Customers of Rain Bird’s Agriculture Division will now have access to "the most innovative wireless monitoring and control technology available," the company announced. It’s all thanks to Rain Bird’s acquisition of ClimateMinder, a Glendale, Calif.-based company that creates products that growers can use to improve yields and reduce labor while reducing water and nutrient costs.

“We’re very focused on supporting our customers with products and resources that will help them increase profits and improve sustainability,” said Mark Ensworth, director of Rain Bird’s Agriculture Division. “The ClimateMinder organization embodies that same spirit, making it and its products an excellent fit with Rain Bird. This acquisition allows us to continue offering the most advanced technology in the agriculture industry.”

The ClimateMinder system can automate the collection of data from a wide variety of sensors as well as control the operation of irrigation equipment.  The system uses battery/solar powered stations that are connected wirelessly to the internet.  From any internet enabled device, including cell phones, users can perform a wide variety of tasks including viewing sensor information, defining irrigation schedules and setting e-mail or text alerts based on real-time sensor readings. 

Rain Bird and ClimateMinder executives finalized the acquisition on Dec. 14. Following the acquisition, Bulut Ersavas, CEO and founder of ClimateMinder, joined Rain Bird as the business development manager for the Agriculture Division.

“This acquisition is the culmination of many years of hard work and effort by the entire ClimateMinder team,” Ersavas said. “I’m extremely proud that our company and its products have evolved over the years to the point where an organization like Rain Bird recognizes their value to the agriculture market. It’s an exciting time, and I look forward to working with Rain Bird to bring technology like this to more growers worldwide."