New interface makes it possible for courses with Rain Bird satellite systems to easily upgrade to IC System™ technology

If you’ve ever wished your course could enjoy the benefits of our Integrated Control System™ (IC System) and companion IC CONNECT™ devices without undergoing a major renovation, Rain Bird Golf has a new solution that’s worth checking out. The new Integrated Control Interface Plus (ICI+), makes it possible to install Rain Bird satellites and the IC System on the same wire path. As a result, you can renovate or expand your existing satellite system in phases, at a lower cost and with less disruption to your golf course.

“The ICI+ truly is a game changer,” said Carolyn Maloney, product manager for Rain Bird Golf. “It’s ideal for Rain Bird courses that want to update to the latest IC System technology but don’t currently have the time or budget to completely overhaul their irrigation systems.”

The ICI+ interface is the first in the golf irrigation industry to offer fully integrated course control. That means you can simply splice into the nearest satellite wire path and add Integrated Control Modules (ICMs) without running wire all the way back to the maintenance facility.

“Installing the ICI+ is the easiest, simplest way to upgrade to the IC System and IC CONNECT devices,” Maloney said. “From there, courses can enjoy advanced diagnostics, easy expansion, precision watering and the ability to integrate and interact with sensors and other field equipment.”

Rain Bird has also developed a new IFX Satellite Board that allows courses to put IC rotors and Rain Bird satellites on the same wire path. The IFX Board is installed in all new PAR+ES Satellites and is also backwards compatible with MSC+, PAR+ and PAR+ES satellites. Now courses can connect their current Rain Bird satellite systems to the future-forward technology offered by the IC System and IC CONNECT simply by installing the ICI+ and a simple interface board at a fraction of the cost.

Watch how St. George’s Golf and Country Club, host of the 2020 Canadian Open, used the ICI+ to do an IC renovation on their greens. By simply tapping into their existing satellite MAXI™ wire they were able add IC Rotors and get the full benefits of the IC System without a major overhaul.

“If you're not able to overhaul a huge system all at once, ICI+ allows you to do certain areas without tracking wire throughout the entire golf course. No other product on the market could’ve helped us successfully bring so many older pieces of equipment together."

– Cory O’Neil, assistant superintendent at St. George’s Golf and Country Club