MIYO & viRaTec have reason to celebrate
On March 22nd we celebrate World Water Day to draw attention to the importance of water as the basis of life for mankind. In addition, viRaTec has another great success to announce with its smart irrigation system MIYO!
Due to the worldwide water consumption, which has increased tenfold in the last 100 years, water shortages and an uneven distribution of drinking water are omnipresent issues. Therefore, in 1993, UNESCO approved the World water day brought into being - with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of water for us humans. Because water is a valuable resource that should be used responsibly.
MIYO irrigates sustainably, conserving resources
Many automatic irrigation systems are currently programmed regardless of the weather. That means they always water at fixed times and unfortunately regardless of whether it is raining or the sun is shining. In addition, garden irrigation controls traditionally only have two measures: water or no water. In this way, the garden irrigation cannot be stopped in places where no water is required or water can no longer be watered where plants actually need more water.
Precisely with these problems sets MIYO at. With its highly developed sensors, the smart irrigation system can precisely measure the moisture in the soil and therefore knows exactly whether and in which areas of the garden more water is needed. Thus, the system can pour out the perfect amount of water and use this vital resource as efficiently as possible. A sophisticated sensor control system is used so that MIYO really only waters when it is necessary. In contrast to the time-controlled competition, irrigation times are not simply omitted with the MIYO system: In addition to the soil moisture, the soil condition and the weather forecast also have an influence on the irrigation duration. The watering itself is also started based on these measured values and not when the time dictates. Garden irrigation and saving water do not have to be a contradiction in terms.
“On the one hand, our MIYO reduces water consumption and, on the other hand, you can defend yourself against the battery madness with the power supply via solar. In Austria one assumes half a million batteries per year, which only disappear in electronics for gardens. That results in well over 100 kilograms of CO2 equivalent ”, explains viRaTec-Founder and Managing Director Roland Grösslich. In addition to batteries, MIYO also dispenses with wiring thanks to the wireless connection. In contrast to many other smart irrigation systems, the entire garden does not need to be networked with WiFi for ongoing operation. Internet access is only required for installation. In addition, MIYO offers its owners the opportunity to access the smart irrigation system worldwide via cloud connection. Hobby meteorologists also get their money's worth, because with the extensive statistics function of the MIYO app, all values of the ground sensor can be graphically displayed and evaluated in a progress diagram. In this point too, viRaTec is ahead of the competition.
Patent office confirms: viRaTec is a technological pioneer in the smart garden sector
It has been official since the beginning of March: After a long waiting period of almost 18 months, two patent applications were approved by the German Patent and Trademark Office. viRaTec is officially a technological pioneer in the field of smart gardens and can shine with the most sophisticated inventions for intelligent irrigation. “For us this is also an award for the novelty of our technologies. I didn't think that no other competitor would have come up with the same idea. It also shows us that we are more creative than other companies in our segment. Now nobody can stop us, ”says Grösslich happily.
The technology currently used in MIYO is the only one of its kind. Simply explained, MIYO controls several areas fully automatically one after the other with one supply line (a tap). The freshly patented pipe system has its own valve for each of these flow paths, which can be blocked or released in order to keep the water pressure stable. MIYO decides independently on this safety circuit and staggered the valve opening fully automatically.
The second, approved and already published patent will be found in the next generation of viRaTec products. "We listened carefully to our customers and recognized the following: Our current sensor protrudes from the ground, which is very suitable for beds of all kinds, but not so well for the lawn, as you cannot mow there without restrictions," explains viRaTec CEO. This requirement is to be met in the future with a new, floor-level sensor. Its solar surface will be perfectly flush with the sward due to a sloping incline of only 5 to 10 degrees, leaving the lawnmower free space and still cleaning itself, as the water can flow off optimally. This new development is expected to be ready for series production this year and available to MIYO fans from 2020.