In addition to the machine itself, however, the ground is also monitored. The user has the ability to enter current data into the system, such as the level of moisture in the ground, its composition and type, in order to draw conclusions for irrigation management. This portal, which can be opened in a web browser, offers the user comprehensive operating records in addition to data about the individual fields and crops. Satellite maps displaying the current status of all irrigation systems are also among the numerous features of the smart software solution.
With Pivot systems, it is even possible to actively access and control the machine: START, STOP, changing the precipitation rates in different sectors or moving into park positions as well as a number of other settings that should be configured daily can also take place via a mobile device or web access.
Various machines and authorizations can be assigned to individual users by means of a team management system. Every user therefore receives only the information for the machines assigned to him and can also remotely control these machines.
In addition to the smartphone app and web access, irrigating with “SmartRain” also requires a solar-powered GPS unit on the Rainstar cart or in case of a pivot a PRO‑G control box directly on the central tower. The RAINSTAR series, PIVOT systems and pumps are currently supported.
In combination with the ECOSTAR 6000, active control of Rainstar systems is also possible. Specific operating states can therefore be activated via the app as well as starting, stopping and changing the retraction speed (or precipitation rate). A settings menu allows even more functions used on a daily basis to be easily modified in the app or from a PC with web browser. The app is available as a free download for Apple iPhone and iPad as well as all typical Android smartphones and tablets in the App Store or Google Play Store.