Utah Patent of the Month – October 2022
The U.S. has hit critical levels of drought conditions, with the overuse and waste of water being the most contributing factor. While much of this overuse is by large corporations, our day-to-day life sees overuse as well. Smart Rain Systems, LLC has designed a smart irrigation technology designed to limit this overuse when it comes to lawn care.
Their smart irrigation system uses artificial intelligence to perform irrigation management. The AI uses a series of sensors to predict soil moisture levels which then informs how much water should be delivered and when. The sensor system is comprehensive, pulling data from sensors that track moisture levels, rain, and water flow as well as data from local weather stations. This information is all combined and analyzed to inform watering patterns. As time goes on, the AI system grows a set of historical data. This historical data, combined with new and real-time data, is used as a training dataset to further improve the system’s reasoning.
This patented technology is used with the company’s other developments to remotely control an entire property’s irrigation system. Thanks to the AI component, the technology is easily scaled from private to commercial properties of any size. Smart Rain Systems’ studies have shown their technology is capable of saving 30-50% in water usage, maximizing the effectiveness of irrigation by minimizing the amount of water used.
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