Solutions for Agriculture and Irrigation
Remote locations, long distances, geographical and environmental challenges complicate the management of agricultural and irrigation sites. Having staff available at a site to gather status resource information and manage equipment is increasingly impractical and expensive as deployment size grows.
Banner solutions for agriculture and irrigation make it possible to monitor and control assets and resources that were previously inaccessible.
Banner’s impressive portfolio of sensors combined with our secure, robust wireless networks enable real-time access to information and equipment deployed in remote and distant locations, eliminating the need for site visits and onsite staff. Wirelessly monitor soil moisture, crop temperature, weather station data, and environmental conditions at the site. Remotely actuate valves, pumps and even entire irrigation systems.
Soil moisture and air temperature sensing ranges are typically under a mile, but the Site Survey tested the signal out to two miles. With the MultiHop Radio and its antenna installed very low to the ground, the Master Radio was installed with a large omnidirectional antenna to maximize the communication range.
A SureCross FlexPower™ Node with internal battery directly connected to a temperature and humidity sensor can provide these measurements without costly conduit or cabling, eliminating the need to manually collect data from multiple sensor locations. IP67 electronics and a variety of filter options make this product suited for the wide temperature and humidity ranges encountered in a greenhouse.
Center arm pivot irrigation systems are used throughout the Midwest to minimize water use and ensure crop health. Because the sections of the center pivot assembly have to move at different speeds, the motors moving each section must be monitored to verify each section is moving at the proper speed and time.
Create point-to-multi point networks that distribute I/O over large areas. Input and output types include discrete (dry contact, PNP/NPN), analog (0 to 10 V dc, 0 to 20 mA), temperature (thermocouple and RTD), and pulse counter.
MultiHop Modbus Data Radios extend the range of Modbus or other serial communication networks. Each radio may be set to act as either a master, repeater or slave. Models are available with built in discrete and analog I/O, which can be accessed using the Modbus protocol.
Sure Cross® Q45 1-Wire Serial Nodes are pre-mapped to work with Banner's 1-Wire Serial Sensors. Their compact size, integrated lithium batteries, and variety of compatible sensors make remote monitoring easy.
QM30VT Series vibration and temperature sensors offer exceptional levels of accuracy to detect even slight changes in machine health and performance, enabling early identification of potential problems.
The DXM controller series integrates Banner's wireless radio, cellular and Ethernet connectivity, and local I/O to provide a platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
A municipality has over 30 farm fields irrigated with gray water using pivot irrigation systems. Local regulations prohibit the irrigation system from spraying over roads and ditches. The customer needs a solution that can reliably control the water flow to the end nozzle based on predetermined location coordinates.
The Gateway, or wireless network controller, monitors the water level inside the water tank. When the water level drops, a Node installed with the reservoir pumps uses its outputs to cycle the pumps on or off. A series of Nodes monitors the amount of water flowing into each orchard. A 1 Watt Data Radio connected to the Gateway transmits the data to a mobile asset or a centralized control center for data processing and billing.