Toro Sentinel User guide
SENTINEL® CENTRAL CONTROL
Product Guide
The Toro Company
Irrigation Division
5825 Jasmine Street
Riverside, CA 92504
Technical Support: 1-877-345-TORO (8676)
Toro NSN® Sentinel Support: 1-800-ASK TORO (275-8676)
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Sentinel Central Control System
The dictionary defines Sentinel [sěn'tə-nəl] as “a soldier stationed as a guard to challenge all
comers and prevent a surprise attack: to stand sentinel.” Its roots are found in the Old Latin word
“sentina” which means “vigilance.”
Toro defines Sentinel as a product that will watch over your irrigation system and safeguard it
against potential problems resulting from excess flow, incorrect programming, varying weather
and many other conditions. As a result, the intrinsic value of the landscape is protected, and
water waste is minimized or eliminated. The term “Central Control” identifies Sentinel’s ability
to watch over a single site or multiple sites in a localized area or across a broad geographic area
from one location (computer).
Whether it’s a stand-alone controller or a large centrally based system, the Sentinel product line
offers numerous features that address a broad array of customer needs.
Two words… Reliability & Confidence
Toro customers expect control products to work continually in harsh environmental conditions
and to last for many years. Unrelenting sunlight and heat, followed by cool nights and humidity,
lightning ground strikes and other electric surges, constant updating of programs dictated by
constant weather changes, ants and or vermin who make enclosures their home, dusty conditions,
and temporary power are just some of the conditions that can impact controller operation.
Customers want a product they can install and depend upon for reliable performance, not one
that must be constantly disassembled and sent in for repair.
Toro’s development focus for the Sentinel Central Control System was to create the most fullfeatured, easy-to-use, and reliable product possible. A closed-case controller module design
provides protection against many environmental variables that might negatively impact
functionality, but allows easy troubleshooting in the field. Options for multiple enclosure types
and multiple levels of surge protection ensure regional and customer-specific durability needs are
met.
We didn’t stop there. We backed this product up with Toro NSN® support to provide your
customer with 24/7 telephone support for computer system components or software-related
problems. Although competitors may claim to have a similar service, NSN is recognized
worldwide as the premier organization for irrigation central control issues. As with other Toro
control systems, NSN takes a proactive approach by assembling and configuring the Sentinel
central computer and software for maximum performance and reliability in less-than-favorable
environments.
Don’t forget about Toro distribution. Toro distributors are recognized wherever they operate as
being customer-focused companies with well-trained staff members that are there for their
customers. Trained and supported by the best Field Service Managers in the industry, Sentinel
distributors must be certified to sell and service this product. Their skills are continually
enhanced in service schools that are part of the mandatory curriculum at Toro University.
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The Challenge: Effective Water Management
Putting together an efficient irrigation system is no small task. Concerns such as watering
precision, broken pipes and mainlines, or dealing with electrical shorts and power outages have
been problematic for landscape managers for decades. These along with increased competition
for water supplies, scarcity of resources, and recent irrigation mandates have left those in
irrigation management roles searching for the most efficient, yet simple, way of combating all of
these issues.
The Solution: Sentinel Central Control
The Toro Sentinel System was introduced in 2002 and has established itself in the marketplaces
as one of the leaders in wireless communication for central control systems. Sentinel allows the
user to communicate to up to 999 satellite controllers wirelessly rather than forcing the customer
to install lengthy wire runs that tie field controllers together. Sentinel provides a variety of
Central Computer to Satellite communication options, including radio, Ethernet, telephone,
cellular, and others, so you can choose the one that best meets your site-specific needs or mixand-match across multiple sites.
Multiple Site Applications: Sentinel provides the ability to program, control, and monitor
multiple remote controllers from one location. Whether controlling one large, contiguous site
like a sports complex or housing association, or multiple remote sites like a school district or
parks & recreation department, a central control system provides easy, rapid access to the
irrigation system from a computer.
System Control: Sentinel allows all irrigation control actions to be carried out easily and
efficiently from a central location. Control actions such as adjusting runtimes to changing
weather conditions or stopping irrigation in the event of rain or high wind can be automatically
accomplished without requiring a technician to visit individual controllers. However, if a
technician is on-site and sees a need for programming changes, like shortening runtimes after a
grow-in period, true two-way communications allow changes to the program at the field
controller on-site and can also be uploaded to the central computer.
Sensor Integration: Sentinel can incorporate many different sensors, including flow sensors,
tipping rain cans, wind sensors, freeze sensors, and full weather-stations. These sensors and
instruments monitor site and climatic conditions and report to the central computer. Runtime
adjustments are automatically made based on these inputs and combined with information on
plant material and soil types. Sentinel Satellites can react automatically to readings outside of
pre-defined limits set by the system operator, like isolating stations when excessive flow
indicates a piping break.
Multiple Communication Options: A Sentinel system consists of a central computer, irrigation
controllers, sensors, weather stations, and a communication system that ties it all together. No
matter whether the central computer is located onsite or at a remote location, communication
options like radio, telephone, cellular, and Ethernet can be mixed and matched to meet system
needs.
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Simplicity
As a Microsoft® Windows-based software, Sentinel is easy-to-use and intuitive, and it’s one of
the most powerful irrigation control systems ever offered. Information is graphically displayed—
so it’s easy to see and use. And, all similar functions are grouped together making it simple to
find information quickly. Plus, the customer uses only the features they need… Basic features or
advanced functionality; the choice is yours.
Sentinel Master Control Panel: Provides
easy access to all programming functions—
no keystrokes or sequences required, and
no need to go searching for functions.
Automatic Operations: Daily operations and
scheduling are made quick and easy. All essential
programming information is contained in one
window so it’s easy to understand and manage.
Easy Navigation – Full Featured: Expandable/collapsible
navigation tree that puts all the data for individual field controllers
one click away. Tabbed Access to what you need to work with:
Satellites (Units): Individual Field Controllers within the
Sentinel System. Capable of, up to, 999 individual controllers
numbered 001…999.
Systems: Groups of controllers that share operating parameters.
Organizing these controllers into Systems enables edits,
operational status checks, and reporting (total Water Use) to be
performed on multiple satellites simultaneously.
