3D Precision Irrigation™

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3D Precision Irrigation™ (3PI™) is an autonomous, sensor-based, data-driven, irrigation system that automatically adjusts irrigation cycles to the changing needs of the plants and trees that it monitors.

My mission is to help farmers and other growers maximize their return on resources while conserving water, preserving soil, and protecting plants and trees from the irrigation related diseases that result from over and under watering.

3PI™ promotes best practices by applying water, only when needed, at the base of the plant or tree, and in the correct amount automatically.

Expert Controllers™ mimic a Master Gardener; all possible eventualities, and their appropriate responses, are included in the controller's embedded software. This feature enhances response time and security, eliminates connectivity issues, and makes this irrigation system more reliable than its wireless rivals.

The thresholds for indicating a sufficient, or insufficient, amount of moisture in the soil are adjustable and the location of the moisture sensors themselves can be adjusted to match the root ball of the plants or trees that they are monitoring. Clients can provide soil samples, dry and wet, for custom irrigation on and off settings respectively. These features make this the most flexible and accurate irrigation system on the market.

The documented problems associated with resistance style sensors, such as those used here, are overcome in the controller's embedded software.

Other problems solved include: irrigating different plant types, compensating for variations in micro-climates (including exposure to the sun), and irrigating while it's raining.

Timer based irrigation cycles, connected rain gauges, Internet based weather services, and Cloud connected monitoring and control systems are all unnecessary.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    William Fielder
  • Type of entry:
    individual
  • Profession:
    Business Owner/Manager
  • William is inspired by:
    Climate change and advances in technology.
  • Software used for this entry:
    Autodesk Inventor 2013
  • Patent status:
    none