Plug-in device and mobile app provide simple irrigation management and automatic weather-based scheduling adjustments

TUCSON, AZ (Dec. 7, 2016) — More than three decades ago, Rain Bird  pioneered remote irrigation system access with the development of the Maxi III  System for golf courses. Now, Rain Bird has made remote access and control available  for residential and light-commercial irrigation systems with its new LNK WiFi Module.  

“Over the past few years, home automation has  become increasingly popular, allowing individuals to manage lighting,  thermostats, appliances and more from their mobile devices,” said J.Elias  Campos, Rain Bird senior product manager. “We wanted to develop a similar  irrigation management solution that provides real value while also being easy  to install and use. We feel we’ve achieved that with the LNK WiFi Module. Not  only does it offer simple remote access, but it can also help irrigation sites  use up to 30 percent less water with critical, real-time alerts and integrated  water management features.”

The LNK WiFi Module is a small device that  plugs into an accessory port on Rain Bird’s new ESP-Me (built after November 2, 2016) and ESP-TM2 controllers. Contractors can also install the module with existing ESP-Me  installations after swapping out the controller’s old front panel with the new WiFi-compatible  version. This provides contractors with a straightforward, simple upgrade  opportunity that doesn’t require replacing the controller.

The LNK WiFi Module provides complete irrigation  system management via a free downloadable mobile app. The module receives  weather information from the Internet, automatically adjusting system run times  on a daily basis. It also provides users with notifications on their mobile  devices that assist with troubleshooting, system diagnostics and operation while  providing meaningful weather event alerts.

“The LNK WiFi Module is ideal for property  owners who want to manage their irrigation systems remotely, as well as for  contractors who manage multiple controllers at multiple sites,” Campos said.  “Contractors can quickly group controllers by geography, subdivision, street or any other way they prefer. This improves technician efficiency and simplifies  service calls.”

Thanks to the LNK WiFi Module, irrigation  sites can meet even the most stringent water restrictions. In fact, when the  WR2 Wireless Rain Sensor is installed with the LNK WiFi and the ESP-Me  controller, customers benefit from an EPA-WaterSense-certified solution.

“At Rain Bird, we’ve been manufacturing  efficient, reliable irrigation systems for more than 80 years,” Campos said.  “Now, with the LNK WiFi Module, contractors and property owners can access and  control compatible systems from anywhere in the world.”

For more information about the LNK Wifi  Module, visit wifi-pro.rainbird.com. To  learn more about Rain Bird’s many other water-efficient  irrigation products for the residential, commercial, golf and agriculture  markets, visit www.rainbird.com or call 1-800-RAIN BIRD.

ABOUT  RAIN BIRD CORPORATION:

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation  is the world's leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and  services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry's  broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas,  commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the globe. Rain  Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents, including the first in 1935 for  the impact sprinkler.  Rain Bird and The  Intelligent Use of Water™ are about using water wisely. Its commitment extends  beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the  community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly  facilities in the United States, China and Mexico.

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For More Information Contact

Lynette Von Minden
Swanson Russell 
402-437-6457
lynettev@swansonrussell.com