Tucson, Arizona-based Rain Bird’s IC Integrated Control System has been recognized by the European Irrigation Association (EIA) as the winner of the 2014 EIA Golf Gold Award. The awards were given at a ceremony during the recent EIMA trade show held in November in Bologna, Italy.

An impartial international jury of recognized experts selected the most innovative products, projects or services that promote water and energy savings for environmental sustainabiliy.

The Rain Bird IC System provides rapid two-way communication, real time diagnostics and centralized control directly to individual rotors from a central control computer, tablet, radio or smart phone.  By using 90 percent less wire and 50 percent fewer splices than a traditional decoder system, the IC System is easy to install, expand and adapt as golf courses grow and evolve, according to Rain Bird. No field controllers, decoders, secondary wiring or unnecessary splices mean fewer areas that can break down, wear out or malfunction.