Orbit Launches the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer at CES 2018; Brings Smart Watering Technology and Know The Flow™ Capability to All Outdoor Water Users

Orbit's B-hyve family is the first to provide a complete suite of smart-watering solutions

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SPECIAL TO CES -- Today at CES 2018, Orbit announced the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer; allowing consumers to automate, manage and optimize the entire outdoor watering process. With the addition of the Hose Faucet Timer to the B-hyve portfolio, Orbit now provides smart-watering solutions to everyone with a need to water outdoors. The B-hyve is designed to save water, while maintaining a lush landscape managed from anywhere with a cellular or internet connection.

More than 75 percent of U.S. homeowners don't have in-ground sprinklers in their yard, leaving them to manually water their lawns, gardens, or container plants with a hose. The first hose faucet timer to include a flow meter, the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer helps users Know The Flow™ and allows them to automate and adjust the timer to deliver just the right amount of water their yard or plants need. Using the accompanying app, the B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer can also be programmed by time - down to the seconds - which can be important for hydroponics or filling a birdbath or pet bowl.

"This is a revolutionary product that lets consumers easily manage their watering systems from anywhere, at any time," said Stuart Eyring, president of Orbit. "The B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer is poised to change the way we water and marks yet another important milestone for Orbit as we continue down our path to bring smart yard technology to the masses - all while delivering significant water savings."

Additional key features of the Orbit B-hyve Hose Faucet Timer include:

Custom smart watering schedule - Users can choose the level of automation and monitoring they're most comfortable with, ranging from hands-off to more manual processes.

Fully smart - Uses current and future weather data to automate the watering schedule and produces an EPA WaterSense certified schedule - user enters local conditions such as plant type, soil type, sprinkler type, etc.
Kinda clever - Uses incoming weather data for Rain Delays, but allows the user to determine the general watering schedule and amount of water used.
Basic - User takes full control of the watering schedule. The system doesn't use weather updates or rain delay, making it a perfect setting for greenhouses.
Integrated, "Daisy Chain" System - Multiple B-hyve timers can be connected to one B-hyve Hub. This allows users to coordinate all of their watering needs on one system, while providing the flexibility to set different timers as disparate "zones."

Bluetooth compatible - The B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer contains a meshing Bluetooth chip that pairs directly with a B-hyve Hub. Meshing Bluetooth allows communication between devices, extending the signal's reach beyond the first timer. If Wi-Fi isn't available, users can still operate the Hose Faucet Timer using Bluetooth.

Pricing and Availability
The B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer and WiFi Hub are currently available together for $69.99 through various home-improvement retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For customers seeking to expand their B-hyve system, additional B-hyve Timers can be purchased separately for $39.99. To learn more about B-hyve and find a retailer in your area, visit www.bhyve.orbitonline.com.

About Orbit
Orbit's mission is to bring smart technology to homeowners, landscape professionals and farmers across the globe. The company serves markets across six continents and 40 countries, and for decades has been a worldwide leader in designing and building innovative watering products. For more information, visit www.orbitonline.com.

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