There are approx. 40,000 managed golf courses worldwide, using an estimated 2.5 billion gallons of water every day. Individual courses can use up to 1 million gallons per week. This represents a significant cost to courses in terms of water and irrigation power.
In addition, governmental water restrictions are increasing in many parts of the world, as are environmental pressures to be responsible with previous limited water resources.
Soil Scout ground-breaking technology enables the continual monitoring and profiling, regardless of season or conditions, and the tailoring of turf care based on the specific conditions on each hole.
Having accurate and real time information about your turf enables better and more timely turf management decisions, and thus your course will be in better condition.
- Wireless real-time insight where YOU want it below the surface
- Reduce irrigation by up to 50%
- Maintenance free for up to 20 years
The Soil Scout solution consists of variable elements, depending on customer needs.
||A small, durable, wireless buried sensor that was specifically designed to transmit from up to 12 feet below ground. The HYDRA Scout measures & transmits raw data to the Cloud hourly for up to 20 years, including:
- Capacitive Moisture
- Electrical Conductivity (EC)
The raw EC & Capacitance data is converted to Moisture Content & Salinity in the Cloud using proprietary analytics.
||Receives the Scout transmission via a Receiving Antenna, and passes to a GSM / WCDMA cellular Modem, which transmits the data to our Cloud & Analytics platform. Typically pole or building mounted, it can be located up to 900 yards away1. The type of antenna needed (e.g. Omni, Enclosed Yagi) depends on the specific needs of the site. Each Base Station can handle 1000+ Scouts.
||When direct transmission to the Base Station is not possible because of distance or topographical barriers, one or more Repeaters can be used to pass the signal along. Range up to 6 miles line of sight, depending on Antenna type.
||Facilitates easy analysis of both raw and calculated data down to a per Scout level. It is also the hub for equipment management. Alarm functionality allows for exception notification, and real-time export of data is possible via our REST API.
Tangible Benefits for Golf Courses
Optimal decisions on irrigation, fertilising and other maintenance with insignificant effort and reduced manual measuring
Water and energy savings of up to 50%
Decreased fertiliser runoff and reduced ground-water pollution
Lower irrigation equipment maintenance costs
Immediate insight on performed irrigation, vertical water infiltration and possible layering
Opportunity to maintain turf moisture optimally low to reduce vegetative growth, mowing work and grass residue
Enables proactive operations based on late fall, winter and spring conditions; e.g. snow covered warm turf predisposed to pests & mould
Looking-glass through snow cover and soil surface: modify Fall maintenance in proportion to true levels of frost, enabling earlier season openings
Superintendents can show evidence to shareholders and society of responsible resource use (water, energy and fertilisers)
Give your players the great playing experience they deserve – on optimal and uniform turf!
Screenshots from Soil Scout Analytics Cloud, showing Scout and Base Station locations. Map interface allows selection individual Scouts, and viewing of both raw and calculated current and historical data in tabular or graphical form
- Underground to air range depends heavily on receiver antenna type and elevation, soil type, topography, vegetation, etc. See www.soilscout.com/documents for more guidance on indicative ranges.