Remote Access \ Management

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by zman9119, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. zman9119

    zman9119 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 758

    I am working on a consulting project for a large property management company right now that I need some ideas on. Basically they are looking at retrofitting multiple sites so they are all on one system for control.

    Basic requirements:

    - Remote Accessible Programming (cellular, POTS, web)
    - Flow Monitoring with automatic shut off
    - ET \ Weather \ Sensor based automatic adjustment
    - Able to handle anywhere from 4 to 40 zones
    - Scalable (able to handle anywhere from a few hundred sites (controllers) which will be the pilot project to up to 5,000+ sites if all goes well)

    I am looking at Rain Master, Calsense, Hunter, ET Water, Rain Bird so far.

    Any other ideas or other suggestions?


  2. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,505

    I would talk to the manufacturers reps.
  3. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,860

    Rain Bird IQ2 is real nice. It will be the Maxi-Com replacement. Calsense is nice too. If you're doing a central for somebody who owns hundreds of properties then I think you're better off with a system that they completely own and isn't web based. If you're doing single sites for single clients and the central is mainly for your benefit then any of the web based systems are fine IMO.
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  4. HunterTekGeek

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    I work for Hunter Tech Service. I respect this forum too much to post a sales pitch here. I would be happy to answer your questions by phone though. Call me at 800-733-2823. Please ask for Rod Waller or contact me at And of course this offer extends to any member of this forum for tech support or product questions.
  5. Rain Master has a way superior remote than Hunter.
  6. and Rainbird
  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,860

    just about everything that Hunter's competitors make is superior to Hunter's products.....
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 22,070

    The regulars know my choice for remotes, we have two RMs. In all fairness, I'd heard Hunter had improved what was a piece-of-crap remote, but, like TRC, all pale next to RM. :clapping:
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,505

    I don't think the OP is talking about the same kind of remote you guys have in mind. I think he is looking for controllers that can be set and checked from a computer or smart phone off site.

    Although if he were the Rainmaster is a great tool.
  10. The day of the dual remotes is here. I think the smart phone users are going to figure out real fast that servicing the system is much better with a radio remote.
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