By Craig Rubens
While we often write about startups aiming to help consumers monitor their energy consumption via the web, what about water consumption? Petaluma, Calif.-based startup HydroPoint Data Systems has a solution called WeatherTRAK that lets you control sprinkler systems across multiple properties from one web interface. Recently HydroPoint rolled out version 5.4 of its web-based interface, which allows users to monitor their irrigation systems with real-time feedback on field conditions, reducing the number of required site visits.
The system works by pulling data from 40,000 independently operated weather stations to create a high-resolution weather map that gives WeathTRAK information down to the square kilometer. Beyond merely measuring rainfall, the system figures out a given area’s evapotranspiration rate. That information is then transmitted to the field via cellular networks where smart irrigation hardware can decide if plants in the landscape needs more water. More...