Ultrasonic sensors implemented for irrigation automation project

Senix Corporation, manufacturer of ultrasonic distance and level sensors ToughSonic®, has announced continued installation of numerous water level sensors by Murray Irrigation in New South Wales, Australia as part of an irrigation automation system to manage water inventory and distribution, potentially saving 10 billion gallons per annum in the drought-prone region.

Murray Irrigation is Australia’s largest private irrigation company, which is currently working on automation of its 3,000km long gravity-fed irrigation channels in New South Wales. The $169 million program titled Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) was launched in 2013 and is scheduled for completion by October 2017.

The program requires upgrading of more than 2,500 water meters and 1,300 regulatory channel structures with the aim of reducing water distribution losses by 37,596 megaliters (10 billion US gallons) per year. The devices will be integrated through an enhanced telemetry and SCADA system.

Murray Irrigation plans to use 2,200 of the ultrasonic sensors which would record the water level measurements that drive water distribution through its irrigation gates and monitor water inventory. The sensors used, Senix ToughSonic REMOTE 14, are able to relay real-time water level measurements which help guide autonomous and semi-autonomous channel control structures.

Since the launch of the program, 1,000 irrigation control points have been replaced. The next phase, which was recently announced, will ensure installation of these ultrasonic sensors at 1,500 more channel control points for automated gates.

Murray Irrigation describes the program as a rare opportunity to modernize irrigation infrastructure “for the benefit of all our irrigation customers and to provide improved water efficiency and productivity for our customers’ farm businesses.”

Murray Irrigation was one of ToughSonic REMOTE 14 sensors’ initial buyers. Senix modified the sensor to improve its energy consumption and surge protection against lightening damage due to storms in remote locations.

“Murray Irrigation has been using our ToughSonic 14 sensors for years, and we worked with them to take advantage of the new REMOTE sensor technology for this important automation project,” said Senix Founder and President Doug Boehm. He maintained that surge protection and special product features were utilized to ensure optimized measurement performance.

More information can be found at: PRWeb.

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