When it comes to watering large or remote areas, setting up an automatic irrigation system can be a big headache. A combination of digital and analog technologies are being used to simplify that task. Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface. In places like rural properties, construction sites and municipal parks where electric power may be hard to access, the system provides automatic irrigation without worrying about changing batteries more than once a year. A key factor in reducing power consumption is Microchip Technology’s MCP1702 Low Dropout Regulator, which regulates the controllers voltage from a 9V battery down to a lower supply voltage.
Hunter Industries has unveiled its Wireless Valve Controller/Wireless Valve Programmer, a battery-operated irrigation controller with a wireless-remote user interface.
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