Platypus Controller Quick Guide

About the Platypus Controller

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The Platypus Controller measures ambient air temperature to automatically activate compatible equipment that supplies water to the sprinkler system. A second sensor can also be mounted externally and wired to the Controller.

The temperature that activates the system is set by the user up to a maximum of 60°C. The Controller can also be activated by an SMS from a mobile phone and by use of the touch screen.

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, which is also set by the user, up to a maximum of 60 minutes. After this time, 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 5°C below the set point. During this time 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 the run for cycle times up to 1 hour when leaving the property, after the set time has expired the controller will go back into Auto Mode.

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Automate your Bushfire Protection system

Key Features:

  • LCD touch screen display
  • Back up power from engine battery
  • Run & Pause cycles extend available water & 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
  • Solar Charge inputs
  • Flow Switch inputs
  • Tank Level inputs
  • Low fuel sensing (on compatible fuel tanks)
  • IP66 wall mount enclosure
  • Available in 240 volt or 12 volt with solar charge
  • RCM certification
  • 65°C Failsafe
  • Control of 12vdc Solenoids with Pulsed Coil
  • No annual fees. Choose your own network provider
  • 12 month warranty


  • High Gain pole mount antenna
  • Additional external temp sensor
  • 40 Watt Solar Panel & Isolator Kit
  • Flow Switch
  • Tank Level Switch

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

It’s important that you install your bush and wildfire protection system correctly so that it can protect your assets.

We can assist with planning, performing and guiding you through the installation process so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Platypus Controller dimensions

– back and side view

Platypus Controller dimensions

– top and bottom view

Platypus Controller Quick Guide - TopBot

Installing the Platypus Controller

Installing the Platypus Controller - Fig1

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 100mt

Installing the Platypus Controller - Fig2

Figure 2.

  • We recommend using the Clipsal 56 series switched outlet for the Platypus Controller. The screw in style connector prevents accidental disconnection and the switch allows for locking in the “ON” position.
  • Platypus Controller model PCV511-10 requires Clipsal model 56C310GY and 20amp RCD.
  • Platypus Controller model PCV511-15 requires Clipsal model 56C315GY and 30amp RCD.

The Platypus Controller has been designed and certified to plug into a Clipsal ISO series outlet. For this reason the Platypus Controller should not be hard wired.

Platypus External Temperature Sensor Assembly Options

Note: Junction box can be fitted directly into bottom of sensor (A) or fixed at another point using 20mm flexible conduit (B).
External Temperature Sensor is supplied fitted with Thermistor and 1 meter of CAT5 Cable. Maximum CAT5 Cable Length 100mt.


Platypus External Temperature Sensor Specifications

Platypus External Temperature Sensor

Engine Run Times

Engine run times using Platypus Controller (Diesel engines only)

5mins on / 10mins off 10mins on / 10mins of 10mins on / 5mins of
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 6.5 Hours 4.8 Hours

Run / Pause cycle times are set by the user / installer up to a maximum of 60 minutes.