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SWM 5000 Soil Moisture Meter

Save resources – optimize yields

SWM 5000 is the automated monitoring system for efficient irrigation management.

Measuring system

The measuring principle of the SWM 5000 is based on the latest FDR technology (Frequent Domain Reflectometry). It enables fast and precise determination of soil moisture. Temperature is measured by an internal NTC sensor. The central hardware component is a robust stainless steel measuring probe, which is hydraulically or manually pressed into the ground. Measuring sensors are located in the probe tip during manual measurement.


The SWM 5000 soil moisture lance has been designed as stand-alone unit (handheld meter and measuring probe). The SWM 5000 system is conveniently controlled via smartphone app.

Evaluation & Irrigation Management

After measuring the soil moisture in different places, the readings are evaluated through an app and a recommendation of the required irrigation amount is issued. The sampled fields can be created as a GPS card and stored with specific properties (relief maps, inhomogeneous floor sections, etc.). These properties are then taken into account during calculation of the areaspecific irrigation quantities.

The app „SWM Companion“ is available for both iOS and Android. It can be downloaded for free in the App Store and installed on the smartphone. Data transfer is wireless via Bluetooth.

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Technical Data:
  • Housing: splash-proof, IP40
  • Working temperature: 0°C to +40°C
  • Display: 54 × 32 mm; 128 × 64 Pixel
  • Input: 5-pin DIN socket
  • Battery: 9 V battery
  • Measuring time: 2 s for moisture and temperature
  • Data memory: approx. 3440 measured values
  • Measuring cycle: adjustable from 1 min to 24 hours
  • Mobile phone operation: with the app “SWM Companion” (Android, iOS)
  • Mobile phone connection: via Bluetooth 4.2 (2.4 GHz)
  • Languages: German, English, Russian
  • Dimensions: 83 × 180 × 55 mm
  • Weight: 330 g (basic unit)
    Soil moisture measurement:
  • Unit: %VWC
  • Measuring range: 0 – 50%VWC
  • Resolution: 0.1%
  • Accuracy: ± 5% from measured value
  • Measurement method: FDR
  • Calibration: via software for 0%: against air 50%VWC: in water
    Temperature measurement:
  • Unit: °C
  • Measuring range: 0°C to +60°C
  • Resolution: 0.1°C
  • Accuracy: ± 0.5°C
  • Measurement method: NTC
  • Calibration: not necessary (sensor internally)
    Probe for manual measurement
  • Dimensions: length 1000 mm; Ø 20mm; 100 mm markings for the insertion depth
  • Sensor: 1 x temperatur; 1 x soil moisture; 9 cm away from the insertion tip
  • Probe: stainless steel tube with handle and attachment for measuring unit
  • Weight: 1.65 kg (probe with holder)