Rain Bird’s Golf Division has introduced two IC CONNECT™ products designed to make its industry leading IC System™ even more functional and convenient for superintendents and their courses. The Rain Bird IC-IN Integrated Control Sensor Input Device makes it possible to monitor and respond to on-site sensor information in real-time utilizing the IC System’s two-wire path. The Rain Bird IC-OUT Integrated Control Output Device enables activation of external electro-mechanical equipment from the Central Control via the IC System’s two-wire path. With IC CONNECT, the IC System is now even more functional and advantageous for superintendents and their courses.
“Since 2009, the IC System has delivered total control and unmatched diagnostics to golf courses in over 50 countries around the world,” said Scott Rottler, Senior Product Manager for Rain Bird Golf’s Central Control systems. “As complementary devices, both the IC-IN and ICOUT take the IC System to the next level by providing superintendents with additional functionality that can reduce water use, save time and reduce labor expenses.”
Both the IC-IN and IC-OUT connect directly to the same IC System wire path as the Integrated Control Modules (IC Modules) used to activate sprinklers. Multiple IC-IN, IC-OUT and IC Modules may be connected to a single wire path, providing flexibility for the varied site conditions found across every golf course.
IC-IN collects and transmits data to the Central Control from sensor devices of various types, including Smart Sensors, Flow Watch flow control sensors and Rain Watch rain cans, as well as pressure, temperature, wind speed and reservoir level sensors.
IC-OUT integrates the Rain Bird Central Control with external electro-mechanical devices such as pumps, fans, gates, fountains, lights, motorized valves, DC latching solenoids and more. As a result, users can control any connected electro-mechanical device automatically from the Central Control computer or manually via the Rain Bird Mobile Interface (MI Series™) application.
IC System customers can experience optimum control by using these IC CONNECT system components in combination with each other and Rain Bird’s Central Control system. Constant communication between the Central Control and the IC-IN and IC-OUT devices facilitates real-time, automated responses to changing site conditions. Thus, course management is simplified allowing superintendents and their crews to remotely manage irrigation and a multitude of other products that enhance the player experience.
“By providing simplified installation, unmatched flexibility, affordable performance and invaluable peace of mind, the IC System has permanently changed the way golf course superintendents manage their irrigation systems,” Rottler said. “Now, with the addition of the IC CONNECT devices, the IC System continues to evolve, allowing superintendents to further fine-tune their watering and increase automation around the course.”