Hyderabad: As part of its ongoing environment sustainability measures, the GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport has become India’s first airport to induct a cloud-based central irrigation control system using an Irrigation Management and Monitoring Software (IMMS) mechanism to control the intricate automatic irrigation system across 80 acres of landscape spread along the 8.4 km stretch of the airport spine road.
The first of its kind technology in the country, the control of irrigation system is precise and timely, enabling the airport to save water up to 35 percent over the conventional mode of irrigation system, a GMR release said.
“While the airport is striving towards becoming water neutral, the implementation of a cloud based technology for our automatic irrigation system is a strategic move to further conserve water,” SGK Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said.
GHIAL had commissioned an automatic irrigation system in January 2018 along the 8.4km stretch of the airport spine road with three sections having two Site Controllers each at every 2.8 km stretch. The upgraded system has created a cloud based central irrigation control system which controls all these Site Controllers with online irrigation commands.
The Site Controllers are equipped with communication modules with inbuilt SIM cards, and communicate with the central irrigation control system using the ‘IMMS online’ software in real time, round the clock. The Central Irrigation Control System is accessible through any internet connected device like desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile phones at any point in time from any location in the world.
IMMS Online can track water usage and spot plumbing issues remotely and also tracks total water usage by site, controller, programme, and station.