Irrigation Valves with No Wires and No RF

Using Irrigation to Control Irrigation

FinishLine Expertise

  • Brainstorming/Innovation
  • Technology Development
  • Proof of Concept

Project Description

Our client wanted to disrupt the 100-year-old irrigation market by eliminating the most costly and least reliable part of the system—the wires. They would dominate the >1B market if this could be done. FinishLinePDS came up with a patented method of using water as the communication means.

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The Challenge

How to communicate with underground irrigation valves where RF would not work.

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The Process
  1. Brainstorm Ideas.
  2. Pick the top idea, and do a proof of concept test.
  3. Iterate until success.
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The Solution
  1. Acoustic Pulse communications.
  2. 20-year battery life.
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The Results
  1. Reduced total cost of ownership by 90%.
  2. Increase reliability by 2x.


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