Weather Sources: Weather Sources provide weather-related
data to the Sentinel WMS software. This information can be
used by the satellites to automatically adjust run times based on
ET demand and rainfall activity. Sentinel WMS can also
monitor weather parameters and react at preset thresholds. For
example, monitoring rainfall to automatically shut down a
satellite System when measured rainfall reaches a predefined
amount.
And, many more customer-driven features that optimize water management…
ET-based watering
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Extensive alarm and reporting capabilities
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Set control parameters for each station
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Map-based feedback of system operation
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View water usage and compare to historical ƒ Intuitive visual cues and operator aids
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Effective Water Management
Water Savings
Use of a weather station, providing
effective Evapo-Transpiration (ET) based
system management can lead to water
savings of 25% to 35% per year.
Depending on current management
practices, water savings may be greater,
or in the case of extremely well managed
stand alone systems, somewhat lower. As
an additional source of savings, pipeline
breaks, malfunctioning valves, and
missing heads are automatically detected
and shut down, preventing excessive
water loss.
Flow Optimization
Start times of programs can be
automatically optimized to maintain
system demand at the optimum level,
ensuring demand does not exceed preset
limits while maximizing efficiency in
systems with pumps. Flow optimization
also shortens water windows.
And, many more customer-driven features that optimize water management…
Theoretical (predictive) Flow Graphs
Set control parameters for each station
View water usage and compare to historical
Extensive alarm and reporting capabilities
Map-based feedback of system operation
Intuitive visual cues and operator aids
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Flexibility - Making Sentinel Work for You
The Toro Sentinel System has established itself in the marketplaces as one of the leaders in
wireless communication for central control systems. Sentinel allows the user to communicate to
up to 999 satellite controllers wirelessly, rather than forcing the customer to install lengthy wire
runs that tie field controllers together. Sentinel provides a variety of Central Computer to
Satellite communication options, so you can choose the one that best meets your site-specific
needs or mix-and-match across multiple sites including:
Radio Communications - Radio communication from the Central Computer to Sentinel
Satellites allows you to install Sentinel at sites with little or no disruption of existing landscapes
and is ideal for single-site installations. Sentinel can also utilize radio protocols to communicate
with MapTo Satellites, maximizing system capabilities.
Telephone Communications - When reliable communication to multiple geographically-remote
satellites is needed, standard telephone communications can meet your needs. Installation can be
accomplished anywhere a standard telephone line can be run to a Sentinel Satellite. A standard
internal or external phone modem is all that is required at the Central Computer, which
communicates to a commercial-grade modem in the Sentinel Satellite.
Cellular Communications - When remote-access benefits of telephone communications are
needed, but a phone line is not available at the Satellite location, cellular networks provide a
wireless communication option. By installing a cellular IP modem in the Sentinel Satellite, the
user can communicate wirelessly from anywhere in the world.
Ethernet Communications - In an increasingly “wired” world, Ethernet/Internet is one of the
fastest growing segments of central control communications. The simple combination of an IP
address at the computer and an Ethernet adapter in the field can allow for network access and
control of your Satellites.
Controller Options - Sentinel also provides the widest array of standard Satellite configurations s
in the industry, ensuring system installation meets the requirements of your site. Enclosure
options to choose from include:
• Small Metal Wall Mount Cabinet
• Stainless Steel Wall Mount Cabinet
• Stainless Steel Pedestal
• Plastic Pedestal
Also, many existing controllers, like the Irritrol MC can be upgraded with a Sentinel Retro-Link
to turn them into a Sentinel Satellite without needing to replace the controller. And, if the
standard product doesn’t meet your needs, our Eicon Division can custom build what you require,
from custom enclosures to non-standard station counts and communications methods, the options
are endless.
With communication and enclosure options, modular station counts in 12-station increments, and
sensing and flow monitoring inputs that do not require additional interface components, a
Sentinel system adapts to meet your specific requirements instead you adapting to the
capabilities of the system.
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TYPICAL SENTINEL COMMUNICATION OPTIONS
Narrowband Radio:
(450-470 MHz)
Ethernet:
Phone (Landline):
Phone (Cellular):
Spread Spectrum:
(Radio - 900 MHz)
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ADVANCED COMMUNICATION OPTIONS
Sentinel Remote Transceiver:
Phone, Cellular, Ethernet, etc.,
to local area,
Narrowband Radio onsite.
Ethernet to Central Interface:
Minimizes antenna cable length
Store & Forward Radio:
Satellites act as radio repeaters
sending data to other satellites
(Requires special firmware)
Fiber Optics:
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The Sentinel Advantage
Distributed Intelligence
Each field controller in a Sentinel System is a fully intelligent unit. The programming that drives
irrigation is resident within each controller, but is also saved within the Central Computer. This
provides distinct advantages for users of Sentinel:
• No loss of irrigation because a computer or a middle manager/master controller fails:
Each Sentinel Controller is responsible for its own irrigation. In other systems, the controller
is just a dumb slave to a computer or middle manager telling them when to turn a valve on or
off.
• Redundant Programming: The controller programming is saved in both the controller and
the central computer. If either of those units fails, the programming can be pulled from the
other to repopulate (reprogram) the replacement.
• Two-Way Programming: Irrigation Programs can either be changed at the central computer
and sent to the controller, or changed at the faceplate of the controller and pulled back into
the computer.
• Protection from unauthorized changes: If someone makes an unauthorized change to the
irrigation program in a controller, the program can be easily compared to the program saved
in the central computer. If the programming in the controller is incorrect, it can be easily
changed back to the program stored in the central computer.
Easy-to-Use Software
Sentinel Software is simple to set up and easy-to-use.
• Microsoft® Windows-Style Navigation: The layout of Sentinel software looks familiar to
anyone who has used Microsoft® Windows. From easy-to-see Main Menu buttons to an
expandable/collapsible navigation tree that puts all the data for individual field controllers
one click away.
• All required programming accomplished in three screens: Water Managers can utilize as
many features as they want, or just the basics. All the programming required for automatic
irrigation to occur can be accomplished in three screens. And, to make it even easier, all the
primary information for an irrigation program is visible in a single screen, including start
times, stations & run times, watering day schedule, water windows, etc., etc.
