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    RainMachine Nicholas

    That's a good idea, to also notify the water consumed beside the running time, we'll put this in our ToDo List. 

    As for the dedicated page for water consumed we are already working on improving Flow Meter reports.

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    Michael

    yep, I love that
    it'd be interesting to see Trends for each zone 

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    BB

    I posted this in another thread, but it seems to apply here as well:

     

    I was able to produce reports like those desired above using the RainMachine API data and a free cloud reporting service. I have the service call the RainMachine API once per hour to get log updates. So, it’s not real-time, but close enough.

    My main goal was to be alerted to high flow events from broken sprinkler heads. I used the cloud reporting service’s workflow tool for alerting logic (also their free tier). It compares the latest zone flow rates to my stored thresholds and sends emails and text alerts.  

     

    Here are example flow data reports created from the RainMachine API data. Maybe these can help with some ideas to incorporate similar features and reports into the RainMachine app:

    Flow rate trend chart by zone:

     

    Flow Rates and Thresholds by Zone (the red dots are my current thresholds):

     

    An example alert that is emailed:

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    jay

    That is really great!

     

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    RainMachine Nicholas

    Cool, nice use of the API. We do plan on implementing something like this in the web interface, not sure about the mobile apps yet.

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    Jorgefernandezmarban (Edited )

    Also can with flow sensor the system can "learn" the zones normal running flow.

    When rain machine detect for example +30% flow increment can stop the zone and send an alarm to user. Means a detection of an unusual leak in the area.

    This is a concern in areas where water is very expensive and sometimes it takes a long time to detect problems.

    With flowmeter and the things commented on this post the rain machine will be unbeatable

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    lanbrown

    I would go one step further and that it should know what is normal and alert on anything that falls outside of a certain percentage from that baseline.  If it is over, there could be a broken head.  If it is under, it could be a failed sprinkler head or a valve issue.  You typically find the under aspect when an area starts to die from lack of water.  It would be nice to know that there is an issue as soon as it happens.

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    It

    yep sounds great, some of the magnetic water meters are accurate down to very low flow rates, some of the cheap ones get down to flow rates of 2.5 Litres per hour through a 25mm tube. I'd love to see that attached to rain machine

     

     

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    RainMachine Nicholas

    Thanks for the feedback, this is getting under our radar for Spring 2020 Release (better graphing and notifications). Don't hesitate to add more ideas into the mix.

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    Rob Martin

    BB what service are you utilizing for this?

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    BB

    Zoho Anlytics for the reports and Zoho Flow for the alert logic.

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    Sebastian Kuhn

    I had a look at the flowSensor related API endpoints. 

    Is it possible to read the overall water consumption regardless of any programms or zones?

    I have my flow sensor connected directly behind my well pump and I want to use the it as a general water meter.

    My water outlets in the garden are connected to a valve on the RM but that valve can also be opened independently.

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    RainMachine Nicholas

    Yes the API call GET /api/4/provision will also return :

    system.flowSensorClicksPerCubicMeter

    system.flowSensorLeakClicks

    system.flowSensorStartIndex

    system.flowSensorWateringClicks

     

    system.flowSensorWateringClicks will hold the total clicks received by RainMachine while a zone is started

    system.flowSensorLeakClicks will hold the total clicks received by RainMachine while no zone was running

     

     

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