Platypus Controller Quick Guide

How Our Simplified and Affordable Solution for Ember and Wildfire Protection for your Home and Property Works

About the Platypus Controller

The Platypus Controller measures ambient air temperature to automatically activate compatible equipment that supplies water to the sprinkler system. The temperature that activates the system is set by the user up to a maximum of 140°F.

When the ambient air temperature rises above the set point, the system becomes active. The system will run for an amount of time which is set by the user up to a maximum of 60 minutes.
After the run time has expired, the system pauses for an amount of time, also set by the user, up to a maximum of 60 minutes. The ambient air temperature is measured again, if it is still above the set point the controller will run the system again.

This cycle is repeated until the ambient air temperature falls 35°F to 40°F below the set point. During these cycles the controller will send SMS information* to the stored numbers advising the status of the system.

The EVAC Button feature allows the user to turn the system on to run for cycle times up to 60 minutes when leaving the property, after the set time has expired the controller will go back into Auto Mode.

Key Features:

  • LCD touch screen display
  • Back up power from engine battery
  • Run and pause cycles extend available water and fuel
  • Mobile phone connectivity*
  • Automatic control of diesel** and or electric pump
  • Step up control of compatible variable speed controllers
  • User adjustable trigger temperature and run times
  • Automatic or manual operation
  • EVAC Button
  • Maintains float charge in engine battery
  • Multi user
  • Password protected
  • Low fuel sensing (on compatible fuel tanks)
  • IP66 wall mount enclosure
  • RCM certification
  • 149°F Failsafe
  • Control of 12vdc solenoids with pulsed coil
  • No annual fees, choose your own network provider
  • 12 month limited warranty options
  • High gain pole mount antenna
  • Additional external temp sensor
  • Solar charge kit
  • AC power adapter
  • Flow switch
  • Tank float switch

Evac Button

  • Total weight 29lbs (pounds)

  • The IP rating of the enclosure is IP66

  • The Platypus Controller has been tested and complies with AS/NZS 60950.1:2015,
    AS/CA S042.1:2015 and AS/CA S042.4:2015. Test date, 28 September, 2016

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    *If SIM card has been installed by end user.
    **Engine must have a compatible fuel stop solenoid and electrical system.

Platypus Controller Dimensions

Back and side view

Shown with optional enclosure mounted temperature sensor and antenna.

Top and bottom view

Installing the Platypus Controller

Figure 1.

• When installing the Platypus Sprinkler Controller to the exterior of a building, the Platypus Sprinkler Controller should be installed on a surface that is not exposed to the sun in the later part of the day.
• The area marked in blue on the compass in Figure 1 shows the preferred location of the Platypus Sprinkler Controller.
• This is to ensure the reading from the temperature sensor mounted at the top of the Platypus Controller enclosure will not give a false indication due to radiant heat.

Remote Temperature Sensor Location:
The Remote Temperature Sensor should ideally be positioned in the path that fire is most likely to approach from.

Maximum CAT5 cable length 300 feet.

Platypus External Temperature Sensor Assembly Options

Platypus External Temperature Sensor Specifications

Engine Run Times

5 min on / 10 min off

10 min on / 10 min off

10 min on / 5 min off

Yanmar L48

7.30 Hours

4.9 Hours

3.6 Hours

Yanmar L70

7.00 Hours

4.7 Hours

3.5 Hours

Yanmar L100

7.90 Hours

5.3 Hours

3.9 Hours

Kohler KD350

9.10 Hours

6.1 Hours

4.5 Hours

Hatz 1D81

9.75 Hours

6.5 Hours

4.8 Hours

Product Warranty

12 month limited warranty.

For Warranty & Service Inquiries Contact Platypus USA Manufactured in Australia by Platypus Fire Pty Ltd

Our Wildfire Ember Protection sprinkler system is designed for maximum protection from ember attack on residential, commercial or public assets in the event of a fire.