A handheld, portable, soil moisture measurement system, the MPKit provides high quality and accurate data. The MPKit is a user-friendly tool, connecting the MP406 sensor to an Android phone (included) using Bluetooth. Ideal for taking multiple soil moisture measurements, the MPKit is widely used. Commercial applications include irrigation monitoring of sports fields, agriculture, moisture control of concrete batch mixes or materials testing. Research applications are wide and varied, from frog ecology to soil carbon testing.
The MPKit records the volumetric soil moisture content, and optionally the location (using the phone’s GPS), for later analysis. The data is stored in a CSV file for easy analysis, with latitude, longitude, time & date recorded alongside volumetric soil moisture measurement.
The MPKit contains everything that is needed to undertake the point measurement of soil moisture in a convenient carry case; the sensor, Bluetooth unit, 2-piece handle and Android phone & app.
Using the robust, reliable, and proven MP406 sensor, the MPKit enables use of a high-quality sensor that previously was only available for long term installations with a data logging system. As a handheld, portable soil moisture measurement system, the MPKit brings Standing Wave Technology for volumetric soil moisture measurement to new applications.
The use of Standing Wave Technology ensures that the soil moisture measurements are not impacted by soil temperature or salinity – both of which can affect other sensor types. When calibrated to the specific soil type, accuracy can be ±1%.
The robust construction of the sensor with the 4 stainless steel needles allows for repeated insertion into the soil. Used as a buried instrument, the MP406 is providing over 20 years of service, demonstrating robustness and reliability.
Included with the MPKit is an Android phone with the ICT International MPKit app preinstalled. The app does not require an active SIM card to operate, only requiring Bluetooth and Location Services (GPS) to be enabled.
Within the app, it is a simple process to take a measurement; name the sample site and then take the measurement. This data will then be recorded in a CSV file which can be imported onto your computer for further analysis. Data can be visualised on a variety of software packages; the data can be imported into ArcGIS, QGIS or Google Earth as it has the required spatial data.
Designed for the MP406 sensor, the Bluetooth unit attaches to the included handle and the MP406. The handle is made up of a straight section and a T handle section, allowing for easy insertion of the MP406 needles and unit into the soil.
The Bluetooth unit will pair with an Android phone with the ICT International MPKit app installed. Supplied with 3x internal AAA batteries (user replaceable), the Bluetooth unit does not require charging.
The MPKit is a robust, simple, portable handheld solution for the measurement and monitoring of volumetric soil moisture. Using robust scientific measurement principles, the MPKit allows users to take point measurements with confidence that they are getting reliable data.
OPTIONAL: The MPKit can also support the MP306B sensor for pots in glasshouses or growth cabinets
The MP406B can be used to measure the soil moisture for scientific research or irrigation management. In either situation the MP406B can:
The MP406B Moisture Probe can also be used to measure the moisture content in many materials such as soil, food and materials used in roadway and building construction.
The MPKit is a very suitable substitute for the Neutron Probe for irrigation scheduling
A series of holes are augered to the top (20 cm), middle (40 cm) and bottom (60 cm) of the root zone. The augered holes have a 50 mm PVC tube inserted. This enables routine measurement of soil moisture at the same location and depth for irrigation scheduling.
The MPKit, when used in this manner has the same application as the Neutron Probe.
The MP406B has a high frequency moisture detector, which uses the standing wave principle to indicate the ratio of two or more substances forming a body of material, each substance having a different dielectric constant (Ka).
The moisture measurement of the material is based upon the fact that in a water:soil:air matrix, the dielectric constant is dominated by the amount of water present. Then the soil water content can be measured exactly because changes in water content of the soil result in changes in the dielectric constant of the soil.
|MP306B or MP406B Probe|
|Measurement Range:||0–100 VSW% (Volumetric Soil Water %)|
|Response Time:||Less than 0.5 seconds|
|Stabilization Time:||3 seconds approximately from power-up|
|Environment:||Environmentally sealed, can be permanently buried in the soil.|
|Total length:||215 mm|
|Needle length:||60 mm|
|Needle diameter:||4 mm|
|Needle separation:||14 mm|
|Cable:||4.5 m Standard|
|Analogue input signal range:||0–1200 mV|
|Display:||1 line 16 character LCD which displays battery status, reading number, raw mV and calibrated VSW%|
|Keys:||Light touch, field rugged keyboard; Double sided READ key for easy right or left single-handed field use|
E2PROM data storage so data will not be lost if battery is replaced
|Power Management:||Power Supply – internal common 9V Battery
Reading State <= 28 mA (3 secs)
Waiting State <= 5 mA (40 secs)
Sleeping State <= 1.8 µA
|Download Cable:||Industry standard RS232 communication 9 pin female connector with supplied download cable
Serial to USB Cable
|Software:||ICT MPM Software, includes graphical interface, graphing capabilities|
|Optional Auger Set|
|Shell Auger:||50 mm x 1 m|
|Spiral Auger:||50 mm x 1 m|
|Extension:||40 mm x 0.6 m|
The MPKit-406B Soil Moisture Instant Reading Kit is widely used in research; below is a list of over 30 publications that have used the Portable Moisture Probe in their research.
If you would like further information on applications for the MPKit-406B Portable Moisture Probe, please contact ICT International, firstname.lastname@example.org