OnLink Announces New Partners for Industry’s First Decision Making Platform
System Integration Partners Include Leading Course Product Providers
Radnor, PA, May 26, 2015 – OnLink, the industry’s first cloud based decision platform for improving golf course management, today announced new strategic partnerships with leading hardware and software providers in the golf industry. OnLink Ready Partners, product and data providers include Davis Instruments, Spectrum Technologies Inc., Motor Controls Inc., Campbell Scientific, ezLocator, GreenSight Agronomics, and Growing Solutions Inc.
“We are pleased to announce that numerous product and solution leaders in golf course management have recently become strategic alliance partners,” said OnLink Chief Executive Officer Walt Norley, “their technologies will now be key data and informational sources of the OnLink platform for our mutual customer base.”
OnLink is leading the industry with an innovative, first of its kind approach to golf course management, offering a platform that gives superintendents the ability to select the best solutions for their course – and manage it all in one place. By partnering with leading companies in each product sector, OnLink is integrating products that have already proven significant values to golf course management, and now these great products can collaborate within the ground-breaking OnLink platform. The “plug-and-play” model gives customers the ability to effortlessly navigate all of their systems in one place in real time and easily. This model is pioneering the way Superintendents manage their information – in an automated, cloud format on a browser or any mobile device.
Partners Bring Decades of Industry Experience
OnLink consolidates all of the core products and solutions that every course needs and operates – including water and energy outputs, irrigation system management, soil sensing, weather, playing conditions indicators like green speed and firmness, nutrient management, pesticide monitoring and even a new infrared mapping solution through drone technology – all on one platform with actionable analytics. OnLink is introducing its own best in class weather service as part of its base subscription plan in June. Each OnLink Ready Partner brings proven expertise from the field, adding to the capabilities the platform has to offer and providing a customized, best-in-class integrated golf course management tool.
“The customer is the driving force for our partnerships. Our business model is to include all hardware and software products on our platform based on what the customer currently has in on their course, or wants to have on their course ” said Norley. “This offers customers a seamless experience with automation of data coming from these products which eliminates any manual inputting except stimp meter readings and mowing practices.” Stay tuned as OnLink continues to align with other leaders in the industry including a major irrigation manufacturer to be announced soon.
The specific partners and their offerings are:
The Power of Integration: Davis Instruments, a privately held manufacturing company and developer of exceptional instruments for weather, marine, and automotive use, prides itself on innovative, high-quality products and services at reasonable prices. Offering professional wireless or cabled weather stations for official weather reporting, that are designed to provide a high level of accuracy, reliability and ruggedness for its customers, Davis Instruments is a key provider in the industry (http://www.davisnet.com).
The Power of Integration: Spectrum Technologies was founded in 1987 and is a leader in providing advanced Agriculture, Horticulture, and Turf technologies to customers worldwide. Spectrum recently introduced a Bluetooth device for its popular TDR 300 Soil Moisture Meter. The company’s FieldScout Mobile app provides seamless movement of geo-referenced soil moisture or turf firmness data to SpecConnect, and through an API connection, directly to the OnLink system. Spectrum is well-known for its popular TDR 300 Soil Moisture and TruFirm Turf Firmness Meters (http://www.specmeters.com).
The Power of Integration: Motor Controls Inc. was founded in 1980 and is now one of the nation’s largest manufactures of control systems as well as complete packaged pumping systems. In 2011 MCI took up the passion for the Golf Course Industry and brought a new focus on quality and sustainability with the Endurance Pump Station line. MCI is invested in the Golf Industry with seasoned staffing, specialized manufacturing equipment and a focus on customer’s needs (http://www.motorcontrols.com).
The Power of Integration: Campbell Scientific offers 41 years of experience in weather stations and systems with a reputation as a worldwide leader in dataloggers, data-acquisition systems, and measurement and control products. To date, Campbell Scientific has manufactured more than 250,000 dataloggers (https://www.campbellsci.com).
The Power of Integration: ezLocator provides a patent-pending solution specializing in merging the best technology with best management practices for healthy greens, providing golfers with an exceptional experience as well as providing agronomists and superintendents with a simplified system to manage their greens (http://www.ezlocator.com).
The Power of Integration: GreenSight Agronomics is a growing provider of drone-based turfgrass management aiming to save golf courses over $2.5B annually through large reductions in water and chemical usage. Today, GreenSight offers an imaging drone service that delivers golf courses 1-inch resolution image maps, NDVI maps, and 3D terrain models. By spring of 2016 their automatic daily over-flight system will be available to monitor soil moisture, detect pests/pathogens, and deliver daily alerts related to these causes (http://greensightag.com).
The Power of Integration: Growing Solutions Inc. is a leader in pH Control, providing cutting-edge technology for golf and maintenance facilities. Pioneering an environmentally friendly strategy, they offer unique and patented green products and equipment, from biological products for courses to environmental centers for maintenance facilities (http://www.yourgrowingsolutions.com).
OnLink, the industry’s first cloud based decision platform for improving golf course management, was founded by Walt Norley and Matt Shaffer in 2014. OnLink’s unique value is to consolidate all relevant data into a single dashboard to correlate information while gaining actionable insight into all golf course operations. This is accomplished with analytics and recommendations so golf course superintendents can reduce costs while improving turf health and playing conditions.
OnLink is pioneering this mobile and cloud platform for golf by leveraging deep agronomic experiences, best practices in water & power sustainability, and advancements in golf course hardware and software technologies into a single golf course superintendent-friendly management platform. Previously, these great hardware and technologies surprisingly did not work together. The OnLink solution is built on the foundation of strategic partner OnFarm, a Fresno CA based Software Company successfully implementing a decision software platform for the agricultural industry. In 2012, OnFarm was awarded IBM’s Venture Company of the Year and has approximately 1000 growers as customers on 1.3 million acres.