• Purchase Software Only or Software + Computer: For reliability, performance, & support,
we recommend you purchase a Toro NSN Sentinel Computer. However, if you already have
a computer or an IT department that frowns on outside computers, just purchase the software.
• The Microsoft® .NET (dot-net) Advantage: Sentinel software is developed using
Microsoft’s .NET Platform – the latest and greatest for software development. .NET enables
developers to do more with less code, meaning fewer mistakes, higher productivity and a
better end product. .NET is Microsoft’s latest, and leverages many of Microsoft’s
development insights and accounts for the many computing changes over the last decade. It
also has an army of experts and technicians supporting it in the event that our engineers
encounter problems.
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Flexibility
No Matter what your system requirements are, from controller enclosure design to
communications type, Sentinel can meet your need. If the standard Toro Sentinel Controller
won’t get the job done, our Eicon Special build (ESB) Team will build custom product to meet
your needs, for a fee, of course.
• Communications: Not only has Sentinel been at the forefront of narrowband radio
technology as an irrigation control and data transmission method, but we also have extensive
experience in systems utilizing Ethernet, Internet, Spread Spectrum Radio, Cellular Phone,
Landline Phone, Fiber Optics, Radio Repeaters, or a combination of the above. So, if
narrowband radios don’t work, tell us what will.
• Enclosures: Every installation is not the same and one enclosure does not work in every
situation. Toro offers four standard enclosures to meet your needs, including Stainless Steel
Wall Mount and Pedestal Controllers, Green plastic Pedestal Controllers, and Small Metal
wall mount Controllers in 12-, 24-, 36-, and 48-station models. But, if you prefer sandstonecolored plastic, because your landscape is in a semi-Arid environment where green plastic
just does not work, or painted metal enclosures, or enclosures with 96 stations, instead of just
48, let us know.
• Other: Whether it is solar-powered controllers, a non-standard voltage supply, or other issues
you need solved, tell us what you need. We’ll tell you if it’s possible.
World Class Support
Every Sentinel System sold is backed by the world-class support of Toro NSN®. Whether you
have an operational issue that requires quick remedy, you need advice on water conservation and
time-saving techniques, or you need education and training for operators and field technicians,
Toro NSN is always there for you.
• 24-hour, seven-day, 365 support: Worldwide, Toro NSN is always available to answer
your questions, troubleshoot your system and solve your problems. And if needed, our 24hour central component replacement service ensures minimal disruption to the operation of
your irrigation system (U.S.).
• Industry-best training — classroom and computer-based: NSN offers curriculum tailored
to meet the range of user experience and proficiency. Classroom instruction is available at
regional locations and at the NSN Training Center — where classes feature hands-on
computer training and the operation of TORO hardware.
• The confidence of working with the best in the business: Toro NSN is a Microsoft®
Certified Partner. Our support technicians are licensed irrigators, and our hardware
technicians are A+ certified. NSN has a diagnostic lab on-site for each irrigation platform,
all field hardware, plus ancillary products. The lab is used to duplicate field issues and
investigate causes and solutions as part of Toro’s commitment to continuous improvement.
NSN is dedicated to irrigation—we know your business and expectations.
• Total operational confidence: If your central hardware goes down, our TORO central
control component replacements arrive at your facility Toro-tested, ready to keep you up and
running.
Sentinel® Central Control
Central Control Software
ET-based Watering
PC-based
Sentinel Central Control from Toro® is a powerful
system that literally “stands guard” over large
irrigation sites. With the ability to control up to 999
field satellites from one location, users have a water
management tool that provides reliability, accuracy
and water savings. Sentinel’s innovative Distributed
Intelligence means all irrigation program data is
stored at both the central computer and in field
satellites. Programming changes are made easy as
true two-way communications allow irrigation
programs to be changed in the field and uploaded
back to the computer. As a “smart” irrigation system,
Sentinel comes standard with flow monitoring and
the ability to connect to a weather station and
ET-adjust runtimes. When it comes to safeguarding
landscapes and streamlining water management
practices, Toro’s Sentinel System has raised the bar.
Features & Benefits
Simple To Use
Microsoft® Windows-based software – daily operations and scheduling are made quick and easy.
Features For Water Management
ET-based watering, flow sensing and optimization, view water usage and compare to historical.
Multiple Communication Options
Communication options like radio, telephone,
cellular, and Ethernet can be mixed and matched
to meet system needs.
Distributed Programming
Stores irrigation programs in the computer while
allowing irrigation control at the satellite level,
ensuring the loss of a component does not result
in the loss of irrigation across the system.
Toro NSN® Support
All centrals come with a minimum of two years
of NSN support – unlimited 24-hour toll-free support with 24/7/365 emergency paging
Three Choices Of Central Packages
1) Software only; 2) Software and radio communications interface; 3) Central controller, software
and radio communications interface.
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Distributed Intelligence
Specifications
Central Software/Computer Models
Model
Description
• SGIS-1-T
• SGIS-0-1
Software Only w/2 years of NSN Support
Software, Peripheral Hardware w/2 years of
NSN Support
Software, Computer Equip, Peripheral Hardware
w/2 years of NSN Support
• SGIS-1-0
NSN Support Extension Models
Model
Description
• SSE-T-1
• SSE-T-3
• SSE-C-1
• SSE-C-3
1-year Extension for SGIS-0-1 of SGIS-1-T
3-year Extension for SGIS-0-1 of SGIS-1-T
1-year Extension for SGIS-1-0 (w/computer warranty)
3-year Extension for SGIS-1-0 (w/computer warranty)
Specifications and Features
• Control up to 999 field satellites
• Group controllers into “systems” for system-wide adjustments:
- Rain Days
- Percent Adjust
- ET-Adjustment from shared weather source
• Field changes to controller programming can be uploaded
to computer
• Support for the System Administration
- Set system, program and satellite descriptions
- Map valve positions on site maps
- Mark special dates on on-screen calendar
• Alarm reporting of any communication issues from the central
to the satellites such as over- or under-flow conditions or
power failures
• Extensive reporting features:
- Run time reports
- Water usage
- Alarms
- Logging of system changes
• Water use, rain and ET accumulation
• Flow optimizing to maintain optimum flow and shorten
water window
• Ability to redefine valve sequence without physically changing
wire terminations in field satellite
• Information overview by group and satellite
• System status indications for individual field satellite
• On-line help screens
• Map-based feedback on system status
• Standard telephone modem or internet connection allows for
remote access to central software via pcAnywhere™
Warranty
• 2-year extendable by continuous NSN subscription
Each Sentinel® controller is a fully intelligent unit with
program data stored at both the field satellite and
within the central computer. In the event a computer or
master controller goes off line, there will be no loss of
irrigation. True two-way communication allows programming changes to occur at the on-site field controller and uploaded to the central computer. Protection
from unauthorized changes is ensured as the controller
program can be easily compared to the program saved
in the central computer.
