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Multi-Site Irrigation Central Control System

Rain Bird Maxicom Multi-Site Central Control

The Maxicom2 Irrigation Central Control System is designed for multi-site commercial or industrial irrigation applications. Hundreds of sites and weather sources can be controlled and monitored from one location through telephone, cellular modem, spread spectrum radio (900 MHz), direct cable connect, short-haul modem, Ethernet device server and/or Wi-Fi device server, and can be integrated into the site's fiber optic network.

Automated ET based irrigation control and the most flexible scheduling system allows control of multiple sites to exact specifications, making it ideal for municipalities, school districts, home owners associations, universities and park and recreation departments.

Multiple Sites

A Maxicom2 system utilizes a Central Controller installed at a primary location. Information is transmitted from this Central Controller to Cluster Control Units (CCU) or ESP-SITE Satellite Controllers in the field. The CCU acts as the system’s “computer-in-the-field,” allowing the ability to control hundreds of remote sites from one Central Controller. The CCU can monitor, communicate to, and manage as many as 28 ESP-SAT Satellite controllers or other field devices via a variety of hardwire and wireless communications options.

The best central control in the business just got even better.

How do you improve on the industry’s most powerful, most trusted multi-site Central Control system? You make it more robust, more versatile and even easier to use. Introducing the innovative Maxicom Version 4.3.

Combining advanced performance with enhanced usability, Version 4.3 brings The Intelligent Use of Water™ to life yet again. With more features, fresh styling and an intuitive user interface, Version 4.3 makes conserving water simpler. Navigate menus, schedule irrigation and meet diverse landscape requirements quickly and easily.

Just a few of the ways Maxicom2 raises the bar—again.

Maxicom Zone Colors
Flow zones and individual station can now be assigned background colors for logical grouping and increased readability.
Maxicom manual operation dialog boxes Up to four manual operation dialog boxes can be opened simultaneously.
Maxicom map view Map view capabilities now include support for JPG and PDF files.

Control Features

  • From the Maxicom2 Central Controller, irrigation systems at multiple sites can be scheduled for days to water, run times, cyclical scheduling, linking schedules, sensor starts, cycle and soak schedules, etc.
  • Irrigation start days are easily scheduled to meet complex watering requirements. Start days can be based on a custom day pattern per a weekly calendar (MTWTFSS), odd/even/odd31 days, or skip days (starting on a designated date and skipping X days between irrigation starts). Event days off allow designation of non-water days (mow days, special events, etc).
  • Station operating times or the number of days between operation can be automatically adjusted in response to changing daily ET (Evapotranspiration) values supplied by a Rain Bird Weather Station or other ET source.
  • Irrigation and weather factors, such as soil infiltration rate and rainfall intensity, can be compared to determine the exact effect weather has on irrigation needs.
  • Cycle+Soak™ feature optimizes the application of water on sites with poor drainage sites, slopes, and heavy soil areas. Water is applied at or below soil intake rates automatically, even during high water-use periods.
  • Manual operation of system from the Central Controller or from the field Satellite Controllers.
  • Operation of lighting systems (such as athletic field lighting), security gates, fountains, pumps, sensors, or other systems can also be managed from one central Maxicom2 location.
  • Remote System Control - Take control of your system and operate Maxicom2 from anywhere using the Rain Bird FREEDOM System. Available with phone (landline or cellular) or radio communication

Weather Management & Monitoring Features

  • RainWatch™ monitors rain counting sensors, records rainfall and automatically reacts to rainfall by interrupting irrigation, measuring rainfall and determining whether irrigation should be resumed or canceled. Weather sources can be monitored by Maxicom2 calculating daily ET and effective rainfall values and automatically adjusting station run times or the number of days between operation to replace only the water the landscape requires.
  • Flo-Watch™ monitors hydraulic conditions in the field, checking for over or under flow conditions caused by breaks in system piping or valve malfunctions. In the event of an overflow problem (line break, etc), the system will automatically identify where the problem is located, initiate valve or mainline shutdown, and send an alarm message identifying where the problem occurred and the action taken to isolate the problem. For low or no flow conditions, the system will send an alarm message identifying the condition and currently operating valves in the problem zone, and automatically take any follow-up actions designated.
  • Flo-Manager™ provides real-time monitoring and sequencing of the order in which valves operate to maximize but never exceed the systems hydraulic capacity. Flo-Manager facilitates multi-station operation, which helps shorten the total system runtime and watering window.
  • ET Checkbook™ manages Evapotranspiration (ET) and automatically adjusts Satellite Controller station run-time or day cycle intervals to match the landscape’s water requirements.
  • Low Flow Alarm –The Low Flow Alarm feature is designed to notify users when the flow in a designated section of the irrigation system falls below a pre-determined threshold level, or when there is no flow (zero flow) when flow is expected. This feature provides warnings of and indications (active stations at the time of the alarm) to locate stuck valves, clogged lines, plugged heads, failed solenoids, etc. This feature requires an updated CCU Firmware Chip (Version 6.00R or greater).
  • Graphical User Interface (Windows)
  • Automated ET (with Min/Max ET)
  • ET Checkbook™
  • Flo-Manager™
  • Flo-Watch™
  • Cycle+Soak™
  • Rain Watch™
  • Schedule Audit
  • Manual station control
  • Irrigation water windows
  • Control of non-irrigation applications
  • Event calendar scheduling
  • Water usage logs
  • Station run time & water cost logs
  • Fail-safe redundant back-up systems
  • FREEDOM Remote Control System
  • Multiple communication options
  • Operates with all existing Rain Bird Central Control Hardware Products
  • System purchase includes GSP Global Support Plan
  • Three-year trade warranty.

Protect your investment in your Rain Bird central control and irrigated landscaping

  • Improved system performance
  • Eliminate over irrigated turf by utilizing advanced software features like Rain Bird Flo-Manager® and Flo-Watch™ to analyze and control flow
  • Minimize system downtime
  • Maintain landscaping with the most effective use of water and power
  • Get expert advice on grounding requirements and electrical component protection
  • Write more accurate and site specific programs using map-based programming

Maximize System Life

  • Get step by step technical assistance to maximize system performance

Control Your Budget

  • No cost to repair or replace covered central control components unless damaged by surge or lightning (Available for Platinum and Platinum Plus plans only)
  • Significant discounts to repair or replace surge or lightning damaged components, or components not covered under GSP
  • Next business day delivery of central control components at no charge

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