Bangalore International Airport Limited, operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) has reiterated its responsibility towards nature on World Environment Day by deploying a weather-based smart automation irrigation system to manage its 100-acre landscape.
The airport says, “This first-of-its-kind weather-based smart automatic irrigation system, can be controlled from an app on a mobile phone. It irrigates plants based on the calculation of various parametres, including the evapotranspiration, soil moisture, and weather conditions.
“The technology allows landscape professionals to manage the airport’s gardens from remote locations, with the help of a mobile phone, without requiring physical inspection.”
It is equipped with a hydro-pneumatic pump station and automatic filtration unit, the irrigation system enables water saving of up to 30 per cent over conventional modes of irrigation.
Additionally, the airport authorities say, “The technology is aided with sensors like soil moisture sensor, flow sensor, and rain sensor. Working in tandem with the weather station, it gives BIAL’s Landscape team accurate readings of air temperature, wind speed, solar radiation, wind direction, relative humidity and rainfall, enabling the efficient management of the landscape.”