Water Management Highlight
Water savings – ET-based
(multiple weather station options)
Effective ET-based system management can lead to
water savings of 25% to 30% per year. As an additional
source of savings, pipeline breaks, malfunctioning valves,
and missing heads are automatically detected and shut
down, preventing excessive water loss.
Specifying Information—
NSN/Sentinel Support Extensions
SSE-X-X
Specifying Information—
Sentinel Central
SGIS-X-X
Description
SGIS
SGIS—Sentinel Central Control
Irrigation System
Optional
-X-X
1-T—Software Only w/2 Year of NSN
Telephone Support for Software
0-1—Software, Peripheral Hardware
w/2 Years of NSN Telephone Support
1-0—Software, Computer Equipment,
Peripheral Hardware
w/2 Years of NSN Support
Description
Optional
SSE
-X-X
SSE—Toro NSN Support for Sentinel T-1— 1-year Extension for SGIS-0-1
Subscription Extensions*
of SGIS-1-T
T-3— 3-year Extension for SGIS-0-1
of SGIS-1-T
C-1— 1-year Extension for SGIS-1-0
(w/computer warranty)
C-3— 3-year Extension for SGIS-1-0
(w/computer warranty)
*1- and 3-year NSN extensions can be purchased up-front in conjunction with SGIS
packages to provide the end-user with an additional one or three years of NSN support.
For example, a customer can order the SGIS-1-0 and the SSE-C-3 which would equal
five years of NSN support. These extensions are for original purchases only; existing
plan renewals are still purchased through Toro NSN.
Sentinel® Controllers
Modular
ET-based Run Times
Remote Ready
Flow Sensor Ready
Toro® Sentinel field satellites are commercial grade,
modular units that do the irrigation control work in
the field. Designed to operate in both stand-alone
and central mode. Sentinel controllers are expandable with modular station counts available from
12 to 48 stations with the use of 12 station output
modules. MapTo assemblies increase possible station
count to 96 by allowing communication to another
field controller within radio reception. A Sentinel
system is shipped from the factory hand-held remote
and flow sensor ready — no costly add-ons as with
competitive systems. Customizable for site specific
needs, Sentinel controllers come in any combination
of key-locking metal, plastic or stainless steel, wall or
pedestal mounted enclosures. For superior performance, expandability and simplicity… you won’t find
a better system.
Features & Benefits
Flow Sensing
Cabinet choices
Powdercoated,
wallmount
enclosure
16-gauge
stainless steel,
front-entry,
wall-mount
enclosure with
backplate
and junction
box
Reads, displays and reacts to under and over
flow situations and track water usage. No
additional circuit boards are required.
High-Surge Options
Options for three levels of surge protection.
Weather Based Irrigation
Sentinel waters according to ET values by using
one or a number of onsite weather stations.
Manual Station Outputs
Double-sided,
plastic,
top-entry
pedestalmount
enclosure
with dual
backplates
and junction
box
16-gauge
stainless steel,
top-entry,
pedestalmount
enclosure with
backplate
and junction
box
Flip the toggle switch to manually operate
stations.
MapTo Capability
Provides the ability to program and communicate to another field controller within radio
reception – providing control of 96-stations off
of one Sentinel Satellite.
True Two-Way Communication
Allows for changes in the field to be uploaded
to the central computer and allows feedback to
a hand held radio in stand-alone mode.
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Specifications
Modular
Model
Description
• SSAK
• SSAMN
Sentinel Satellite Assembly with Keypad
Sentinel MapTo Assembly
Dimensions
• Small wall-mount: 10 ¼” W x 15 ¼” H X 5 ¼” D
• Wall-mount: 17 1/8” W x 30 ¾” H x 8 5/8” D
• Pedestal-mount: 17 1/8” W x 34 ½” H x 8 5/8” D
• Plastic Pedestal-mount: 17” W x 40” H x 16” D
• Weight:
- Small Metal Wall-mount: 21 lbs.
- Wall-mount: 47 lbs.
- Pedestal-mount: 64 lbs.
- Plastic Pedestal: 60 lbs.
Modular in 12-station increments, up to 48-stations.
Multiple Levels of Surge Protection
Electrical Specifications
• Input power:
- 120 VAC, 60 Hz
- 0.4A (maximum)
• Station output power:
- 24 VAC
- 0.25 amps per station; 2.0 amps maximum
• Station draw: 6 stations and pump maximum (also limited
by software)
• Surge protection: Level 4, 24 V output boards, 20 KV @ 10 KVA
• UL Listed
Specifications and Features
• 16 programs
• Eight start times per program
• 6-week or 365-day scheduling calendar
• Station runtimes from one minute to four hours and 15 minutes
• Global adjustment from 0-255%
• Percent adjust by program from 0-255%
• Ability to operate from one to six programs simultaneously
• Flow sensor ready
• Handheld remote ready
• Two sensor inputs included for rain sensors or other
switch sensors
• Ability to connect to a laptop to download large station
count programs
• Upgrade to a central computer system without additional
field satellite hardware or costs
• Program single or multiple stations to operate sequentially or
start a program or multiple programs with just a few keystrokes
• Ability to read open- or closed-contact switches in any station
count configuration
• Current monitor will disable a station if excessive amp draw
is detected
• Non-volatile memory will retain all programming and real-time
data for 10 years
• Field-satellite-diagnostics capable when used with a
troubleshooting kit reducing downtime and warranty costs
• Multi-language display: English, Spanish, French and Italian
• Operating Temperature: 14° to 140° F
Optional Accessories
• TRS – Wired RainSensor
• TWRS/TWRFS – Wireless RainSensor or
Wireless Rain/Freeze Sensor
• TFS – Flow Sensors
• SHHR - Hand Held Remote
Warranty
• Five-years
Options from Level 1 to Level 4 surge protection offer
multiple choices to meet regional lighting protection
needs. Level 4 surge rated to 20 KV @ 10 KVA.
