Last week, Valley® released the ICON line of smart panels to the world, and we featured the ICON10 smart panel in our Growing The Conversation blog. This week, we want to introduce you to the most revolutionary panel in the ICON line – the ICON1.
My personal favorite ICON panel is the ICON1, technology’s gift to center pivot irrigation control.
Two years ago, I spent time talking to customers and dealers across the country about where technology is going in ag and what they would like to see in the next generation of Valley products. One very specific and interesting question kept popping up over and over again, “When is my phone going to be my control panel?” Many of these farmers already had BaseStation3™ or AgSense® apps installed on their phones, so they weren’t asking for another app. The real question the farmers were asking was, “why doesn’t Valley offer a pared down panel for those of us that do nearly all irrigation management remotely?” This is where the ICON1 comes in.
With its truly remote interface, the ICON1 panel was designed as the most direct result of what our growers were telling us they wanted - the voice of the customer.
I took this information back to Valley and reignited a project that had been set on the back burner for a while. This direct feedback from Valley customers helped to fuel the creation of the ICON1 with Edge-of-Field WiFi.
Edge-of-Field WiFi is a new feature available with the ICON1 and ICON10 smart panels. It is a localized WiFi signal that is transmitted and received by the panel, allowing you to connect to and control your smart panel via a wireless connection on your mobile device. No internet or cellular connection required.
The ICON1 uses the same smart relay board that is used inside the ICON10 panel, but the ICON1 has no display on the panel. It provides stop, start-forward and start-reverse soft touch buttons at the panel. The ICON1 is the perfect remote panel for the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). It ships with AgSense ICON Link factory installed, so it is easily connected to AgSense or BaseStation3, while the Edge-of-Field WiFi acts like a wireless remote mounted panel; it is like pulling the touchscreen interface off of the ICON10 and putting it in your iPad, tablet or smartphone. Put it all together and you have a revolutionary new product.
All of the Valley ICON panels keep with the longstanding Valley tradition of leading the industry. Here are some of the industry's firsts in the ICON line.
- The first line of irrigation panels that will ship ready to connect. Whether it’s to AgSense or BaseStation3, the connectivity is already included in the panel.
- The very first in the industry to offer the revolutionary Edge-of-Field WiFi, enabling access to all of the features and functions of the panel without having to drive to the pivot point.
- The Valley ICON1™ is the first and only smart panel without a display, and yet it offers full access to its capabilities through the included Edge-of-Field WiFi.
- The Valey ICONX™ is the industry’s first, and only, control panel for irrigation designed to convert older panels and non-Valley panels to full ICON touch control.
Visit valleyICON.com or contact your local Valley dealer today to learn more about the entire line of ICON smart panels from Valley.
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