to accomplish more in terms of compliance, drought management, and mitigation of rising water rates.

 

Growing Demand and Requirements Around Corporate Reporting

16:50 – end: Real-World Benefits of IoT and Big Data When Applied to Irrigation

  • Better Reporting
  • More Actionable Application of Data to Actual Systems
  • Real-Time Alerting
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Measurable Labor Savings
  • Better Large-Scale Management
  • Compliance Monitoring
  • Updatable Platforms
  • Better Water Budget Management
  • Improved Corporate Knowledge