Water Management Highlight
Remote and Flow Sensor Ready
Every Sentinel®
Controller
comes hand
held compatible
and flow sensor
ready right out
of the box.
Specifying Information—Sentinel
SSAXX-XX-XXX-6-N-S-X
Station
Configuration
Count
SSAXX
XX
Cabinet Type
Output
Comm.
Sensor
Capable
Surge
Options
XXX
6
N
S
X
SSAK—Sentinel
Satellite
Assy.
with
Keypad
SSAMN—
Sentinel
MapTo
12—12 WS3—Powder-coated 6—Electric N—Narrow- S—Sensor 1—Standard
24—24
Wall Mount
24 V ac
band
Surge Large36—36
(Small)
capacity
48—48 PS1— Plastic Steel
Terminal
Pedestal Mount
Block w/LEDs
(Large)
3—Surge on
WS2—Stainless Steel
Small Wall
Wall Mount
Mount
(Large)
4—LargePP1— Plastic Pedestal
capacity
Mount (Large)
Terminal
Block w/LEDs
Switches
Chokes
& Add’l Surge
Example: A 24-station Sentinel Satellite in a metal wall-mount cabinet with
electric output, narrow-band communication and surge,
would be specified as: SSAK24WS36NS3
Example: A 24-station Sentinel MapTo in a wall-mount cabinet with electric output,
narrow-band communication and surge, would be specified as: SSAMN24WS36NS3
Hand Held Remote
Sentinel® hand held remotes are another example of Toro’s desire to cover all the bases. This powerful Hand
Held tool offers total convenience. The Sentinel remote gives the ability to conduct irrigation checks, and
fully operate the system without opening a field satellite enclosure or needing a second person. Not only a
command piece, this remote also serves as a two-way voice radio, allowing easy communication with other
crew members. It’s all the power and handiness needed in a small remote-controlled unit.
Specifications
Models
Description
• SHHR
Sentinel Hand Held Radio
Dimensions
• Transmitter size (with antenna): 2 3/8” W x 1 3/4” D x 11” H
Specifications and Features
• Simple command set
• Accesses controller and satellite features from the field
• Direct access to controllers (central control software not
required)
• Two-way voice communication capability
• System On and Off command activation
• Five-watt radio
• 120 selectable and programmable channels
• Range – 2 to 3 miles
Warranty
Specifying Information
Model No.
• One-year
SSHR
Description
Sentinel Hand Held Radio
Retro Link
The Sentinel Retro-Link assembly unit allows an existing Irritrol® MC-E or Rain Bird® ESP-MC
controller to be upgraded to a Sentinel field satellite. Retro-Link is 100% compatible with the
Sentinel central control software. Upgrading is simple and with a 5 year warranty – why wait!
Specifications
Models
Description
• RLS-IR
• RLS-RB
Sentinel Retro-Link Assembly (Irritrol)
Sentinel Retro-Link Assembly (Rain Bird ESP-MC)
Dimensions
• 5 ½” W x 5 ½” L x 1 ½” H
Specifications and Features
• Flow sensor, ET gauge or rain sensor capabilities
• Non-volatile memory in case of a power outage
• 100% compatibility with the Sentinel central control
software
• Optional hand-held control with a Sentinel hand-held unit
• Provides the convenience of remote manual control
• Multiple hand-helds can be used on one-site
• Retro-Link works with: Irritrol MC-E or Rain Bird ESP-MC
Accessories
• SHHR - Sentinel Hand Held Remote
Warranty
• Two-years
Specifying Information
Model
Description
ESB - RLS - U - 2 - XX
ESB—Eicon Special RLS—Sentinel
Retro-Link
Build
U—UHF 2—2-way
IR—Irritrol
RB—Rain Bird
For information, ordering, or quotes, contact:
EICON Division
The Toro Company
7304 S. Alton Way, Suite M
Centennial, Colorado 80112
PHONE: (303) 290-1881 FAX: (303) 290-9546
EICON Special Build
No matter what your central control system
requires, from controller enclosures to communications type, Toro’s Sentinel® can meet the demand. With EICON Special Build (ESB), if a standard Sentinel controller is unable to do the job,
the ESB team can custom-produce exactly what
your system needs. ESB has extensive experience
in systems utilizing every kind of communications option – just let us know what works for you.
Enclosures – not a problem, we understand that
every installation is not the same and one enclosure will not fit every situation. Need to retro-fit
an existing controller? ESB can help configure the
upgrade. Whether it is solar-powered controllers,
a non-standard voltage supply, or any other issue,
tell us what you need. We’ll tell you if it’s possible.
EICON Special Build is here to build what works
for you.
Solar-powered Controller
Retrofit or areas like highway mediums where standard
120 VAC can’t be run to.
Features & Benefits
Communication Options
Not only has Sentinel been at the forefront of narrowband radio technology as an
irrigation control and data transmission method, but we also have extensive experience in systems utilizing Ethernet, Internet, Spread Spectrum Radio, Cellular Phone,
Landline Phone, Fiber Optics, Radio Repeaters, or a combination of the above. So,
if narrowband radios don’t work, tell us what will.
Enclosures To Meet Your Needs
Every installation is not the same and one enclosure does not work in every situation. If you prefer sandstone-colored plastic, because your landscape is in a semiarid environment where green plastic just does not work, or if you need painted
metal enclosures, or enclosures with 9 or 96 stations, let us know.
Retro-Link Options
Many existing controllers, like the Irritrol® MC-E or a Rain Bird® ESP-MC can be
upgraded with a Sentinel Retro-Link to turn them into a Sentinel Satellite without
needing to replace the controller.
Tell Us What You Need
Whether it is solar-powered controllers, a non-standard voltage supply, or other
issues you need solved, tell us what you need. We’ll tell you if it’s possible.
Sandstone Plastic Pedestal
For desert / arid locations where a
turf-green just does not fit into the
landscape.
