SMS con­trols sav­ing power and money

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

FLOOD­LIGHTS at six sports fields in the City of Wan­neroo are be­ing con­trolled by mo­bile phones in a bid to save power and money.

Fol­low­ing a trial at Wan­neroo Show­ground, the City has im­ple­mented an SMS flood­light con­trol sys­tem at Gum­blos­som Park in Quinns Rocks, River­links Parks in Clark­son, Car­ra­mar’s Houghton Park, Butler’s Kings­bridge Park and Ridge­wood Park in Mer­riwa.

The sys­tem al­lows clubs to man­age the lights via SMS at pre-de­ter­mined times so they are only used when re­quired, and light­ing for in­di­vid­ual pitches can also be ma­nip­u­lated at Gum­blos­som Park.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said tra­di­tion­ally flood­lights at sports fields were con­trolled by switches at set times each week and of­ten lights would be on when no­body was us­ing the fields.

“The sys­tem has only been in use at the new sites for just over one month, but al­ready we can see sav­ings in power us­age,” she said.

“It is so pleas­ing that we can re­duce the car­bon foot­print by us­ing this sim­ple SMS tech­nol­ogy.”

Quinns Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary Rachel Bry­den man­ages light­ing for the club at Gum­blos­som and River­links parks and was pleased with the sys­tem.

“I’m able to con­trol them dur­ing the week and only turn them on when we re­ally need them,” she said.

“It’s a re­ally sim­ple and easy sys­tem to use.”

The sys­tem will also roll out to Lake Joon­dalup Park in Wan­neroo, Lands­dale’s War­radale Park, Hud­son Park in Gir­rawheen, Koon­doola’s Shelvock Park and Old­ham Park in Yanchep this fi­nan­cial year.

Quinns Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary Rachel Bry­den says the new sys­tem is sim­ple and easy to use.

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