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Irrigation and water delivery improvements using wireless communication technology




Paladino, Dan, author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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Radio communications and their advanced flexibility offer technological benefits to new SCADA system deployment as well as a means for upgrading performance to existing SCADA systems. In fact, the limitations and cost of wired systems can be eliminated. Improvements in radio technologies now allow for innovative control and monitoring of SCADA systems thus providing users the ability to more reliably monitor and control devices from a distance. Points within an irrigation system can be brought to a user's fingertips without the expense of running wire or fiber to remote locations. Licensed and unlicensed radios can work in coordination to offer the speed and security to build robust professionally designed SCADA networks. The addition of radio communications to field installed devices or newly deployed systems with RF can prolong the usefulness of existing equipment and ensure years of reliable SCADA network operations. Radio communications offer the flexibility to expand communication capabilities to meet the ever-expanding requirements of fast-growing, high data service areas and SCADA operations. This presentation will educate and reinforce how wireless radio systems can provide a reliable communication backbone for all of an irrigation organization's analog/digital (I/O), serial and Ethernet challenges.


Presented at Irrigation district sustainability - strategies to meet the challenges: USCID irrigation district specialty conference held on June 3-6, 2009 in Reno, Nevada.

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