For information, ordering, or quotes, contact:
EICON Division
The Toro Company
7304 S. Alton Way, Suite M
Centennial, Colorado 80112
PHONE: (303) 290-1881 FAX: (303) 290-9546
NSN® National Support Network
Isn’t it nice to know someone’s got your back? Toro’s
National Support Network (NSN) provides exactly
that with 24/7 telephone support to answer questions, advise on water conservation and time-saving
techniques or troubleshoot your system. If needed,
NSN even has a 24-hour central component replacement service ensuring minimal disruption to the operation of your system. NSN offers the industry’s best
training options. Through internet-based instruction
or training classes held at the NSN Training Center
and regional locations, you are provided the added
support you might need along the way. Although
competitors may claim to have a similar service, NSN
is the recognized worldwide leader for irrigation central control support. Available day or night, you can
count on the NSN support team for total operational
confidence.
Features & Benefits
24-Hour, Seven-Day, 365 Support
Worldwide, Toro NSN is always available to answer your questions,
troubleshoot your system and solve your problems. And if needed, our 24hour central computer and component replacement service ensures minimal
disruption to the operation of your irrigation system (U.S.).
Industry-Best Training – Classroom And Computer Internet- Based
Classroom instruction is available at regional locations and at the NSN
Training Center—where classes feature hands-on computer training and the
operation of Toro hardware. NSN’s new internet-based Training In Ten™
features critical instruction that can be learned in ten minutes or less and
quickly applied right on-the-job!
The Confidence Of Working With The Best In The Business
Toro NSN is a Microsoft® Certified Partner. Our support technicians are
licensed irrigators. NSN has a diagnostic lab on-site for each irrigation
platform, all field hardware, plus ancillary products. The lab is used to
duplicate field issues and investigate causes and solutions as part of Toro’s
commitment to continuous improvement. NSN is dedicated to irrigation—
we know your business and expectations.
New System Support, Flexible Options To Renew
Every new Sentinel offering includes Toro NSN support. To protect your
Toro investment long-term, choose a renewal option that gives you exactly
what you need for continued reliable, cost-effective support and extended
warranty, including equipment upgrades to keep your technology current
and powerful.
Specifications
Support for the Sentinel®
Central Control
• Every Sentinel central package comes
standard with 2-years NSN support
• Unlimited 24-hour toll-free support
with 24/7/365 emergency paging
• Technical assistance by email with
next business day response
• Remote PC assistance where
connectivity is available
• Support of Microsoft® opertating
system software when purchased
from NSN
• NSN lab for field issue duplication
and diagnostics
• Technical bulletins
• Remote data storage for duration of
subscription period
• Extended warranty on central
hardware components with
continuous subscription
• User training both hardware
and software
• For more information on products,
services or training, contact:
Toro NSN
Note: NSN Features vary based on the Sentinel product offering purchased. Contact Toro Sales for details.
114
P.O. Box 3339,
Abilene, TX 79604
Phone: 888-676-8676
Website: toronsn.com
SENTINEL® CENTRAL CONTROL PRODUCT GUIDE
End User Benefits
Customers want this product to work across a wide variety of applications, like temporary power,
dusty and hot conditions, and where lightning or electrical surges are commonplace. They don’t
want to know their field representative on a first-name basis. They want the product to do its
job—to watch their irrigation system and safeguard against potential problems over a long period
of time. They want all this for a competitive price.
Perhaps they want to start out slowly with maybe just a few stand-alone units. Then maybe
someday, they’ll want add a central computer. They want to see the benefits of reducing their
liability with sensors that work and report field changes. They want something their landscape
crews will use, not abuse. It has to be simple yet powerful and it has to change as their needs
change. Most of all, it has to be reliable.
Sentinel feature sets allow the customer to expand the product, as their needs change. It offers
sensor and hand-held capability as standard features, not the costly add-ons found with
competitive products. The user-friendly interface doesn’t require a Ph.D. to operate or make
changes. Its five-year track record and long list of satisfied customers are testament to its
reliability to withstand the rigors of day-to-day operation.
Look at what some of our customers have to say....
“Installing the Sentinel is one of the best things we ever did here. It gives us total control
of the amount of water being put down.”
Will Schnell, Turf Superintendent, The Rose Bowl
“I tell people it’s just a great system. It’ll do everything they ever wanted it to do, and
more.”
Rick Schultz, Higlands Ranch
Who’s there to help the customer, if and when it’s needed? All control products come with a
five-year warranty from the date of installation. For central computer users, two years of NSN
offers technical computer hardware and software support as a standard feature. In addition, NSN
offers end-users additional coverage in one-, three-, and five-year increments. A toll-free number
is available to customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with a real-live person to assist
them through their product-related questions.
These are the tangibles that the customer can see, but what about those that they can’t? What
about upgrading with new features? The Sentinel uses flash memory as part of its brain. This
enables it to be upgraded from a laptop or via the central computer during non-operational
periods with a few keystrokes. If customers are worried about liability from broken sprinklers or
irrigating during freezing conditions, Sentinel’s sensor capability is a standard feature, allowing
the customer to design from the start or add on later with no additional hardware for the control
product.
Then there’s the hand-held radio feature. The hand-held allows many functions such as mainline
repairs to be conducted by one person so that landscape resources, vehicles and personnel can be
allocated and prioritized to maintain the value of a property.
A Classic Venue With A Contemporary Upgrade
The Rose Bowl and Sentinel
When it comes to famous sites for athletics, one of the most
well-known is the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Since
the first football game played there in 1902, the storied Rose
Bowl has hosted thousands of sporting events, from high
school to college to the pros, including five Super Bowls.
Literally billions of people around the world have seen the
Rose Bowl’s field on one occasion or another, so is there added
pressure to keep such a high-profile venue looking its best?
“Our expectations here are higher,” explains Will Schnell,
Turf Superintendent of the Rose Bowl. “We want the best
surface in the country, and we want it perfect all the time—
like a pool table. Even if we’re not on national TV that day,
if it’s just a Little League game, you always want the surface
to be perfect.”
The Sentinel central control system helps keep the Rose Bowl
looking good.
