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New business fuses farming and technology

July 29, 2005

Sylvester- Automated Irrigation Controls is Sylvester's newest business. Its founders say it fuses technology with farming.

"It provides the end user the capability of controlling his or her farm from anywhere," says President Joe Dylinski.

AIC has created an irrigation system that is run by personal computers. With the click of a mouse, growers can turn sprinklers on, regulate and monitor water usage, and even control where they are spraying.

"It gives the farmer back his life where he doesn't have to get up at two, or three o'clock in the morning and check on his stuff. The system will automatically tell him if he's got a problem, and most times it takes steps to correct it," says Dylinski.

The system is also web-based and can be monitored online, so growers can take a vacation and run their farms at the same time.

"So it gives them a peace of mind to know that while they're gone their system is working," says Vice President Bryan Pike.

Creators say it saves time and labor, but could also prevent crime and argi-terrorism.

"That's by the ability to be able to place wireless internet capable cameras remotely around a farm and give the farmer the ability to access his cameras from anywhere as well," Pike says.

Former GBI agent Bryan Pike is Vice President of AIC. He says the system's cameras combined with his law enforcement knowledge could put a dent in South Georgia's growing meth problem.

"At any time whether it's law enforcement, or whether it's the farmer, can monitor the usage of the actual anhydrous ammonia which has been a problem in our community with thefts with it being used to manufacture methamphetamine," Pike says.

Whether its security or efficiency, AIC says its can serve the needs of all farmers.

"There is no farm too big, nor too small. If the need is there than we can provide it," Pike says.

The company is also working on an all-wireless irrigation system and one that will run on solar energy. The first automated irrigation system will be installed on a Worth County farm next month.