AZUSA, Calif.-Customers of Rain Bird's Agriculture Division will now have access to the most innovative wireless monitoring and control technology available. It's all thanks to Rain Bird's acquisition of ClimateMinder, a Glendale, Calif.-based company that creates products that growers can use to improve yields and reduce labor while reducing water and nutrient costs.
The ClimateMinder system can automate the collection of data from a wide variety of sensors as well as control the operation of irrigation equipment. The system uses battery/solar-powered stations that are connected wirelessly to the internet. From any internet-enabled device, including cell phones, users can perform a wide variety of tasks including viewing sensor information, defining irrigation schedules and setting email or text alerts based on real-time sensor readings.
Rain Bird and ClimateMinder executives finalized the acquisition in December.