Israel is a water-scarce country. Each municipality is allotted a specific amount of water for irrigation, which is based on the number of acres to be irrigated and the different types of plant material. The cost of water used to irrigate the city’s public parks is high, and the amount of money spent on irrigation water is often the single-largest landscape expense.
The project goals:
• to have precise control of each valve in accordance with the water budget
• to stay within the budget allocated for irrigating urban green spaces
• to meet the operational and reporting needs of dozens of supervisors and contractors who maintain the landscape irrigation system
Our system controls 98% of the irrigation valves in Tel Aviv: nearly 1,000 valves and controllers, 1,777 water meters, and 55 water pumps.
The system is operated from a control center located in the offices of the city’s Parks and Landscape Department.
- Four employees in the on-site control center use ICC PRO management software to operate the system.
- Personnel in the field connect to the control system via the ICC PRO app. Each supervisor and contractor have access only to the relevant geographic area and relevant activities. The ICC PRO app allows easy, efficient management of system failures or alarms in a specific area and allows workers who are out in the field to navigate to system heads and valves using applications such as Waze or Google Maps to locate malfunctions, solve the problem, and clear the alarm report independently — all via mobile phone, without overloading the control center personnel.
- The IRRInet field units operate the valves in the system and monitor the water meter to calculate water flow and accumulation. Information from the controller is transmitted wirelessly (cellular or radio) to the IRRInet field units and from there via cellular communications to the control center.