Any of the Cloudmaster' 20 outputs can be used as irrigation, misting or lighting control. Channels can be increased by slaving units together up to a maximum of 400 stations.
A detailed historical log of events can be displayed in the unit's display. Information includes station on/off times, override operations, water usage, hydraulic and wiring faults, power fails, etc. You can start at a particular date and step backwards and forwards in time to see exactly what happened.
Irrigation scheduling can be entered in 6 different ways. Which allows stations to be programmed totally independently from all the others or in back to back sequences of stations. These can be activated at a certain time and on certain days of the repeat cycle or on a particular date. Loop sequences and duration times down to 1 second allow mist cycles to be set up. The optional 'Weather-Watcher' sensor allows the interval between waterings to be automatically adjusted by light level and temperature.
Three inputs can be connected to any voltage free, closing contact type sensors such as a rain sensor, a frost thermostat or a contact head type flow meter.
Stand Alone or Large Network
The Cloudmaster can be used as a stand alone controller or remotely from a central PC. Communications can be via radio telemetry (dedicated or shared channel), telephone land line, cellular, LAN (local area network) or direct cable link. The central PC software can control a single, or many, remote sites.
A single Cloudmaster or a large network of units can be managed using the software. This example shows the approximately 110 units scattered throughout the Sydney Olympic Park Site.
SMS Control & Alarm Notification
The CDMA modem option allows remote connection from any notebook or desktop PC running the Cloudmaster Windows® software and control commands to be sent directly to the Cloudmaster unit. In this way you can manually turn stations on and off, stop and start programs, check what is currently on, turn rain mode on and off etc. from anywhere in the world from any mobile phone. For extra security you can optionally nominate a list of mobile phone handsets from which commands may be sent. Any commands received from other phones will be ignored.
Also, certain alarm conditions including power fails, wireing faults, flowrate errors, rain or frost conditions etc. can be setup to send an SMS message to a mobile phone immediately the problem occurs.
A hand held radio remote control unit (shown in the above photo), is available. This unit is only able to turn stations on and off so it is tending to be replaced by SMS which is much more powerful.