Our Brief Guide to System Installation
The SmartVineyards system has 4 components - the sensors, the monitors, the collector, and the transmitter
The 4 components of the SmartVineyards system are shown in the photo below - the sensors, the monitors, the collector, and the transmitter. They arrive ready for installation in your vineyard.
In your vineyard ...
Sensors plug into monitors, monitors form a wireless mesh network with the collector, the collector relays sensor data from the monitors to the transmitter, the transmitter relays data through a cellular or PC link to the cloud.
A typical layout for a SmartVineyard sensor system is shown in the image below.
The wireless radio links between monitors, collector, and transmitter must be line-of-sight and above the canopy
Each monitor should be installed within 1000 feet of another monitor or connector and with a clear, line-of-sight view, as shown in the illustration above and the photo below. The collector should be within 800 feet of the transmitter.
Each monitor arrives on a hinged mast, and can be zip-tied to a trellis post. The connection box and hinge should be above the future canopy, as shown in the photo below. Radio signals are absorbed by both the ground and vegetation, so the link between monitors, connector, and transmitter is weakened by passage close to both.
The soil water tension sensors are installed in the grapevine root zone and plugged into the monitor
The soil water tension sensors are installed in the grapevine root zone, at a depth of 1, 2, and 3 feet, approximately half way between a grapevine trunk and an irrigation emitter. Yellow, blue, and red cables from the monitor plug into the matching colored sensor tubes, as shown in the photo below.
Detailed instructions on installation of sensors, monitors, and connector and transmitter, and all necessary installation tools, are provided with your SmartVineyards system bundle.
At a Very Affordable Price
Each SmartVineyards tension monitor kit includes everything you need, to install sensors and monitor and report soil tension to a collector and transmitter for relay to your browser, for just $450. Up to 20 tension monitors can report through a single SmartVineyards system.
One collector is needed in each SmartVineyards system, to receive data from up to 20 tension monitors and relay it to the transmitter. A SmartVineyards collector is just $550.
One transmitter is needed in each SmartVineyards system to relay data to the internet. A PC transmitter relays data through a local PC and is just $350. A SmartVineyards cellular transmitter relays data through a local cell tower and is just $950.
Everything you need to install and connect a SmartVineyards system is included in your installation bundle. With the above prices, the bundle price for a tension system with transmitter and collector, and tension monitors in 5 vineyard blocks, as illustrated on this page, is just $3,150 with a PC-linked transmitter or just $3,750 with a cellular transmitter.
Sensor data is delivered to the browser on your desktop, laptop, or smart phone for just $15 per monitor plus $15 per transmitter per month, with comparisons, charts, and downloads available to improve every irrigation decision.
The cost of the data from a 5-monitor SmartVineyards system with tension monitors in 5 vineyard blocks is $90 per month - a cost greatly exceeded by improvements in irrigation, quality, and yield.
Compare to systems from Davis, Spectrum, Ranch, or Campbell for cost or benefit.
No one else comes close.