Given such high standards, Toro was very honored when the
Rose Bowl chose a Toro Sentinel irrigation control system.
The Sentinel is a “smart” system that delivers the ultimate
flexibility and performance. With a range of modular
components including hand-held radios and satellites,
Sentinel allows changes in the field to be uploaded to the
central computer.
“It’s one of the best things we ever did here,” Schnell says
enthusiastically. “It gives us total control of the amount
of water being put down, and
we can keep exact records of it.
With that remote control, you’ll
be out riding on a mower, and if
you see a hot spot, you can just
turn it on.
Things weren’t always so rosy before the Sentinel. The
facility’s previous irrigation system was badly outdated, and
required much more work and attention.
“We got a call from the Rose Bowl one day, and when we got
there, we found a 20-year-old controller,” recalls Don Ghella,
Toro’s Central Control Manager. “And it was all hand valves, so
every day they had to send people out to turn hundreds of valves
on and off by hand.”
Toro then installed a new Sentinel control system. “We were
done in three hours,” Ghella says about the installation,
“and then because of its simplicity, they were able to operate
the controller immediately.”
■ True two-way communication
■ Fixed station counts from 12 to
48, in 12-station increments
■ Drone or “MapTo” units may be
controlled from the field satellite
assembly
■ Field satellites and MapTo
controllers have flow monitoring
as a standard feature
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Sentinel control system
“Even a person who has no computer background
can be taught with this,” adds Schnell. “It’s pretty
self-explanatory.”
Today the Rose Bowl actually operates on two
Sentinel controllers, one on each side of the
stadium. In addition to the playing field, Sentinel
controls the irrigation for the Rose Bowl’s beautiful
exterior landscaping and vegetation—even running
its famous neon sign over the main gate.
“It’s been a tremendous asset to the whole facility,”
Schnell adds, “and I’m still learning what the system
can do.”
34 Square Miles of Irrigation
Sentinel : More Control, Less Water
™
How often have you heard or
used the expression, “In a perfect
world…”? Well, just 12 miles south
of Denver, one community has been
taking exciting steps to create the
perfect place in which to live.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is
a 22,000-acre “master planned
community”—a residential area
specifically conceived and developed
to provide an exceptional quality
of life. Highlands Ranch features
new neighborhoods of beautiful
homes and apartments within an
outstanding school district, and it
offers an unprecedented range of
green spaces and facilities that cater
to its residents’ active lifestyles:
parks, ball fields, playgrounds,
hiking/biking trails and much more.
“Our residents literally do everything
here,” says Rick Schultz, “tennis,
football, baseball, softball, soccer,
lacrosse and even rugby.” Schultz
is Operations Administrator of the
Metro Districts of Highlands Ranch
Parks, Recreation and Open Space.
The Sentinel™ Central-Control system allows programming changes to be made in the field using
handheld radios.
Photo: Sherry Eppers
“We have 19 parks right now, with a total of 25 planned,”
Schultz explains, “so we have a few more to be built. It’s really
quite large.”
Relying on Toro
From the earliest days of the Highlands Ranch planned
community, the developers anticipated the need for a good
integrated irrigation system. However, their original central
control system was hard-wired, which posed problems. Bob
Claiborne, Parkways Supervisor for the Metro Districts, made
the decision to go with a radio control system.
Irrigated Greenbelts enhance the roadsides in the Highlands
Ranch master-planned community near Denver, Colorado.
“We had literally miles of wires running from our shop where
the computer was located out to these controllers at different
points in the field,” recalls Schultz. “You can imagine the
problems we had. Our community was growing
rapidly with a tremendous amount of new
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increase or decrease the amount of water applied. Think of the
labor it would take to drive around and adjust and readjust
those 160 controllers if we weren’t on a central control system.
The radio remote is an amazing tool,” he adds. “And from a
maintenance standpoint, now one technician with a radio can
do the same work that two technicians out there used to do.”
Since the irrigation system at Highlands Ranch covers several
miles, they use 25-watt radios and repeaters to increase their
radio communications’ range. The standard Sentinel system
comes with a 2-watt radio, which has a range of three to
five miles depending on topography, population density or
manmade structures that can deflect radio signals.
Saving Water
Photo: Jim Cook
Young atheletes enjoy one of the soccer fields at Highlands Ranch, a
master planned community that caters to its residents’ active lifestyles.
construction work coming in—pipelines, water lines, phone
lines, electric lines—so our wires were constantly being dug
up and broken. Because of that, the irrigation system never
worked the way it was intended to. Finally we said ‘let’s go
with radio control’ and Toro came in and made it work.”
Since the early ‘90s, Highlands Ranch has depended on the
Toro Sentinel™ System, an advanced central-control system
that provides a range of modular options for unparalleled
flexibility. Using hand-held radios and field satellites, the
Sentinel system allows true two-way communication, so
changes in the field can be uploaded to the central computer.
Being able to adjust irrigation controllers so quickly
and conveniently naturally pays big dividends in water
conservation and cost-savings.
“The system has really helped us decrease the amount of
water we use,” Schultz explains. “Colorado has been in
a fairly significant drought for the last three to five years,
and the Sentinel system has allowed us to respond and to
apply the most appropriate amounts of water. Even though
we’ve continued to grow here, and we’ve gotten bigger and
bigger over the last five years, we’ve actually decreased our
irrigation.”
The Toro Sentinel could be called a “smart” system, because
it’s designed to help you make critical decisions about
your water applications. Special Toro software links the
control system directly to an onsite weather station, and
it automatically polls the weather station to provide daily
In the stand-alone mode, users are able to program Mapupdates on rain values and ET (evapotranspiration) values
to-Assembly satellites within radio reception to manually
for that day. Optionally, this ET value
turn stations on/off, initiate
can be automatically downloaded to the
a program or even perform
field satellites at a user-designated time.
complete shutdown. The
Highlands Ranch Snapshot
Sentinel system at Highlands
12 Miles south of Denver, Colorado
“We’ve really come to like that,”
Ranch now commands a
Schultz says. “The most useful weather
22,000 Acre Master Planned Community
network of some 160 Field
information for us are the rain and ET
79,597 Residents
Satellite controllers throughout
values. We use those values to adjust the
the community.
