Novato, Calif.-based Ranch Systems has introduced the RS300 universal telemetry node that can be configured for a wide range of agricultural uses.

Among those are weather and climate monitoring, soil moisture tracking, remote camera surveillance, and irrigation valve, pump and engine control, according to a news release.

The unit can be configured and expanded to users' requirements.

It combines data logging with radio telemetry in a rugged enclosure powered by a solar panel and battery.

The unit has one dual input port, two high-speed serial ports and 4 megabytes of data memory.

Two expansion slots all addition of up to eight outputs/valve controls or eight additional sensor inputs.

Nodes with local radio modems require a nearby base station to communicate.

Models with cellular or WiFi modems communicate directly to the Ranch Systems server.

It is available for less than $1,000, according to the release.