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BayDrive(TM)

BayDrive™

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The BayDrive is a remotely operated farm ditch gate actuator.

It's designed to make surface irrigation less labor-intensive and more flexible so you can improve yields and reduce water use.

Features and Benefits


Now you have the freedom to irrigate without someone having to be on site and the peace of mind that comes with being able to get notified or make changes remotely.

BayDrives are operated remotely using flexible software which features easy to use tools for monitoring crop water demand and managing irrigation. And because the software is web based, BayDrives can be operated from a smartphone or any device with an internet connection.

Irrigation sequences can be set-up to precisely time the opening and closing of a series of BayDrives. Precisely timed operation combined with the BayDrive’s ability to actuate high-flow gates up to 10 feet wide makes it an essential component of a high-performance surface irrigation system.

The BayDrive has been designed from the ground up to automate surface irrigation. It combines robust engineering with integrated solar power supply and radio communications in a single unit for reliable operation year after year.


Highlights

  1. Ideal for actuating rubber flap gates used as:
    1. check gates to control flows in farm ditch delivery systems
    2. outlets in head ditches for applying water to fields
  2. Remote operation of gates from 3ft to 10ft wide
  3. Engineered and manufactured for long life
  4. Solar power supply for low cost operation
  5. Integrated GPS receiver for fast set-up and easy mapping
  6. Email and SMS text alerts to track irrigation progress


A FarmConnect® product

The BayDrive is part of the FarmConnect product range for farmers. FarmConnect’s modular hardware and software enables precisely-timed application of water to crops using high-flow, high-performance surface irrigation. With FarmConnect, farmers can grow higher-value crops using less labor, water and energy.

Features and Benefits


Now you have the freedom to irrigate without someone having to be on site and the peace of mind that comes with being able to get notified or make changes remotely.

BayDrives are operated remotely using flexible software which features easy to use tools for monitoring crop water demand and managing irrigation. And because the software is web based, BayDrives can be operated from a smartphone or any device with an internet connection.

Irrigation sequences can be set-up to precisely time the opening and closing of a series of BayDrives. Precisely timed operation combined with the BayDrive’s ability to actuate high-flow gates up to 10 feet wide makes it an essential component of a high-performance surface irrigation system.

The BayDrive has been designed from the ground up to automate surface irrigation. It combines robust engineering with integrated solar power supply and radio communications in a single unit for reliable operation year after year.


Highlights

  1. Ideal for actuating rubber flap gates used as:
    1. check gates to control flows in farm ditch delivery systems
    2. outlets in head ditches for applying water to fields
  2. Remote operation of gates from 3ft to 10ft wide
  3. Engineered and manufactured for long life
  4. Solar power supply for low cost operation
  5. Integrated GPS receiver for fast set-up and easy mapping
  6. Email and SMS text alerts to track irrigation progress


A FarmConnect® product

The BayDrive is part of the FarmConnect product range for farmers. FarmConnect’s modular hardware and software enables precisely-timed application of water to crops using high-flow, high-performance surface irrigation. With FarmConnect, farmers can grow higher-value crops using less labor, water and energy.

Technologies


The BayDrive uses technologies which are common across Rubicon products:


Gate control technology
The BayDrive uses the same robust gate control technology used in Rubicon’s TCC® products, including the FlumeGate™. The BayDrive arms are driven by Rubicon’s CableDrive™ system. Designed for high duty cycle operation, CableDrive provides positive drive in both the raise and lower directions, enabling the gate to open and close in high flow, high head pressure environments.
Remote operation

The BayDrive’s secure pole mounted housing contains the electronics, high-capacity power system and wireless communications for remote operation. Each BayDrive communicates through a FarmConnect Gateway* installed in the field which is connected to a cellular network and then the internet, enabling remote management using FarmConnect Software*.

GPS positioning ensures each BayDrive is accurately displayed on a Google Maps interface making remote opening, closing, programming and monitoring simple.

