Month: March 2016

B-hyve App Makes Programming a Breeze

bhyveapp1The new B-hyve Wifi Smart Timer is making waves and customers are discovering the ease of setup and use.  We love hearing from them about their experiences and thoughts.  One commonality of many users is that they are barely scratching the surface of what the app and timer can do.  So, what can you do with the app?

Most importantly, you can set up zones.  Within the app you’ll be able to tell the B-hyve about each of the zones within your yard.  Apart from giving the zone a picture and a name, you can tell the Smart Watering feature certain details about the zone, such as soil and plant type, what kind of sprinklers you have there and how many, as well as shade and slope angle.  All this will combine to tell the timer the best way to water this particular zone.

If you’d rather tailor the program yourself, you can set that up through the app as well.  The B-hyve is capable of three separate programs, but can save up to dozens of programs, which you can activate interchangeably as the seasons and plant need fluctuate.

The calendar function will give you a visual representation of when the watering is going to take place.  It will show you when each program will be watering and/or when smart watering will be in effect.  Because smart watering runs based off of weather patterns, you will only see a few days out at a time.  But rest assured, the timer is constantly evaluating the situation to give your yard the water it needs. bhyveapp2

Under the settings tab you’ll be able to see information about your timer and B-hyve account.  There you’ll also have a record of past timer performance, so you’ll know when your timer has watered.

Finally, you’ll be able to see watering status in real time and even activate the zones manually.  So if a rain delay in in effect, you’ll know about it.  Or, if you want to test a zone, you can do that too through the app.  This makes turning on your system in the springtime very simple.  No more going back and forth to the timer.

Announcing Orbit B-Hyve Wifi Smart Timer

Spring is almost here, and that means the watering season is fast approaching.  And what better way to kick off the season than by launching new, cutting edge products?  Orbit is excited to announce the new b-hyve Wifi Smart Timer with WeatherSense Technology.

57946_01This timer has too many features to cover here, but we wanted to highlight some of the most impressive ones, all of which we’ll be covering in further detail over the coming weeks.

The b-hyve is a new timer, built from the ground up by our engineers, to use the latest technology.  The aim of this timer is simple: make programming and control easier than ever before and to save you water (and, by extent, money).  To do this we integrated the timer with WeatherSense technology that receives regular, real-time updates about weather conditions in your area.  The timer will know when rain is approaching and know to delay or suspend watering, resulting in a 25-50% savings in water use.

Each timer is programmable from our new b-hyve app (available for iOS and Android devices), as well as a web portal.  You can create detailed and customized watering schedules, see what your timer is doing and what is scheduled to do, and what weather is approaching that might affect watering.  You can turn on/off your timer and activate zones all from your smart phone.  So whether you’re five-feet, or five-thousand miles away, you have total control of your timer.

As opposed to other smart timers on the market, the b-hyve has full controls at the timer, so you can control it there to.  It also has our industry leading large screen to see exactly what’s happening.

It comes in a lockable, weatherproof cabinet for indoor or outdoor mounting, battery backup, hinged front panel for easy wiring and is Made in the USA.

Oh, and one other thing, the price.  $99 for the 6-station and $119 for the 12-station, making the b-hyve more than half the cost of the competition!  The b-hyve is available today at Home Depot and Lowes, and will be in other retailers in next few weeks.