“The WiSA Evolution"
WiSA Environmental Soil & Water Management Systems control/monitor plant & soil moisture providing sustainable food supplies, streetscapes, green city’s, roof gardens, hydroponics and many more agricultural applications.
Explanation of Equipment
Our equipment is designed to provide you with improved water use which promotes better healthier crops with higher quality and yields.
The WiSA system is connected to your computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, constantly monitoring your plants and soil. This allows you to capture as much information as possible on the condition of your crops. The system works in real-time, that is, data is fed as a continuous stream not data from last week or 8 hours ago.
The WiSA system was designed from the bottom up as a fully integrated and interoperable system. The system is comprised of integrated components that utilize wireless connectivity. Each of the modular units is designed as a repeater in its own right, and operates on a designated spectrum of radio bandwidth that does not require you to obtain a radio license. As with all radio transmission (wireless) systems, some geographical areas may present challenges for one reason or another. As a result, a site visit and test may be required before commencement of project and final pricing to determine final system configuration and antenna choice.
Because of the modular design of each component, the grower only needs to purchase those components that best meet their needs. Customized systems can be designed, but this is rarely required due to the modular flexibility and interoperability designed into each component.
Software - Aqualink and GroGraph.
Aqualink is the complete control and communications package software and is very intuitive and user friendly.
GroGraph is the data, graphing and information storage. All information of when valves, pumps, fertigation etc. were open or closed are time/date stamped, and all information data is printable and is automatically archived. This software has won several high awards for its’ ease of operation and results in the Irrigation Industry.
Control Module 8
The control Module 8 will operate 8 outputs. These outputs could be any combination of valves, lights, heaters, coolers, pumps, fertigation or anything that needs to be turned “on” or “off” as required. This module will run AC voltages continuous mode for valves or pump relays, DC voltage in latching mode for latching valves or relays or timed DC mode for the operation of DC motors for “opening” or “closing” bay doors, gates, etc.
This module also has SDI 12 for sensor input as a standard feature and will receive data input from any SDI 12 sensor – such as soil moisture probes (manufactured by Sentek, Aquaflex, Echo, Gro-Point, etc), weather stations, etc.
Input output module will receive data from a range of sensors, analogue, digital, SDI 12 and monibus. This capability means that it will read almost any sensor on these formats, Soil Moisture, Weather station sensors, pressure, flow, temperature etc. etc. and control 4 valves or 3 valves and 1 pump or any operation as required.
Soil probes manufactured by Sentek, Aquaflex, Echo, Gro-Point etc, can all be read by this module.
Radio Power Head
This module contains the battery, solar panel, radio transceiver and antenna which are all mounted on an aluminum mast as a complete unit. It is ready to connect into the required module, Control or Hybrid 4/4 or combination of units.
Base Station and PC interface
The PC base station interface module connects to your PC and the base radio is outside above your roof line and close to line of site of all other units. The base radio is connected to the Interface with a 4 core cable that supplies power and communications to the PC.
Use of flexible power
The flexible nature of design means that we can use solar power and battery or mains power to energize our system. This can save money if solar panels are not required etc. or if your existing system has 24 volt AC. It is simple for us to use either method.
A Management System you can work from anywhere in the world.
With the use of remote control software, you can connect to your property from anywhere in the world, check the soil moisture/weather conditions and then alter scheduled irrigation events if required. Basically, you have all the flexibility and control to operate your management system as if you where still on the property and in front of your computer.
It will even call you if a fault occurs
We have a system dial out feature, to warn you of faults occur that require your urgent attention.
A mobile telephone system that uses SMS
The WiSA Systems call also utilize the wireless network of your choice in place of the Radio Telemetry system.
Hydroponics and system Management
Hydroponics ia a new and growing area for WiSA Systems. WiSA, in Adelaide, Australia has completed a fully automated fertigation and irrigation control system for hydroponics.
The WiSA control system functions as a multi level fertigation controller to provide optimal nutrient levels to accelerate growth rate's while maintain healthy and, more importantly, tastier plants.
The system is so flexible that it can maintain different fertigation mixes across multi shade house, or even within the same growing house.
All this is achieved with minimal input from the grower or operator, allowing them to allocate their time to more important tasks.
Notes on Irrigation Design
Many irrigation systems have been under designed and do not meet crop requirements in adverse weather conditions. The application of moisture is the most important source to growing high quality and yield crops of any kind. If the irrigation system is poorly designed for any reason, you will not get the best result from your land, water or crop. Good design is an efficient tool and would be determined as an over designed system if price is introduced into the decision of ordering an Irrigation system. Your investment into your future starts at this design point, and you should know your soil types throughout your farm, have a good farm plan, and know the crops to be grown to which soil type. It is good practice to have same crop to same soil type with valves and hydraulic design to suite efficiency of water delivery.
As many Environmental Issues need to be addressed, professionals in this area have offered their services to our customers. This has been an important development as we do not know what the future will hold as far as government decisions go on water and land requirements, restrictions, green house issues and the lack of water. Without environmental studies or knowledge of these issues it will be very hard to open up more land or even shift water from one block to another. Salinity is a growing problem that can be mapped and possibly controlled in certain ways for land to become productive again.
We offer to our clients a genuine professional service in Irrigation design, Irrigation and Crop management, with equipment designed and manufactured by WiSA from what Farmers around the world have told us they needed, if we do not have hardware or software to do the job at hand we will design and build whatever is required to make it happen.