 

*Sold separately

Technologies


The BayDrive uses technologies which are common across Rubicon products:


Gate control technology
The BayDrive uses the same robust gate control technology used in Rubicon’s TCC® products, including the FlumeGate™. The BayDrive arms are driven by Rubicon’s CableDrive™ system. Designed for high duty cycle operation, CableDrive provides positive drive in both the raise and lower directions, enabling the gate to open and close in high flow, high head pressure environments.
Remote operation

The BayDrive’s secure pole mounted housing contains the electronics, high-capacity power system and wireless communications for remote operation. Each BayDrive communicates through a FarmConnect Gateway* installed in the field which is connected to a cellular network and then the internet, enabling remote management using FarmConnect Software*.

GPS positioning ensures each BayDrive is accurately displayed on a Google Maps interface making remote opening, closing, programming and monitoring simple.

 

*Sold separately

Specifications

General

Control Local via a toggle switch or remote via FarmConnect software (sold separately)
Drive mechanism CableDrive™ stainless steel wire rope and cable drum assembly
Electronics Power management and control technology contained within integrated housing. Each unit passes a 12hr heat soak pre-stress and 100% functional test.
Weight Refer to the BayDrive data sheet
Motor 12V DC with electrical brake
Typical stroke time Less than 1 minute
Actuation options 12V DC powered (solar)
Event-driven operation Can be programmed to open and close based on sensor inputs, including ditch water level information from Rubicon’s MicronLevel® sensor (sold separately)

Material

Top cover plates, base beam, actuator arm, housing pole Structural grade aluminum
Hardware, shafts Structural grade stainless steel

Power

Power supply  12V DC self-contained battery charged from solar panel
Solar panel  10W monocrystalline (20W optional)
Battery (1) 12V sealed gel lead acid with temperature sensor (~5yr
life, provides ~5 days of operation without solar power)

Communications

Protocols Modbus, analog/digital I/Os, USB
Data communications  ZigBee (international wireless communication standard)
Zigbee radio frequency 2.4GHz
Gateway (sold separately) A FarmConnect Gateway provides the interface to cellular networks and can link up to 120 BayDrives. Additional gateways enable unlimited expansion.
Transmission range 0.6 mile (1km) between BayDrives. A BayDrive can reach the Gateway over much larger distances by passing data through intermediate BayDrives (called self-meshing).

Environmental

Operating temp 34°F to 140°F (1°C to 60°C)
Operating humidity  0% to 100%
Water temperature  33.8°F to 122°F (1°C to 50°C)

Specifications subject to change

Specifications

General

Control Local via a toggle switch or remote via FarmConnect software (sold separately)
Drive mechanism CableDrive™ stainless steel wire rope and cable drum assembly
Electronics Power management and control technology contained within integrated housing. Each unit passes a 12hr heat soak pre-stress and 100% functional test.
Weight Refer to the BayDrive data sheet
Motor 12V DC with electrical brake
Typical stroke time Less than 1 minute
Actuation options 12V DC powered (solar)
Event-driven operation Can be programmed to open and close based on sensor inputs, including ditch water level information from Rubicon’s MicronLevel® sensor (sold separately)

Material

Top cover plates, base beam, actuator arm, housing pole Structural grade aluminum
Hardware, shafts Structural grade stainless steel

Power

Power supply  12V DC self-contained battery charged from solar panel
Solar panel  10W monocrystalline (20W optional)
Battery (1) 12V sealed gel lead acid with temperature sensor (~5yr
life, provides ~5 days of operation without solar power)

Communications

Protocols Modbus, analog/digital I/Os, USB
Data communications  ZigBee (international wireless communication standard)
Zigbee radio frequency 2.4GHz
Gateway (sold separately) A FarmConnect Gateway provides the interface to cellular networks and can link up to 120 BayDrives. Additional gateways enable unlimited expansion.
Transmission range 0.6 mile (1km) between BayDrives. A BayDrive can reach the Gateway over much larger distances by passing data through intermediate BayDrives (called self-meshing).

Environmental

Operating temp 34°F to 140°F (1°C to 60°C)
Operating humidity  0% to 100%
Water temperature  33.8°F to 122°F (1°C to 50°C)

Specifications subject to change

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