Net Irrigate Helps Keep Farms Working

With xProxy Link, farmers receive messages on their phones or via e-mail alerting them to thrown switches in equipment that could foretell costly failures.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Nov 06, 2015

Well pumps. Irrigation controllers. Grain-bin dryers. The list of farm equipment that can fail—and waste water, fuel and other precious resources in the process—is a long one. That's not to mention the loss of productivity farms suffer when machines break. And when the equipment is dispersed across a large farm, hours or days may pass before the operator realizes something has failed.

In 2009, Eddie DeSalle founded Net Irrigate in order to help customers in the agriculture industry attain greater visibility into the operation of their vital equipment, and to be able to respond quickly if something goes awry. The company sells remote monitoring systems that combine self-powered switch boxes with integrated cellular modems, which relay alerts to farmers in the event of failure.

Net Irrigate's xProxy Link solutions
This fall, Net Irrigate released a new product called xProxy Link, which joins the firm's two other offerings: PumpProxy, for monitoring water pump health, and WireRat, an anti-theft device for center-pivot irrigation systems (the wire cabling of which is a common target for thieves).

Net Irrigate also sells xProxy Link Dual, which triggers an alert when attached to dry contacts (a set of conductive contacts linked to a power switch) that are normally either closed or opened, whereas the xProxy Link only works with contacts that are normally closed.

The xProxy is a simple device that DeSalle says can be used for several different applications. Two wires extending from the box can be wired up to any switch, relay or signaling device that has a set of dry contacts that change state based on the condition of a circuit or switch. Once installed, the device triggers an alert whenever a circuit opens (or, if a customer is using the xProxy Link Dual, closes). Thus, pressure, limit or temperature switches, float switches (which track the level of liquid within a tank), or pump station alarm contacts can all trigger an alert.

Once the xProxy Link or xProxy Link Dual is installed, a green LED light on the device's face blinks for two minutes, indicating a successful setup. If a red light blinks, the installation was not successful. When a switch changes state and triggers the xProxy device, a yellow LED light blinks, indicating an alert communication is in progress. To signify a successful data transmission, the yellow light stops and the LED flickers green again.

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