Central Irrigation Trust (CIT), situated in Barmera, pumps water from the River Murray through large diameter pipeline systems to 1,600 growers who irrigate 13,000 hectares of horticultural crops in nine Private Irrigation Districts in the Riverland Region of South Australia.
All outlets in the CIT system are metered to provide accountability and customer service.
CIT sourced AWMA 's JoCom telemetry division to provide an economical data retrieval and delivery system, allowing all remote CIT metered outlets to be monitored and controlled via secure access at CIT head office.
This project aims to eliminate the current labour intensive task of recording meter readings, enhance sustainable irrigation practices and increase water efficiencies.
The CIT trial system involved replacing existing aged meters, the Tyco Irriflow Mag Meters, and establishing a central hub at CIT head office.
Licence free JoCom radios are fitted to all metered sites and communicate in hubs.
Each hub will send and receive data from individual sites to head office every 15 minutes, using the CDMA 1X data transfer network service.
This system can be upgraded to the new mobile network 3G upon its release in 2009/10.
Data transfer using the combination of radios to a CDMA 1X hub provides economical set up and on-going costs.
JoCom's telemetry radio network offers reliable information for recording, invoicing, accountability, fault diagnoses, alarm flagging, customer service and increased water efficiencies.