Methods and systems for irrigation and climate control

  • US 9,829,869 B2
  • Filed: 06/25/2012
  • Issued: 11/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/23/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A remote monitoring and control system for landscape or agricultural environments, each of the landscape or agricultural environments having a sensor network comprising a plurality of sensor nodes for monitoring environmental, soil, or climate conditions and controlling irrigation or climate control systems, the remote monitoring and control system comprising:

  • a server computer system located remotely from the landscape or agricultural environments, said server computer system coupled to the sensor network in each landscape or agricultural environment over a communications network for receiving data from and controlling operation of the sensor nodes in the sensor network, said server computer system also coupled to client devices operated by end-users over a communications network for transmitting data to and receiving remote control commands or queries from the end-users for respective sensor networks;

    wherein said server computer system provides a configurable user interface to the end-users, said user interface comprising a dashboard having a plurality of separate windows that can be customized by each end-user to display selected data from the server computer system wherein settings for dashboards configured by end-users are stored by the server computer system and used in subsequent log-ins by the end-users;

    wherein the server computer system communicates with different types of client devices including personal computers and mobile devices, and wherein the server computer system is configured to adapt the dashboard configured by an end-user to the type of client device used by the end-user;

    wherein the windows in a dashboard can be configured to separately display information on current site status, crop health, events, alerts, pump status, farm management, soil nutrient status, irrigation status or activity, notes, maps, or sensor status;

    wherein the one or more windows in the dashboard displaying the crop health information includes pest and disease information including risk levels, and wherein the pest and disease information is displayed graphically and is color-coded to indicate risk level or in a table format as specified by an end user.

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