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Power Testing

Power Testing

“Be prepared.” For critical facilities threatened with the possibility of a power cut-off or a community that could face a blackout, the best form of preparation is a backup genset, generator, turbine, or battery. But what about the backup preparation itself? How does an operator know that the backup will

Technology and Connectivity Enhance HVAC Efficiency

Technology and Connectivity Enhance HVAC Efficiency

Building owners and operators are adopting “smart” and non-traditional HVAC technologies that not only continue to meet occupancy comfort needs, but provide operation and efficiency benefits. They’re also seeking systems that put more control at their fingertips, industry experts say.

Story Time with Telematics

Story Time with Telematics

Telematics has been around for some time, but early iterations covered little more than the basics: machine hours, accurate location, maintenance due, and geo-fencing. Today, telematics offers more sophistication, says Tom Remy, senior manager/aftermarket sales for Topcon Tierra.

’Cause Backing Up is Hard to Do

’Cause Backing Up is Hard to Do

There are several hazards when backing a vehicle—not just avoiding what is immediately behind the truck or moving into the pathway of the truck, but there may be inadequate clearance on the sides or top of the vehicle, and the truck’s blind spots hide objects whose presence can make it

Geotracking

Geotracking

Do you know where your assets are?” Chris Stern, director at Trimble Water, asks water utilities. Infrastructure is constantly being built over, and often there are only hand-drawn sketches available to pinpoint its location. Even in cases where good records are kept, such as Los Angeles, they’re still not digital.

Meaningful Dry-Weather Flow Reductions

Meaningful Dry-Weather Flow Reductions

Dry-weather runoff, or non-stormwater discharge, is flow that enters the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) from a combination of activities including lawn watering, over-irrigation, car washing, illegal discharges, and groundwater seepage. These flows, often called “urban drool,” pose an environmental threat due in large part to the trash, sediment,

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

Smart meters enable demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules, as well as improved distribution system performance. Proponents say they promote increased efficiency, but skeptics raise concerns about privacy, health, and cost. Some customers choose to pay a premium to opt out of updates, preferring their traditional analog meters.

How Smart Irrigation Controls Offer Cost Savings

How Smart Irrigation Controls Offer Cost Savings

Mark Hurd, grounds and irrigation foreman for the Davis School District, Utah’s second largest, has seen a lot of changes in irrigation technology in the three decades he’s been doing his job. But as of late, he’s noticed them developing at warp speed.

ShowCase

TORO COMPANY
Toro is proud to announce the compatibility of its SMRT Logic product with Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices. SMRT Logic enables customers to control their irrigation, outdoor landscape lighting, and other landscape features through their smartphone, tablet, or computer. SMRT Logic uses proprietary technology to enable mobile device

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