25,882 Single family homes, 3,305
system to prevailing weather conditions.
Apartments
And now we don’t have to monitor it,
“The savings in time and
19 Parks, 60 miles of trails and 2,000
because the Sentinel software monitors
manpower alone are just
acres of natural open space areas with a
it for us every day and sends it to us in
incredible,” says Schultz. “With
diverse wildlife population
an e-mail.”
the remote programming
One Toro Sentinel™ Central Control
capability, you can easily
Additionally, depending on geography,
Irrigation System with 160 Field Satellites
respond to changing
soil type, plant material, etc., each zone
4 weather conditions to
“I tell people it’s just a great system. It’ll do
everything they ever wanted it to do, and more.”
— Rick Schultz, Higlands Ranch
can be set to automatically use a little more or a little less
water than indicated by the actual ET value. This allows for
the maximum in water savings, while still ensuring that all
areas get exactly the amount of water they need.
contractors are using it in a variety of larger installations
including sports complexes, parks, school districts, airports
and corporate campuses.
“I tell people it’s just a great system,” Schultz sums up.
“It’ll do everything they ever wanted it to do, and more.”
The Toro Sentinel™ Central
Control Irrigation System
■ Computerized central control assembly programs
your system and gathers data for reporting, but each
site is managed at the site level by field satellites.
The computer and software are not required for
system operation.
■ True two-way communications between the
controller and the central unit, as well as between
the controller and a handheld radio, allows you to
make programming changes or stop the program in
the field.
Photo: Sherry Eppers
Landscaping enhances the parks, trails and open spaces at Highlands
Ranch, where one Sentinel Central Control System with 160 Satellites
controls all the irrigation.
Covering All The Bases
Obviously, Highlands Ranch presents many special
challenges simply in its size and complexity. Having the Toro
Sentinel is making a dramatic difference in how Schultz and
his staff address the many irrigation issues they face.
“As far as the total number of units and the total area served,
I can certainly say we’re one of the largest users,” Schultz
adds. Highlands Ranch was also one of the earliest users of
the Sentinel system, and the input of Claiborne and Schultz
over the years has been extremely valuable in helping make
improvements to the system.
“We can look at several of the features, and several things this
system does, and point to it and say, ‘They have that because
of us,’” says Schultz. “We didn’t necessarily help develop it,
but we were a driving force, and it shows they really listen to
their customers.”
Because the Toro Sentinel central control system provides
significant savings in labor, water, time and trouble,
■ Fixed station counts (from 12 to 48, in 12-station
increments) give the commercial customer flexibility
to upgrade to meet changing needs.
■ Drone or “Mapped To” units may be controlled
from the field satellite assembly, with or without a
computer. This gives the field satellite one control
point for multiple “MapTo” units of various
station counts as long as
the cumulative total does
not exceed 96 stations. This
feature provides a great value
by giving more control with
added watering flexibility.
■ Both field satellites and
map-to controllers have
flow monitoring also
as a standard feature.
This is just one of the
many valued functions
as a standard feature—
something
you’d expect
from Toro.
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Sentinel® Central
Control System
Raising The Bar…Lowering Costs
Finding a more efficient way to lower your irrigation costs
and improve landscapes is now easier than ever due to the
continuous technological advancements of Toro’s Sentinel®
central control system. Our engineering team is dedicated to
producing a more robust system to help you manage large
sites while increasing water savings, and lowering overall
system operating costs.
“The reason we save 15-20% on water costs is because of the
innovative technology Sentinel provides to our operation,”
said Russ Ayers, Shoreline School District, Seattle,
Washington. “With Sentinel we have the ability to efficiently
water our grounds, saving us a total of $77,000 a year on
water costs. Sentinel is an invaluable tool that I could not do
my job without.”
Sentinel will streamline your water
management practices and safeguard
your landscape against potential
problems and unfavorable
environmental conditions—it acts
like a constant guard over your site.
“With Sentinel the water is supplied
at exactly the requirements of the
landscape, which saves resources and
adds convenience and ease,” said
Bill Akin, Sacramento International
Airport, Sacramento, California.
“Because we are continually taking
steps to be a leader in environmental issues, Sentinel is
a welcome addition to our irrigation management. It’s
definitely been a benefit to us—in more ways than one.”
The easy-to-use Sentinel has station counts of 12, 24, 36
and 48 with more under development. It can be operated
in central-mode with 16 programs or independent from
the central in stand-alone mode with 8 programs. “It’s not
uncommon for a beginning user to buy 3 or 4 stand-alone
units and as they start to build a stable of products, they
will purchase the central,” says Greg Parker, Toro’s Product
Marketing Manager for valves and controls. “Sentinel
comes with several standard features that are optional with
competitors’ products. It has hand-held capability, flowmonitoring, weather station interface—all built right in.”
“With all of its capabilities, Sentinel has been a real blessing,” said Tracey
Soliday, Planned Work Specialist, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
Another astounding feature of Sentinel is the ability of a user
to access any Sentinel satellite worldwide by phone.
Uses for the Sentinel range from cities, parks and sports
fields to industrial parks and homeowners associations’. The
Sentinel system has improved the efficiency and productivity
for many sites around the country, including such wellknown venues as:
■
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex
■
Yankee Stadium
■
City of Denver
■
Central Park, New York City, NY
■
Castle Pines Park District, Castle Pines, CO
■
Leisure Village, Camarillo, CA
■
Highlands Ranch Parks, Highlands Ranch, CO
■
3M, Saint Paul, MN
■
Malmstron AFB, Great Falls, MT
■
Shoreline School District, Seattle, WA
■
City of Evanston, Evanston, NY
■
PGA West, Palm Desert, CA
■
Sacramento Airport, Sacramento, CA
■
Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI
■
Incline Village Parks Department, Incline Village, NV
■
Central Kitsap School District, East Kitsap, WA
For more information on the benefits of a Sentinel Central
Control System, contact Toro experts Jim Laiche at
804.270.4696 or Don Ghella at 480.832.8590.
SENTINEL® CENTRAL CONTROL PRODUCT GUIDE
SENTINEL® CENTRAL CONTROL PRODUCT GUIDE
The Toro Company
Irrigation Division
5825 Jasmine Street
Riverside, CA 92504-1183
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